Author of gas tax hike bill working to ensure it will receive House approval
Posted on 5/26/2017 4:39:00 AM.

The author of a bill to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 17-cents continues to work on the legislation so it can receive the 70 votes necessary to get approval from the House. Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter says he is looking at a variety of options, like lowering the proposed increase. But he says not everyone is pleased with that. 
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Legislators and governor agree a special session is likely
Posted on 5/25/2017 2:21:00 PM.

Legislative leaders and Governor John Bel Edwards agree another special legislative session is likely to address the state’s looming $1.3 billion dollar fiscal cliff. In July 2018, over a billion dollars in temporary sales taxes expire. President of the Council for a Better Louisiana Barry Erwin says the push to address this latest fiscal problem is not there.
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Not much progress made solving the state’s budget woes with only two weeks left in legislative session
Posted on 5/25/2017 6:59:00 AM.

With only two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers are not close to agreeing on a budget for next fiscal year and addressing the loss of over a billion dollars in temporary taxes that are set to expire in July 2018. That’s according to Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com.
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Senate Education chairman wants a TOPS task force to study the program
Posted on 5/25/2017 4:44:00 AM.
The Senate Education Committee will discuss today whether a task force should be formed to study how to ensure the TOPS scholarship program long-term liability. Senate Education Chairman Blade Morrish says the taxpayer funded program has not been examined since it was created over 20 years ago.
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Bill to raise minimum wage fails to pass out of Senate Finance Committee
Posted on 5/24/2017 2:27:00 PM.

A measure that would raise the minimum wage to $8 an hour beginning on July 1st of 2018 was killed by the Senate Finance Committee for a second consecutive year. The bill is by New Orleans Senator Troy Carter who says raising the minimum wage will benefit the state as a whole.
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Bill to require parolees to pay an additional $37 a month passes out of Senate Judiciary
Posted on 5/24/2017 3:36:00 AM.

A Senate Judiciary committee voted to raise the fees for individuals on probation and parole in Louisiana to increase salaries for parole officers. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris’ measure would up the fee by $37 to $100. Harris hopes this would be an incentive for parole officers to stay in their position.
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John Alario: Senate committed to fully funding TOPS despite budget woes
Posted on 5/19/2017 11:48:00 AM.

Senate President John Alario says the upper chamber is committed to fully funding the TOPS scholarship program. Alario says the House budget plan takes money away from the Department of Health to fully fund TOPS and they are taking a close look at that proposal.
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Bill to prohibit universities to market alcoholic beverages deferred in House Education
Posted on 5/18/2017 12:23:00 PM.

A measure that would prohibit public universities from having their name or images to market alcoholic beverages was voluntarily deferred in the House Education Committee. Shreveport Representative Cedric Glover filed this bill because he believes LSU and UL-Lafayette licensed “official” beers promote underage drinkings.
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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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House Committee rejects bill to end the death penalty
Posted on 5/17/2017 1:48:00 PM.

The House Criminal Justice Committee rejects a proposal to that sought to end the death penalty in Louisiana. Speaking in favor of the bill was Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Shelton Shelton Fabre, who says every human life is sacred. He says an execution cannot bring back a loved one or heal terrible wounds.
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