Gov Edwards vetoes bill to protect freedom of expression on college campuses
Posted on 6/27/2017 4:50:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes a bill to provide freedom of expression on college campuses. In his veto message, Edwards said the legislation by Alexandria Representative Lance Harris was a solution in search of a problem. But Harris says freedom of speech is under siege on many college campuses around the country.
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Bill to change name of LSMSA wins final passage
Posted on 6/6/2017 4:50:00 AM.

A proposal to change the name of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts has won final legislative passage. The measure changes the name to the Jimmy D. Long Sr. Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in honor of the late state lawmaker who established the school. The bill was amended to allow the original name on diplomas and transcripts, which Franklin Representative Sam Jones says is a good compromise.
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Bill to require parolees to pay an additional $37 a month passes out of Senate Judiciary
Posted on 5/24/2017 3:36:00 AM.

A Senate Judiciary committee voted to raise the fees for individuals on probation and parole in Louisiana to increase salaries for parole officers. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris’ measure would up the fee by $37 to $100. Harris hopes this would be an incentive for parole officers to stay in their position.
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Gov Edwards calls on GOP leaders to propose their own tax plan
Posted on 4/25/2017 5:09:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards remains hopeful lawmakers can pass a budget plan to address the loss of $1.3 billion in temporary taxes that expire next year. Edwards spoke with reporters shortly after his proposed tax on business sales was tabled for the legislative session. Edwards says there are still multiple tax bills waiting to be discussed.
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Lawmakers looking over proposed budget cuts
Posted on 2/7/2017 11:38:00 AM.

Lawmakers are looking over the Governor’s proposal to eliminate a $304 million midyear deficit, ahead of next week’s special session to debate the plan. Statewide elected officials would see budget reductions, but higher education would be spared. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says it’s important no stone is left unturned when it comes to spending reductions, but he doesn’t want students to be impacted again.
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Governor's Office makes case to use rainy day fund to close budget gap
Posted on 1/26/2017 5:49:00 AM.

The Governor’s Office says a Republican lawmaker’s plan to close a $304 million dollar deficit would cripple public-private-hospitals, lead to the release of 4,500 inmates and make a historic cut to public schools. Communications Director Richard Carbo says Lance Harris of Alexandria’s proposal would devastate state agencies.
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Alexandria Rep Harris proposes plan to close budget gaps without special session
Posted on 1/19/2017 6:10:00 PM.

Republican State Representative Lance Harris of Alexandria has proposed a plan to cut the state’s budget without calling another special session, but the tentative plan is already getting pushback from Democrats. Harris’ plan does not call for cuts to public colleges, but it would levy a $147 million cut to the state Department of Health.
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Debate brewing over whether to tap into Rainy Day Fund
Posted on 1/17/2017 12:51:00 PM.

Several Republican in the state House say it would be a bad idea to use the Rainy Day Fund to reduce the state’s $313 million mid-year budget deficit. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris, who chairs the House Republican Delegation, says the state has to stop dipping into the Rainy Day Fund every time it has budget troubles.
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UPDATE: NOPD says man wrongfully charged with violating Blue Lives Matter law
Posted on 9/8/2016 1:16:00 PM.

A statement from the New Orleans Police Department says a man was wrongfully charged with a hate crime under the Blue Lives Matter law that went into effect just over a month ago. Police say 28-year-old Raul Delatoba was being booked on unrelated charges, when he used sexist and racial slurs against the arresting officers.
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Rep. Harris: Appetite not there to raise $600 million in taxes
Posted on 6/20/2016 5:39:00 AM.

It looks like the appetite just isn’t there for lawmakers to raise any more taxes. Governor John Bel Edwards asked legislators to increase revenue by $600 million in this special session, but it appears the legislature will fall way short of that figure. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says many lawmakers believe they’ve raised enough revenue.
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