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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.