Lawmakers have rejected amendments made in the La. House Appropriations Committee that stripped almost $500-million in one-time money from the proposed budget.

Rep. Jim Fannin

On Monday, Chairman Jim Fannin of Jonesboro offered the amendment that removed $500 million from the budget. Fannin says the removal of one-time dollars from the state’s $24 billion budget would have meant a 22 percent across-the-board reduction in funding for state agencies. Higher education would have been included in that, something that would cause controversy as that entity has already suffered numerous budget cuts in the past few years.

What this move by lawmakers means is the bill will need a two-thirds majority vote of House members - in compliance with the Geymann Rule - before it can be sent to the La. Senate. The bill is slated for floor debate in the House on May 9th.