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LOUISIANA - Special legislative session planned for November
« on: October 07, 2005, 10:00:52 AM »
Title: Special legislative session planned for November
Date: 10/7/2005, 12:07 p.m. CT
Author: The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) `” A two-week special legislative session to focus on problems created by the back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will begin next month, House and Senate officials said Friday.

The session will begin Nov. 6 and can last through Nov. 18, according to House spokeswoman Sheila McCant. "It's been confirmed," she said.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who will issue the formal outline for the special session, planned to release a statement about the session dates Friday afternoon, according to her press office.

The agenda for the session is expected to include a host of legal matters raised by the hurricanes, like evictions, changes to the state's funding formula for public schools and suspension of some legal deadlines, according to Senate President Don Hines.

He said only emergency matters will be discussed in the sesssion, and he said he didn't expect the topics to be contentious.

Money matters, particularly ways to slash spending in the state budget because of an expected deficit that tops $1 billion, won't come up in the November session, according to Hines, D-Bunkie.

"We're still trying to get a handle on it," he said of the budget problems.

Hines said he expected a second special session to deal with budget cuts and other hurricane matters would be held in January.

"That will deal with more complicated issues than this one," he said.

He said changes to elections laws to deal with the scattering of hurricane evacuees beyond their traditional polling places likely would be debated in the January session as well.
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