The 2012 Louisiana legislative session is in the books and now lawmakers are back in their districts.
Some of the high-profile issues included the 2013 budget (including deep cuts to LSU Medical School in Shreveport) and Gov. Bobby Jindal's K-12 education reform.
But there were countless smaller scale issues that will have direct impacts here in the Arklatex:
-$8 million for more classroom space at SUSLA
-$50,000 to address fire protection at Camp Minden in Webster Parish
-$6 million in construction bonds to help Bossier Parish build a parish-wide sewage system
Also, parents caring for their autistic children will get some pocketbook relief with a measure that raises the age cap for autism insurance benefits from 16 to 21 and eliminates a $144,000 cap on lifetime benefits.
While there was local delegation cohesion for some issues, Northwest Louisiana delegates were split on the LSUS - LA Tech merger proposal, which eventually failed.
The 2013 budget was approved last week at $25.6 million.