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WRKF
3:03 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource?

Louisiana parents gave the House and Senate education committees an earful last week.

“There seems to be no effective safeguard in law to protect our children’s information from the whim and will of BESE and LDE,” said Sara Wood of Mandeville.

She was talking about data privacy. Seven bills have been filed this session, each trying to prohibit how much individual information about Louisiana students is shared—and with whom.

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Latest News
3:35 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Orleans Property Tax Increase Passes House Committee

Homeowners in New Orleans may soon face an increase in property taxes to shore up police and fire services.
Bart Eversen Flickr

Police and fire protection in New Orleans may soon get a boost from a proposed property tax increase.

A constitutional amendment to raise ad valorem taxes in Orleans Parish passed through a state House committee without objection today. For the city, the increase would bring in an additional revenue of nearly $6 million in 2015 to beef up police and fire services.

For homeowners, the increases would amount to an extra $30 per year in taxes on a $200,000 house.

WRKF
3:03 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Abortion Restrictions Advance in the House

Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), center, and Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills, right.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:38 pm

A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Repealing Unconstitutional Law

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:45 pm

It might seem obvious…when the U.S. Supreme Court rules a state law “unconstitutional”, then the state repeals that law. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor has been trying to get one of those old laws off the books for several years now, but prior attempts never made it past the first hurdle—the Senate Education Committee. This time his repeal bill, SB 70, has made it to the Senate floor, and it’s eligible for debate there as early as today.

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Politics
10:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Notes From The State Legislature's Regular Session

Lawmakers are considering whether the state should start paying Emergency Medical Service workers the same monthly supplement that local law enforcement officers and firefighters receive.

A Senate judiciary panel agreed without objection Tuesday to a constitutional amendment that would add full-time EMS workers to the list to receive a $500 monthly paycheck from the state on top of their local salaries.

The proposal would cost at least $3.7 million a year and likely more, depending on how many EMS workers qualified, according to legislative fiscal analysts.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Getting That Settlement Paid Could Take an Act of the Legislature

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:44 am

Each session, lawmakers file appropriations bills, trying to get the state to pay what courts have ruled is owed to plaintiffs.

This session, one of the 26 “Appropriations/Judgment” bills is authored by Crowley Representative Jack Montoucet, on behalf of the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association. The amount due that group is $3,722,315.00.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

There Will Be a Test

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:49 am

On the first real business day of the new session Tuesday, the House Appropriations jumped right in with heavy lifting, as they began combing through the governor’s 329-page budget proposal. Lawmakers didn’t hesitate to ask for detailed explanations about the line items.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

New Orleans Submits Legislative Agenda To Baton Rouge

New Orleans legislation this session.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has released his wish list for the current session of the State Legislature. Items requested by City Hall include a tax increase for public safety and a more aggressive approach to clearing blighted property.

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WRKF
2:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

FULL AUDIO: State of the State 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 9:16 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed the state House and Senate Monday, March 10, to open the legislative session.

WRKF News Director Amy Jeffries and LSU Political Scientist Kirby Goidel anchored the live broadcast.


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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Session Starting: What's the Plan?

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 4:55 pm

The 2014 Louisiana legislative session convenes today. Beyond the opening gavel, the big event of the day is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech to the full legislature. 

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