Public school corporal punishment ban heads to House floor
Posted on 4/26/2017 1:39:00 PM.
The House Education Committee advances a measure that would ban corporal punishment of any kind in public schools. House Bill 497 is by Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton who says there is no proof that spanking a student has actually worked at changing behavior.
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Bill to ban sanctuary city policies barely passes out of House Committee
Posted on 4/26/2017 1:10:00 PM.

A bill that would ban so-called sanctuary city policies barely passed out the House Criminal Justice Committee. Chairman Sherman Mack broke a 7-7 tie by casting the final “yes” vote. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says her measure isn’t about discrimination, but putting America first. She says she raised her children in Mexico for 18 years…

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Bill to ban corporal punishment for kids with disabilities passes out of House Committee
Posted on 4/26/2017 11:50:00 AM.

A bill that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment on children with disabilities in public schools passes out of the House Education Committee. The panel was told that 38 public school districts in Louisiana allow corporal punishment. And Michelle Hurst with the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council says unfortunately students with disabilities are on the receiving end of this kind of punishment.

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Bill to limit first-time opioid prescriptions moves to House floor
Posted on 4/26/2017 11:13:00 AM.

The House Health and Welfare Committee advances a bill that would limit first-time opioid prescriptions in Louisiana, in the hopes of addressing a growing opioid epidemic. Former Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen DeSalvo testified in support of the bill.

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Bill to teach litter education grade school passes out of House Committee
Posted on 4/26/2017 11:08:00 AM.

A measure that would require public schools to teach litter prevention and awareness to students from kindergarten to fifth grade passed out of the House Education Committee. Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful Susan Russell spoke in support of the bill and says educating young children on litter will give them the tools to become good environmental stewards.

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13 UL-Lafayette football players suspended from team after allegedly robbing dorm room
Posted on 4/26/2017 10:06:00 AM.

More than a dozen UL-Lafayette football players have been suspended indefinitely from the team after allegedly robbing a dorm room on campus. Lt. Billy Abrams with the UL-Lafayette Police Department says 13 football players stole several items from a room in Huger Hall.

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