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Louisiana’s veto override clash is moving to the House. Republican state lawmakers hope to get a few Democrats in the House to rebuff Gov. John Bel Edwards and overturn his rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams with their identified gender. That appeared to be the only one of 28 bills spurned by Edwards that had a chance of becoming law in the historic veto session.

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The chairs of the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry are holding a press conference to unveil the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch their remarks live.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch the hearing live.

Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are opening their budget hearings amid a new round of partisan financial disputes.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republican leaders are arguing over how much money Louisiana is collecting in taxes and whether to spend it all.

Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras has blocked economists' recommendations to increase the state income forecast and make more money available for next year's budget.

Edwards proposed a 2019-20 spending plan that assumes the money eventually will be recognized.

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House and Senate committees are meeting today to discuss legislation that if adopted would trigger a constitutional convention. Much of the interest is due to the state’s current budgetary law that restricts cuts to only higher ed and health care when faced with a budget deficit. Senator Troy Carter, who has proposed his own bill to tackle the issue, says it’s time to bring our government into 2018.

 

Carter says, "In order for us to enjoy reform, we have to go back and look back at our practices and bring them in line with the 21st century."

 

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The House is set to try again today on passing tax proposals that will go towards closing a one-billion dollar budget deficit. A sales tax bill that would generate 300-million dollars anually was soundly defeated on Wednesday, but House Speaker Taylor Barras says that measure is still a critical part of addressing the fiscal cliff.

 

Lawmakers are running out of time as the special session to pass revenue generating measures must end Wednesday night. Barras says we’ll know after today on whether this special session will be successful.