Gov. Edwards rolls out his new tax proposals
Posted on 3/29/2017 3:44:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his plan today for a new tax structure in Louisiana. It calls for lower sales taxes, but more services would be subject to a sales tax and there would be adjustments to the income tax bracket, which he says would benefit a majority of residents.
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Lawmaker seeks to prohibit corporal punishment for students with disabilities
Posted on 3/29/2017 1:19:00 PM.

As part of Governor John Bel Edwards’ plan to improve K-12 education outcomes, a measure has been filed for the legislative session that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public schools for students with disabilities. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his legislation would prohibit physical punishment for kids with intellectual disabilities.

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Measure filed that would increase cigarette tax by 22 cents
Posted on 3/28/2017 10:47:00 AM.

A measure has been filed for the upcoming legislative session that would increase cigarette taxes by 22-cents. Currently, the tax on a pack of cigarettes is $1.08 and the proposal would up that to $1.30 a pack. Author of the legislation, West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman, says this increase would generate more revenue for the state and lead to a healthier Louisiana.

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Gov. Edwards hopes to revamp Louisiana's tax system in legislative session
Posted on 3/20/2017 12:19:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is seeking to give the Louisiana tax system a facelift during the upcoming legislative session. Port Allen Senator Rick Ward supports the effort to repeal many business tax exemptions, so that large companies are paying taxes to the state, instead of getting a big refund.

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Gov. Edwards signs bills to restrict where drones can fly
Posted on 6/22/2016 11:18:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law two bills that will regulate drone use in Louisiana. Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor authored one of the measures and says under his bill, you could be charged with criminal trespassing if you use a drone to peep on your neighbors.

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A bill to require pet stores to keep records heads to the governor's desk to be singed into law
Posted on 6/4/2016 4:32:00 AM.

A bill that would require pet stores to keep records of breeders’ names, addresses, and licensing information is on the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Alicia Haefele with the Louisiana SPCA says also included under this legislation is that no pet under 8-weeks old can be sold in a store. She says these regulations are to make ensure pet stores are held to certain standards.

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Raise the age bill nears final legislative passage
Posted on 6/3/2016 1:37:00 PM.

A bill to charge 17-year-olds as juveniles nears final legislative passage. Director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights Joshua Perry says including 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system makes for safer communities and more successful children.

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Voters could decide if colleges should set their own tuition
Posted on 6/3/2016 12:01:00 PM.

Louisiana voters could decide this fall if universities should have the authority to set their own tuition as a result of a proposed constitutional amendment that is close to receiving final legislative passage. Currently, the legislature must approve a tuition hike if it goes above a certain percentage.

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Bill to give patients unrestricted access to physical therapists heads to governor's desk
Posted on 6/1/2016 11:48:00 AM.

A bill that would allow patients direct access to a physical therapist rather than getting a doctor’s referral first heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Doctor Amanda Brewer with the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association says this allows patients to able to get into physical therapy sooner and result in decreased cost for the patients and an increased quality of life.

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Senate committee vote on sanctuary city bill delayed one week
Posted on 5/17/2016 12:10:00 PM.

Spirited debate took place in a Senate committee today over the sanctuary cities bill that would punish cities who refuse to enforce the federal immigration law. The measure could prevent New Orleans and Lafayette, which are considered sanctuary cities, from borrowing dollars for construction projects. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny expressed concerns about the Attorney General having sole power over determining who is considered a sanctuary city.

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