Most juveniles with life sentences will now receive a chance for parole
Posted on 8/1/2017 5:24:00 AM.

Most juvenile killers will no longer be eligible to receive life sentences without the chance for parole, as a new law goes into effect today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says the law was needed because the US Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that murderers convicted as juveniles could not be sentenced to life without parole. He says the argument was made because of young people’s capacity to change.

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Murderers convicted as juveniles will be parole eligible after 25 years
Posted on 6/8/2017 4:39:00 PM.

Murderers convicted as juveniles will be eligible for parole after 25 years, as a bill by Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor wins final passage. Albany Representative Sherman Mack chairs the Criminal Justice Committee and pushed for 30 years instead of 25 because he says that’s what the families of the victims want.

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Senate approves bill to give parole eligibility to juvenile killers
Posted on 4/27/2017 10:50:00 AM.

A bill to provide parole eligibility for juveniles convicted of murder has been approved by the state Senate. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says his proposal would bring Louisiana in line with a 2012 Supreme Court decision that prohibits juvenile offenders from receiving life sentences without parole. The measure would provide parole eligibility after 25 years for juveniles who received life sentences after June 25, 2012.

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Bill to abolish death penalty in Louisiana clears Senate panel 6-1
Posted on 4/25/2017 12:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern & Halen Doughty reporting.
On a 6 to 1 vote, a Senate Judiciary committee approves a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana. The bill by Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor would eliminate the death penalty for capital murder and aggravated rape cases after July 31.
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Bill to eliminate death penalty to be heard before Senate Committee
Posted on 4/25/2017 2:40:00 AM.

A bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana goes before a Senate Committee today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says this would end the death penalty for first degree murder and rape offenses committed after July 31st. He says given the state’s massive budget problems, this punishment makes no fiscal sense.

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Bill to provide parole for juvenile killers heads to the Senate floor
Posted on 4/18/2017 1:49:00 PM.

A measure that would offer parole after 30 years behind bars for those convicted of life sentences for murder committed while they were juveniles passed out of a Senate committee. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor’s bill has the support of State Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson. Johnson says there needs to be a line drawn between immature juveniles and corrupt juveniles.

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Baton Rouge lawmaker seeks to end death penalty in Louisiana
Posted on 3/31/2017 1:35:00 PM.

A Baton Rouge lawmaker is calling for the end of the death penalty in Louisiana for first degree murder and first degree rape offenses committed after July 31st. Republican Senator Dan Claitor says the death penalty cheapens life, which degrades society. He says his Catholic religion teaches everyone’s life is sacred from conception to natural death.

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Resolution filed to expel Senator Brown from Senate
Posted on 2/13/2017 5:15:00 PM.

A resolution has been filed for the special session that seeks to expel Napleonville Senator Troy Brown from the legislature, because of two recent domestic abuse convictions. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt filed the measure along with Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor. Hewitt says anytime an elected official breaks the law, it erodes the public’s trust in all elected leaders.

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Sen Brown says he won't leave office after second domestic abuse charge
Posted on 1/14/2017 5:05:00 PM.

Napoleonville Senator Troy Brown issued a statement saying he has no intention of leaving office, as some state lawmakers are calling for his resignation after he was convicted for a second time on a charge of domestic abuse battery. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor hopes Brown won’t force the Senate to expel him from office.

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Gov. Edwards signs bills to restrict where drones can fly
Posted on 6/22/2016 11:18:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law two bills that will regulate drone use in Louisiana. Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor authored one of the measures and says under his bill, you could be charged with criminal trespassing if you use a drone to peep on your neighbors.

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