Constitutional amendment OK’d by Louisiana House

The Louisiana House on Wednesday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar consideration of rebates, incentives and abatements in other than fiscal sessions of the Legislature.

The House voted 92-5 for the proposition sponsored by state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge.

James said he proposed House Bill 131 “to close a loophole” that has allowed consideration of the financial issues in general sessions in even numbered years.

“I’m basically trying to honor the will of the voters of this state,” said James, referring to a constitutional provision that limits tax issues to fiscal only sessions in odd-numbered years.

The proposed constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate prior to going to Louisiana voters for approval.

The bill now goes to the state Senate for action.