House approves bill to allow students to bring sunscreen to school
Posted on 4/28/2017 5:41:00 AM.

The House overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow children to bring sunscreen to school and apply it themselves. It would also allow parents to designate someone at the school to help their children put on the sunblock. The lone dissenting vote came from Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith, who raised concerns about teachers putting lotion on students.
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Legislation filed to allow convicted felons to vote
Posted on 3/31/2017 2:46:00 AM.

A measure has been filed for the legislative session that would give convicted felons, who are on parole and have been out of jail for at least five years, the right to vote. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith says many of these individuals have been out of jail for over 20 years.
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House approves budget that doesn't fully fund TOPS
Posted on 5/13/2016 2:56:00 PM.

Another spirited debate broke out on the House floor over funding for TOPS versus hospitals that provide care for the poor. On Thursday night, legislators shifted 72-million dollars from the scholarship program to the safety net hospitals. On Friday, Monroe Representative Jay Morris tried to move some of that money back to TOPS, but he faced opposition from Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith.
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Bill that would survey H.S. students about sex fails in Senate committee
Posted on 5/12/2016 1:58:00 PM.

The Senate Education Committee votes against a bill that would allow public schools to survey high school students about sexual health. Shreveport Rep. Thomas Carmody told the panel, the survey can help determine which schools are most effectively getting the message across about sex education and allow other schools to follow their example.
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House approves bill to help domestic abuse victims protect themselves
Posted on 5/12/2016 11:54:00 AM.

Legislation to allow victims of domestic violence with a protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days without training will be heard in the Senate after getting approval from the House. Denham Springs Rep. Valarie Hodges, says her bill provides an expedited process for a victim to seek concealed carry training.
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House approves bill to allow H.S. students to participate in sex survey
Posted on 5/4/2016 11:23:00 AM.

A bill to allow public high school students to participate in a national sex survey scarcely got enough votes to pass the House. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith authors the bill. She says Louisiana has a high rate of STDs and pregnancy among teens. Opponents of the bill say it’s the parents’ place to talk about these things with their kids, but Smith says that isn’t working.
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Should HS students participate in a national sex survey?
Posted on 4/21/2016 4:39:00 AM.

The House Education Committee approved a bill to allow high school students to participate in a national survey on sexual risks. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith says there is no sexual education in Louisiana public schools.
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State House rejects asking AG to lift block of release of Albert Woodfox
Posted on 6/11/2015 12:59:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The state House rejected a resolution today that asked the Louisiana Attorney General to drop his appeal of a federal judge's order to release Albert Woodfox; the last of the Angola three. Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for over 40 years for killing a prison guard but his last two convictions were overturned.
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Rallo: Several institutions would not be viable under doomsday budget scenario
Posted on 4/9/2015 11:04:00 AM.
Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo is very concerned about how some universities will be able to operate if lawmakers are not able to come up with a funding solution to the state's one-point-six billion dollar budget deficit. Rallo says higher ed is facing a potential cut of about 600-million dollars in state funds.
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Lawmakers express concerns over LSU hospital deals
Posted on 5/5/2014 5:40:00 PM.
State lawmakers are concerned about Governor Bobby Jindal's plans to privatize state-owned hospitals now that the federal government has rejected the financing plans.  New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson is downright furious. 
 
"We told this governor not to sign contracts that had blank pages. This is not new information we are getting. We acted irresponsibly." 
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