Government

June 20, 2018 - 8:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If new tax dollars are raised this special session, House Republican leaders outlined their priorities Wednesday night for spending it. The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-4 for a plan sponsored by its chairman, Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, to divvy up $420 million...
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June 16, 2018 - 2:16 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers have spent an unusual 45 weeks in legislative sessions since their term began in January 2016. Now, they're heading back for more. Monday's latest gathering is the seventh special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards since he took office, all to deal...
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June 14, 2018 - 10:01 pm
(WWL.com) - Former Jindal Administration staffers are calling on the House to pass the half-cent sales tax renewal that would fully fund state government, and avoid cuts to programs like TOPS. Former Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says failing to pass the revenue bill would harm the...
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June 10, 2018 - 11:11 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to allow state prisoners to do construction work at the state Capitol complex and the corrections department's headquarters. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the measure by Rep. Kenny Havard, a St. Francisville Republican, into law. Much of the...
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June 09, 2018 - 11:43 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana is receiving a $45 million federal grant to help build a fixed, four-lane toll bridge that will replace the Belle Chase tunnel and movable bridge in Plaquemines Parish. Gov. John Bel Edwards says the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the grant application...
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June 09, 2018 - 10:45 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana's public school teachers will be allowed paid leaves of absence for up to 30 days after adopting a child. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law the measure by Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge Republican, requiring school districts to grant the leave time...
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June 09, 2018 - 9:44 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana will end the food stamp program that helps nearly one in five state residents by January, unless lawmakers add more money to next year's budget for the social services agency. The Department of Children and Family Services is slated to take a cut around $34 million...
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June 09, 2018 - 9:11 am
(WWL.com) - As expected, Governor John Bel Edwards will bring legislators back to Baton Rouge for another special session. It will start June 18 and must at 6 PM on June 27. It's the third time this year the governor has called a special session for legislators to pass tax bills to replace a...
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Don Ames
June 09, 2018 - 8:18 am
The New Orleans City Council has unanimously approved a new ordinance cracking down on sexual harassment in the workplace. Co-author and Councilmember-At-Large, Helena Moreno, says the ordinance was drafted from a new state law. "It mandates that every government agency, whether it's state or local...
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June 08, 2018 - 7:10 pm
The Louisiana Department of Corrections is warning that unless additional tax revenue is raised by June 30th, thousands of inmates will be released. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says that’s because the department would have to cut payments to local sheriffs who house state prisoners. “We can...
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