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House, Senate Diverge on Curbing Louisiana Governor’s Power | Louisiana News

By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Republicans on Thursday started advancing multiple approaches to intervene in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus decision-making, as disagreements emerge with the Senate on the best method of attack.

The House and Senate, in their first week of a monthlong special session, disagree over how far lawmakers should go and what’s within the limits of their constitutional authority.

Negotiations continue behind the scenes as lawmakers in the majority-Republican Legislature try to determine what can win support from both chambers — and what could get enough votes to either override Edwards’ veto or avoid the Democratic governor’s desk entirely.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee backed bills that would require lawmakers to determine whether a governor can renew an emergency or disaster declaration after 30 days. The panel also approved a more immediate measure sponsored by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder

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House, Senate diverge on curbing Louisiana governor’s power

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Republicans on Thursday started advancing multiple approaches to intervene in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus decision-making, as disagreements emerge with the Senate on the best method of attack.

The House and Senate, in their first week of a monthlong special session, disagree over how far lawmakers should go and what’s within the limits of their constitutional authority.

Negotiations continue behind the scenes as lawmakers in the majority-Republican Legislature try to determine what can win support from both chambers — and what could get enough votes to either override Edwards’ veto or avoid the Democratic governor’s desk entirely.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee backed bills that would require lawmakers to determine whether a governor can renew an emergency or disaster declaration after 30 days. The panel also approved a more immediate measure sponsored by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder that would jettison Edwards’ coronavirus

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CCAGW PAC Endorses Four Louisiana House Candidates and Sen. Bill Cassidy

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for re-election to the House of Representatives, and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for re-election to the Senate.

CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on the candidates’ lifetime score in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Based on their exemplary lifetime ratings, all five representatives have earned lifetime “Taxpayer Hero” awards. Rep. Mike Johnson has a lifetime rating of 95 percent. Reps. Higgins has a lifetime rating of 93 percent as does Rep. Scalise, who also had a perfect 100 percent “Taxpayer Super Hero” rating in 2017. Reps. Graves has a lifetime rating of 90 percent. Sen. Cassidy has a lifetime rating of 81 percent, including a perfect 100 percent “Taxpayer Super Hero” rating in 2015.

“During their tenures in the

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