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

Senate Committee votes to advance Tangi riverboat proposal to floor
Posted on 3/21/2018 3:05:00 AM.

Senate Judiciary B passed a bill to give Tangipahoa residents an opportunity to vote on allowing a casino along the Tangipahoa River near the I12 Robert exit. If adopted, the Diamond Jack Casino in Bossier could be relocated, maintaining the state’s current number of riverboat casino licenses at 15.

Tangipahoa Parish, riverboats, gaming, gambling, 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

Dardenne issues challenge to pro budget cut legislators
Posted on 3/13/2018 1:02:00 PM.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is warning that lawmakers will not be able to cut their way to a balanced budget for next fiscal year. He testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today and reiterated the governor’s call to wrap up the regular session in early May, so that a special session that addresses revenue can be called to tackle the fiscal cliff.

Jay Dardenne, regular session, legislature, Baton Rouge, fiscal cliff

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

Gov. Edwards lays out his legislative agenda to start regular session
Posted on 3/12/2018 2:34:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards kicked off the regular session today by laying out his legislative agenda, and tearing into lawmakers who failed to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor highlighted the plight of Louisiana’s highest performing students, who could begin to be poached by universities in other states with TOPS still up in the air. Edwards says right now Bama is beating us academically, and athletically.

John Bel Edwards, regular session, fiscal cliff, TOPS, minimum wage, licensing, gun control, Alabama

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