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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Governor Edwards signs Blue Lives Matter bill into law
Posted on 5/26/2016 4:31:00 PM.

Governor Edwards has signed the Blue Lives Matter Bill into law, which makes Louisiana the first in the nation to expand its hate crime laws to protect police, firefighters and EMS crews. Author of the legislation, Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says the new law allows prosecutors to seek tougher penalties against individuals who intentionally target first responders because of their profession.
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New Orleans activist group opposes Blue Lives Matter bill
Posted on 5/13/2016 3:44:00 AM.

The Blue Lives Matter bill that’s moving through the legislature has some people questioning who can realistically be victims of hate crimes. The measure seeks to add police officers, firefighters, and EMS as a protected class in Louisiana’s hate crime laws. Ejike Obineme with the New Orleans Chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 does not support the bill. He says police are not the victims of hate crimes.
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Governor Edwards says another special session could be necessary
Posted on 3/15/2016 10:40:00 AM.

As lawmakers begin a regular session, Governor John Bel Edwards says another special session could be needed to address next fiscal year’s shortfall, which currently stands at about $800 million. Edwards is still disappointed lawmakers failed to raise the needed revenue or make the necessary cuts to get the job done in the recently completed special session.More

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House Republicans provide suggestions on long-term budget solutions
Posted on 2/24/2016 4:55:00 PM.

Republican State Representatives sent Governor John Bel Edwards a list of long-term changes they want in the state government as they try to negotiate the governor’s proposed tax increases aimed at fixing the budget deficit. Legislators are interested in pension reform, capital outlay reform and tax reform.
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