Louisiana Legilature

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 12, 2019 - 9:36 pm
After a slow start to the session, lawmakers in Baton Rouge will really start work on legislation next week. They have some big issues to decide over the next couple of months. Often, however, many of the hottest topics generate a lot if interest and debate... but no new laws. I wanted to know...
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June 30, 2018 - 11:49 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana consumers will pay slightly less for purchases starting Sunday, when the state sales tax rate drops with the start of the latest budget year. The sales tax had been slated to decrease from 5 percent to 4 percent. But lawmakers renewed 0.45 percent of the expiring...
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Chris Miller
May 11, 2018 - 7:46 am
Could this finally be the year Louisiana lawmakers tell motorists to put down their phones, once and for all? A proposed hand-held cell phone ban is closer than ever to becoming law. It took two attempts this session, but the bill eventually passed the house by a vote of 53-34. The state senate...
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April 26, 2018 - 6:41 am
(WWL.com) -- The House Education Committee passed a proposal that would require public schools provide a 30 minute recess break to students. Currently schools must have 30 minutes of physical activity, which is covered in many districts by PE class. Houma Representative and sponsor Beryl Amedee...
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April 24, 2018 - 8:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's riverboat casinos would be able to move onshore, under a proposal that won support Tuesday from senators who spurned a separate measure to move one of the 15 casinos from the northwestern end of the state to the southeast. The Senate voted 22-14 for the river-to-...
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Chris Miller
April 18, 2018 - 7:44 am
A bill moving through the legislature would ban abortion in Louisiana starting at 15 weeks of pregnancy. Governor John Bel Edwards has said he'd be inclined to sign the bill if it reaches it's desk. It's also likely to reach a judge's bench. Abortion rights groups have promised litigation if this...
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April 11, 2018 - 10:54 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana lawmakers agree they want to tighten state policies against sexual harassment. But they have gotten bogged down on what approach to take and whether to hide some of the harassment allegations and investigation details from the public. Louisiana doesn't currently...
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April 02, 2018 - 8:39 pm
(AP) -- Hazing that kills someone is closer to becoming a felony crime in Louisiana as a proposal to strengthen the penalty sailed through the state House. Rep. Nancy Landry's bill was backed 87-0 Monday, followed by a round of applause. The Lafayette Republican's proposal would make hazing that...
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