Senate Bill 84 fell six votes short on a 20-17 vote. The bill needed 26 votes after Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, dealt supporters a blow by declaring it required two-thirds’ approval.Industry lobbyists in Baton Rouge were shy about commenting afterward.
“Citizens lose. Lobbyists win. The voice of the people was silenced by campaign contributions,” the Rev. Lee Wesley, of Baton Rouge, said afterward.
Snake at the Capitol: We had an unwanted visitor on Press Row this morning. #lalege pic.twitter.com/M05rnH7X6i
— Melinda Deslatte (@MelindaDeslatte) April 29, 2014