politics

WRKF
4:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core?

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:49 pm

On Wednesday, Louisiana’s capitol building was full to the gills with people representing all sides of the debate over the Common Core state standards.
 
Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Melinda Deslatte helps explain all the hubbub.

 

 
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WRKF
3:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Lawmakers Not Ready to Reduce Pot Penalties

Testifying before the House Criminal Justice committee are (L to R): Marjorie Esman, ACLU; Rep. Austin Badon; Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute.

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:30 pm

  The House Criminal Justice committee took up the first of several bills that have been filed to change Louisiana’s marijuana laws on Thursday. New Orleans Representative Austin Badon is the author of a measure to reduce penalties for second-offense and subsequent convictions for marijuana possession. His bill would also prevent simple possession from being counted toward “three strikes” and life imprisonment.

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Education
4:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Notes On Education From The State Legislature's Regular Session

The Louisiana State Capitol.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

The House supported a rewrite of Louisiana's career-track diploma law, to match a new policy of the state education board that will require public high school students who aren't college-bound to get job skills certifications to get a diploma.

The bill (House Bill 944) by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, was sent to the Senate with a 94-0 vote Thursday.

The redesign, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, emphasizes skills training for students who don't intend to go to a four-year university. Fannin said he hoped to keep more students in school with the changes.

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Latest News
3:10 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill Easing State Marijuana Penalties Derailed

State Rep. Austin Badon's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession was derailed today.
Credit Matthew Benoit / Shutterstock

 

A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs.

Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.

Association executive director Michael Ranatza said sheriffs fear the bill could lead to decriminalization of marijuana.

Badon says he was caught off-guard by Ranatza's testimony.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Contending Over Common Core

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:37 pm

House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.

Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tort Reform Bill Advances to House

LABI president Stephen Waguespack testifies in favor of tort reform

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:49 pm

A bill that would change how civil lawsuits are handled in state courts is headed to the House floor. The tort reform bill removes the threshold for having a civil case heard by a jury, instead of only by a judge. Current state law allows a jury trial only if the amount involved exceeds $50,000.

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WRKF
3:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Higher Education Funding for Worker Development

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:34 pm

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill establishing the WISE (Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy) Fund on Monday. The proposal, authored by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and now headed to the House floor, sets up a system to pay bonuses to colleges that turn out graduates prepared to fill the high-demand jobs soon coming to Louisiana. Colleges will also have to come up with a 20 percent match from private firms in order to be eligible for a portion of the $40 million fund.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Reshaping A Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice

WYES

WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio and public television station WYES are collaborating on coverage of reforms to the Orleans Parish criminal justice system.

WYES Special Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh has completed the hour-long special "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice". In this first story for WWNO based on her reporting, Kavanaugh includes the voices of lawmakers, judges and watchdogs.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Politics of Compromise: Domestic Violence and Guns

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:48 am

A package of bills to help prevent domestic violence deaths is pending debate on the House floor, but without a controversial piece of the puzzle.

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Le Show
1:30 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Le Show For March 30, 2014

Harry Shearer

In this edition of Le Show, Harry brings News of the Warm, What the Frack?, Karzai Talk, Waterboarding USA, News of AFPac, the Apologies of the Week, and more.

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