Representative Chris Broadwater announces resignation
Posted on 12/18/2017 12:28:00 PM.
Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater announced his resignation earlier today after six years in the state house. He says he's looking forward to spending more time with his family. 
"I knew i made the right decision when i talked it over with my girls, and without exception all four of them cheered and said daddy will you be home more?"
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Bill to prohibit universities to market alcoholic beverages deferred in House Education
Posted on 5/18/2017 12:23:00 PM.

A measure that would prohibit public universities from having their name or images to market alcoholic beverages was voluntarily deferred in the House Education Committee. Shreveport Representative Cedric Glover filed this bill because he believes LSU and UL-Lafayette licensed “official” beers promote underage drinkings.

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Bill to ensure all TOPS students get part of their award nears final passage
Posted on 5/26/2016 10:51:00 AM.

The bill to ensure that all TOPS students get at least part of their scholarship award is moving closer to final legislative passage. The legislation would go into effect in the case the legislature is not able to fully fund the popular scholarship program. Currently, 51,000 students receive TOPS. Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater says without this bill 13,000 students could lose their scholarships because of funding issues, which would be bad for the state’s economy.

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Bill requiring cursive writing in public schools continues to sail along
Posted on 5/17/2016 10:49:00 AM.

Public and charter school students could be required to learn cursive writing, as a bill to mandate script is moving through the legislature without opposition. It passed out of House Education today with an amendment to include charter schools. Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater says kids need to learn to write in cursive so they can read historic documents.

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House Education Committee approves public school choice bill
Posted on 5/11/2016 4:41:00 AM.

The House Education Committee has approved a bill that would allow students to attend any public school in their district. Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater supports the proposal. He says this opens the doors for children to attend the best schools, no matter where they are zoned, provided the school they choose has room for more students.

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Proposed limitations to TOPS fail to pass House Committee
Posted on 4/6/2016 12:53:00 PM.

The House Education Committee rejected a proposal to increase the GPA a college student must achieve to keep their TOPS scholarship. It also said “No” to a bill to make a TOPS recipient pay back some or all of their scholarship if they fail or withdraw from school. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger says changing TOPS to a loan makes it less of an opportunity for students.

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Proposal to get rid of school uniforms doesn't make it out of the House Ed. Committee
Posted on 3/23/2016 11:42:00 AM.

A proposed bill to prohibit school boards from requiring uniforms does NOT get out of the House Education Committee. Author of the legislation, Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater, filed the bill after working with a group for fourth graders, who came up with the idea to get rid of uniforms. New Orleans Representative Joe Bouie opposed the legislation.

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Should public school kids be required to wear a uniform?
Posted on 3/23/2016 3:09:00 AM.

A bill to be heard in front of the House Education Committee today would prohibit public school boards from requiring school uniforms. Author of the legislation, Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater, says this came after he conducted a project with Hammond fourth graders to come up with different bills. He says he invited the children to the capitol to vote on their proposed legislation.

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Lawmakers seriously debating proposed one cent sales tax hike
Posted on 2/18/2016 1:13:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Republican Representative Chris Broadwater of Hammond, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, says lawmakers are taking a hard look at the Edwards Administration's proposed one cent sales tax increase. He says the reason it's such a pivotal issue is because they are trying to close a massive $950ish million dollar gap in the current fiscal year budget.
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Governor Jindal pleased with the session
Posted on 6/11/2015 7:40:00 PM.
In the waning hours of the legislative session, lawmakers approved the SAVE tax credit, which will prevent Governor Bobby Jindal from vetoing revenue generating bills. Jindal calls it a good piece of legislation and it helped ensure a successful session, because it allowed the legislature to pass a balanced budget.
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