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Sex Offenders
9:48 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Legislature Targets Sex Offenders With New Bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative package takes strong measures against convicted sex offenders. A handful of bills targeting sex offenders are making steady progress through the Legislature, including the state's attempt to keep sex criminals from social networking websites. 

Louisiana Budget
11:33 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Conservative Lawmakers Fail to Block Budget Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. — A bloc of conservative Republicans in the House couldn't stall a budget bill that taps into one-time dollars to help piece together spending plans year after year.

The House voted 63-38 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate, raising questions about whether the coalition was fracturing and would be unable to hold together in negotiating a final version of next year's $25 billion operating budget with the Senate.

Bullying Ban
10:03 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Louisiana Lawmakers at Odds Over How to Ban Bullying

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's lawmakers disagree over how to craft a new ban on bullying at public schools.

Two different proposals advanced Wednesday in the House, one by Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith getting 71-16 backing on the House floor and another by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward getting passage from the House Education Committee.

Abortion
9:58 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Abortion Bills Advance Through Louisiana Legislature

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two bills focused on deterring pregnant women from getting abortions have been overwhelmingly approved by two legislative health committees. One bill gives women the opportunity to listen to a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed. The other would ban abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, excepted in limited medical cases. 

Politics
5:45 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Jindal headed to North Carolina for GOP meeting

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed to North Carolina for a meeting of Republican governors.

The GOP governor's trip comes as the state's budget is mired in disputes, pieces of Jindal's agenda are stalled in the waning days of the legislative session and lawmakers are criticizing the governor for absenteeism.

Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said Jindal was traveling to Charlotte on Wednesday and will return to Baton Rouge on Friday. Plotkin said Jindal is participating in a Republican Governors' Association policy summit.

Abortion Bills
5:43 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Abortion bills advance through La. Legislature

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two bills focused on deterring pregnant women from getting abortions have been overwhelmingly approved by two legislative health committees.

Sen. Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday that her proposal gives women the opportunity to listen to a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed. The measure is based on a similar law passed last year in Texas requiring that doctors conduct a sonogram, describe the fetus and play a fetal heartbeat for pregnant women seeking abortions.

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Saints Bounties
9:18 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Lawmakers Ask NFL to Reconsider Saints Penalties

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature is asking the NFL to reconsider the penalties imposed on the New Orleans Saints because of its bounty program.

The formal request received final legislative passage with a 28-1 Senate vote Monday.

In the resolution, lawmakers say there is "widespread public opinion throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond that the penalties imposed upon the Saints are too harsh and should be reconsidered."

Louisiana Budget
11:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

House Plans to Debate $25B Budget for Next Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget.

The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money they want to patch into the budget, versus how deeply they want to cut. On the chopping block and most vulnerable to further reductions are health care services and public college programs.

Retirement
11:16 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Senate Shelves Debate on Jindal Retirement Bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate has again delayed debate on Gov. Bobby Jindal's bill to charge rank-and-file state workers more and make them wait longer for their pension benefits, amid questions about whether they have enough votes to pass.

Welfare-Drug Testing
9:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Advances to La. House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A House health care committee has moved ahead with a proposal that would mandate drug testing of welfare recipients, despite objections from Catholic leaders who said the bill raises moral issues by vilifying poor mothers. Supporters say they want to make sure welfare checks pay for family needs, not drugs. 

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