Shreveport lawmaker seeks to end bullying in Louisiana schools
Posted on 4/13/2017 5:21:00 AM.

A north Louisiana lawmaker seeks to end bullying in Louisiana schools with a comprehensive bill waiting to be heard in this legislative session. Shreveport senator and attorney John Milkovich says his bill requires that instances of bullying be reported to law enforcement within 24 hours.
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John Milkovich, bullying, Shreveport, regular session

Proposed amendment would outlaw speed enforcement cameras
Posted on 4/3/2017 6:58:00 AM.

Speed enforcement cameras would be taken down around the state, under a proposal to be discussed in the regular session. Covington Representative Paul Hollis says these cameras deny people their constitutional right to confront their accuser. He says he’s uncomfortable turning the duties of police over to robots and cameras.
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Paul Hollis, speed enforcement cameras, regular session

Legislation seeks to protect military monuments
Posted on 3/28/2017 12:22:00 PM.

A bill filed for the regular session seeks to protect Louisiana’s military monuments, including controversial confederate statues. Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody authored the legislation that would prohibit state and local governments from removing, relocating, or destroying a memorial that commemorates wars in US history. He says there’s also a provision to make sure the monuments can be maintained.
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Thomas Carmody, military, monuments, regular session

Revised coastal restoration master plan to be discussed in regular session
Posted on 3/28/2017 5:52:00 AM.

Louisiana’s revised coastal restoration master plan will be taken up by lawmakers in the regular session, as part of the governor’s legislative package to protect and restore the state’s coast. The bill contains 120 projects to be completed over the next 50 years that will maintain over 800 square miles of coastal land. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish co-authored the legislation.
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Blade Morrish, coastal restoration, regular session, oil spill

Bill proposes including same sex couples under domestic violence laws
Posted on 3/22/2017 10:17:00 AM.

Same sex couples would face equal penalties for domestic violence, under a proposal to be taken up in the regular session next month. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says currently, domestic violence laws only apply to household members, married or not, of the opposite sex.
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Patrick Connick, domestic violence, same sex couples, regular session

Sen Fannin proposes a way to reduce the need for a midyear budget cut
Posted on 3/20/2017 12:04:00 PM.

A north Louisiana lawmaker believes he has the solution to Louisiana’s ongoing midyear budget cuts. Jonesboro Senator Jim Fannin says the Revenue Estimating Conference consistently overestimates how much money the state will bring in, which leads to midyear cuts every year.
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Jim Fannin, budget, REC, midyear cuts, budget cuts, regular session

Lawmakers putting together bill to increase state's gasoline tax
Posted on 3/16/2017 5:15:00 AM.

With the legislative session approaching, lawmakers are working on a bill that would raise the state’s gasoline tax for the first time in 30 years. Democratic Representative Sam Jones of Franklin says lawmakers need to put something on the ballot to improve deteriorating roads and bridges. But he says it’s still unclear how many cents the tax would go up.
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Sam Jones, Steve Carter, gasoline tax, regular session, transportation

Sen Johns plans to present stripper age requirement law again in regular session
Posted on 3/10/2017 4:47:00 AM.

The author of the stripper age requirement bill says he plans to present a similar version in the upcoming legislative session. The law was recently blocked by a federal judge in New Orleans for being unconstitutional as written. Sulphur Senator Ronnie Johns says Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling was clear about what language made the law unenforceable.
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Ronnie Johns, strippers, Judge Carl Barbier, regular session

Gov Edwards proposes reducing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent offenses
Posted on 3/2/2017 3:41:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards plans to present a criminal justice reform plan to lawmakers that looks at reducing minimum sentences for some nonviolent offenses. Edwards says the state is looking at proven strategies that have worked to reduce the prison population in other southern conservative states.
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John Bel Edwards, criminal justice reform, regular session

Edwards administration unveils spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM.

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.
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Jay Dardenne, budget, TOPS, DCFS, DOTD, regular session

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