Apr 24, 2011 2:04 PM by Chris Welty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Weary lawmakers still smarting from
angry battles over the drawing of their political districts return
to the Louisiana Capitol on Monday to take up the difficult task of
balancing next year's budget.
The two-month regular session will be jam-packed with tough
decisions on whether to sell state prisons, merge colleges and
raise college tuition and where to cut state spending to close a
$1.6 billion budget gap.
If those decisions weren't tricky enough, lawmakers will
consider a series of non-financial bills to ban abortion, place the
Ten Commandments on capitol grounds and toughen immigration laws.
Also up for debate are perennial bills to ban smoking in casinos
and bars, restrict cell phone use in cars and allow concealed
handguns on college campuses.