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Legislative session reaches its midpoint next week

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Lawmakers reach the midpoint of their annual legislative session next week, with no bills yet reaching final passage, budget negotiations at a critical point and a series of proposals already on the trash heap.

Proposals to ban discrimination against gay state workers, enact term limits on statewide elected officials and put limits on the TOPS free college tuition program are dead for the session. So is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tax plan.

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