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Bill requiring unanimous juries for felonies passes Senate committee
Posted on 3/20/2018 4:39:00 PM.

A Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would allow citizens to vote on whether Louisiana should require unanimous juries for felony convictions. Currently, only 10 of 12 jurists are needed to convict someone of a felony, making Louisiana and Oregon the only two states that do not require a unanimous jury. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says our current laws aren’t making people any safer in one of the most crime ridden states in the nation.

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Senate committee rejects bill to end sanctuary policies
Posted on 5/30/2017 12:14:00 PM.

A Senate Judiciary Committee rejects a proposal to end sanctuary policies in Louisiana. The measure by Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges would end policies that discourage law enforcement from contacting immigration authorities if they encounter an illegal immigrant.

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Senate approves bill to revamp film tax credit program
Posted on 5/18/2017 5:33:00 AM.

A Senate-approved bill seeks to revamp the state’s film tax credit program. The proposal by New Orleans Senator JP Morell would place a $180 million front-end cap on the program for the next three years and then the cap goes down to $150 million. He says if the legislature chooses not to renew the program, it would go away. 

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Equal pay bill passes out of Senate Committee
Posted on 5/5/2017 1:26:00 AM.

A bill to require businesses in Louisiana to guarantee equal pay has passed out of the Senate Labor Committee and could receive a vote on the Senate floor next week. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says there’s safeguards in place that can prevent businesses from being sued.

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Senate committee looks at proposal to exempt tampons, diapers from state sales tax
Posted on 4/24/2017 4:45:00 AM.

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee will look at a proposal today that would exempt items like diapers and tampons from the state sales tax. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says his bill would acknowledge that these are not luxury items, they’re essential.

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Bill that eliminates education tax credit moves to Senate floor
Posted on 4/18/2017 3:37:00 AM.

As lawmakers look at structural tax reform, a big idea floating around the capitol involves eliminating unnecessary tax exemptions. A bill by New Orleans Senator JP Morrell that would do just that is heading to the Senate floor. The proposal would scrap the education tax credit that parents or guardians are able to claim.

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Women's groups in support of bill to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products
Posted on 4/7/2017 12:43:00 PM.

A New Orleans lawmaker has filed legislation that would eliminate the state sales tax when purchasing feminine products. Senator J.P. Morrell’s measure would exempt items like tampons and diapers.

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Morrell files equal pay legislation for 2017 session
Posted on 2/7/2017 1:55:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
State Senator JP Morrell is again bringing equal pay legislation before lawmakers for the upcoming session. The Democrat from New Orleans authored a similar bill last year that failed to make it out of a House committee. Morrell says one of the changes to this measure is that employers would be given a chance to correct a pay inequality.
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Kennedy urges legislators to suspend tax increase for flood victims; Morrell says idea is
Posted on 8/31/2016 1:40:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
State Treasurer John Kennedy urges lawmakers to consider suspending the one cent sales tax increase for flood victims rebuilding their homes. He said the state should not reap a financial windfall from people's tragedy, when they'll have to pay an extra penny on items needed to rebuild their lives.
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Pastor Protection Act dies in Senate committee
Posted on 5/24/2016 11:13:00 AM.

On a 3-2 vote a Senate committee voted against the Pastor Protection Act, which would have provided protection for religious organizations if they refuse to perform a same sex marriage. Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson says this bill is NOT as expansive as some of the religious freedom bills passed in other states.

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