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  • Entergy addresses woman's electricity bill woes after 2 On Your Side report Play Video

    March 23, 2018 6:43 PM

    UPDATE: Entergy tells 2 On Your Side’s Brittany Weiss that there has been a resolution for Sybil Jordan. It thanks WBRZ for bringing her matter to Entergy’s attention. Jordan tells 2 On Your Side’s Brittany Weiss that Entergy called to apologize and took off the $2,200 charge transferred to... more »
  • Underground leak causes enormous water bill Play Video

    January 9, 2018 6:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A man says he was shocked when he opened his mail Monday. A bill that's normally just a few bucks grew by about 75 times what it normally is. "I can't pay a bill like that," said James McCasland. Being on a fixed income, McCasland has... more »
  • Pesky dispute between customer and Terminix resolved Play Video

    December 7, 2017 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who hired Terminix to take care of some pests is facing a large bill she says she shouldn't have to pay. Bernice Lodge has been disputing the bill since June. It's a $1,700 charge to her Discover card from Terminix. Lodge says she hired... more »
  • Two GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law 'dead'

    July 9, 2017 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably "dead" and President Donald Trump's proposal to just repeal it appears to be a "non-starter. That's what two Republican senators are indicating Sunday as their party scrambled to salvage faltering legislation. Sen.... more »
  • Campus 'free speech' bill struck down by Governor Edwards

    June 27, 2017 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal aimed at protecting controversial speakers' appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to penalize students who disrupt them has been vetoed by the governor. Gov. John Bel Edwards described the legislation - sponsored by House Republicans' leader Lance Harris - as a... more »
  • Sunscreen won't require a doctor's note at Louisiana schools

    June 27, 2017 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - When the new school year begins, Louisiana's public school students won't need permission from a doctor or their school to use sunscreen on campus. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Monday the governor has signed into law a bill excluding sunblock from being categorized as... more »
  • Audit says Senate bill would leave 22M uninsured

    June 26, 2017 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That's according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders' plans to pass their bill... more »
  • Critics of Senate health bill hope to sway GOP Sen. Cassidy

    June 23, 2017 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Both of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators say they're studying the Senate GOP health plan. But advocacy groups seeking to keep the current federal law intact have their focus squarely on one of them, physician Bill Cassidy. Cassidy has indicated he has problems with the bill that... more »
  • Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

    June 23, 2017 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down." He cast Friday's signing at a White House ceremony as fulfillment of... more »
  • Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

    June 17, 2017 10:53 AM

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges has ended without a verdict after jurors failed to break a deadlock. Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether "The Cosby Show" star drugged... more »
  • Congress passes long-sought VA accountability bill

    June 13, 2017 8:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved long-sought legislation to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs. President Donald Trump supported the legislation to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans. The House cleared the bipartisan bill on a 368-55 vote. It replaces an earlier version... more »
  • Cosby jury sent home after deliberating 4 hours

    June 12, 2017 10:34 PM

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Jurors in Bill Cosby's Pennsylvania sexual assault trial are ending deliberations for the night. The sequestered panel deliberated for about four hours late Monday before asking to go back to the hotel. They'll resume deliberations Tuesday morning. Cosby is accused of... more »
  • Bill Maher's use of racial slur on HBO show draws criticism

    June 3, 2017 12:39 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Bill Maher is facing criticism for his use of a racial slur during a discussion with a Republican senator on his HBO talk show Friday night. Maher was speaking with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska during a segment of his "Real Time with Bill Maher." Sasse... more »
  • Bill to toughen standards for Louisiana TOPS program dropped

    June 1, 2017 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Future high school students won't have to meet tougher standards to get their college tuition paid through Louisiana's TOPS program, at least for now. Rather than face likely defeat in the Senate, a Baton Rouge lawmaker Thursday dropped his proposal to bump the grade point average from... more »
  • Lawmaker delays vote on Louisiana gas tax hike

    May 24, 2017 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker pushing to increase Louisiana's gas tax is urging his House colleagues to consider the proposal, which so far doesn't have enough votes to win passage. Republican Rep. Steve Carter, of Baton Rouge, delayed a scheduled vote on the tax hike bill until next week.... more »
  • House votes to increase TOPS GPA requirement

    May 23, 2017 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Lousiana House of Representatives has voted in favor of a bill that would raise the required grade point average for students looking to earn the TOPS scholarship. The house voted 53-32 in favor of the Bill 117, which would increase the GPA required for students... more »
  • Home owner burned on solar panel investment Play Video

    May 22, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A promise of big savings on his electric bill convinced a man to make an investment into solar power, only to be burned when tax rebates never materialized. Frank Masanz purchased solar panels for his home in 2015 when a salesman with Global Efficient Energy knocked... more »
  • House panel backs call to keep automatic guns away from kids

    May 18, 2017 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Responding to a fatal Arizona gun range accident, Louisiana lawmakers have advanced a measure to keep fully automatic weapons out of the hands of young children. A House criminal justice panel voted 7-6 Thursday for Rep. Barbara Norton's bill to fine, and possibly imprison, people who allow... more »
  • House passes bill to protect Confederate monuments

    May 15, 2017 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to protect the state's confederate monuments. The house voted on Bill No. 71 Monday afternoon. The bill, which "provides for the conservation of public military memorials," was passed with a 65-31 vote. Shreveport Representative... more »
  • Lawmakers refuse to end Louisiana vehicle inspection sticker

    May 15, 2017 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have swatted down a bill that called for the elimination of vehicle inspection stickers for most personal vehicles. The House transportation committee on Monday, without objection, rejected Rep. Larry Bagley's proposal. The Stonewall Republican said the inspection process is a waste of time and money,... more »
  • Stopped by police? Louisiana lawmakers want driver training

    May 11, 2017 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hoping to lower tension between police officers and motorists, Louisiana lawmakers may soon require new drivers to be trained on how to respond in a traffic stop. A bill by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, would add "appropriate driver conduct when stopped by a law... more »
  • Bill would lift Louisiana ban on food stamps for drug felons

    May 10, 2017 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal to repeal a one-year ban on people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison. The bill by Rep. Helena Moreno is part of a package of bills aimed at lessening Louisiana's prison rate... more »
  • House advances change to La. law that kept man from marrying

    May 9, 2017 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill that would amend Louisiana's marriage law to allow foreign-born applicants to obtain a marriage license without producing a birth certificate has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House committee advanced the bill on Tuesday, several weeks after a federal judge blocked enforcement of the law's... more »
  • State regulation of Uber, Lyft advances to full House debate

    May 1, 2017 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are moving forward with a bill to make Louisiana the 43rd state in the nation to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft at the state level. Without objection Monday, a House committee advanced the measure, which would see the state and local municipalities share... more »
  • Senate backs bill giving some juvenile lifers shot at parole

    April 27, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence. The 22-13 vote Wednesday came in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic no-parole life sentences for crimes... more »
  • Bill O'Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

    April 23, 2017 2:51 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Bill O'Reilly is back and ready to talk. His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his "No Spin News" podcast Monday evening. Fox News Channel's parent company fired O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by... more »
  • Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program

    April 17, 2017 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin... more »
  • Bill O'Reilly taking a break amid sponsor backlash

    April 11, 2017 11:07 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Bill O'Reilly told viewers he's going on vacation, saying everyone needs a little "R&R." O'Reilly's announcement on his Fox News Channel show Tuesday came amid sponsor defections over a report of harassment allegations made against him. O'Reilly said he usually takes a break this time and that... more »
  • Lt. Governor denies accusations from former museum manager Play Video

    April 11, 2017 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser denied allegations Tuesday that he misused his power. The accusations came from Nungesser's former museum manager, Timothy Chester. Chester shot off a scathing accusation letter this week, one he says he's never had to write in decades of museum work. "Everything... more »
  • Louisiana governor backs bills targeting opioid abuse

    April 4, 2017 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is backing legislative proposals aimed at reducing opioid deaths in Louisiana. The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards supports legislation to limit first-time prescriptions of opioids for acute pain to a seven-day supply for adults, with some exceptions. The measure by New Orleans... more »
  • Attorney calls for investigation of Fox News amid O'Reilly allegations

    April 3, 2017 5:41 PM

    NEW YORK - An attorney for a former Fox News guest is calling for an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against host Bill O'Reilly. Lisa Bloom represents Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," whose appearances dried up after she refused to go to O'Reilly's bedroom... more »
  • Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

    March 26, 2017 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare. On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" The Freedom... more »
  • What are locals saying about the failed health care bill? Play Video

    March 24, 2017 7:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The debate over the future of health care is not over across the country and in Louisiana following the abrupt pull of the GOP health care bill. Some in Louisiana now have health care because of the Obamacare, however on the other hand, many small businesses... more »
  • Cosby wants jury pool prescreened for bias before trial

    March 20, 2017 1:44 PM

    PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - Bill Cosby's lawyers hope to prescreen potential jurors to weed out those with opinions about the sex-assault case before jury selection begins in person. A defense motion filed Monday says the "inflammatory" worldwide coverage of the case has probably left some potential jurors with opinions about the... more »
  • Trump says he's '100 percent' behind health bill

    March 17, 2017 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he wants people to know he's "100 percent behind" the House Republican health care bill. Trump is meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House Friday morning. Trump says the attendees were "mostly no's, yesterday" and now they're all yes's." Trump says the press... more »
  • Family representative: 'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died

    February 26, 2017 12:19 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61. The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death. Further details were not... more »
  • Zachary residents receiving late notices for water bills but no bill Play Video

    January 30, 2017 6:15 PM

    ZACHARY – Some Zachary residents are receiving yellow notices on their mailboxes claiming that their water bill is late, however no bill shows up. For resident Rolando Williams, the amount for his bill fluctuates from $130 to $180 or even $250. However Williams says that sometimes he doesn't even... more »
  • Miss. Senate passes "Blue Lives Matter" bill

    January 26, 2017 3:51 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A bill to double penalties for crimes targeting police officers, firefighters and medics has passed the Mississippi Senate. Senators voted 37-13 Thursday to send Senate Bill 2469 to House. The "Blue Lives Matter" proposal says any crime committed against emergency personnel because of their status as police... more »
  • Bill would let woman sue doctors who perform their abortions

    January 17, 2017 8:31 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal would... more »
  • Post-flood water bill flooding woman with debt Play Video

    January 17, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim owes hundreds of dollars to the Baton Rouge Water Company. Cotrina Burton's home flooded in August. It wasn't until she planned to move into her new home did she notice a problem with her bills. She owes the water company about $800.... more »
  • House bill makes VA employees more accountable

    January 3, 2017 10:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill that would require all reprimands and admonishments given to Department of Veterans Affairs employees to remain in their personnel files as long as they are employed there. The new chairman of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee,... more »
  • Sheriff warns Assumption residents about Entergy bill scam

    December 30, 2016 12:40 PM

    ASSUMPTION – The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam that is targeting Entergy customers. The sheriff's office has received complaints about residents being directed to particular businesses to buy "Green Dot" money cards to pay delinquent Entergy bills. Residents are then told to scratch the... more »
  • Mexico Senate passes medical pot bill; sent to lower house

    December 13, 2016 9:48 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Senate says in a statement summarizing the debate that the measure directs the Health Department to "design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of this plant and its derivatives."... more »
  • Obama set to sign bill boosting spending on cancer research

    December 13, 2016 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will sign legislation on Tuesday that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research "moonshot" that is strongly supported by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of the disease.... more »
  • Congress averts shutdown, backs spending bill

    December 10, 2016 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has averted a government shutdown - with less than hour to spare. The vote in the Senate late Friday night was 63-36 for a stopgap spending bill that will keep the government operating through April 28. The bill provides disaster relief to Louisiana after summer flooding and... more »
  • Property bills in EBR available soon, due January 31st Play Video

    December 8, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you live in East Baton Rouge Parish, you might have noticed your property bills are late. Assessor Brian Wilson assures the bills are on their way, but they're late because about 41,000 homes had to be reassessed following the flood "We had to go... more »
  • Congress OKs biomedical bill, eyes adjournment

    December 7, 2016 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan bill speeding government drug approvals and bolstering research on cancer and other diseases. It's part of a final burst of legislation for the 114th Congress, which leaders hope to adjourn for the year by week's end. Lawmakers are also working... more »
  • Nov. 18 last day for flood victims to receive tax reduction in Livingston Parish Play Video

    November 18, 2016 7:09 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Friday was the last day for owners of flood damaged property to get a tax break on their Livingston Parish tax bill. If flood victims showed their proof of damage, they could get a 20 percent property tax reduction. One property owner, Sonya Beadle, said that... more »
  • AT&T customer billed for flooded equipment Play Video

    November 16, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some AT&T customers say they have received bills in the mail for their flooded equipment. Becky Nissen's AT&T equipment was submerged in August. She got a bill in the mail Monday for $633. "They should have some compassion, my son has had to start over... more »
  • Large cable bill broken down, adjusted for Cox customer Play Video

    November 10, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man says he's learned a lesson and he'll double check his bills from now on. Doug Haynesworth says he discovered he was billed $713.29 from Cox Communications for the month of September, but didn't notice it until he checked his bank statement. ... more »
  • Entergy reminds customers of utility bill scam

    November 9, 2016 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Entergy is reminding its customers to watch out for a utility bill scam. According to Entergy officials, the scam occurs when someone calls and says that a customer's electric bill payment is past due and that service will be disconnected if a payment is not made.... more »
  • Error increased man's power bill; DEMCO inspecting meters Play Video

    October 11, 2016 6:48 PM

    ZACHARY - While many have noticed higher utility bills in September and October since usage was estimated when meter readers could not access properties during the flood in August, one man in Zachary said an error caused his to increase by 30%. Ty Meloncon told 2 On Your Side... more »
  • Family moves out of flooded apartment complex, management says they owe Play Video

    October 4, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is at odds with their landlord since they don't feel it's safe to live in their second floor apartment after the ones below flooded. Right now, the Ole London Town Apartments off O'Neal near I-12 is holding the family to the lease agreement, which... more »
  • Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund government

    September 27, 2016 8:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a spending bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline. Most Democrats and at least 10 Republicans voted to block the bill, which also funds the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats are demanding money to help Flint, Michigan, address its... more »
  • White House not certain Obama would sign Senate GOP budget

    September 23, 2016 2:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's not certain that President Barack Obama would sign a budget bill unveiled by the Senate's top Republican. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama is disappointed the bill doesn't include money to help Flint, Michigan, and other cities deal with lead in their water. Earnest... more »
  • Obama urges Congress to pass Zika prevention bill

    July 1, 2016 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in "fairly short order" if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease. Obama says researchers are beginning to develop and test a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus. He... more »
  • New law will crack down on puppy mill sales

    June 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law that will crack down on pet stores that acquire dogs from puppy mills. The new law will prohibit pet stores in Louisiana from acquiring dogs and cats from breeders with documented Animal Welfare Act violations within... more »
  • Surrogacy regulations bill signed into law by Gov. Edwards

    June 15, 2016 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has reversed course from his predecessor and agreed to create regulations governing surrogacy births in Louisiana. Surrogacy isn't illegal in Louisiana, but contracts between a couple and its surrogate haven't been enforceable in court. The woman who gives birth is presumed to be... more »
  • Edwards signs cursive writing mandate for schools into law

    June 15, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to a mandate that cursive writing must be taught in Louisiana's public school classrooms. The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards had signed the requirement bill by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, into law. The measure requires public schools, including... more »
  • Bill to create electronic driver's licenses sent to governor

    June 6, 2016 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana drivers pulled over by police could soon show identification with a driver's license app, under a proposal sent to the governor. The bill to create electronic driver's licenses from Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, received final passage with a 95-0 House vote and... more »
  • Body camera public records bill headed to Louisiana governor

    June 1, 2016 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police would be allowed to shield body camera footage from release without a court order if the video is deemed to violate a "reasonable expectation of privacy," under a bill headed to the governor. Supporters said the measure aligns the body camera footage with Louisiana's existing public... more »
  • Lapsed insurance payment plan bill headed to governor's desk

    May 31, 2016 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge lawmaker's bid to create payment plans for people struggling to pay lapsed car insurance fines is headed to the governor's desk. With a 94-0 vote Tuesday, the House gave final passage to the bill from Democratic Rep. Denise Marcelle. Louisiana law requires drivers to... more »
  • House-backed cursive writing bill nears final passage

    May 26, 2016 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to require the teaching of cursive writing in Louisiana's public schools is near final legislative passage, after receiving overwhelming support from the state House. The House voted 88-1 Thursday for the bill to require students to learn cursive reading and writing by the third grade.... more »
  • Charter school restriction bill heads to governor's desk

    May 26, 2016 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has won one victory in his effort to put more limits on charter schools in Louisiana. With a 78-12 vote Thursday, the House gave final passage to a bill pushed by Edwards to remove an unused method for creating charter schools, which are... more »
  • Lawmaker shelves Declaration of Independence in schools bill

    May 26, 2016 12:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Denham Springs lawmaker shelved her bill requiring Louisiana public school students to recite the Declaration of Independence daily, under pressure from her African-American colleagues. Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges pulled her bill from House debate Wednesday before lawmakers could vote on the proposal. The measure would have... more »
  • Bill to ease gun permit process for abuse victims Play Video

    May 24, 2016 7:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Receiving a concealed gun permit could get easier for domestic violence abuse victims. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley recommended that domestic abuse victims should get a concealed gun permit for protection. "Go get a concealed weapon permit, get a gun learn how to use it. Find a safe... more »
  • Senate kills LGBT anti-discrimination hiring bill

    May 24, 2016 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has killed a New Orleans senator's bid to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, with no debate from lawmakers against the bill. The chamber voted 25-8 against advancing the measure to the House for debate. Only one Republican senator voted... more »
  • House passes bill expanding use of cannabis oil, heads back to Senate

    May 11, 2016 8:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State House of Representatives approved a bill that would expand the legal use of cannabis oil. The bill now heads back to the Senate. Lawmakers made cannabis oil legal in 2015 but only for certain diseases. There has been a push this session to expand... more »
  • Anti-discrimination bill narrowly advances to Senate debate

    May 10, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans senator's proposal seeking to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability has narrowly passed its first test. Democratic Sen. J.P. Morrell's bill would rework Louisiana's existing anti-discrimination laws and broaden them to cover LGBT groups and people with disabilities. ... more »
  • Edwards reaches education compromise after series of failures Play Video

    May 5, 2016 7:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- School reform advocates, business groups and teacher unions all came to compromise Thursday at the state Capitol over teacher evaluations. The Senate Education Committee passed a bill that will slightly reduce the effect of student test scores on a teacher’s performance. Currently high test scores can earn teachers... more »
  • Electronic driver's license bill moves to Senate for hearing

    May 4, 2016 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators will consider whether Louisiana drivers should be permitted to carry electronic licenses, after the proposal met little resistance from the full House. Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said people could only use the licenses for driving and not for identification at private... more »
  • Senate seeks to limit eleventh-hour pay hikes from governors

    April 25, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators are taking aim at last-minute pay raises by exiting governors. The Senate voted 36-0 Monday for a proposal that would require lawmakers on the joint House and Senate budget committee to sign off on certain state worker pay raises between a gubernatorial election and... more »
  • Cursive writing requirement heads to full Senate for debate

    April 21, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public schools would have to teach cursive writing, if lawmakers agree to a bill advancing in the state Senate. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican, says she's worried students are spending too much time on keyboards and are losing their own signatures. She says the bill... more »
  • Bill to criminalize 'sanctuary cities' advances in La. House

    April 21, 2016 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to criminalize jurisdictions that don't follow federal immigration law has advanced in the House, and turned lawmakers' attention to New Orleans. The bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs Republican, targets so-called "sanctuary cities" - jurisdictions that don't enforce immigration law without court... more »
  • Senate backs bill allowing raw milk sales in Louisiana

    April 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If one lawmaker has his way, Louisianians will learn to trust local farmers to milk cows and sell the product "raw." Sen. Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat, persuaded the Senate to let farmers sell limited quantities of unpasteurized milk directly to consumers, with an argument of... more »
  • Bill changing adult prosecution to 18+ up for committee vote

    April 12, 2016 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults, and it's been a non-discussion in the state Legislature for 108 years. Gov. John Bel Edwards has joined lawmakers and advocates in seeking to raise the adult threshold by one year. He says 17-year-olds shouldn't be automatically charged and jailed as... more »
  • Parking the 'wrong' way could soon be allowed Play Video

    March 31, 2016 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's illegal to parallel park facing on-coming traffic, but a bill making its way through the state legislature would change that. Current law requires vehicles to park within 18 inches of the curb with the right side of the vehicle, parallel to the curb. The bill... more »
  • Budget, taxes and baseball: This week at the Capitol Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While most bills filed this session deal with raising taxes, cutting incentives or trimming departmental budgets, the State House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill that would sweeten Louisiana's bid to host the SEC Baseball Tournament in New Orleans. The bill would ammend an... more »
  • Bill would make it harder for sex offenders to travel abroad

    February 1, 2016 7:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Registered sex offenders who have committed crimes against children will have a harder time traveling internationally under legislation Congress has sent to the president's desk. The House passed the legislation by voice vote Monday after Senate passage in December. If signed by the president, the U.S. would... more »
  • Congress Oks short-term spending bill hours before deadline

    December 11, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through next Wednesday. The measure was approved by voice vote hours on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The White House has said he will... more »
  • Cybersecurity: Senate takes initial step to bill's passage

    October 22, 2015 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has taken an initial step toward passing a bill aimed at improving cybersecurity. The bill is intended to encourage the sharing of threat information among companies and the U.S. government. Thursday's 83-to-14 procedural vote was a healthy endorsement of the bill. It's opposed by companies... more »
  • House OKs Republican bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds

    September 18, 2015 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided House has voted to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funds for a year as Republicans expressed outrage over abortion and the organization's procurement of fetal tissue for research. The House approved the measure Friday by a nearly party-line 241-187 vote. The bill has little... more »
  • Officers thank waitress for paying their ticket Play Video

    September 4, 2015 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three police officers who were gifted a free lunch got to publicly thank the waitress who paid their bill Friday. Cpls. Brandon Blust, Fredrick Thorton and Dustin Conde reunited with Crystal Gordon on WBRZ News 2 at 4 p.m. Gordon paid the three Baton Rouge... more »
  • Kennedy joins Dardenne, says Jindal should pay for campaign security detail Play Video

    August 17, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last month, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who is also running for governor, said taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for Gov. Bobby Jindal's campaign travel. Now, State Treasurer John Kennedy says Jindal should use his campaign funds for security protection while he's campaigning. According... more »
  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch

    July 30, 2015 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has passed a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. The Senate has approved the bill on a 91 to 4 vote. The House passed the bill Wednesday. The bill extends the government's... more »
  • Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

    July 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has cleared the way for a vote by Thursday on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Lawmakers have been considering the bill since last week. They voted Wednesday to limit additional debate on further changes to the legislation and... more »
  • Retirees urging a veto session for pension increase bill

    July 13, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state workers and public school teachers are trying to salvage a small increase in their pension checks. They are urging state lawmakers to hold a veto session, to override Gov. Bobby Jindal's rejection of the retirement hike. But the idea is a long-shot. Lawmakers have never... more »
  • Education standards review bills signed into law by Jindal

    June 29, 2015 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed the three bills that make up a legislative deal brokered in the dispute over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards. The agreement calls for a review of the multistate English and math standards with public meetings, legislative oversight and an... more »
  • Jindal signs bill eliminating some firearm restrictions for bow hunters

    June 29, 2015 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Monday that eliminates restrictions on the types of firearms hunters can carry for personal protection during bow hunting season. Previous law prohibited bow hunters from carrying any firearm larger than .22 caliber while bow hunting, but the new bill removes... more »

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