Another Louisiana lawmaker disapproves of multiple Saints players sitting during national anthem
Posted on 9/27/2017 3:28:00 AM.

Yet another lawmaker has voiced her disapproval of multiple Saints players refusing to stand for the national anthem. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges wants to examine the team’s agreement with Louisiana that contains state subsidies. She’s called for a discussion to take place during next month’s legislative budget meeting. Hodges supports the players’ right to protest.
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House Appropriations begins budget discussions for special session
Posted on 6/12/2017 1:43:00 PM.
House Appropriations begins discussing the budget, and once again it's the committee's plan to hold back $206 million dollars in spending to avoid a midyear shortfall. But Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says if money isn't appropriated, it won't be available during the course of the year in the event of a shortfall.
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Bill that would ban sanctuary cities failed to receive 70 necessary votes to pass the House
Posted on 5/9/2017 6:39:00 PM.

A bill that would ban so-called sanctuary cities fails to get the necessary votes to pass the full House. The bill included a fee which is why 70 votes were needed to pass. The legislation is aimed at New Orleans, which has a policy that prohibits officers from questioning the status of individuals who commit or report a crime. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says that type of policy is wrong.
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Bill to ban sanctuary city policies barely passes out of House Committee
Posted on 4/26/2017 1:10:00 PM.

A bill that would ban so-called sanctuary city policies barely passed out the House Criminal Justice Committee. Chairman Sherman Mack broke a 7-7 tie by casting the final “yes” vote. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says her measure isn’t about discrimination, but putting America first. She says she raised her children in Mexico for 18 years…
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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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Bill seeking to criminalize sanctuary cities advances to House floor
Posted on 4/21/2016 1:38:00 PM.
A measure that seeks to outlaw sanctuary cities in Louisiana advanced out of a House committee. The term is applied to some cities in the US that have policies designed to not prosecute undocumented immigrants.
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New law cracks down on marriage fraud
Posted on 1/8/2016 3:53:00 AM.
A new law is in effect in Louisiana that cracks down on marriage fraud, especially in cases where illegal immigrants attempt to fraudulently gain US citizenship.  Denham Springs State Representative Valarie Hodges, who sponsored the measure, says state marriage licenses haven't been updated for about 40 years.
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Task force looking at cost of illegal immigrants in Louisiana holds first meeting
Posted on 9/3/2015 12:36:00 PM.
The first meeting of the task force studying the impact of illegal immigration was held today in Baton Rouge.  Task force chairperson Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says ignoring the problem of illegal immigration effects the quality of life for everyone.  
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State lawmakers look at impact of illegal immigration
Posted on 9/3/2015 1:12:00 AM.

The first meeting of the task force to study the impact of illegal immigration on Louisiana taxpayers is today. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges is the chairperson of the task force and she says Louisiana receives more unaccompanied minors than Arizona and New Mexico combined.
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State lawmaker seeking public input on immigration
Posted on 7/21/2014 3:38:00 PM.
The tens of thousands of children crossing over into neighboring Texas is raising concerns Louisiana may face an immigration problem of it's own. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges, a member of the House Committee on Criminal Justice, is calling on the state leadership to develop a plan of action for immigration in Louisiana. She says the crisis next door is spreading to states across the country.
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