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Taxes, gun permits, school district on session agenda

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 08, 2013 Apr 8, 2013 Monday, April 08 2013 April 08, 2013 9:39 AM in News
By: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The agenda is already packed with more than 900 pre-filed bills, as dozens of state lawmakers flock to the capitol to begin the 2013 legislative session.

The two-month session opens at noon.

The centerpiece of the session will likely be Gov. Jindal's tax reform plan. The proposal eliminates state income taxes, in exchange for higher sales taxes, increased tobacco taxes and the removal of some tax breaks.

Gun control will also be a hot topic during the session, including a bill that would allow gun owners to obtain a lifetime conceal and carry permit and another that allows off-duty officers to carry guns in bars and on school campuses.

One lawmaker is again pushing to establish a breakaway school district in East Baton Rouge Parish. The proposal failed to gain enough votes last year.

Another bill calls for stricter texting and driving laws and would make it illegal to post to social media sites while behind the wheel.

News 2 will have the latest from the capitol, starting at noon.

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