After rejecting sweeping measures to protect women from being paid less than men for the same work, lawmakers gave final passage Friday to a bill that specifies intentional pay discrimination based on sex is illegal.

The spending plan includes new money for services to help the disabled, higher education and public schools.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and higher education leaders have won legislative support for a new incentive fund that will direct money to high-demand degree and worker training programs.

Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years.

Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that limits spending on construction projects to $355 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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