Legislators head home after productive session

Published: Jun. 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 2014 version of the legislative session saw issues ranging from medical marijuana to abortion issues to guns. All hot button topics that were tackled during the past 12 weeks. Lawmakers adjourned at 6 p.m. to head back home.

"Overall it has been fragmented because there was no agenda in the very beginning which gave us an outline of what we were going to accomplish during this session, but at the end of the day we did do some positive things and we were able to hold off some things that were not positive," says Rep. Regina Barrow D-Baton Rouge.

Veteran Lobbyist Liz Mangham has been sitting in the wings for the entire session. She's noticed something different this year.

"Regular people are more involved this year. We've seen a lot of citizens down here. Advocating for everything from data privacy for their children to more money for the developmentally disabled. We've just seen more citizen involvement than ever before," says Mangham.

Political analyst Jim Engster says this year's session was an absolute slam dunk for business interests.

"It was a big session for business. It's been a resounding session for business interest on just about every issue and no doubt about it business packs a wallop at the Capitol," says Engster.

And don't look for any fireworks next year.

"I think the eye next year will be on November rather than the end of the session. There may not be a lot of heavy lifting because lawmakers in an election year quite often steer away from controversy like the plague," says Engster.

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