|Posted on 6/18/2018 10:49:00 AM.|
|The powerful lobbying group, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, says the third special session must end with a solution that solves the state’s budget problems. LABI President Stephen Waguespack says it seems lawmakers are close to finalizing at least a portion of the one-cent sales tax that expires June 30th.|
|Governor John Bel Edwards, third special session, Stephen Waguespack|
|Posted on 6/16/2018 10:24:00 AM.|
Eyes across the state are on the kick off of the third special session. Governor John Bel Edwards was 7 votes away from closing in on his wishes to renew a half-cent sales tax in the most recent special session, so now the attention has been turned toward legislators whose votes can tip the scales to approving a definitive tax plan.
|Special Session, Governor John Bel Edwards, Bernie Pinsonat|
|Posted on 6/12/2018 2:46:00 PM.|
John Kennedy is calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to step down due to his
handling of the state’s fiscal cliff. Kennedy, who is reportedly readying up a
run for the Governor’s Mansion, says the legislature’s inability to find a
long-term solution to the budget crisis come down to a lack of leadership from
Edwards. The Republican called for the Lt. Governor to take over the state.
|US Senator John Kennedy, Governor John Bel Edwards, budget crisis|
|Posted on 6/11/2018 10:49:00 AM.|
The third special session of 2018 will begin a week from today and must end June 27th. Governor John Bel Edwards is still looking for a fix to the fiscal cliff. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo says after the legislature failed to replace a large portion of the 1.4 billion dollars in temporary taxes that expire June 30th, they had no choice but to give it one more shot.
|Governor John Bel Edwards, third special session, fiscal cliff|
|Posted on 6/1/2018 11:38:00 AM.|
Governor Edwards signed River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s nursing home camera bill, as it breezed through the legislature. The law allows families to place remotely accessible cameras in their loved ones nursing home rooms for monitoring. Talbot says before you rush to grab that grandma cam, you need to talk to their roommate.
“If your loved one has a roommate you have to get consent from that roommate. If they’re in a private room by themselves there’s no issue.”
|Governor John Bel Edwards, Kirk Talbot, Nursing Home Cameras|
|Posted on 5/31/2018 2:00:00 PM.|
The governor is signing legislation by New Iberia Senator Fred Mills that’s aimed at pushing down drug prices by requiring prescription benefit plans (that prescription card in your wallet) inform consumers when they get rebates from drug manufactures. Mills says before, your drug plan could hide those rebates and pocket money that should have been going back to you.
|Governor John Bel Edwards, prescription drugs, Medicaid|
|Posted on 5/31/2018 12:36:00 PM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards holds a bill signing today for Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith’s legislation that restores voting rights to individuals who have served time on felony offenses, and have been out of prison for five years, but are still on parole or probation. Edwards says giving people back their rights reinvests them in their communities.
|Governor John Bel Edwards, voting rights|
|Posted on 5/31/2018 12:29:00 PM.|
An anti-bestiality law has been signed by Governor Edwards despite initial pushback by supporters of Louisiana’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Louisiana State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Julia Breaux Melancon, was surprised by the early objections to the legislation. She says the new law will strengthen prohibitions on bestiality and animal cruelty.
|Anti-bestiality, Governor John Bel Edwards, Humane Society of the United States|
|Posted on 5/29/2018 10:41:00 AM.|
|Concerns are being raised that at the current pace, another special session will be needed after June 4th to approve a budget that includes potentially hundreds of millions in tax revenue that is being considered to plug the 648-million dollar budget gap. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry pushed to override the governor’s veto of the budget passed in the regular session.|
|Third Special Session, Budget Crisis, House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, Governor John Bel Edwards|
|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|
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