Public Wants Lawmakers to Address Broad Set of Issues amid Fiscal Crisis

February 1, 2016

For Special Session, Public Prefers Broad Call That Gives Lawmakers More Latitude

A large majority of Louisiana residents wants lawmakers to have the opportunity to take up a broad set of issues in the special session. Governor Edwards has indicated he will call the Louisiana Legislature into a special session to address the state’s budgetary challenges. Constitutionally, the legislature can only take up those topics the governor enumerates in his call.

In a survey sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, we asked a sample of Louisiana residents whether the new governor should tightly control topics that lawmakers consider in a likely special session or give them the opportunity to consider a broader set of issues. The survey was fielded last fall during the gubernatorial campaign.

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