Legislation filed to make it easier to recall elected officials
Posted on 2/8/2018 12:51:00 PM.

Mandeville Representative Paul Hollis filed legislation that would make it easier for Louisianans to recall their elected representatives. Hollis says the Bayou State makes it incredibly difficult to recall a politician in a densely populated district.
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Rep. Ivey files legislation to create the 'Louisiana Checkbook
Posted on 2/7/2018 4:14:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey is proposing legislation for the regular session that would require state agencies to publish all of their expenditures online for the public. The measure would create a “Louisiana Checkbook” that Ivey says is all about transparency.

“We want to give taxpayers the ability to be able to see where every single dollar is spent in state government. Not on the aggregate, but on the individual transaction level.”
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Legislature faces similar budget problems 17 years later
Posted on 6/13/2017 3:54:00 AM.

It’s been 17 years since the legislature adjourned a regular session without passing a budget, until this year of course. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was there nearly two decades ago, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He quoted some familiar phrases uttered on the House floor to the Baton Rouge Press Club.
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State Rep claims Senator Peterson used an obscenity against her during a heated moment at the Capitol
Posted on 6/9/2017 11:37:00 AM.

Haughton Representative Dodie Horton claims New Orleans Senator Karen Peterson told her “shut the f up” in the chaotic final minutes of the regular session. The House was attempting to approve a budget through procedural moves, and Horton says there was well orchestrated chaos when members of the black caucus continued to jeer in the back.
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Gov Edwards calls regular session epic failure of leadership in the House
Posted on 6/8/2017 7:58:00 PM.

Another special session has started at the State Capitol, after lawmakers failed to pass a budget for next fiscal year. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards calls it an epic failure by House Republican leadership.
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TOPS expected to be fully funded in budget
Posted on 6/8/2017 2:54:00 AM.

Budget negotiations continue at the Capitol, but the House and Senate say they plan to fully fund TOPS next fiscal year. Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says education leaders are still holding their breath until the session ends this evening. He says funding TOPS gives students some certainty, but its possible scholarship recipients will have to pay some money towards tuition costs.
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Criminal justice reform bills heading to governor's desk
Posted on 6/6/2017 11:23:00 AM.

Bills seeking to reform the state’s criminal justice system are heading to the governor’s desk. The measures implement sentencing reform for some offenders and offer parole eligibility for more inmates. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala spoke in opposition because he says the state’s high incarceration rate is driven by crime.
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Statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft shelved for session
Posted on 5/30/2017 5:12:00 PM.

A bill to put statewide regulations on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is dead for the session. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard filed the bill in an effort to have standard rules, with the hope these companies would expand to smaller cities.
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House approves lower thresholds for recall petitions
Posted on 5/11/2017 10:50:00 AM.

The full House approves a measure that would make it easier for Louisiana voters to recall elected officials. The proposal comes just months after a failed attempt to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni amid a teen sexting scandal. Covington Representative Paul Hollis says he saw a similar attempt in his own district years ago.
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House takes up bill to ban corporal punishment in schools
Posted on 5/8/2017 4:17:00 AM.

Today the full House is scheduled to take up a proposal to ban corporal punishment in public schools. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton says 19 other states have similar laws on the books. She says children need a safe haven at school.
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