A bill that to extend the age of foster care in Louisiana to 21 won surprise approval in committee here Monday following an emotional presentation and testimony that left some panel members in tears. The Senate Finance Committee has put aside every bill this session that would increase state spending as Louisiana grapples with a looming $692 million deficit. But in the end Senate Bill 129 was too compelling to turn down. “I can’t believe we got it out,” said author Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City, who gathered outside the committee room with as many as 20 foster kids, foster parents and foster officials to give a prayer of thanks afterward. “It’s a tragedy when these kids turn 18 they’re put out on the street,” Gatti said. “We can’t abandon these children.”

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