Louisiana legislature calls special session for third time since 1954

Mid-South

A general view of the Louisiana State Capitol prior to a rally against Louisiana’s stay-at-home order and economic shutdown on April 17, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Governor John Bell Edwards has said Louisiana’s high rate of infections and deaths does not position the state to quickly open back up. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/FILE)

BATON ROUGE, La. (NewsNation Now) — For just the third time since 1954, the Louisiana legislature has called a special session.

The 30-day session will start Monday and tackle a number of issues including unemployment relief, funds for those affected by Hurricane Laura, and the power struggle between the legislature and governor’s office.

Republicans in the legislature said the governor’s office has “an imbalance of power” when an emergency is declared.

The Louisiana GOP claims Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 mitigation effort has left too many businesses hurting. Edwards disagrees.

“To abandon these efforts in defiance of the unanimous advice of the public health experts and the Trump administration would seriously jeopardize the lives of our people and the gains we have made,” he said.

According to Johns Hopkins University data compiled by the NewsNation research team, as of Monday, Louisiana was not conducting enough tests to get an accurate representation of COVID-19 and positivity rates.

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said Monday the special session will not end “without a solution to this problem.”

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