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La. Legislature Ends Special Session

Jun 24, 2016
Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace.
The Advocate

WWNO Morning Edition host Diane Mack speaks with New Orleans Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace about the latest special session that just ended in the Louisiana Legislature.

A coalition formed by clergy and public interest groups wants the state to re-examine the tax breaks it’s granting industry.  The group says local property taxes are being unfairly diverted from schools and law enforcement.

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The third installment of the “Ask the Governor” call-in radio show featured a wide variety of questions from callers. Governor John Bel Edwards was asked about everything from food stamps to marijuana, and the budget was a key topic.


Louisiana has taken the national lead in protecting police, firefighters and emergency responders under hate crime laws. One national youth civil rights group is now working on making sure other states don’t take that same step.

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Governor John Bel Edwards toured the new University Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday before launching the start of enrollment in the Medicaid expansion. Officials expect as many as 375,0000 more people will qualify for health care, with about one-third coming from the New Orleans region.

Louisiana's hate-crime protections now cover law enforcement and first responders. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the legislation on Thursday after it had passed easily in the Republican-controlled Legislature, NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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The regular session ends in just two weeks, and the Senate Finance Committee is now grappling with the budget sent over from the House. Governor John Bel Edwards expects a difficult two weeks.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at the rally at the Capitol on Youth Justice Day.
Sarah Hunt / Louisiana Center for Children's Rights

At all levels of government right now, laws about juveniles are rapidly changing. However, some states, including Louisiana, continue to prosecute and sentence juveniles for sentences of life without parole.

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