The Louisiana House chamber will be vacant Friday, but the Senate Finance Committee will be at work.
The committee, which will meet once the full Senate concludes its work, is turning to lingering proposals after finishing changes to the main budget legislation.
The session ends next week.
The committee has a full agenda that includes a tax amnesty program, the Legislature’s budget and school crisis management plans.
House Bill 456 would create an amnesty program designed to encourage 300,000 taxpayers with outstanding state tax debts to settle with the state.
Taxpayers would be given two years to do so. In the first year, all penalties and interest would be forgiven if tax bills are paid in full. In the second year, a 50 percent discount would be offered on penalties and interest.
State Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, filed House Bill 368 to require public school principals to review crisis management and response plans at least once a year.
Legislators and Gov. Bobby Jindal are looking at school safety in Louisiana following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Adam Lanza allegedly shot and killed his mother before driving to the school and opening fire. He later took his own life.
Twenty schoolchildren and six adults died in the shooting spree after Lanza blasted his way into the school.
Before his death, Lanza apparently struggled with issues that caused him to isolate himself.
Also on the agenda is a bill with which the House wrestled. House Bill 516 would allow borrowing for construction of a private hotel and other development projects around the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
It took votes over two days in the House to move the bill to the Senate. Concerns centered on whether the state would be on the hook for part of the projects’ cost.
Another proposal, House Bill 382, attracted little attention as it moved through the Legislature.
HB382 would create a program for volunteer firefighters to be reimbursed the cost of college tuition. The catch is that the Legislature would have to appropriate the dollars.