Louisiana's second special session ended October 26th, four days ahead of schedule.
During the session, lawmakers learned there is a projected $900 million deficit in next year’s state budget starting July 1, 2021. This is just a projection and some fear the situation could be worse. State lawmakers were hoping for additional federal assistance, but that did not happen since Congress delayed passage of an additional stimulus package until after the November elections. Depending on the scope and timing of that federal package, Louisiana could face a major deficit, which could necessitate another special session prior to the start of the regular legislative session on April 12, 2021.
A high-note of the session was the Louisiana House of Representatives passing House Resolution 15, regarding access to water in schools. The resolution is now headed to the Secretary of State for signage. Thanks to the help of You're the Cure advocates, we're one step closer to having an official policy on the books that would place water bottle filling stations in newly constructed schools and majorly renovated schools. We will continue to monitor activities in the state legislature, as well as advocate for improving water access in schools. Stay tuned!
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Since the CDC now encourages students and faculty to bring their personal water bottles to school due to COVID-19 and sometimes water fountains are not available, how are you and your loved ones impacted?
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Ashley Hebert, Louisiana Government Relations Director for the AHA, contributed to the article.