Senate committee approves video camera bill to monitor family members in nursing homes
Posted on 4/26/2018 5:33:00 AM.
A Senate Committee approved a bill that would allow families to put video cameras in the nursing home rooms of loved ones. The legislation was inspired by a Louisiana family who suspected a nursing home staff member was beating a family member in their room. Houma Senator Norby Chabert says the legislation is designed to keep the elderly safe.
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Unanimous verdicts constitutional amendment passes Senate
Posted on 4/4/2018 5:36:00 PM.

A constitutional amendment requiring unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions passed the senate by 2 votes after impassioned arguments from supporters. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says requiring unanimous verdicts protects citizens from government overreach.

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Wake bill advances to Senate floor
Posted on 3/22/2018 3:25:00 AM.

Senator Dan Claitor’s bill that would make it a crime to generate wakes that damage property while driving a vehicle through flooded streets has passed through committee and is on its way to the senate floor. The Baton Rouge Senator says he was moved to create the bill after hearing horror stories from his constituents about reckless drivers during the 2016 floods.

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Bill would penalize wake creators in flood areas
Posted on 2/25/2018 6:26:00 PM.

Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor is proposing a bill that would fine wreckless drivers for creating potentially dangerous wakes while driving through flooded areas. The bill would add a new specification to existing law that would fine drivers up to $500, with potential for 90 days in jail. Claitor says the legislation was inspired by flood horror stories from his constituents.

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Most juveniles with life sentences will now receive a chance for parole
Posted on 8/1/2017 5:24:00 AM.

Most juvenile killers will no longer be eligible to receive life sentences without the chance for parole, as a new law goes into effect today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says the law was needed because the US Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that murderers convicted as juveniles could not be sentenced to life without parole. He says the argument was made because of young people’s capacity to change.

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Murderers convicted as juveniles will be parole eligible after 25 years
Posted on 6/8/2017 4:39:00 PM.

Murderers convicted as juveniles will be eligible for parole after 25 years, as a bill by Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor wins final passage. Albany Representative Sherman Mack chairs the Criminal Justice Committee and pushed for 30 years instead of 25 because he says that’s what the families of the victims want.

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Senate approves bill to give parole eligibility to juvenile killers
Posted on 4/27/2017 10:50:00 AM.

A bill to provide parole eligibility for juveniles convicted of murder has been approved by the state Senate. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says his proposal would bring Louisiana in line with a 2012 Supreme Court decision that prohibits juvenile offenders from receiving life sentences without parole. The measure would provide parole eligibility after 25 years for juveniles who received life sentences after June 25, 2012.

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Bill to abolish death penalty in Louisiana clears Senate panel 6-1
Posted on 4/25/2017 12:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern & Halen Doughty reporting.
On a 6 to 1 vote, a Senate Judiciary committee approves a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana. The bill by Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor would eliminate the death penalty for capital murder and aggravated rape cases after July 31.
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Bill to eliminate death penalty to be heard before Senate Committee
Posted on 4/25/2017 2:40:00 AM.

A bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana goes before a Senate Committee today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says this would end the death penalty for first degree murder and rape offenses committed after July 31st. He says given the state’s massive budget problems, this punishment makes no fiscal sense.

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Bill to provide parole for juvenile killers heads to the Senate floor
Posted on 4/18/2017 1:49:00 PM.

A measure that would offer parole after 30 years behind bars for those convicted of life sentences for murder committed while they were juveniles passed out of a Senate committee. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor’s bill has the support of State Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson. Johnson says there needs to be a line drawn between immature juveniles and corrupt juveniles.

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