Political Horizons: With GOP in charge, Louisiana Legislature returns to partisan ways

Source: The Advocate - View Original Article
Published: May 10, 2020
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83% Conservative


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Oil Drilling
Taxes

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88% "But it was such a sure thing that during testimony, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon dismissed Luneau with a seemingly impulsive wave of the hand.""
87% "Lawmakers take first step toward squashing Louisiana stay-at-home order; see what's next Republican lawmakers frustrated with continued business closures took the first step toward undercutting ..."
86% "The Legislature passed a law in 2012 specifically forbidding municipalities and parishes from enacting their own sick leave policies.""
85% "Legislature could zap John Bel Edwards' stay-at-home order""
84% "The resolution with its amendments focuses on stripping the enforcement power of the Gov. John Bel Edwards executive orders like the stay-at-home order affecting ..."
82% "A growing uprising among some Republicans wanting to reopen Louisiana's coronavirus-closed economy is scheduled Wednesday to turn from talk to...""
81% "At the time she was a legislative aide to Rep. Henry Burns, who voted for the new law.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

88% : But it was such a sure thing that during testimony, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon dismissed Luneau with a seemingly impulsive wave of the hand.
87% : However noble the "constructive challenge" technique for decision making may be in theory, truth is the "because we can" method is far easier.
87% : Lawmakers take first step toward squashing Louisiana stay-at-home order; see what's next Republican lawmakers frustrated with continued business closures took the first step toward undercutting Gov. John Bel Edwards' stay-at-home o... 'Game of chicken' or 'frustration?'
86% : The Legislature passed a law in 2012 specifically forbidding municipalities and parishes from enacting their own sick leave policies.
85% : Legislature could zap John Bel Edwards' stay-at-home order
84% : The resolution with its amendments focuses on stripping the enforcement power of the Gov. John Bel Edwards executive orders like the stay-at-home order affecting businesses, to stanch the community spread of the often-deadly novel coronavirus and reopen businesses before the Governor advises.
82% : State Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, puts her head in her hands during long debate in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee on House Concurrent Resolution 58, by House GOP leader Blake Miguez, R-Erath, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the State Capitol.
82% : Tort reform supporters "will have the same number of votes next year as they have now. ...
82% : A growing uprising among some Republicans wanting to reopen Louisiana's coronavirus-closed economy is scheduled Wednesday to turn from talk to...
81% : At the time she was a legislative aide to Rep. Henry Burns, who voted for the new law.
77% : Six of Fortune 500's largest 10 companies in the world, by revenues and profits, are oil companies.
72% : Louisiana tax collections plummet nearly $500M as lawmakers balance budget Louisiana's tax and fee collections dropped $494 million - 42.7% - in April when compared to the same month last year.
67% : Looking at the GOP-heavy committee roster, Luneau, of Alexandria, said he knew he'd probably lose.
65% : "It's nonsensical for us to do things like this (tort reform bills).
64% : 'It's surreal':
64% : Bobby Jindal not to whack appropriations for higher education.
62% : Moments before Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, opined that local government, not the state, should handle such an issue.
57% : Luneau, of Alexandria, wanted to forbid insurance companies from including credit scores, gender and marital status -- the so-called "widow's penalty" -- in the algorithms that set rates for individual customers.
53% : True, the energy sector is suffering from low prices brought on by a trade war between Saudi Arabia and Russia coupled with a drop in demand as drivers stay at home during the pandemic.
44% : Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, nodded assent.
42% : Another committee heard that revenues had fallen so low that teachers wouldn't get the pay raises promised in March, nor would the state's financially strapped public universities receive their first real boost in state money in the 12 years since all the living governors but one came to the State Capitol to plead in vain with then-Gov.
42% : Legislature starts fast on bill
41% : We should be all in on COVID-19," Luneau said after the hearing.
41% : But they've made up their mind
41% : Rookie New Orleans Democratic Rep. Mandie Landry replied: "'Callous disregard' is sadly the phrase that best applies to this week."
40% : Though state government is facing a huge drop in revenues because of the coronavirus pandemic, almost the first legislation that moved out Mon... Then legislation that would require larger employers to provide paid sick leave -- 41% of Louisiana workers don't get paid when they take off because of illness -- was rejected on a 10-5 party-line committee vote.
38% : The measure, approved by the committee, appeared aimed to force Edwards' hand to begin reopening businesses in mid-May, when the governor has indicated the first phase of reopening could begin.
38% : HCR58 advanced to the House floor on party-line vote (though one Republican representing a hot spot refused to along with his colleagues).
35% : State Sen. Jay Luneau was a bit irritated after Republicans summarily shot down his suggested alternatives to tort reform during this first week of the renewed session.
33% : The Senate has 27 Republicans, which is more than needed for a supermajority.
30% : The Louisiana Budget Project summed up the first week in a tweet: "The Legislature's response to the coronavirus pandemic so far: advanced bills that would give a $150 million tax break for oil industry, a $206 million budget cut for everyone else, make it harder to collect unemployment benefits and deny access to paid sick days.
29% : The 68 Republicans in the House are just two votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override vetoes, suspend the rules and pretty much do whatever they want.
25% : Legislators of all political stripes were going to be at the table, promised House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzalez, because "this virus affects everybody."
24% : The Louisiana Legislature returned May 4 after recessing for 49 days to comply with the "stay at home" directive to reduce the community spread of coronavirus.
21% : Donelon countered that insurance policies are priced, basically, on costs plus profits divided by customers ranked by risk assessments.
19% : Is it a good idea to lower taxes on oil production in Louisiana?
17% : Meanwhile, across the hall, another committee agreed to lower severance taxes, basically allowing oil and gas companies to keep about $150 million they otherwise would have paid Louisiana over the next five years.
16% : So, removing that from the formula would only transfer the price now being paid by drivers with low credit scores to people with higher scores.
16% : Rather than getting bogged down in partisan bickering, legislators could throw themselves into addressing the pandemic and its effects on the state's economy, including to how to make up a $500 million revenue shortage, at least, in the state budget -- all by the end of the May when the session adjourns.
16% : This goes beyond House Concurrent Resolution 58 to strip Gov. John Bel Edwards of power to enforce directives aimed at mitigating the community spread of the coronavirus.
14% : and they're not going to back off."
10% : Leadership started the session saying one-third of the roughly 1,400 bills filed would be put aside.
8% : Statistics show people with lower credit scores have more wrecks, he said.
7% : Louisiana's GOP lawmakers stall paid sick leave requirement Republican state lawmakers Thursday rejected a proposal that would require many Louisiana businesses to provide paid sick leave to their worke...
5% : Luneau is just one of the 47 Democrats voicing disappointment that the majority's "pull together" rhetoric was jettisoned so early.

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