House debates how much of rainy day fund to use to close budget gap
Posted on 2/17/2017 5:47:00 AM.

Today the state House will decide how much, if any, of the rainy day fund to use to close a $304 million budget shortfall. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger says lawmakers passed a budget last year describing what they want to accomplish for the people of Louisiana, and it’s the legislature’s responsibility to meet those promises. He says the best way to accomplish that would be to use $119 million from the rainy day fund.
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Cuts likely if legislature can't raise more revenue
Posted on 6/13/2016 8:28:00 AM.

Legislators return to the State Capitol today as they look to solve the state’s budget issues. Governor John Bel Edwards has asked legislators to raise revenues by $600 million in this special session to avoid cuts to health care, higher education, public schools and TOPS. But so far the House has only agreed to $220 million in tax increases. Democratic New Orleans Representative Walt Leger.
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House panel seeks to increase AG power, eliminate IG office
Posted on 5/10/2016 6:28:00 AM.

A House committee proposes to give Attorney General Jeff Landry more power over his budget. House Appropriations Chairman, Cameron Henry of Metairie, says Landry requested more freedom to determine how to spend his agency’s allotted state funds.
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Sanctuary city bill heads to the Senate
Posted on 5/5/2016 11:36:00 AM.

A measure is making its way through the legislature that would prohibit Louisiana cities from receiving state dollars for construction projects if they don’t enforce federal immigration law. The bill is heading to the Senate after a lengthy debate on the House floor. Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says sanctuary cities are a threat to national security.
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Bill to require wellness exams for students moves to Senate
Posted on 5/3/2016 11:31:00 AM.

Another proposal aimed at public schools by New Orleans Representative Walt Leger would require students to have wellness exams before entering kindergarten and sixth grade. Leger says this just ensures that any health issue that a student may have can be caught early.
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House approves bill doubling fines for not wearing seatbelt
Posted on 4/14/2016 10:20:00 AM.

A bill to increase the fine for not wearing a seatbelt has been approved by the House. The fines would go up to $50 for a first offense and then to $75 for additional offenses. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger says increasing the fine should drive up the number of motorists who wear a seatbelt.
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Proposed limitations to TOPS fail to pass House Committee
Posted on 4/6/2016 12:53:00 PM.

The House Education Committee rejected a proposal to increase the GPA a college student must achieve to keep their TOPS scholarship. It also said “No” to a bill to make a TOPS recipient pay back some or all of their scholarship if they fail or withdraw from school. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger says changing TOPS to a loan makes it less of an opportunity for students.
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Bills to increase fines for not wearing a seat belt and texting while driving pass
Posted on 4/5/2016 11:58:00 AM.

A bill has passed out of the House Transportation Committee to increase the penalty for violating the state’s seat belt law. Author of the bill is New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger and he says under the proposed law, the fine would double to 50 dollars for the first offense of not wearing a seat belt. He says the higher the penalty, the better your compliance.
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Budget stalemate ending?
Posted on 3/3/2016 2:39:00 PM.

It appears the budget stalemate could be over. It started with the Senate Finance committee laying out its plans for addressing the state’s 900-million dollar budget shortfall this fiscal year. Chairman Eric LaFleur says through a combination of tax increases and budget cuts, they can close the deficit, if the House agrees to pass more tax bills that will generate an additional 83-million dollars.
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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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