Bills seeking to close loopholes in domestic violence laws win final passage
Posted on 5/31/2017 11:40:00 AM.

Two bills are heading to the Governor’s desk that seek to close loopholes in Louisiana’s domestic violence laws. One measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno adds dating partners to the laws. Interim executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mariah Wineski, says current laws don’t offer the same protections to couples who do not have children or live together. She says these victims need protection under the law.

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House to discuss resolution for Louisiana to cultivate organic produce
Posted on 5/29/2017 2:23:00 PM.

With the growing popularity of organic foods, lawmakers are looking at how Louisiana could produce its own organic produce. The House will discuss a resolution this week that would connect the LSU and Southern Ag programs with the state to study cultivating organic products. The author is Marrero Representative Patrick Connick.

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House committee approves bills to include more couples in domestic abuse laws
Posted on 4/27/2017 6:04:00 AM.

Two bills approved by the House Criminal Justice Committee seek to extend domestic violence protections to more Louisiana couples. One proposal by Harvey Representative Patrick Connick would include same sex couples in domestic abuse laws. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle supports the measure.

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Bill proposes including same sex couples under domestic violence laws
Posted on 3/22/2017 10:17:00 AM.

Same sex couples would face equal penalties for domestic violence, under a proposal to be taken up in the regular session next month. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says currently, domestic violence laws only apply to household members, married or not, of the opposite sex.

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Several lawmakers upset over failure to pass construction budget
Posted on 6/7/2016 11:07:00 AM.

Several lawmakers are in a foul mood after failing to approve a construction budget. Ways and Means Chairman Neil Abramson says Senate changes to the spending plan made the bill unworkable and he didn’t bring it up for a vote in the regular session. Franklin Representative Sam Jones asked Abramson why not send the bill to a conference committee to resolve the issues.

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No more butt flicking!
Posted on 8/1/2014 9:35:00 AM.
Michelle Southern & Eric Gill reporting.
On the same day that smoking is banned from public colleges and universities, motorists could face a much stiffer penalty if they throw a cigarette butt from a car window. The new law increases fines for the intentional disposal of a cigarette from a motor vehicle.
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Bill to increase penalties for throwing cigarette butts out of car window goes to Governor's desk
Posted on 5/12/2014 4:41:00 PM.
A bill that increases the penalty for throwing cigarette butts out of car windows has received final legislative approval.  The measure is by Marrero Representative Patrick Connick. 
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Bill that creates a penalty for throwing cigarette butts out the window is approved by House
Posted on 4/7/2014 3:25:00 PM.
The state House overwhelmingly approves a bill that would result in a 300 dollar fine for throwing a cigarette butt out of a vehicle's window. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says his legislation is intended to stop the littering of cigarette butts. Before passing the bill, Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody had some fun with the bill.
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Bill that will create a penalty for littering cigarettes will come on the House floor today
Posted on 4/7/2014 12:51:00 AM.
The bill that will create a penalty for throwing cigarette butts from a vehicle is set to come up on the House floor today. State Representative Patrick Connick says he wants to clarify the law and make cigarette butts count as a form of litter.
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New bill would create harsher penalities for littering cigarette butts
Posted on 3/13/2014 2:17:00 AM.
A proposed new law that would create stricter penalties for littering cigarettes, will be discussed during this current legislative session. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says the idea came up  after there would be a monthly roadside clean-up and thousands of cigarette butts had to be scooped up.
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