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Thu Jun 13, 2019, 07:03 PM

First major spending on Louisiana roads in 30 years is biggest surprise of the legislative session

A nearly $700 million roads bill that breezed through the Louisiana Legislature was one of the biggest surprises of the two-month session.

The legislation was the result of a delicate political balancing act pulled off by two lawmakers who are lawyers and friends who had never put their names on such a sweeping bill.

"This may be the most significant thing I ever do," said state Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, a third-year lawmaker who came up with the idea.

"It is the biggest bill I have ever been involved with, without question," said state Sen. Rick Ward III, R-Port Allen, Senate sponsor of the measure and one of four candidates to become the next president of the Louisiana Senate.

Read more: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_6250a9e8-87ac-11e9-8af5-7310c5e18c2a.html

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