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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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BATONROUGE, La. -- As lawmakers leave the capitol for another year, they do so with mixed emotions. Some of their bills passed, others failed, but that's the legislative process.

Here's a look at some of the local winners and losers.

Some of the winners include members of the legislature who avoided a special session after agreeing to a $25 billion state budget in the final hours of the regular session.

The budget provides an additional $69 million for public education with a 2.75 percent raise for teachers.

The New Orleans hospitality industry also came up big this year. Lawmakers approved a bill allowing hotels to collect a special assessment to help market the city, and approved a plan to raise the money to fund improvements to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the former World Trade Center site at the foot of Canal. Ferry riders also have something to cheer about.

The legislature passed a bill setting the stage for the RTA to take over the ferries and continue the service into the future.

Among the losers:

Gun enthusiasts - A bill that would have prohibited federal oversight of Louisiana's gun laws stalled in the final weeks of the session.

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act - Lawmakers rejected bills to expand Medicaid in the state.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu - Lawmakers voted down his request to reduce juvenile court by two judges and rejected his plan to take control of the firefighters pension system.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will now spend the next couple of weeks looking at the bills that passed during the session, deciding which ones to sign, veto or allow to become law without his signature.

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