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WRKF
6:03 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Insight: Jindal to Open Session with Short To-Do List

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:47 pm

The state legislative session kicks off Monday, March 10, with the traditional address by the governor.


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WRKF
5:52 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Insight: State Lawmakers File More Than 600 Bills

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:45 pm

Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.


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Politics
1:25 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Battle Shaping Up Over 'Big Oil' Lawsuit Bill

Advocates of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands are making plans to fight legislation they say could undermine the suit.

Among other things, the bill filed for this year's legislative session would ensure Gov. Bobby Jindal's power to reject an independent committee's nominations for membership on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Jindal opposes the lawsuit filed by the SLFPA-E last year.

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WRKF
11:55 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Louisiana's Education Reform May be Due for a 'Do Over'

Teachers rally against Gov. Jindal's ed reforms in March 2012

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 3:47 pm

It’s been nearly two years since Louisiana’s Legislature passed a package of highly-controversial education reforms. Since then, there has been confusion at the local school level and angst for teachers -- especially over changes to teacher pay and tenure under a new evaluation process. Courts have ruled some of the reforms violate the state constitution. Many are now saying the upcoming legislative session is the opportune time for a “do-over” on education reform.

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Latest News
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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Politics
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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WRKF
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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WRKF
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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WRKF
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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WRKF
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 LAPolitics.com 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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