Sue Lincoln http://wwno.org en Jindal Signs Bill to Quash Lawsuit Against Oil and Gas http://wwno.org/post/jindal-signs-bill-quash-lawsuit-against-oil-and-gas <div><p>Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill designed to kill a levee board lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies. Legal scholars say this could imperil the state’s BP claims.&#160;<p>Despite an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell urging Gov.&#160;Jindal to veto Senate Bill 469 because, “No one can currently quantify or identify all the causes of action which will be swept away if this bill becomes law”, the governor has signed the bill.<p>Brought at Jindal’s request, the bill seeks to retroactively quash the levee board lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with coastal destruction. Dozens of legal scholars from around the U-S have warned that the measure may also impact pending lawsuits over the 2010 BP oil spill.<p>Jindal’s signing of the bill is being touted as “a victory” by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.&#160;</div><div> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:36:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 62109 at http://wwno.org Jindal Signs Bill to Quash Lawsuit Against Oil and Gas http://wwno.org/post/jindal-signs-bill-quash-lawsuit-against-oil-and-gas-0 <div><p>Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill designed to kill a levee board lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies. Legal scholars say this could imperil the state’s BP claims.&#160;<p>Despite an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell urging Gov.&#160;Jindal to veto Senate Bill 469 because, “No one can currently quantify or identify all the causes of action which will be swept away if this bill becomes law”, the governor has signed the bill.<p>Brought at Jindal’s request, the bill seeks to retroactively quash the levee board lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with coastal destruction. Dozens of legal scholars from around the U-S have warned that the measure may also impact pending lawsuits over the 2010 BP oil spill.<p>Jindal’s signing of the bill is being touted as “a victory” by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.&#160;</div><div> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 62110 at http://wwno.org Game Over: 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session Adjourns http://wwno.org/post/game-over-2014-louisiana-legislative-session-adjourns <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Bill signing on final day of 2014 session. From left to right: House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senator Robert Adley, Rep. Neil Abramson, Governor Bobby Jindal" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/bill_signing.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/06/Capitol_Access_060314.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>“We have told the Governor we give up. We’re ready to go home,” Senator Robert Adley announced, prompting laughter from his fellow lawmakers, as Senate President John Alario responded, “Very good.”<p>2014 can be viewed as a session of hits and misses. Governor Jindal told the press he believes he scored a hit with his budget, which includes pay raises for state workers, as well as a bit more money for higher education.<p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:21:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61874 at http://wwno.org Conference Committees: Resolving the Last Differences http://wwno.org/post/conference-committees-resolving-last-differences <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Lawmakers aren&#039;t chatting about their post-session plans here. They&#039;re working out compromises on bills." data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/confcmte.jpg" alt="" /><a href="/failed%20Limelight" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Conference committees are where all the action is now, at the end of the session. But just what is a “conference committee”?<p>“There are bills that, you know, the House and Senate will disagree on and in many cases you can’t get it worked out,” Slidell Representative Kevin Pearson explains, “So a conference committee is selected to try and resolve that.”<p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61807 at http://wwno.org Thou Shalt Not Pull the Plug http://wwno.org/post/thou-shalt-not-pull-plug <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/life_support.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_053014_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>“We have to err on the side of life and give that baby a voice.”<p>That’s the philosophy behind a bill to require keeping a pregnant woman on life support until her child can be born. HB 1274 is headed to conference committee after its author, New Orleans Representative Austin Badon, urged the full House Thursday to reject an amendment added by the Senate earlier this week.<p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:17:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61691 at http://wwno.org Tax Amnesty Grab: Unicorns and Fairy Dust http://wwno.org/post/tax-amnesty-grab-unicorns-and-fairy-dust <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/unicornTwig.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_052914.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Senators saw a pile of unallocated potential money as part of a House bill to extend the tax amnesty program, and they jumped at it.<p>“Let’s do something we can go home and say, ‘Yes! We did something for economic development’,” Delhi Senator Francis Thompson urged.<p>“My amendment will give 25-million dollars to the Board of Regents, to higher education,” New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson offered.<p>“Let’s put it where we got a 12-billion dollar backlog. Put everything we got into those roads,” Benton Senator Robert Adley pushed for infrastructure funding.<p> Thu, 29 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61612 at http://wwno.org Taking a Closer Look at State Contracts http://wwno.org/post/taking-closer-look-state-contracts <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/contract_350x250.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_052814.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Louisiana has billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in thousands of contracts—for goods and services, consulting, privatization and more. Lawmakers, frustrated by the continuing battles to balance the state budget, are pushing to take a closer look at those contracts.<p> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61548 at http://wwno.org Drivers’ Licenses: Costing More, but Lasting Longer http://wwno.org/post/drivers-licenses-costing-more-lasting-longer <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/LADL.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_052714.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It looks like the cost of a driver’s license is going up—but so is the length of time between renewals.<p>“The fee will be more, but it’s a six year fee, so over time it’ll be the same,” explains Franklin Foil.<p>The Baton Rouge representative authored the measure increasing both the cost and expiration dates for all Louisiana drivers’ licenses. A basic license, which now costs $21.50 and is good for four years, will be going up to $32.50, and will be valid for six years.<p> Tue, 27 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61482 at http://wwno.org Remembering John Maginnis http://wwno.org/post/remembering-john-maginnis <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/maginnis.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_052614.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It was just a couple of months ago that John Maginnis appeared on WRKF’s “The Jim Engster Show,” talking about Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.<p>“Outside Louisiana, there’s no serious talk about Jindal being a serious contender,” Maginnis told Engster and WRKF’s listeners. “But I think he’s still a viable vice-presidential contender, a running mate.”<p>Longtime political reporter John Maginnis passed away unexpectedly Sunday, at the age of 66.&#160;<p> Mon, 26 May 2014 06:59:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61426 at http://wwno.org Communism and Crawfishing on Common Core http://wwno.org/post/communism-and-crawfishing-common-core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Crawfish-Fighting.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_052314.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>“I’m not a communist.”<p>But Senator Conrad Appel isn’t a happy camper, either. He took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to deliver a tirade directed toward Governor Bobby Jindal.<p>“You can call me a communist. You can call me a socialist fascist—that’s a good one,” Appel declared forcefully. “Anything you want to call me? Do it!”<p> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61216 at http://wwno.org