Bill to increase TOPS requirements passes committee
Posted on 4/5/2018 11:29:00 PM.

Two bills by Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey that would raise the minimum requirements to receive, and keep TOPS were passed out of the House Education Committee. One bill, would send students who score 2.5-2.75 GPAs and a 20 ACT to a two-year college instead of a four-year university. Ivey says community colleges are a better place for those students.

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Republican legislators wonder how the House can move forward after a failed special session
Posted on 3/6/2018 11:47:00 AM.
With the special legislative session being a memory for some and a nightmare for others, lawmakers are looking ahead to the regular session that starts Monday. The question is how the legislature will react to a highly fractured body after the recent blood bath.
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Partisan conflicts stall budget talks as one billion shortfall gets closer
Posted on 3/1/2018 2:16:00 PM.
The special session is on the verge of collapsing without a tax plan that addresses a looming one billion dollar shortfall. The House has failed to get behind a proposal to raise revenues to replace expiring sales taxes. Republican Barry Ivey of Baton Rouge says GOP legislators are not willing to work with a Democratic governor.

“We don’t want a democrat governor to get re-elected and we don’t want to give him a political win by doing tax reform,” stated Ivey.

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After a slow start, the special session showing signs of life as tax bills advance
Posted on 2/25/2018 6:56:00 PM.
Two tax bills that will help the state overcome a looming one billion dollar budget deficit are heading to the House floor. Some Republicans were seeking to make permanent a quarter of a temporary one-cent sales tax. But Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh didn't like the permanent part. He amended the legislation, so a quarter of the temporary one-cent sales tax stays until mid-2021.
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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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Some lawmakers disappointed no legislation was passed to reform the state’s tax structure
Posted on 6/5/2017 1:53:00 PM.

Heading into the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers talked about reforming Louisiana’s tax structure with $1.3 billion in temporary taxes set to expire next year. But lawmakers will not pass any legislation this year dealing with the fiscal cliff. Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey expresses his frustration.

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House approves bill to allow students to bring sunscreen to school
Posted on 4/28/2017 5:41:00 AM.

The House overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow children to bring sunscreen to school and apply it themselves. It would also allow parents to designate someone at the school to help their children put on the sunblock. The lone dissenting vote came from Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith, who raised concerns about teachers putting lotion on students.

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Bill would let Louisiana residents to carry a concealed gun without permit
Posted on 3/21/2017 4:58:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey is once again bringing back his proposal to the legislature that would allow non-felons over the age of 21 to carry a concealed gun without a permit. He says the Constitution guarantees our right to carry guns, and it doesn’t dictate how they should be carried.

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State lawmakers approve a budget that underfunds TOPS
Posted on 6/5/2016 11:31:00 PM.
State lawmakers have approved a 26-billion dollar budget for next fiscal year that does not fully fund the TOPS scholarship program and hospitals that provide care for the poor and uninsured. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the spending plan is not perfect, but they can fill the holes in the budget in a special session that begins tonight.
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Ban the Box bill passes out of a House committee
Posted on 4/21/2016 3:52:00 AM.

A bill that would prohibit state employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until after the interview process moves to the full House. Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith supports the legislation and says the idea is to have a face to face discussion about the applicant’s criminal background.

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