Democratic Caucus against $648 million cuts to higher education and healthcare
Posted on 4/18/2018 12:16:00 PM.
The Democratic Caucus is pushing back against a budget that will be discussed Thursday on the House Floor that includes $648-million in cuts to higher education and healthcare.  Caucus Chairman Robert Johnson (pictured) says the budget discriminates against Democratic constituencies, while funding projects in Republican areas of the state.


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School lunch 'shaming' bill heading to House floor
Posted on 4/1/2018 3:52:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith’s legislation that would prevent schools from taking lunches away from students with unpaid school debts is moving to the House floor. Smith says her legislation would prevent schools from publicly rejecting lunches for students, and stop them from “shaming” kids whose parents are either negligent or unable to afford the meals.

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State lawmaker: Let some criminals stay at home with their kids, instead of going to jail
Posted on 3/8/2018 11:13:00 AM.
Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith wants some convicted criminals to serve house arrest if they have kids at home. It’s part of a proposed bill that would give judges more flexibility on deciding how to punish parents who have committed non-violent crimes.
"The idea of bill is to really look at how you can keep families together," Smith said. "The judge has the discretion of determining if they are a caregiver depending on the crime that has been committed."    

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House committee begins looking at Governor's tax plan
Posted on 4/11/2017 4:38:00 AM.

The House Ways and Means committee begins today pouring over some of the proposals included in the governor’s tax plan. John Bel Edwards ambitious proposal will increase taxes on many businesses, but he says it will lead to lower income taxes for 90 percent of taxpayers. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James is confident once more details of the plan come out, there will be ample support.

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Ban the Box bill passes out of a House committee
Posted on 4/21/2016 3:52:00 AM.

A bill that would prohibit state employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until after the interview process moves to the full House. Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith supports the legislation and says the idea is to have a face to face discussion about the applicant’s criminal background.

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House committee approves $117 million in budget cuts
Posted on 2/24/2016 12:29:00 PM.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 14 to 9 in favor of a bill that would cut 117 million dollars from this fiscal year’s budget, which is $87 million more than what Governor John Bel Edwards recommended. Chairman Cameron Henry of Jefferson Parish says there is bi-partisan support to go above and beyond what the governor has called for in budget cuts.

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Lawmaker upset over threat of no LSU football in the fall
Posted on 2/18/2016 3:30:00 AM.

A north Louisiana lawmaker doesn’t like hearing the threat that there will be no LSU football next season because of budget issues facing higher education. Republican State Representative Steve Pylant of Winnsboro says Governor John Bel Edwards’ statement about the possibility there will be no LSU football next year is an empty threat.

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Baton Rouge Representative Alfred Williams dies
Posted on 8/5/2015 11:57:00 AM.
Baton Rouge State Representative Alfred Williams has died.  Williams passed away Tuesday night following complications related to a recent knee surgery.  
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