One worker missing, three others in critical condition after energy platform explosion
Posted on 10/16/2017 10:45:00 AM.
Three victims from last night’s Clovelly Oil Co. energy platform explosion on Lake Pontchartrain remain in critical condition and the search for one of the workers continues today. Jefferson Parish EMS Director Mike Guilliot says seven people were taken to the hospital last night.
Lake Pontchartrain, plant explosion, Mike Guillot, Joe Lopinto, rig

Marijuana sentencing reform bill heads to Jindal's desk
Posted on 6/8/2015 5:51:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A measure which would mean dramatic decreases in Louisiana's tough pot possession penalties is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal's desk. Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto says right now the sentence for one gram of marijuana and 60 pounds is the same which makes no sense.
marijuana, sentencing reform, joe lopinto

House approves $200 million cap on film tax credits
Posted on 5/7/2015 5:39:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The House approved a measure that would limit the amount of credits issued as part of the film tax program to $200 million dollars despite objections from lawmakers who thought the cap should be lower. 
film tax credits, joe lopinto, lance harris, jeff arnold

Proposed bill would remove fantasy games from gambling laws
Posted on 4/9/2015 4:40:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
There is a bill filed for the upcoming legislative session that would essentially make playing fantasy football online for money legal. Right now in Louisiana, "play-for-cash" computer fantasy football would violate state gambling laws.
joe lopinto, fantasy football

Execution secrecy bill advances
Posted on 5/13/2014 1:08:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A bill that would keep the information of a manufacturer who distributes execution drugs confidential passed a committee Tuesday and now heads to the full House. Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto's measure would disallow the disclosure of the drug and make it non admissible. Lake Charles defense attorney Walter Sanchez has a problem with that.
execution secrecy, joe lopinto

Lawmaker pulls the plug on electric chair bill
Posted on 4/29/2014 1:28:00 PM.
Legislation that started out as a way to bring the electric chair back as a way of executing a death row inmate was dramatically changed, before it was approved by a House committee. The author of the bill, Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto, amended the legislation, so the state can keep secret the type of drugs they use to perform an execution.
Death Penalty, Terry Landry, Joe Lopinto, Corrections Secretary James Leblanc

Guns in restaurants bill passes House, heads to Senate
Posted on 4/9/2014 6:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring their gun into certain places that sell alcohol, like AppleBees, passed Wednesday afternoon on the House Floor. The legislation is by Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto.
joe lopinto, restaurant, gun, norton, landry

Legislation to allow guns in restaurants that serve alcohol clears House committee
Posted on 4/2/2014 1:20:00 PM.
The House Criminal Justice Committee approves legislation that would allow off-duty law enforcement officers and concealed handgun permit holders to bring a gun inside a restaurant that serves alcohol. New Iberia Representative Terry Landry voted against it because he doesn't think guns should be allowed in an area where alcohol is being served.
Joe Lopinto, Barbra Norton, Terry Landry, House Committee

Louisiana lawmaker wants to bring back the electric chair
Posted on 2/26/2014 11:03:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Legislation that would bring the electric chair back to Louisiana for executions will be discussed in the upcoming 2014 session. Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto is proposing House Bill 328. He says lethal injections could still be used in capitol punishment, but the Department of Corrections has had problems getting the drug.
joe lopinto, department of corrections, electric chair, louisiana legislative session, christopher sepulvado

Surrogacy bill filed again for 2014 session
Posted on 2/21/2014 2:10:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A Louisiana lawmaker has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would guarantee protections for biological parents who seek surrogacy. Currently in Louisiana parents of a child being carried by another woman have to adopt their own baby after it is born which Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto says is ludicrous.

Surrogacy, joe lopinto

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