Bill to suspend child support payments for parents incarcerated over six months heads to House for final legislative passage
Posted on 6/6/2017 3:40:00 AM.

A measure that suspends child support payments for individuals incarcerated for over 180 days nears final legislative passage as the bill heads to the House for approval of Senate changes. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny is a co-author and says it’s virtually impossible for a parent behind bars to pay child support.

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Seth Fontentot is a free man as Austin Rivault Act moves through legislature
Posted on 5/16/2016 3:41:00 AM.

Seth Fontenot of Lafayette is a free man after spending 10 months behind bars for the shooting death 15-year-old Austin Rivault. Many people thought his sentence was too lenient after he was convicted of manslaughter. Lafayette Sen. Page Cortez has a bill that says if you commit a felony with a gun that results in a fatality, you should at least spend 3 years in prison.

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Transportation in Louisiana will be hot button issue this session
Posted on 1/18/2016 3:45:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Transportation is expected to be a major topic in the upcoming regular session. Governor John Bel Edwards says he showed President Barack Obama the single lane of traffic motorists must pass through in Baton Rouge on I-10 when going from west to east.
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Louisiana set to add citizenship test to civics requirement
Posted on 6/19/2015 4:25:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A bill that would require all public high school students to pass the US Citizenship exam is awaiting Governor Bobby Jindal's signature. Louisiana would be the 8th state to enact such legislation. Frank Riggs is the president and CEO of the Joe Foss Institute which leads the National Civics Education Initiative.
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Legislator wants naturalization test in schools
Posted on 3/31/2015 3:26:00 AM.
A Lafayette legislator proposes a bill that would require state high school students to pass a test equal to the civics portion of the US Naturalization Test.  Senator Page Cortez says 92-percent of immigrants pass the naturalization test, while studies have shown that less than 4-percent of US born high school students are capable of getting a passing grade.

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