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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu May 8, 2014

House Spending Full Day on Budget

It’s budget day for the full House, and lawmakers are not looking forward to grappling with the $26-billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July first.

“I don’t see any scenario where I can vote for the budget,” Representative Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) says of the plan.

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5:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill To Boost Teacher Retirement Age Nearing Final Passage

The Senate backs a bill that would require public school teachers and most new state employees to wait 2 years longer to retire.
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Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the state Senate Wednesday.

Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System can retire at age 60 with 5 years of service.

WRKF
3:02 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Senate Sends Dozens of Bills to the Governor

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:18 am

 With less than a month left in the session, the full Senate spent most of Tuesday afternoon digging through a mountain of House bills awaiting final passage. More than 120 House bills were on the Senate’s to-do list, and the upper chamber managed to complete the legislative process on about half of those.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols explains turn down of LSU hospitals deals.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:20 am

Louisiana got some bad news from the federal Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) late last Friday. CMS says “no deal” on six of the LSU hospital public-private partnerships.

“I don’t know what their issue is, but it appears that the basis for the denial is related to the means of financing—specifically as it relates to the advance lease payments,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the House Appropriations committee Monday.

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WRKF
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances

 If you can’t get lethal injection drugs, how do you impose the death penalty?

"We have the death sentence. Whether some of you agree with that or disagree with it, that's what we have,” said House Criminal Justice committee chairman Joe Lopinto. “If we're going to have that we need to be able, as a state, to follow through with that order."

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4:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Special Legislative Election Called To Replace Rep. Jared Brossett

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.
Tom Arthur

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.

Rep. Jared Brossett, a Democrat from New Orleans, resigned from the House of Representatives this week to take an elected seat on the New Orleans City Council.

Kleckley set the special election to fill the House District 97 seat to coincide with the Nov. 4 congressional elections being held around Louisiana. A runoff, if needed, will be held Dec. 6.

Qualifying for candidates is set for Aug. 20 through Aug. 22.

WRKF
5:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Insight: What Goes Up (for Debate) Often Comes Down

A couple of high-profile bills were on the Louisiana legislature's docket in the past week, both were dashed. A proposal to allow for medical marijuana was rejected and the possibility for the return of the electric chair was commuted to a more palatable proposal for shielding suppliers of lethal injection drugs.


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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP

 

The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the MFP Thursday, and ended up rejecting the formula for funding public schools.

The formula included $150-million in new spending: for a growing number of students, for career education and for kids with special needs. On a conference call following the committee meeting, state Superintendent John White said he’s not worried about students losing out, despite the formula being turned away. That’s because House Appropriations already added the extra money to HB 1, the next state budget.

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7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bill Aimed At Protecting Domestic Violence Victims' Housing Rights

Fair housing advocates in New Orleans are supporting legislation that would protect domestic violence victims from eviction. Apartment management groups want to make sure the rules are clear.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Senate Drones Bill Crashes in House Committee

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:00 pm

A Senate-approved bill to prohibit the camera-equipped unmanned aircraft known as drones from overflying chemical plants and refineries crashed and burned in the House Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday.

“Drones are becoming more and more prevalent,” explained the bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Bodi White. “And it’s just an effort to try to at least have some rules or laws for the state of Louisiana with our critical infrastructure.”

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