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Retirement
9:44 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Jindal Retirement Bill Hits Trouble in the House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has upended Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to create a new retirement plan for rank-and-file workers. Lawmakers narrowly backed a requirement that any new employees put into the revamped retirement plan also be enrolled into the federal Social Security program. 

Louisiana Budget
9:36 am
Wed May 2, 2012

House Committee Crafts $25B Budget for Next Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House budget-writing committee has patched together a $25 billion budget for next year that would cut public colleges and health care services, force state worker layoffs and continue privatization efforts in state agencies. Conservative lawmakers say the cuts included in the 2012-13 spending plans don't go far enough. 

Jindal-Corps Request
9:33 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Jindal Asks Corps to Increase Flow Into Basin

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to increase the flow of water through the Old River Control Structure into the Atchafalaya Basin. Jindal says abnormally low water levels in the basin have spawned complaints about their effects on water quality and the wild crawfish harvest. 

Louisiana Budget
9:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

House Committee to Unveil Plan for $211M Deficit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House budget-writing committee is unveiling its plans Tuesday for filling a $211 million deficit this year, after working behind the scenes with the governor's office on ideas for plugging the gap.

The Appropriations Committee also is expected to rework next year's $25 billion budget proposal to account for a more than $300 million drop in projected state revenue in the new year that begins July 1.

Hornets-Tax Break
9:49 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tax Break for the Hornets Fails in La. House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has narrowly refused to extend an existing tax break given to the New Orleans Hornets that saves the team $3.7 million a year.

The extension proposed by Metairie Rep. Cameron Henry, a Republican, fell four votes short of passage in a 49-46 vote Wednesday.

The NBA team gets a tax break through the state Quality Jobs Program. Henry proposed continuing that for the length of the Hornets' new lease with the state, which is set to go through 2024.

Gay Adoption
9:19 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Allow Gay Adoption

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal that would allow gay couples and other unmarried couples to adopt children together in Louisiana has been defeated by a House committee. The bill would have allowed adoptions by people who aren't related to a child by blood but live in the same home and establish a relationship with the child. 

Small Business
9:33 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Sen. Landrieu, Wendy Vitter to Co-Chair Conference

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu, will be an honorary co-chair of an upcoming small business conference in Baton Rouge, along with Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The two-day event, set for May 3-4, in Baton Rouge will be the Louisiana Women's Leaders Conference on Small Business Entrepreneurship. It's sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Ethics
10:17 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Board of Ethics May Get limited Right of Appeal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House is getting ready to decide whether the state Board of Ethics should have a bit more power in enforcement of the state ethics code.  Currently, the Board of Ethics cannot appeal decisions by a board of administrative law judges.

Smoking Ban
10:10 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Louisiana House Agrees to Extend Smoking Ban

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned.  Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and many places of employment. The measure now heads to the Senate.

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