Government

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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May 10, 2018 - 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving is advancing in the Louisiana Legislature, steps from final passage. Rep. Mike Huval, a Breaux Bridge Republican, had to bring the proposal up twice to get the 53 House votes needed to pass it. The Senate transportation...
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May 03, 2018 - 7:50 pm
(WWL.com) - A bill barring drivers from touching their cell phones while on the road narrowly escaped the House and is on its way to the Senate. The anti-distracted driving legislation was inspired by the uptick in distracted driving road deaths in recent years. Bill sponsor Breaux Bridge...
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USA TODAY
Don Ames
April 29, 2018 - 6:31 am
Voters Saturday approved a new property tax for flood protection on the west bank of Jefferson Parish. The measure was approved by a 60 to 40 percent margin. Voters rejected the tax two years ago, which left the federal hurricane levee system consisting primarily of dirt. The maintenance of the...
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