Government

June 08, 2018 - 7:04 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Voting rights advocates say they've gone to Louisiana's Supreme Court to try to win the right to vote for all convicted felons on probation or parole. A group called Voice of the Experienced and eight convicted felons hope to revive their lawsuit after losing in lower courts...
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June 08, 2018 - 7:00 pm
(WWL.com) - US Congressman Garret Graves says they’re one step closer to a massive reform of the way the feds handle flooding and hurricane protection projects. The 2018 Water Resources and Development Act would allow local governments to take over funds for the execution of protection projects...
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June 08, 2018 - 4:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling lawmakers back to the Louisiana Capitol on June 18 for the third special session this year aimed at replacing expiring taxes to avoid deep budget cuts. The Democratic governor Friday outlined the dates and parameters for the 10-day special...
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Don Ames
June 07, 2018 - 7:46 pm
New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell has chosen Col. Terry Ebbert to be the city's new Public Safety and Homeland Security Director. The mayor’s office announced Thursday that Ebbert has been hired to lead the department, which oversees EMS, NOFD and more public safety entities. In announcing the hire...
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June 06, 2018 - 6:53 pm
(WWL.com) - A bill sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris that would allow independent gas stations to sue larger gas station companies over unfair pricing has been vetoed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Harris owns a chain of gas stations in the Alexandria area and could have benefited from the...
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June 06, 2018 - 5:21 pm
Conservatives in the Louisiana House are punching back again the Governor’s claims that they’re at fault for the legislative gridlock and partisan conflicts that ground down yet another special session. Erath Representative Blake Miguez says after a House tax plan that raised 400 million dollars...
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June 03, 2018 - 5:36 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $29 billion Louisiana operating budget proposal that avoids steep cuts to health services and college programs started advancing Saturday in the state Senate, but it assumes lawmakers will agree to raise more taxes than the House has supported. The budget proposal backed...
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June 02, 2018 - 12:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Gov. John Bel Edwards has created a Council on Watershed Management, aiming to adopt regional approaches to flood mitigation and drainage planning around Louisiana. The council was created with an executive order Tuesday. The Advocate reports that the governor described the...
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June 01, 2018 - 5:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If Louisiana's lawmakers are going to broker a deal on taxes and spending, they seem poised to work into the final hours of their special budget-balancing session to reach one. Senators are planning Saturday to unveil their multibillion-dollar budget proposal for the...
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June 01, 2018 - 3:07 pm
(WWL.com) - It’ll be a big day in the Senate Sunday as the upper chamber takes on tax and budget bills that could decide the fate of 648 million dollar fiscal cliff that threatens to wreck higher ed, TOPS, and healthcare. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the House won’t have much time to...
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