Fiscal cliff debate shows split in Republican Party
Posted on 6/11/2018 8:40:00 PM.

The fiscal cliff debate is revealing a wide range of opinions from within Louisiana’s Republican Party, ranging from moderates who support the governor’s call for a half cent sales tax renewal, to anti-tax conservatives who favor budget cuts to plug the 648 million dollar shortfall. River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot, who supported a third penny but not a half, says the state needs to tighten its belt.
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Edwards signs nursing home camera bill into law
Posted on 6/1/2018 11:38:00 AM.

Governor Edwards signed River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s nursing home camera bill, as it breezed through the legislature. The law allows families to place remotely accessible cameras in their loved ones nursing home rooms for monitoring. Talbot says before you rush to grab that grandma cam, you need to talk to their roommate.

“If your loved one has a roommate you have to get consent from that roommate. If they’re in a private room by themselves there’s no issue.”
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A bill to let voters decide if fantasy sports betting should be legal close to final passage
Posted on 5/2/2018 4:34:00 AM.
Legislation to give voters an opportunity in November to decide if fantasy sports gambling should be legal in their parish is one step away from final passage. A Senate committee approved River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot's proposal.
 
"If you're in the parish that votes it in, you can log on with your phone and make a draft or decide which players to play, if you're in a parish where they voted it out, you're not going to be able to log on to the site," said Talbot. 
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House bill will let parish voters decide whether to allow fantasy sports gaming
Posted on 4/18/2018 11:29:00 AM.
The full House has approved legislation that gives residents a chance to vote on whether fantasy sports betting should be legal in their parish. The bill’s author, River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot, explained to the rest of the House how the fantasy sports games work.

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Bill to allow surveillance cameras inside nursing home patient rooms passes House
Posted on 4/4/2018 9:08:00 PM.
New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno’s bill to allow surveillance cameras inside nursing home patient rooms passed the House unanimously. Moreno says it will not only give residents and their family peace of mind, but it will protect employees also. 
 
"With a camera in a room, you can actually see the actual incident that happened. A camera in a room will be able to prove that yes this may have been just some type of accident."
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Moving wild pigs could cost you
Posted on 3/23/2018 10:33:00 AM.

The legislature is looking at a way to spank the wild swine in the state. Feral hogs are a menace for landowners in all 64 parishes and a House committee has moved legislation to fine people up to $900,000 who illegally transport the hogs.

River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot says the idea is to confine them as much as possible.
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House rejects proposal to prohibit children from handling automatic weapons
Posted on 5/25/2017 12:47:00 PM.

The House rejects a proposal to prohibit children under 12 from using Uzis or automatic weapons. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton authored the measure after a child in Arizona accidentally killed a gun safety instructor with an Uzi.
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Legislation filed to stop growing opioid epidemic
Posted on 4/4/2017 12:32:00 PM.

As part of Governor John Bel Edwards legislative agenda for the upcoming session, a bill has been filed to help address the growing opioid epidemic in Louisiana. River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot co-authored the measure and says the legislation would limit first time opioid prescriptions for acute pain to a seven day supply.
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Voucher students have more options as donor scholarship program grows
Posted on 3/3/2017 4:48:00 AM.

A program that covers most of the cost of private and charter school tuition for low income students is growing rapidly, giving students zoned for failing schools an option other than taxpayer funded vouchers. The tuition donation rebate program was established in a bill by River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot. He says this program puts students on a path to success.
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Bill attempting to end LHSAA public-private split being discussed in House
Posted on 4/25/2016 2:40:00 AM.

A bill that forces the LHSAA to end its public-private school playoff split will be heard on the House floor today. River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot says his bill would prohibit schools from receiving public funds, if they belong to an athletic organization with split playoffs for select and non-select schools. Talbot says the LHSAA’s current playoff split is discriminatory.
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