Together Louisiana just beat back an attempt at legislative subterfuge to undermine local control over industrial tax exemptions.
Senator Bodi White tried to use the conference committee process to throw out the ENTIRE CONTENT of a resolution he sponsored, replacing it, whole cloth, with the language of a bill to undermine local control over industrial tax exemptions that had been defeated 5 TIMES this session already.
The trickery passed the Senate unanimously, with no one, it seems, catching what was going on. It was set for a House floor vote Thursday afternoon.
Rep. Ted James caught the dirty trick and alerted Together Louisiana.
TLA sent out an action alert at 2:37pm. And here's what happened next:
1) Over the next 30 mins, legislators were SWARMED with emails opposing the trickery. We heard "hundreds" and "dozens every minute." YOU GUYS STEPPED UP BIG TIME.
2) Because the conference committee report went beyond the disagreement between the House & Senate versions, debating it required a suspension of the rules.
3) At 3:18pm, the motion to suspend the rules FAILED, killing this last-ditch piece of trickery.
In short, active citizens helped beat back YET ANOTHER attempt to undermine local control over industrial tax exemptions.
Now keep vigilant! Those pushing these attempts to distort Louisiana's tax system to benefit the very few will be back.
It is, quite literally, their job.