Barras elected new Louisiana House Speaker
Posted on 1/11/2016 11:51:00 AM.
Louisiana's new Speaker of the House is Republican New Iberia Representative Taylor Barras.  Barras defeated Governor John Bel Edwards' candidate New Orleans Democrat Walt Leger in a runoff.  
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Louisiana, politics, House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, Taylor Barras, Stuart Bishop

Governor-elect Edwards supports Walt Leger as state House Speaker
Posted on 12/2/2015 11:20:00 AM.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has publicly endorsed New Orleans Democrat Walt Leger as the next state Speaker of the House.  Edwards spoke about the Speaker position at a joint news conference with Governor Bobby Jindal.
Louisiana, politics, John Bel Edwards, Walt Leger, House of Representatives, Speaker

At least 77-percent of state legislature will be decided by the end of Saturday's primary
Posted on 10/20/2015 10:52:00 AM.
After Saturday night's primary election, at least 77-percent of the state House and Senate races will be decided.  LaPolitics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says that's based on the number of lawmakers running without opposition and the number of legislative races involving just two candidates.  
Louisiana, politics, election, House of Representatives, Senate, Jeremy Alford

Fleming endorses Scalice in House Majority Leader race
Posted on 10/5/2015 1:26:00 PM.
Minden Congressman John Fleming has thrown his support behind Metairie Representative Steve Scalise in his bid to become House Majority Leader.  Fleming says electing Scalise would be good for the country and good for Louisiana.  
John Fleming, Steve Scalise, House of Representatives, Majority Leader

State congressmen speak about House Speaker John Boehner's resignation
Posted on 9/25/2015 12:37:00 PM.
Ohio Republican Congressman John Boehner has announced he will step down as Speaker of the House. The decision reportedly came after intense pressure from conservative Republicans for him to take a harder line on their causes.  
John Boehner, United States, House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, John Fleming, Garret Graves

Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris re-elected after opponent drops out
Posted on 9/24/2015 10:44:00 AM.
Alexandria Representative Lance Harris has been re-elected to his state House seat after his lone opponent withdrew from next month's election.  The Secretary of State's Office reports that Vivian Brossett of Boyce dropped out of the race for the District 25 House seat.
Louisiana, House of Representatives, District 25, Lance Harris, Vivian Brossett, Rapides Parish, Alexandria

Cigarette tax bill goes to conference committee
Posted on 6/9/2015 12:38:00 PM.
The state House has sent legislation that would raise the tax on cigarettes to a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers.  The House passed the measure raising the tax to 68 cents per pack.  
Louisiana, House of Representatives, budget, taxes, cigarette, Lance Harris, Jay Morris, Harold Ritchie, conference committee

House rejects tax increase for roads and bridges
Posted on 5/28/2015 1:09:00 PM.
The state House has rejected legislation that would increase the state's sales tax by one-cent for road and bridge improvements.  Plaquemine Representative Karen St. Germain's bill overwhelmingly failed to get a two-thirds vote of elected members it needed to pass.
Louisiana, House of Representatives, taxes, roads, bridges, Karen St. Germain

Religious freedom bill defeated in House committee; Jindal plans executive order
Posted on 5/19/2015 12:57:00 PM.
After a long debate over the controversial religious freedom bill by Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson, a House committee votes to return the bill to the calendar, essentially killing the bill for the session. Johnson told the panel his legislation is designed to protect business owners who make decisions based on their religious beliefs concerning gay marriage.
Louisiana, religious freedom, House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, Stephen Perry

House committee hears controversial legislation today
Posted on 5/19/2015 2:55:00 AM.
Today the House Civil Law Committee will hear Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson's controversial religious freedom bill.  Johnson says HB 707 would prevent adverse treatment from the state of any person or entity on the basis of their religious views on marriage, while opponents feel this bill legalizes discrimination.
Louisiana, House of Representatives, Civil Law Committee, Mike Johnson, Austin Badon, religious freedom, discrimination, Bernie Pinsonat

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