17:30 Legislative Report February 28

Governor John Bel Edwards calls the next 24 hours critical for the state House to get behind tax bills to address a looming one billion dollar deficit. With one week to go in the special session, the House has yet to pass any revenue generating proposals. Houma Representative Tanner Magee says he sees a lack of urgency in the House

Cut 15 (07) “right now”

A billion dollars worth of temporary sales taxes will expire June 30th and Edwards called lawmakers into a 17-day special session to replace the revenue that will be lost. Magee says any tax bill will need 70 votes to pass and he doesn’t see it happening…

Cut 16  (12)  “get there”

Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on Secretary of State Tom Schedler to resign immediately as a result of a lawsuit filed by his former secretary accusing one of the top state officials of sexual harassment. In a statement to the press, Edwards says sexual harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated…

Cut 11 (06) “sexual harrassment.”

Republican state senator Sharon Hewitt also believes Schedler should step down. Hewitt’s political consultant Jay Connaughton (Con-au-tin) says she believes there will be a negative impact on the Secretary of State’s office if he remains…

Cut 14 (08) “is indefensible”

Hewitt is the first Republican asking for Schedler’s resignation. Schedler has no comment about the calls for his resignation.