Gov. Edwards reacts to end of legislative session

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session has come to an end. Both the House and Senate gaveled out for the final time around 6 PM Thursday evening.

Governor Edwards spoke quickly after the conclusion of the session.

Edwards praised legislators for putting education at the forefront.

“Every Louisianan deserves access to a world-class learning environment. From the time they learn the ABC’s in the early age to the time they earn their doctorate degree.”

Republican Michael Echols represents parts of Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Echols voted for a bill making kindergarten mandatory in the state.

“Early education, early childhood education is a big big deal if you are going to have the foundation, the building blocks to growing young minds.”

Governor Edwards also expressed an openness to signing Representative Cedric Glover’s bill reducing the penalty for being in possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Edwards said, “I am interested in signing the bill that lessens the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana.”

In addition, Edwards seemed open to signing a sports gambling bill that should set up wagering by the fall.

Edwards added that the budget’s focus on infrastructure will set up Louisiana nicely going forward.

“It’s a budget we can build a better future on and I’m glad that I signed it.”

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