Government

May 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are winding down their regular session, a few days before they enter another special session to consider taxes to stave off deep budget cuts. The House and Senate intend to adjourn sometime Friday, after 10 weeks of often break-neck speed to sift through...
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May 17, 2018 - 10:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After years of fighting for the change, an effort to restore the voting rights of thousands of Louisiana's convicted felons still serving probation and parole was successful Thursday, winning final passage amid cheers, high-fives, and hugs. A 54-42 House vote gave final...
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May 17, 2018 - 9:16 pm
(WWL.com) - The Louisiana Legislature has passed a budget measure that fully funds the Department of Health, but reduces nine state agencies' budgets by 24 percent, slashes higher ed spending, and cuts TOPS coverage to just 70 percent. The jury is still out on whether the governor will veto the...
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May 17, 2018 - 8:03 pm
(WWL.com) - Governor John Bel Edwards Thursday addressed the recent US Supreme Court decision to allow sports betting outside of Nevada. .Thirty-two states, including Mississippi, have legislation in place to allow the activities. However, Louisiana shot down similar legislation this past session...
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May 17, 2018 - 6:59 pm
(WWL.com) - Riverboat casinos were thrown a lifeline this week as legislation was passed that would allow the water based facilities to expand onto land. That has Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith, who owns Treasure Chest, Sam’s Town, and Amelia Belle, pretty excited. He says this could lead more...
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May 17, 2018 - 5:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ It would be clear that concealed carry permit holders in Louisiana are allowed to bring their firearms up to the edge of a school campus under a measure heading to the governor's office. The House on Thursday gave final passage to the proposal by a vote of 88-6. Republican...
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May 12, 2018 - 12:15 pm
(WWL.com) - Louisiana folks who want to engage in fantasy sports playing are one signature away from it. The Senate cleared a bill that gives voters in each parish the right to decide if they wish to move forward on fantasy sports playing. Lafayette Senator Page Cortez handled the legislation in...
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May 12, 2018 - 9:29 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As they unveiled a spending proposal with steep reductions, senators also offered ideas about what taxes lawmakers should consider in a special session expected later this month to fill budget gaps. The Senate Finance Committee advanced a resolution Friday outlining the tax...
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May 12, 2018 - 6:00 am
(WWL.com) - Senate Finance approved a budget that cuts nearly 25 percent in funding from most state agencies, but restores much of the funding to healthcare, specifically public-private partnership hospitals, that was lacking in a House backed spending plan. But Metairie Senator Conrad Appel says...
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May 10, 2018 - 8:32 pm
(WWL.com) - A bill strengthening laws against animal sexual abuse passed the House unanimously and heads back to the Senate for final passage. Conservative Christian groups oppose it because they say it could undermine Louisiana’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Lafayette Representative Jean-Paul...
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