By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the House have refused to accept a procedural move by their leaders that would have given most of the decision-making on next year's budget to the Senate.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and Appropriations Chairman Jim Fannin sought to remove $490 million in patchwork funding from the budget. The inclusion of such money triggers a two-thirds vote requirement for House debate on the bill.
Fannin persuaded his committee to strip the money from the budget in hopes of working with the Senate to return the funding. But on Tuesday, the full House refused to accept that change, voting 72-22 against it.
That maneuver keeps the 1-time financing in the budget proposal - and gives lawmakers leverage to stall the spending plans if House members can't negotiate a budget compromise.