Capitol Views by Maginnis: Author rejects cap on tuition rebate bill, while parole bill passes the House and retirement bills are postponed
The Senate today put a $300 million cap on a bill to grant refundable tax credits to those who contribute to nonprofits providing private-school scholarships to public-school students. But the author, Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot of River Ridge, would not accept it and got the House to reject the amendments and send House Bill 696 to conference committee. Democrats argued that a cap would serve to control the scholarship program from getting out of hand and draining the state budget. Talbot argued that each such rebate saves the state money because it would amount to less than the Minimum Foundation Program allotment for each public school student. Talbot said he would not sign a conference committee report that included a cap. The speaker seemed to support him by appointing a conference committee of Talbot, Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette. A House member called out, "That's a stacked deck." Read the full column here for additional coverage on a parole bill that passed through the House today and on retirement bills that were pushed back to next week.
(John Maginnis will publish a daily update throughout the legislative session on Daily Report PM. The report is also available to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers on the Subscribers Only page at LaPolitics.com. Registration is available on the homepage.)
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is providing a daily video update featuring highlights of the session, which you can see beginning at 6 p.m. here.
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