The 2020 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature began on March 9th. That same day, Louisiana announced its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Nobody could have predicted what the next few days, weeks and months would bring for our country, our state and our families.
The Louisiana Legislature reconvened May 4th, leaving just 27 days to complete the budget, capital outlay and work through over 1,000 bills filed.
In late May, nearing the end of the regular session and recognizing the great deal of work needed to be done to help Louisiana businesses get back in commerce after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Legislature, for only the second time in its history, called itself into a special legislative session.
With a compressed time frame and a major effort to provide businesses lifelines to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, the legislature prioritized reforming Louisiana’s legal climate, balancing the state budget, limiting government spending and creating the extending incentives to spur investment and economic activity across Louisiana.
ABC of Louisiana was largely supportive of these legislative efforts.
ABC of Louisiana had a successful 2020 regular and special legislative session. We expect to tally up more successes for the merit shop during the second special session projected to take place later in the year.
This report is a recap of the activity on several bills of note tracked by ABC of Louisiana during the 2020 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.