The Louisiana Legislature begins its second special session of 2020 today at 6 p.m. and will adjourn in just over four weeks by Oct. 27. The session call
lists a total of 70 items that can be discussed, but lawmakers have identified three priorities for the session: Hurricane Laura disaster relief and recovery efforts, ongoing issues with the pandemic and the state's Unemployment Trust Fund.
While only about 30 bills have been filed at this point, more are expected within the next two weeks. Committee hearings will begin this week with the House hearing bills on the floor as early as Friday.
Late last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to the Senate president and speaker of the House
requesting that the legislature use this session to reallocate $175 million in unspent funds in the Main Street Recovery Grant Program. Earlier this year, the legislature created this program by allocating $275 million of federal CARES Act relief funds for economic support of small businesses through the Louisiana Department of Treasury.
Edwards’ proposal is to allocate $75 million in funding to the state’s unemployment trust fund, $75 million to local governments most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and $25 million in grants for businesses closed in phases two and three of Louisiana’s COVID response, such as bars.