La. House approves construction budget bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House overwhelmingly agreed to $783 million in surplus spending plans included in the state's construction budget. But House members tied up a second bill that includes the financing for many of the construction projects in hopes of forcing

Gov. Bobby Jindal to renegotiate some of the spending plans. After several hours of debate, the House approved the construction budget bill, called the "capital outlay" bill, in a 90-3 vote. But a separate financing bill for the construction budget failed to get the two-thirds vote needed to pass.

Lawmakers who voted against the financing bill say they want Jindal to agree to adjustments to next year's spending plans. But House Speaker Jim Tucker says he expects the next vote on the financing bill to be successful, because several members of the House were absent Friday.

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