state legislature

11:38 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Firearms Manufacturing Bill Advances In State Senate

A bill that would allow gun buyers and sellers to circumvent any federal firearm ban if a gun is manufactured in-state has advanced in the Senate.

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8:41 am
Tue May 14, 2013

La. Hospital Privitization Costs Still Foggy After Auditor's Report

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:59 pm

Lawmakers that have fought the Administration for more power in the process of privatizing the state’s charity hospitals may get their wish as they consider funding for the cost of laying off hospital workers.

According to a report by the state auditor’s office, the privatization will cost the state 42 million dollar in leave payouts and unemployment payments. 

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Driver's Licenses
4:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Card-Carrying Cajuns? Louisiana Lawmakers Weigh ID Change

Louisiana drivers would be able to add the message "I'm a Cajun" on their licenses, under a bill making its way through the statehouse. Here, shrimp fisherman Merlin Boudreaux holds up part of his catch in Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, La.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:15 pm

A bill making its way through the Louisiana Legislature would let Cajun citizens celebrate their ancestry by customizing their driver's license, adding the phrase "I'm a Cajun" below their photograph.

It would cost $5 to add the message; the money would go toward "scholarships distributed by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, a program promoting French language and culture in the state," reports

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5:32 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

House Overwhelmingly Backs State Budget Compromise

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 6:23 pm

With a 95-3 vote, a nearly $25 billion budget is heading to the Senate for approval after days of negotiations. But it’s not the plan Gov. Bobby Jindal wanted.

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9:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Clears State House Committee

Kelly Connelly WRKF

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:30 pm

With a one-vote margin, a bill that would force Louisiana to accept federal Medicaid Expansion advanced through the House Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday.

Governor Bobby Jindal has opposed the Expansion, claiming it would be too expensive and that the federal program doesn’t meet Louisiana’s needs.

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12:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Gun Legislation To Protect Concealed Permit Holders' Information Advances

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:01 am

A law seeking to criminalize the release of any information about concealed handgun permit holders was advanced in the Senate on Tuesday.

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11:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Interviews: Louisiana Department of Revenue's Douglas Baker

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:09 am

Comedienne, author and colorectal cancer survivor Brenda Elsagher, who'll speak tonight at the Pennington Center.

Jim talks with Douglas Baker, from the Louisiana Department of Revenue, about the schism between lawmakers and the Governor over use of one-time money to balance the state budget, and recent legislation to reduce tax breaks for businesses to make up that imbalance.

New Orleans area bankruptcy lawyer Bill Cherbonnier, who is opposed to House Bill 567, by Baton Rouge Rep. Erich Ponti. It would repeal the state's ban on for-profit debt adjusters.

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7:22 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Lawmakers Use Budget Negotiations to Assert Independence

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:30 am

The legislature’s bipartisan budget negotiations have yielded a late-night preliminary deal, struck after the legislature closed up shop on Monday. The plan will cut tax exemptions and reduce spending to curb the state's dependency on one-time funds.


The deal includes cutting tax exemptions by 15 percent across the board. That will free up $329 million, enough to replace a large chunk of the half a billion in one-time funds in next year’s budget.

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6:02 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Tolls Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:46 am

After five years of steep budget cuts, some members of LSUnited, the faculty union, are hoping the legislature’s budget negotiations will raise enough revenue to prevent further cuts.

Lawmakers are looking at plans to cut tax exemptions and get rid of one-time funds, which might provide more stability to the state’s universities.

Michael Russo, a librarian and an instructor, said LSU’s finances are dismal.

"A half billion here, a half billion there," Russo said, "I don’t know what else they can cut."

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4:03 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Bipartisan State Budget Deal in the Works

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:20 pm


Thursday House Speaker Chuck Kleckley endorsed a plan that would raise revenue and cut spending.

Earlier this week, the budget was on track to avoid much debate on the floor, but it hit a snag on Tuesday.

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