UPDATED: Two Capital Outlay Bills Coming

With a 6 p.m. bill filing deadline approaching, it appears the Legislature will be seeing double when it comes to the annual construction budget.

Ways and Means Chairman Neil Abramson is expected to introduce his version of HB 2, which will mirror the capital outlay plan the administration recently drafted.

However, Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger will be carrying a separate capital outlay bill that likewise hosts Gov. John Bel Edwards' construction priorities.

That means there will be two construction budgets in the process this session.

Abramson said he expects his HB 2 to emerge from the session with only minimal changes, but out of an abundance of caution the governor and his allies want Leger's legislation available as an option.

Last year's regular session adjourned without the Legislature passing a capital outlay bill, which forced lawmakers to take up the construction budget during the second special session.

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