Bill to allow surveillance cameras inside nursing home patient rooms passes House
Posted on 4/4/2018 9:08:00 PM.
New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno’s bill to allow surveillance cameras inside nursing home patient rooms passed the House unanimously. Moreno says it will not only give residents and their family peace of mind, but it will protect employees also. 
 
"With a camera in a room, you can actually see the actual incident that happened. A camera in a room will be able to prove that yes this may have been just some type of accident."
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Bill to allow video cameras in nursing home rooms passes House committee
Posted on 3/28/2018 11:59:00 AM.

Despite opposition from nursing home owners, a proposal that would allow for surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms has cleared a House committee. New Orleans representative Helena Moreno says her bill would allow an extra set of eyes on a loved one who is in a nursing home. 

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Rep. Helena Moreno hopes to see an overhaul of state's sexual harassment policy
Posted on 1/12/2018 11:19:00 AM.

The Legislative Women’s Caucus is investigating to see if it is necessary to overhaul sexual harassment policies for the legislature and state government employees. Chairman and New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno finds it disturbing even though policies are in place, it’s hard to hold legislators accountable if they were accused of sexual harassment.More

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St. Tammany Coroner concerned new laws to curb opioid abuse will not help much
Posted on 6/15/2017 4:00:00 AM.

A new law that limits first time opioid prescriptions may not address Louisiana’s opioid epidemic as much as we hoped. St. Tammany Coroner Charles Preston says according to numbers he's seen, only four to 13 percent of patients will misuse their opioid prescription, and four percent of those will go on to use harder drugs.
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Governor Edwards signs multiple bills to stop the growing opioid epidemic
Posted on 6/13/2017 4:08:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed three bills to help with the state’s growing opioid abuse problem. One of new laws prohibits a doctor from prescribing more than a seven day supply of opioids for a first time prescription for acute pain. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says she’s happy this legislation was able to come out of an unproductive session.
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Drug felons will soon be eligible for food stamps
Posted on 6/7/2017 4:49:00 AM.

Drug felons will soon be eligible to receive food stamps upon their release from jail. In the 90s, offenders with drug related charges were barred from the program for one year after their release. The bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno lifts that ban. 

 
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Bills seeking to close loopholes in domestic violence laws win final passage
Posted on 5/31/2017 11:40:00 AM.

Two bills are heading to the Governor’s desk that seek to close loopholes in Louisiana’s domestic violence laws. One measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno adds dating partners to the laws. Interim executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mariah Wineski, says current laws don’t offer the same protections to couples who do not have children or live together. She says these victims need protection under the law.
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Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps under House-approved bill
Posted on 5/31/2017 10:04:00 AM.

Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps for the first time in decades under a House-approved measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno. In the 1990s offenders with drug related charges were barred from the assistance program, while all other felons remained eligible.
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Bill to lift ban of food stamps for released drug related felons passes out of House Committee
Posted on 5/11/2017 4:24:00 AM.
A bill heading to the House Floor would lift the one year ban for individuals convicted of a drug related felony to receive food stamps and welfare benefits after being released from prison. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says the ban was originally placed as a deterrent not to commit drug related crimes, but it hasn't work
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Bill to end pay secrecy in the workplace does not pass out of House Committee
Posted on 5/3/2017 12:20:00 PM.

A measure that attempts to end pay secrecy in the workplace died in the House Labor Committee on a 9 to 5 vote. The bill sought to allow employees to discuss salary without fear of retaliation from their bosses. Mandeville Representative Reid Falconer voiced his concerns that not every worker feels comfortable sharing their wages. He says this bill could pose problems with employees and employers.
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