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9:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Lawmakers Hear Support For Legalizing Marijuana

The Louisiana State Capitol.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

Supporters of legalized marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers, saying it could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical ailments.

State health and law enforcement officials outlined their opposition, saying marijuana users have increased risk of health conditions and describing marijuana as a "gateway drug" to more toxic substances.

The testimony Tuesday was part of a study by the House criminal justice committee, upon the request of Rep. Dalton Honoré, a Democrat from Baton Rouge.

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12:16 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ideas Flourish To Spend Surplus And Tax Amnesty Money

After years of divvying up budget cuts, state lawmakers have a pleasant financial problem: They have to decide how to spend as much as $300 million in unallocated cash from Louisiana's treasury.

The dollars include a surplus from the last fiscal year and excess collections from a recent tax amnesty period that generated more than expected.

Disputes are already burgeoning about how to allocate the money. The state has a list of needs far surpassing available income.

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5:32 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Republican Realignment: What Happens to the LAGOP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:48 am

Republicans have reason to be wary of their newfound power in the state Senate, having recently gained a two-thirds supermajority. Some political analysts say too much power can backfire.

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11:33 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Republicans Gain Supermajority in State Senate

Another Louisiana State Senator has jumped the aisle to the Republican party.

Sen. Rick Ward, who represents parts of the Capitol Region, from Port Allen into Assumption Parish, gives the Republicans a supermajority in the Senate. Several kinds of measures are constitutionally required to pass with a two-thirds vote, like tax increases and procedural items after a certain date near the end of the session.

The Louisiana House alliance of fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats may have a harder time facing the Senate next session.

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8:12 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Legislative Session Wrap-Up: What Sticks, What Doesn't

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 5:35 am

State lawmakers cheered the end of the 2013 legislative session Thursday.

WRKF’s Kelly Connelly has been following every twist and turn over the past 2 months. News Director Amy Jeffries spoke with Kelly about her time covering the session.

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4:52 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Interviews: Journalists Jeremy Alford And Melinda Deslatte Recap The Legislative Session

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 11:27 am

Guest host Robert Travis Scott reviews the legislative session with journalist Jeremy Alford and LABI tax policy analyst John LeBlanc.

Robert chats with long-time New Orleans Congressman Cedric Richmond, whose district now includes north Baton Rouge.


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5:06 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Budget Passed, Legislature Adjourns for the Session

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 8:59 am

In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers have passed a $25.4 billion budget compromise to finance the state for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Senate approved the deal with a 38-1 vote. The House voted 104-0 Thursday and the deal has Gov. Bobby Jindal’s backing.

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8:11 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Money-Generating Bills Hostage To Budget Reforms

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:53 am

The fate of next year’s budget rests in the hands of a few legislative leaders, picked by the chambers’ chairs to sort things out behind closed-doors.

This year is a little different than years past. 

First, the House changed some rules so that more voices could be at the table for the final negotiations. 

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5:32 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Career Diploma Given Short Shrift

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 7:40 am

Louisiana’s Department of Education is hosting a series of regional meetings this month to talk about simplifying the state’s high school diploma options.

The department is looking to put more emphasis on career training, after lawmakers’, employers’, and teachers’ repeated complaints that the state is too focused on sending kids on to college, instead of preparing them for real-world jobs.

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12:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bill Seeking Reduced Marijuana Possession Sentences Advances In State Senate

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:31 pm

A bill aiming to reduce the sentences of marijuana possession in Louisiana advanced Tuesday in the Senate.

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