Agreement reached on criminal justice reform package
Posted on 5/16/2017 4:36:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards announces an agreement on a criminal justice reform package that seeks to lower the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. Edwards says the plan will reduce the state’s prison population over the next decade by 10 percent.
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John Bel Edwards, Pete Adams, Walt Leger, criminal justice

House Appropriations votes to fully fund TOPS
Posted on 5/1/2017 2:10:00 PM.

The House Appropriations Committee has voted to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program for the next fiscal year. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil amended the state’s spending plan to take $82 million from the Department of Health’s budget so TOPS students would have their tuition fully paid for.
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Franklin Foil, Walt Leger, TOPS, budget, fiscal session

Criminal Justice reform recommendations now in the hands of lawmakers
Posted on 3/17/2017 2:48:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Now that the governor has released his plan for how he'd like to see criminal justice reformed in Louisiana, the recommendations are now in the hands of lawmakers. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger is a member of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force. He hopes the legislature realizes that this plan is one that actually fights crime.
criminal justice, walt leger, john bel edwards

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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Walt Leger, Rick Edmonds, budget, special session, rainy day fund

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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Walt Leger, Julie Stokes, budget, taxes

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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Cameron Henry, Walt Leger, John Bel Edwards, Stephen Street

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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Valerie Hodges, Walt Leger, sanctuary cities

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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Walt Leger, Beryl Amedee,

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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Walt Leger, seatbelts

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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Walt Leger, Julie Stokes, Chris Broadwater, TOPS

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