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WRKF
4:21 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Democrats Win One in Tiger Stadium

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:59 am

Democratic lawmakers claimed a small victory Sunday. But it wasn’t on the House floor. It was at the first annual Truce for the Troops Bowl.


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WRKF
12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

State Tobacco Tax Hike Proposals Shelved

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:49 am

All four bills seeking to increase taxes on tobacco products in the state have been voluntarily tabled amid legislative opposition to raising taxes.

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WRKF
9:24 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Women's Health Funding At Risk In Legislature

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley last week called on the legislature to restore funding to the state program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and underserved women, and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson chaired a committee focused on funding for women’s services.

Women testified about holes in funding for domestic violence shelters, pregnancy care, cancer screenings, and sexual health. Peterson called Governor Jindal’s budget proposal for next year irresponsible. According to Beth Meeks, from the Louisiana Coalition on Domestic Violence, the governor’s slashing of women’s services just doesn’t make fiscal sense.

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WRKF
12:51 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

La. Legislature Picky On Spending

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:13 pm

State lawmakers are being more sensitive to how they spend money.

A bill containing minor change to the state’s Enterprise Zone program failed to pass in the House Thursday.

The Enterprise Zone is an incentive program that works to encourage businesses to expand in rural parts of the state. The bill would have changed the definition of a “multifamily residential housing”, making bigger apartment complexes eligible for a tax credit. 

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WRKF
9:23 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Gun Rights Bills Progress at State Capitol

Seven of eight bills to loosen restrictions on firearms passed through the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday.

One bill seeks to circumvent federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms, despite several members questioning how it would stand up to the Supremacy Clause, which establishes federal law as the law of the land.

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WRKF
4:28 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Firearm Lock-Up Bill Extinguished

A bill requiring gun owners to store firearms in locked containers died in a House committee Wednesday.

In the wake of the Connecticut shootings a bevy of firearm regulation bills were presented before the Administration of Criminal Justice committee.

Committee members who voted against the lock-up bill said accidents happen and that negligence laws are already on the books.  

Rep. Barbara Norton said her bill was aimed at curbing accidental fatalities and protecting our children.

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WRKF
12:22 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Bill To Prohibit Federal Gun Regulations Squeaks By State House Committee

A bill that seeks to prohibit the enforcement of federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms in Louisiana barely advanced Wednesday in the House.

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WRKF
8:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Income Tax Repeal Is Out. So What's In?

After the legislature tabled all tax repeal bills, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus ditched the parts of its tax package that would cut taxes. But it’s keeping the part that raises revenue.

Representative Katrina Jackson leads the caucus. She says under her plan, the funds from raising the tobacco tax would be dedicated. “It starts making the areas of higher education systems whole, and the area of health care as well,” Jackson said.

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WRKF
1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

NOLA Adjudicated Property Redemption Window Could Become State-Wide

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:03 pm

A bill to shorten the time frame from three years to 18 months for owners of adjudicated properties to pay unpaid taxes has advanced in the house.


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WRKF
1:04 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Bill To Create Hospitalization Stablization Formula Passes With Few Details

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to try and maintain the level of funding to hospitals that take Medicaid patients.  

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