Bill to ban cell phone use while driving dies
Posted on 4/17/2018 7:57:00 PM.

A bill to ban drivers from using their phone with their hands while on the road failed to pass the House floor after an, at times, contentious debate. The legislation by Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval was inspired by the traffic deaths of a constituent’s child. Huval says it’s a bill designed to save lives.

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Teacher gun bill fails in House committee
Posted on 4/4/2018 1:46:00 PM.

The House Criminal Justice Committee shot down a bill to allow teachers or school staff to possess guns in the classroom. The measure failed by a slim 7-9 margin.

Chalmette Representative Raymond Garofalo, who authored the bill, says he’s not requiring teachers to carry weapons, only to carry them after extensive training.
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House rejects proposal to prohibit children from handling automatic weapons
Posted on 5/25/2017 12:47:00 PM.

The House rejects a proposal to prohibit children under 12 from using Uzis or automatic weapons. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton authored the measure after a child in Arizona accidentally killed a gun safety instructor with an Uzi.

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Bill to prevent kids 12 and under from handling automatic machine guns passes out of House committee
Posted on 5/18/2017 11:22:00 AM.

A measure that would penalize adults if they let a child who is 12 years old or younger handle a fully automatic weapon passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee on a 7 to 6 vote. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton says she brought forth this bill after a nine year old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun in Arizona.

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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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Public school corporal punishment ban heads to House floor
Posted on 4/26/2017 1:39:00 PM.
The House Education Committee advances a measure that would ban corporal punishment of any kind in public schools. House Bill 497 is by Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton who says there is no proof that spanking a student has actually worked at changing behavior.
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Rep Norton's office vandalized, broken into
Posted on 8/3/2016 5:37:00 AM.

Shreveport police are searching for a suspect who vandalized and broke into the office of State Representative Barbara Norton. Norton says the outside of her office was vandalized last week, then someone broke into it on Sunday. She says whoever broke in, also changed one of the locks at her office.

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Bill requiring students to recite passage from Declaration of Independence passes in House
Posted on 6/3/2016 5:10:00 AM.

The bill to require fourth through sixth graders in public schools to recite part of the Declaration of Independence every day won the approval of the House. Opponents of the bill say it’s not fair to make students recite this passage, because there was slavery and women weren’t allowed to vote when it was written. But Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says this document is the foundation of our country.

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Bill to require metal detectors in movie theaters fails to pass in a House committee
Posted on 4/27/2016 11:03:00 AM.

A bill that would require movie theaters to use metal detectors was shot down in a House committee today. Prairieville Rep. Tony Bacala says this legislation creates a false sense of security. He says if someone wants to shoot up a movie theater, the first person to be killed is the 18-year-old minimum wage worker manning the metal detector.

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Proposed bill calls for metal detectors at movie theaters
Posted on 2/17/2016 3:30:00 AM.

Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton has proposed a bill for the regular session that would require metal detectors to be installed at movie theaters. This would prevent people from bringing weapons into theaters.

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