Bill mandating display of "In God We Trust" in public schools passes committee
Posted on 3/22/2018 1:04:00 PM.

A bill requiring the motto “In God We Trust” to be displayed in public schools passed the Senate Education Committee. The legislation by Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow mirrors efforts in several other southern states this year to have the motto displayed prominently in gathering spaces at public schools. Barrow says young people are suffering from a lack of proper values.

In God We Trust, legislation, regular session, religion, Regina Barrow

Wake bill advances to Senate floor
Posted on 3/22/2018 3:25:00 AM.

Senator Dan Claitor’s bill that would make it a crime to generate wakes that damage property while driving a vehicle through flooded streets has passed through committee and is on its way to the senate floor. The Baton Rouge Senator says he was moved to create the bill after hearing horror stories from his constituents about reckless drivers during the 2016 floods.

floods, Dan Claitor, legislation, regular session

Bill requiring unanimous juries for felonies passes Senate committee
Posted on 3/20/2018 4:39:00 PM.

A Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would allow citizens to vote on whether Louisiana should require unanimous juries for felony convictions. Currently, only 10 of 12 jurists are needed to convict someone of a felony, making Louisiana and Oregon the only two states that do not require a unanimous jury. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says our current laws aren’t making people any safer in one of the most crime ridden states in the nation.

regular session, legislation, JP Morrell, criminal justice, jury, Pete Adams

Bill to bolster sexual harassment victim's rights passes commitee
Posted on 3/16/2018 1:05:00 PM.

A bill that would prevent businesses from requiring employees to sign agreements blocking them from going to court over sexual harassment claims passed the House Labor Committee. The proposal by Representative Robert Johnson is part of a nationwide effort, backed by Attorney Generals, to protect victims of workplace misconduct.

sexual harassment, #metoo, Robert Johnson, legislation, regular session, litigation

Bill to fight bullying in schools passes committee
Posted on 3/16/2018 3:24:00 AM.

Shreveport Senator John Milkovich’s legislation that would give teachers more freedom to decide how to handle bullies in public schools passed through the Senate Education Committee. The bill gives teachers a wide leniency to teachers to “take all steps deemed necessary” to the bullying, including involving the police, and personally restraining the offending student.

bullying, education, John Milkovich, legislation, regular session

Senate Labor Committee approves minimum wage and equal pay bills
Posted on 3/15/2018 2:20:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards appeared before the Senate Finance committee this morning to support a bills that would raise the minimum wage, mandate equal pay for women, and allow employees to openly discuss pay with other employees without retribution. Edwards made a campaign promise that he would fight for better wages.

legislation, regular session, labor, wages, minimum wage, equal pay, pay secrecy

Appropriations takes a first look at the budget in the regular session
Posted on 3/13/2018 5:32:00 AM.

In Baton Rouge today the House Appropriations Committee will begin the long process of attempting to hammer out a budget before the end of the regular session. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne doubts the legislature can pass a spending plan facing a billion dollar revenue shortfall.

regular session, legislation, Jay Dardenne, Cameron Henry

Regular session could take on several big ticket items
Posted on 3/11/2018 2:36:00 PM.

The regular session begins Monday less than a week after the special session crashed and burned. Fiscal cliff negotiations will be put on hold while a slew of other issues take center stage. There are several gun control bills filed, but Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin doesn't see any of the measures to restrict who can purchase an assault rifle passing.

regular session, legislation, Barry Erwin

Bill would penalize wake creators in flood areas
Posted on 2/25/2018 6:26:00 PM.

Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor is proposing a bill that would fine wreckless drivers for creating potentially dangerous wakes while driving through flooded areas. The bill would add a new specification to existing law that would fine drivers up to $500, with potential for 90 days in jail. Claitor says the legislation was inspired by flood horror stories from his constituents.

Dan Claitor, floods, legislation

Transparency push clears first hurdle in the House
Posted on 2/20/2018 5:44:00 PM.

A bill to create a transparency tool called Louisiana Checkbook passed the House Appropriations committee, and may be considered on the House floor later this week. The program closely mirrors, where Ohio residents are presented a detailed report about state expenses. House Speaker Taylor Barras says it’s a user friendly tool for the public.

Louisiana Checkbook, transparency, legislation, special session, Taylor Barras, Jay Dardenne

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