Upcoming Louisiana highway projects discussed as session opens

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Scores of motorcycles were parked outside of the Louisiana State Capitol Monday morning, the first day of the 2017 Regular Session. Members of the American Bikers Active Toward Education (ABATE) of Louisiana support House Bill 161 that allows bikers to wear hoods, masks and safety disguises while operating their motorcycles. Photo by Sarah Gamard.

By Carrie Grace Henderson and Tryfon Boukouvidis

The joint Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works set the tone for what is expected to be a raucous debate in the 2017 Legislative session that opened Monday over the proposal to raise the gas tax.

The committee approved the Highway Priority Construction Program for the next fiscal year, but stripped it of its provisions that would take effect if the state came into more state or federal money.

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