Lawmakers change rules for passing school formula

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's lawmakers have agreed to change the process for handling the public school financing formula, to comply with a recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling.

The high court said the 2012-13 formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program or MFP, was unconstitutional because it didn't reach certain timeline and voting benchmarks.

The legislation by Rep. John Bel Edwards will enshrine the process outlined in the court decision into the rules of the Legislature. It will require the school formula be handled in the same method as required for passage of a bill, even though the formula is filed through a different type of legislation.

The House gave final passage to the rule change with a 94-1 vote Wednesday. It takes effect Friday.

House Concurrent Resolution 14 can be found at

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