|Posted on 6/15/2017 4:00:00 AM.|
A new law that limits first time opioid prescriptions may not address Louisiana’s opioid epidemic as much as we hoped. St. Tammany Coroner Charles Preston says according to numbers he's seen, only four to 13 percent of patients will misuse their opioid prescription, and four percent of those will go on to use harder drugs.
|Charles Preston, opioids, prescriptions, Helena Moreno|
|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.
|legislative session, Governor John Bel Edwards, opioid abuse, Rebekah Gee, Helena Moreno|
|Posted on 6/7/2017 4:49:00 AM.|
Drug felons will soon be eligible to receive food stamps upon their release from jail. In the 90s, offenders with drug related charges were barred from the program for one year after their release. The bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno lifts that ban.
|Peter Scharf, Helena Moreno, food stamps, criminal justice reform|
|Posted on 5/31/2017 11:40:00 AM.|
Two bills are heading to the Governor’s desk that seek to close loopholes in Louisiana’s domestic violence laws. One measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno adds dating partners to the laws. Interim executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mariah Wineski, says current laws don’t offer the same protections to couples who do not have children or live together. She says these victims need protection under the law.
|Mariah Wineski, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Helena Moreno, Patrick Connick|
|Posted on 5/31/2017 10:04:00 AM.|
Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps for the first time in decades under a House-approved measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno. In the 1990s offenders with drug related charges were barred from the assistance program, while all other felons remained eligible.
|Helena Moreno, Steve Pylant, Katrina Jackson, food stamps, drug crimes|
|Posted on 5/11/2017 4:24:00 AM.|
A bill heading to the House Floor would lift the one year ban for individuals convicted of a drug related felony to receive food stamps and welfare benefits after being released from prison. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says the ban was originally placed as a deterrent not to commit drug related crimes, but it hasn't workMore
|legislative session, convicted felons, Helena Moreno, food stamps|
|Posted on 5/3/2017 12:20:00 PM.|
A measure that attempts to end pay secrecy in the workplace died in the House Labor Committee on a 9 to 5 vote. The bill sought to allow employees to discuss salary without fear of retaliation from their bosses. Mandeville Representative Reid Falconer voiced his concerns that not every worker feels comfortable sharing their wages. He says this bill could pose problems with employees and employers.
|legislative session, Helena Moreno, Reid Falconer, pay secrecy|
|Posted on 4/27/2017 6:04:00 AM.|
Two bills approved by the House Criminal Justice Committee seek to extend domestic violence protections to more Louisiana couples. One proposal by Harvey Representative Patrick Connick would include same sex couples in domestic abuse laws. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle supports the measure.
|Patrick Connick, Denise Marcelle, Jody Fortunato, Helena Moreno, domestic abuse|
|Posted on 4/26/2017 11:13:00 AM.|
The House Health and Welfare Committee advances a bill that would limit first-time opioid prescriptions in Louisiana, in the hopes of addressing a growing opioid epidemic. Former Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen DeSalvo testified in support of the bill.
|Helena Moreno, Karen DeSalvo, opioids, prescription pills|
|Posted on 12/13/2016 5:41:00 AM.|
New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno has launched a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for women’s issues in Louisiana. Moreno says the Ignite Advocacy Network seeks to bring women together to raise awareness, advocate for positive policies, and ignite the network into action.
|Helena Moreno, #ItsNoJoke, Ignite Advocacy Network|
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