|Posted on 6/5/2018 2:01:00 AM.|
The second special session of the year crashed and burned when lawmakers failed to pass a sales tax bill and that could result in a 30% cut to TOPS and 20% reduction in higher ed funding next fiscal year. The House rejected a Senate backed sales tax plan that would have replaced most of the 648-million dollars in expiring revenue.More
|special session, Louisiana, budget, fiscal cliff, legislation, tax, 2018, John Bel Edwards, Taylor Barras, Karen Carter Peterson|
|Posted on 5/31/2018 5:04:00 AM.|
A bill requiring public schools to display, and instruct students on the motto “In God We Trust” was signed by the governor after facing little opposition in the legislature. Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow on why she filed the bill.
“We have seen a moral decay in our schools and in our community because we have taken this out of our school system,” said Barrow.
|In God We Trust, legislation, regular session, religion, Regina Barro|
|Posted on 5/22/2018 2:24:00 PM.|
The sixth special session since Governor John Bel Edwards took office is underway. Edwards opened the session on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, as public colleges are at risk of budget cuts unless legislators approve 648-million dollars in taxes. Edwards hopes the legislature can come together on a plan.
|Governor John Bel Edwards, budget crisis, UL Lafayette, special session, legislation|
|Posted on 5/20/2018 4:52:00 AM.|
The latest school shooting, this time at Santa Fe High School, has reignited the conversation around gun regulations. In response to the Parkland massacre, several bills were introduced in Louisiana that targeted firearms, but all were struck down. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter, who introduced several gun bills this year, says he hopes the legislature will come around on gun control.
|Louisiana, gun control, legislation, Troy Carter|
|Posted on 5/17/2018 1:34:00 PM.|
The House has sent a 28-billion dollar budget to Governor John Bel Edwards, that fully funds healthcare, but slashes higher ed, funding for state agencies, and cuts TOPS by 30%. But it's likely the governor will not sign the spending plan of the cuts just mentioned.
House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the budget they approved identifies what programs need to be funded with revenue raised in a special session.
|Budget, Governor John Bel Edwards, legislation, Robert Johnson, Cameron Henry|
|Posted on 5/17/2018 1:18:00 PM.|
Three anti-hazing bills are on their way to the governor’s
desk following last fall’s death of LSU freshman Max Gruver. The house voted 88
to 1 in favor of final passage of house bill 78 otherwise known as the Max
Gruver Act. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore testified in
favor of the measure to give the current laws more teeth.
|Max Gruver, hazing, legislation, Hillar Moore|
|Posted on 5/17/2018 10:27:00 AM.|
Riverboat casinos were thrown a lifeline this week as
legislation was passed that would allow the water based facilities to expand
onto land. That has Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith, who owns Treasure Chest, Sam’s
Town, and Amelia Belle, pretty excited. He says this could lead more investment
in Louisiana facilities.
|Riverboat casino, legislation, Keith Smith|
|Posted on 5/3/2018 5:05:00 AM.|
|Two bills that would expand access to medical marijuana
are close to being put into law after moving through the full House, and now
being passed by a Senate committee. One bill would allow some children with
autism, if prescribed, access to the treatment. The bill’s sponsor, Harvey
Representative Rodney Lyons, says he was moved by an appeal from his
|medical marijuana, legislation, autism, PTSD, Rodney Lyons|
|Posted on 5/3/2018 4:20:00 AM.|
|A bill that would allow students to wear bulletproof
backpacks in public schools is set for final passage after clearing the House
Education Committee. The legislation, inspired by the Parkland, Florida
Shooting, received unanimous support. West Monroe Republican Mike Walsworth
says something needs to be done about the lack of safety for school children.|
|Mike Walsworth, bulletproof, backpack, legislation|
|Posted on 5/2/2018 12:41:00 PM.|
|A bill allowing riverboat casinos to build on land from current water bound facilities cleared a House committee 10-4, one of the
few gaming related bills to gain traction this session. The bill came under
fire from gambling critics for being a de facto expansion of casino services,
but bill sponsor Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns says that’s not the case.|
|riverboat casino, legislation, Ronnie Johns, Gene Mills|
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