What will Louisiana's latest special session cover? Unemployment, Hurricane Laura relief, more

The Louisiana Legislature will begin its second special session of the year at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, legislative leaders said Monday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has concerns about the timing and scope of the session.

The gathering, which is being called by lawmakers, can last up to 30 days, and legislators have to adjourn by Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, said one reason for the timing is to avoid finishing too close to the general election, which is Nov. 3.

One of the key topics for the special session is the state's unemployment trust fund, which has plummeted from more than $800 million to less than $100 million. State law requires that when the trust fund dips below that level, a surtax paid by employers must be imposed on payroll – up to 30% for some businesses.

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