GOP backed tax bill clears Ways & Means Committee; now heads to the House floor
Posted on 5/24/2018 5:49:00 PM.

House GOP Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill received approval from the House Ways and Means Committee. The proposal would retain one third of an expiring penny sales tax and eliminate some sales tax breaks. Governor Edwards supports retaining a higher percentage of the expiring one-cent sales tax, but Harris says his legislation is a good compromise.

“This is going to be difficult to get 70 votes on the floor for anything. I think you all realize that, but the alternative is 495 million in cuts,” Harris said.

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Special session tax votes moved to Wednesday after House gridlock
Posted on 2/26/2018 3:37:00 PM.

A slew of last minute amendments added to some revenue generating bills in the House Ways and Means Committee has bogged down the special session, and convinced lawmakers to reschedule today's votes to Wednesday. Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh tacked a number of changes that did not go well with Democrat Marcus Hunter. Hunter says the amendments are so in-digestible that this group of legislators might as well just go home.

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Proposed bill seeks to prevent peeping Toms from using drones
Posted on 3/31/2016 3:08:00 AM.

A bill to prevent peeping Toms from using drones to spy on people received unanimous support from the House Criminal Justice Committee. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter says his bill will somewhat duplicate existing laws by adding the use of an unmanned aircraft to video surveillance crimes.

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Lawmaker wants servers pay bumped to minimum wage
Posted on 4/13/2015 2:33:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
One of the bills set to be discussed during the 2015 legislative session would raise the base pay for severs from $2.13 per hour to at least minimum wage. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter says whether you get good tips or not, $2.13 an hour is deplorable pay for any worker.
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House panel okays the sale of wine ice cream
Posted on 4/25/2014 3:19:00 AM.
Alcohol infused ice cream could be coming to a store near you. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter's legislation that would allow licensed alcohol retailers to sell wine ice cream finally made it out of a House committee on its third try.
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Hunter: Students who receive tops should work in Louisiana
Posted on 1/13/2014 1:36:00 PM.
A state Representative from Monroe believes he has a way to keep students who received the TOPS scholarship working in Louisiana after they receive their degree. Rep. Marcus Hunter says he will introduce legislation for the upcoming session that links working in Louisiana to the number of years a student received the TOPS award.

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There's a push to increase the minimum wage in Monroe
Posted on 12/27/2013 11:57:00 AM.
There's an effort to raise the minimum wage to ten-dollars an hour for  people employed in the city limits of Monroe. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter says he'll file legislation for the 2014 legislative session that will increase the pay for the minimum wage workers in the biggest city in northeast Louisiana.
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Three state legislators sign up for Congressional race
Posted on 8/19/2013 3:37:00 PM.
After one day of qualifying, two democrats and one republican put their name on the ballot for the fifth district Congressional race. Monroe Rep. Marcus Hunter was the first democrat to qualify. Hunter says his message to the voters is that he won't be consumed with partisan politics, instead his focus will be on what's best for the 5th district. 
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Another state lawmaker enters 5th District race
Posted on 8/15/2013 9:55:00 AM.
A fourth state lawmaker enters the race for Louisiana's 5th District congressional seat. State representative Robert Johnson announced his candidacy during a press conference today in his hometown of Marksville.The primary election is set for October 19th.
Johnson is seeking to replace Rodney Alexander, who will resign next month to become Louisiana's veterans secretary.
Robert Johnson, Rodney Alexander, Marcus Hunter, Neil Riser, Jay Morris

5th Congressional district will vote for a new US Rep this fall
Posted on 8/8/2013 4:37:00 AM.
US Representative Rodney Alexander will be the next secretary for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Alexander's resignation as 5th District Congressman is effective September 26th and he'll take over as Secretary on September 30th.
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