As the Legislature adjourned Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed his support for the investments in education and infrastructure, including a teacher pay raise of $1,500 and $300 million toward a new Mississippi River bridge. But he also announced that he would acquiesce in one area that he has disagreed with Republican lawmakers saying he would allow a bill that prohibits transgender athletes from competing according to their gender identity to become law without his signature.
Today, the state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to advance a package of spending bills, including the operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But the House version of the bill has drawn some criticism from Gov. John Bel Edwards.