National Guard ready to assist as Tropical Storm Cindy moves inland
Posted on 6/22/2017 3:09:00 AM.

With Tropical Storm Cindy moving inland, the Louisiana National Guard wants residents to know they are ready if assistance is needed. Major General Glenn Curtis with the Louisiana National Guard says they have pre-staged 100 high water vehicles and 33 boats throughout the southern and central regions of the state. He says they have additional assets available if needed.
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Governor Edwards signs extensive criminal justice reform package into law
Posted on 6/15/2017 1:22:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed 10 bills into law today that will result in shorter sentences for many non-violent offenders and expanded rehabilitation programs. Edwards predicts the new sentencing laws will reduce the prison population by 10-percent and Louisiana will finally lose the title as the incarceration capital of the world.
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Governor Edwards signs multiple bills to stop the growing opioid epidemic
Posted on 6/13/2017 4:08:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed three bills to help with the state’s growing opioid abuse problem. One of new laws prohibits a doctor from prescribing more than a seven day supply of opioids for a first time prescription for acute pain. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says she’s happy this legislation was able to come out of an unproductive session.
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Poll: Governor Edwards approval rating falls 9% since last September
Posted on 5/11/2017 2:16:00 PM.

A Southern Media and Opinion Research Poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating has dropped nine percentage points since September of 2016. It now stands at 54%. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the public is sick and tired of the governor and legislature not coming to an agreement on how to fix the state’s budget woes. 

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Portions of governor's criminal justice package start moving in the legislature
Posted on 5/2/2017 12:37:00 PM.

A portion of Governor John Bel Edwards criminal justice reform package received approval from a Senate Committee today. The bills would shorten sentences for non-violent offenders and strengthen their probation and parole requirements. Edwards’ says we have to make changes in the Department of Corrections because too many people are incarcerated and the state is spending too much money.
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Gov. Edwards breaks ground on $274 million converting and logistics center in Monroe
Posted on 4/28/2017 2:10:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards along with DHL and Graphic Packaging International broke ground on a 1.27 million-square-foot folding carton plant and logistics center outside of Monroe. The expansion is estimated to be about 274 million dollars.
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The Gross Receipts Tax bill has been filed, the centerpiece to the Governor's tax plan
Posted on 4/17/2017 5:53:00 PM.
Here is the official release from the governor's office:  
  
Legislation that makes up the bulk of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax reform package was filed in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The Commercial Activity Tax ensures that all business entities in Louisiana pay their fair share of taxes, while protecting Louisiana’s small businesses. The C-A-T is part of a broad tax and spending reform package proposed by Gov. Edwards to avoid the fiscal cliff on July 1, 2018.
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Gov. Edwards faces criticism in D.C. over the handling of August flood
Posted on 4/5/2017 1:03:00 PM.

Republican lawmakers criticized Governor John Bel Edwards’ handling of the deadly August flood during a Congressional hearing in Washington D.C. today. The chairman of the panel, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, couldn’t believe the governor didn’t know how many people were still displaced.
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Gov. Edwards rolls out his new tax proposals
Posted on 3/29/2017 3:44:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his plan today for a new tax structure in Louisiana. It calls for lower sales taxes, but more services would be subject to a sales tax and there would be adjustments to the income tax bracket, which he says would benefit a majority of residents.
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Lawmaker seeks to prohibit corporal punishment for students with disabilities
Posted on 3/29/2017 1:19:00 PM.

As part of Governor John Bel Edwards’ plan to improve K-12 education outcomes, a measure has been filed for the legislative session that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public schools for students with disabilities. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his legislation would prohibit physical punishment for kids with intellectual disabilities.
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