With just over 24 hours left in the 2015 Legislature, most of the action Wednesday is taking place behind closed doors.
The Louisiana House was supposed to start at 10 a.m. -- an hour later than normal -- and even then met for just over one hour on mostly non-controversial issues before taking a two-hour lunch break.
The House voted 93-0 to send the state’s proposed $24 billion operating budget to a House-Senate negotiating committee.
The aim is to hammer out spending differences between the two chambers, which is traditional in the final days of the session.
The House also voted 95-0 to seek talks on House Bill 2, which is the construction budget that usually has far more projects than dollars to finance them.
Most of the rest of the action has focused on final approval of lesser known bills.
In addition, the House is voting on a wide range of resolutions.
One would order a study by two state agencies on the effectiveness of sex education that emphasizes abstinence.
Another would order the state Department of Transportation and Development to study the merits of state-built roundabouts.
The two-month session has to end by 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Legislative leaders are in behind-the-scenes talks on how to resolve a $1.6 billion shortfall to keep state spending at current levels.
One of the thorniest topics is how to raise enough revenue without running afoul of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s pledge not to endorse any net tax increases.