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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Crime Against Nature' Repeal Effort Advances

Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:18 am

Not every bill a legislator files is to make new law. Sometimes a bill is needed to repeal an old law. Such was the case Tuesday in the House Criminal Justice committee.

“No matter what you might think about the language, it is unconstitutional,” said Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, in reference to the state’s sodomy law, also known as “crime against nature”, and her bill to repeal it.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Pistol Packing Politicians?

   “This is for personal protection,” Senator Bret Allain said of his bill to allow legislators to carry their guns in the state capitol. The Senate and Governmental Affairs committee considered the Franklin lawmakers’ bill on Tuesday.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: Paying More for Less

Higher Education system presidents testify in House Appropriations. (L to R) Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS; Dr. F. King Alexander, LSU; Dr. Ronald Mason, SU; Dr. Sandra Woodley, UL.

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:23 pm

 

   The House Appropriations Committee got a different look at the cost of six years’ worth of higher education cuts Monday, as the push is on for colleges and universities to better prepare students to fill new jobs coming to Louisiana.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:52 am

  You live on a limited income, paycheck to paycheck. Now your next paycheck is in jeopardy, because your car won’t start. What to do?

There’s that payday lending store around the corner, so you go take out a loan and buy a new battery for your car. You give the lender a post-dated check for the amount of the loan, plus interest and fees. The lender cashes your check after you get paid. Done deal, right?

Not always, according to David Gray with the Louisiana Budget Project.

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WRKF
4:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core?

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:49 pm

On Wednesday, Louisiana’s capitol building was full to the gills with people representing all sides of the debate over the Common Core state standards.
 
Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Melinda Deslatte helps explain all the hubbub.

 

 
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WRKF
3:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Lawmakers Not Ready to Reduce Pot Penalties

Testifying before the House Criminal Justice committee are (L to R): Marjorie Esman, ACLU; Rep. Austin Badon; Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute.

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:30 pm

  The House Criminal Justice committee took up the first of several bills that have been filed to change Louisiana’s marijuana laws on Thursday. New Orleans Representative Austin Badon is the author of a measure to reduce penalties for second-offense and subsequent convictions for marijuana possession. His bill would also prevent simple possession from being counted toward “three strikes” and life imprisonment.

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Education
4:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Notes On Education From The State Legislature's Regular Session

The Louisiana State Capitol.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

The House supported a rewrite of Louisiana's career-track diploma law, to match a new policy of the state education board that will require public high school students who aren't college-bound to get job skills certifications to get a diploma.

The bill (House Bill 944) by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, was sent to the Senate with a 94-0 vote Thursday.

The redesign, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, emphasizes skills training for students who don't intend to go to a four-year university. Fannin said he hoped to keep more students in school with the changes.

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Latest News
3:10 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill Easing State Marijuana Penalties Derailed

State Rep. Austin Badon's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession was derailed today.
Credit Matthew Benoit / Shutterstock

 

A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs.

Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.

Association executive director Michael Ranatza said sheriffs fear the bill could lead to decriminalization of marijuana.

Badon says he was caught off-guard by Ranatza's testimony.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Contending Over Common Core

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:37 pm

House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.

Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tort Reform Bill Advances to House

LABI president Stephen Waguespack testifies in favor of tort reform

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:49 pm

A bill that would change how civil lawsuits are handled in state courts is headed to the House floor. The tort reform bill removes the threshold for having a civil case heard by a jury, instead of only by a judge. Current state law allows a jury trial only if the amount involved exceeds $50,000.

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