Senate Finance Chair doesn't support House budget proposal, but Republicans believe the spending proposal should advance
Posted on 4/22/2018 5:03:00 PM.
The chairman of Senate Finance has no desire to approve the budget the House passed last Thursday. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says he can’t support a spending plan that would kick 46,000 elderly and disabled people from nursing homes.
"I will never vote for this budget by the way," said LaFleur. "I will not allow 40,000 people to be thrown out into the streets. I'm not even running again for office, because I'm term limited, but I would still be embarrassed to vote for it." 
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Bill to allow 18 to 20-year-olds to purchase alcohol withdrawn
Posted on 4/3/2018 2:04:00 PM.

Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur withdrew his bill to allow 18 to 20-year-olds with parental consent to buy alcohol, after a Senate panel balked at the potential loss of federal funds. Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Juana Marine-Lombard says if passed the state would be out of compliance with the federal drinking age law.

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Bill would give 19, 20-year-olds an avenue to legally purchase alcohol
Posted on 3/23/2018 3:55:00 AM.

Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur bill would allow 19 and 20 year olds to purchase alcohol by themselves, if they pass a drinking responsibility class and have their parents’ consent. LaFleur says binge drinking by young adults is a dangerous trend that’s made worse by laws that try, and often fail to bar young people from getting their hands on booze.

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Budget receives final legislative passage, heads to governor's desk
Posted on 6/16/2017 11:50:00 AM.

The Louisiana Legislature finally passed a budget for next fiscal year. The spending plan, which fully funds TOPS and gives thousands of state workers a small pay raise received, final legislative approval in the Senate on Friday morning.

Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur of Ville Platte calls it a smart and reasonable spending plan that adequately funds the state’s biggest priorities.
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Senate Finance Committee makes major changes to budget proposal
Posted on 5/30/2016 4:40:00 PM.

The Senate Finance Committee has made their changes to the proposed budget for next fiscal year and sent it to the Senate floor. Amendments made to the budget only fund 48% of the TOPS scholarship program. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says they hope to have more money to fund the program after the special session.

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Senate approves bill to allow sale of raw milk
Posted on 4/19/2016 10:33:00 AM.

The bill to allow for the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk has been approved by the Senate, despite health risk concerns. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says consumers should be allowed to choose if they want to drink raw milk. He says it’s absurd that we can trust doctors to perform surgeries, but we can’t trust local farmers to produce safe milk.

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Wednesday at the Capitol: Louisiana Raw Milk Sale Take 3
Posted on 4/12/2016 11:00:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A bill that would allow the sale of raw milk from farmers to consumers is once again set to be heard by lawmakers today, after two failed attempts.

Audry Salvador is a mother from Sulphur and strong supporter of legalizing the sale of raw milk.
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Budget stalemate ending?
Posted on 3/3/2016 2:39:00 PM.

It appears the budget stalemate could be over. It started with the Senate Finance committee laying out its plans for addressing the state’s 900-million dollar budget shortfall this fiscal year. Chairman Eric LaFleur says through a combination of tax increases and budget cuts, they can close the deficit, if the House agrees to pass more tax bills that will generate an additional 83-million dollars.

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Special session down to the final week
Posted on 3/3/2016 3:54:00 AM.

There are seven days left in the special legislative session and lawmakers still are at odds over the best way to address the 940 million dollar budget deficit for this fiscal year. Jeremy Alford of says there has been repeated delays on many tax votes, but there should be some movement hopefully this afternoon.

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Proposal allowing raw milk sales does not pass Senate hearing
Posted on 5/6/2015 4:54:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Legislation that would legalize the sale of raw milk in Louisiana did not make it out of a Senate Committee. The bill's author, Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur, says there are many who believe purchasing raw milk is a basic human right and not something for government to be involved in.
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