Criminal justice reform bills heading to governor's desk
Posted on 6/6/2017 11:23:00 AM.

Bills seeking to reform the state’s criminal justice system are heading to the governor’s desk. The measures implement sentencing reform for some offenders and offer parole eligibility for more inmates. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala spoke in opposition because he says the state’s high incarceration rate is driven by crime.

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Bill to prevent kids 12 and under from handling automatic machine guns passes out of House committee
Posted on 5/18/2017 11:22:00 AM.

A measure that would penalize adults if they let a child who is 12 years old or younger handle a fully automatic weapon passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee on a 7 to 6 vote. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton says she brought forth this bill after a nine year old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun in Arizona.

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Governor delays cut to higher ed
Posted on 11/18/2016 12:25:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has delayed an $18 million cut to public colleges as part of his plan to eliminate a $313 million budget deficit. The governor did so at the request of legislators, who expressed concern at today’s budget meeting about another funding cut to higher ed. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson asks for another month to see if there’s a way they can cut the budget, without impacting universities.

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TOPS funding a big issue in the final days of the special session
Posted on 6/21/2016 5:31:00 AM.

With three days left in the special session, lawmakers are arguing over how much to fund TOPS. A bill approved by the House funds the scholarship program at 70%. Bogalusa Representative Malinda White believes fewer dollars should go to TOPS in favor of more money for hospitals that provide care for the poor and uninsured. She asked them what they would do if they came upon a wreck in her district and a safety net hospital was closed, because of a lack of funding.

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Bill to require metal detectors in movie theaters fails to pass in a House committee
Posted on 4/27/2016 11:03:00 AM.

A bill that would require movie theaters to use metal detectors was shot down in a House committee today. Prairieville Rep. Tony Bacala says this legislation creates a false sense of security. He says if someone wants to shoot up a movie theater, the first person to be killed is the 18-year-old minimum wage worker manning the metal detector.

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Bill to expand gun free zone passes in a House committee
Posted on 4/8/2016 3:36:00 AM.

A bill that adds parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities as a firearm free zone passes out of a House Criminal Justice Committee on an 8 to 6 vote. Prairieville Rep. Tony Bacala disagrees with the legislation. He says the majority of tragic shootings happen by people should be in jail.

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Lawmakers debate Earned Income Tax Credit
Posted on 2/18/2016 3:33:00 PM.
A debate broke out at the House Ways and Means Committee over a tax credit that benefits working individuals with low incomes. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala has legislation to do away with the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, which he says will save the state about 50-million dollars a year.
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Ascension deputies working double homicide
Posted on 1/27/2015 11:59:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office says they are investigating a double homicide in Donaldsonville. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala says they got the call Monday around 3:30pm and when they arrived at the scene they located 37-year-old Chad Nichols dead on the front lawn of his house.
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ASPSO: Man shoots wife and 12 year old son then jumps into river
Posted on 4/17/2014 11:04:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office is currently investigating a case in which they believe a man murdered his wife and 12-year-old son in Gonzales, then jumped into the Mississippi River. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala says 44-year-old Ronald Green called someone at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office around 2am this morning.
(pictured: Ronald Green)
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No Arrests or Charges in Death of Gonzales Toddler Caught in Car Window
Posted on 9/18/2013 4:01:00 PM.
Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies plan no arrests or charges for the death of a Gonzales three-year-old who died after getting his head stuck in a partially-open car window. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala says they investigated the child's death thoroughly.
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