Senate committee approves proposed minimum wage increase
Posted on 5/17/2017 11:11:00 AM.

The Senate Labor Committee approves a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $8.50 over the next two years. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and this measure would create a state minimum wage at $8.00 by 2018 and increase to $8.50 by 2019. State Director of the National Federation for Independent Business, Dawn Starns opposes the measure because she says it will create uncertainty for small businesses.

Troy Carter, Mike Walsworth, Rob Shadoin, minimum wage

House committee begins looking at Governor's tax plan
Posted on 4/11/2017 4:38:00 AM.

The House Ways and Means committee begins today pouring over some of the proposals included in the governor’s tax plan. John Bel Edwards ambitious proposal will increase taxes on many businesses, but he says it will lead to lower income taxes for 90 percent of taxpayers. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James is confident once more details of the plan come out, there will be ample support.

John Bel Edwards, Ted James, Mike Walsworth, Pat Smith, Rob Shadoin

State agencies understaffed during disaster response
Posted on 8/26/2016 5:45:00 AM.

State agencies are severely understaffed at a time when people need them the most. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says during tough budget times, there were employment cutbacks at the Department of Children and Family Services and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, because Louisiana hasn’t seen a hurricane in several years.

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Shreveport to get new bridge, Monroe probably not
Posted on 6/27/2016 6:34:00 AM.

Plans are in the works for Shreveport-Bossier to get a new bridge over the Red River, and Monroe residents are asking when will the state pay for a new bridge over the Ouachita River, as there’s been talk of a new bridge in that area for decades. Ouachita parish police juror Walt Caldwell says a new bridge in Monroe would cost around $300 million, and there isn’t enough money in the state capital outlay budget to cover the cost.

Walt Caldwell, Mike Walsworth, Lea Joyner Bridge

Lawmakers give final approval to budget bill that fully funds TOPS for fall semester
Posted on 6/24/2016 5:27:00 AM.
Just before midnight, the Louisiana legislature gave final approval to a spending bill that calls for the TOPS scholarship program to be fully funded for the fall semester. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says it’s the right thing to do.
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New law expands felony for assault on police officers
Posted on 6/23/2016 12:18:00 PM.

A new law goes into effect on August 1 that expands the felony for assaults on police officers. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says under the previous law, assaulting an officer with anything other than a gun was a misdemeanor. He says this new law expands that language to include the use of any weapon in the felony language, not just a firearm.

Mike Walsworth, assault on an officer, felony

Bill that would survey H.S. students about sex fails in Senate committee
Posted on 5/12/2016 1:58:00 PM.

The Senate Education Committee votes against a bill that would allow public schools to survey high school students about sexual health. Shreveport Rep. Thomas Carmody told the panel, the survey can help determine which schools are most effectively getting the message across about sex education and allow other schools to follow their example.

Senate, sex survey, Thomas Carmody, Mike Walsworth, Sarah Woods, Patricia Smith

Senate approves TOPS contingency plan
Posted on 4/20/2016 9:28:00 AM.

The state Senate unanimously approves a bill that would make sure every TOPS recipient would receive at least part of their award, if the state is not able to fully fund the scholarship program. Jonesboro Senator Jim Fannin says legislators added an amendment that would allow a TOPS recipient to keep their award even if they are unable to attend college immediately because they cannot afford it.

Jim Fannin, Mike Walsworth, Karen Peterson, TOPS

Bill to increase fine for texting while driving moves to House
Posted on 4/13/2016 10:12:00 AM.

The Senate has approved a bill to increase the fine for texting or using social media while driving from $175 to $500 for the first offense. The fine goes up to $1,000 for subsequent offenses. Baton Rouge Senator Yvonne Colomb says there will not be a fine for voice texting.More

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Walsworth: North Louisiana has a long road to recovery
Posted on 3/23/2016 5:43:00 AM.

North Louisiana is still hurting from the massive downpour that dumped upwards of two feet of rain in some areas. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth is concerned how parish governments will pay for the damage, even if they are eligible for federal assistance and only have to pay a quarter of the cost for a road that was washed away by the floods.

Mike Walsworth, flood damage

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