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.
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.
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.
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.
Louisiana residents could have trouble boarding a plane if state driver’s licenses don’t come into compliance with federal law by 2016.
The leader of the House Transportation Committee is trying to broker a compromise that will put Louisiana driver's licenses in line with a federal laws.
State lawmakers rejected the added security requirements for a driver's license in 2008, saying they were too intrusive. That resulted in Louisiana driver's licenses that are not compliant with federal REAL ID laws.
Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:16 pm
Every year at around this time, with lawmakers just back in Baton Rouge for the legislative session, the capitol press corps makes fun of state politicians — and themselves — with a bit of song and dance.
Louisiana is known as a foodie paradise, but wine ice cream--one of the latest gourmet trends--can’t be sold here without a change in the current alcohol laws. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter’s bill to allow sales of the new product was heard in the House Judiciary Committee Friday, and members were quick with the quips.