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  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    August 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill Play Video

    July 30, 2014 3:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate. It comes as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction, just a few days before Congress' five-week summer recess. Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill is designed to... more »
  • Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill

    July 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. The bill is intended to help veterans avoid long... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »
  • Senate chairman warns against border policy change

    July 17, 2014 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it's not acceptable to change U.S. policy to speed Central American kids home faster from the border without court hearings. Sen. Robert Menendez is a New Jersey Democrat. Menendez says the change would take due process rights away... more »
  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    July 15, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs. The vote was 367 to 55. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. The bill cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and... more »
  • City gives 10k to bus homeless out of town Play Video

    June 25, 2014 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a request by Mayor-President Kip Holden to use $10,000 for purchasing bus tickets to give to homeless people to send them out of town. The money would be given to the HOPE, or Homeless Outreach Prevention Efforts, organization for its "Clean Sweep" operation. The... more »
  • Jindal rejects bill to stall Common Core effects

    June 13, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year has been rejected by Gov. Bobby Jindal. On Friday, Jindal vetoed a bill that would have pushed back the effects of the new standards to one year longer than... more »
  • Jindal rejects ban on loose dogs in pickup trucks

    June 13, 2014 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Loose dogs still will be allowed in pickup truck beds on Louisiana's interstates. Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill Friday that would have required dogs riding in the back of trucks to be secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an... more »
  • AG recommends vetoing levee lawsuit bill

    June 4, 2014 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office recommended Governor Bobby Jindal veto a bill designed to kill a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies claiming their work damaged the state's wetlands. However, Jindal's chief counsel said they "respectfully disagree" with the AG's objections. Caldwell said he's... more »
  • Bill seeks life-support efforts for pregnant women

    June 2, 2014 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have given final passage to a bill that adds new requirements on doctors to use life support to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman alive until the birth of her child. The bill by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, will require doctors to use life-sustaining... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • $5.9B construction budget bill backed by Senate

    May 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have sent the House a more than $5.9 billion, multiyear state construction budget plumped up with so many Senate add-ons that it contains $400 million more in projects than the state can afford. Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that limits spending on construction projects... more »
  • Bill delaying shift to Common Core nears passage

    May 22, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to delay the consequences of Louisiana's shift to Common Core education standards for one year longer than state education board policy is nearing final legislative passage. The Senate Education Committee voted 3-1 Thursday to advance the proposal by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, to the... more »
  • Senate approves immediate divorce bill

    May 22, 2014 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to make domestic abuse one of the grounds for immediate divorce in Louisiana, rather than having a months-long waiting period. The Senate gave final passage to the bill (Senate Bill 292) by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, with a 35-0 vote Thursday. An immediate... more »
  • House poised to pass curbs on NSA surveillance

    May 22, 2014 2:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records. The compromise bill is displeasing many civil liberties activists but would significantly change the most controversial program revealed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. The USA Freedom... more »
  • State drone bill hits another legislative snag

    May 21, 2014 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sen. Dan Claitor's attempt to limit drone use on private property again hit roadblocks in the House. A House committee rejected a proposal by Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, to put restrictions on the unmanned aircraft in Louisiana. So, the senator then added the language into a bill (House... more »
  • House approves bill to speed firings at VA

    May 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives at the agency. The bill responds to a growing furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The department's inspector general says 26 facilities... more »
  • House health committee rejects Medicaid expansion

    May 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program appear dead for the legislative session, after a House committee rejected multiple bills to give government-funded health care to more adults. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday against a Medicaid expansion proposal from Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat... more »
  • La. Senate backs $3.6B school financing formula

    May 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to a $3.6 billion formula for Louisiana's public schools next year. As it heads to the House, the financing plan for the 2014-15 school year would increase spending by $145 million. Of the increases, $70 million would simply roll into the permanent... more »
  • Jindal signs cigarette butt littering ban into law

    May 20, 2014 3:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter and allows the fines. The measure by Republican Rep. Patrick Connick, from... more »
  • Bill to cut consulting contracts passes Senate Finance Committee

    May 19, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After years of killing a bill aimed at cutting state consulting contracts, the Senate Finance Committee reversed course Monday, instead rewriting and passing the House-backed proposal. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard sought to force a 10 percent cut on agencies' spending on consulting and professional services contracts, and... more »
  • Surrogacy bill headed to Jindal for consideration

    May 15, 2014 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal again will decide whether Louisiana should have regulations governing surrogacy births, a year after he vetoed a similar bill. The House gave final passage to the bill by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto, of Metairie, with a 72-7 vote Thursday. Louisiana law has few regulations governing... more »
  • House passes bill to increase jail time for heroin

    May 15, 2014 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House on Thursday rewrote and passed a Senate-approved bill to lengthen the possible jail time for heroin dealers in Louisiana. Under the revamped version, the minimum sentence for distribution of heroin would be increased from five years to 10 years. The maximum sentence for... more »
  • Lawmakers increase retirement age for new workers

    May 14, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to raise the retirement age for public school teachers and rank-and-file state workers hired on or after July 1, 2015. Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the... more »
  • Senate rejects handheld phone ban in school zones

    May 14, 2014 3:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to ban drivers from using handheld cell phones in school zones has stalled in the state Senate. Senators deadlocked in a 16-16 vote on the House-approved bill by Republican Rep. Jeff Thompson, of Bossier City. It needed 20 votes to pass. Supporters say the measure... more »
  • Bill would set up state elevator inspection system

    April 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana doesn't require regular safety inspections of elevators, and while some municipalities have set their own regulations, most parishes are without those rules. A bid to put Louisiana in line with other states that require annual checkups to make sure elevators are operating properly has started advancing in... more »
  • House backs six-year driver's license for La.

    April 30, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could be on the road to a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. But the House on Tuesday unanimously supported a proposal by Republican Rep. Franklin Foil, of Baton Rouge, that would change the renewal period to... more »
  • Bill capping payday loans dies on Senate floor

    April 29, 2014 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The payday lending industry has successfully beaten back efforts to add new restrictions on the short-term loans in Louisiana. A measure that would have limited borrowers to 10 payday loans per year failed to win passage Tuesday in the Louisiana Senate. Senators voted 20-17 for the proposal... more »
  • Law enforcement agencies oppose medical marijuana Play Video

    April 29, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves... more »
  • Bill mandating life support for pregnant women approved

    April 23, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family's wishes. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection. The measure by New... more »
  • Schools remain gun-free after weapons bill pulled Play Video

    April 16, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Chalmette lawmaker shelved his proposal to let school employees who have a concealed handgun permit to go to work armed. Rep. Ray Garofalo pulled his bill Wednesday after getting negative feedback from the House criminal justice committee. Garofalo said he wanted to send a message that violent... more »
  • Drone bill passes out of committee

    April 15, 2014 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Unmanned aircraft would be limited on private property around Louisiana, if lawmakers agree to a bill that has received the support of a Senate judiciary committee. Passage without objection Tuesday came over the opposition of the Louisiana Press Association, which said the bill by Baton Rouge Sen.... more »
  • Bill naming the Bible as Louisiana state book passes in committee

    April 10, 2014 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court. A House municipal committee advanced the bill Thursday with an 8-5 vote. Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody, of Shreveport, says he sponsored the... more »
  • Bill requiring mental health info before abortion passes

    April 9, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed a bill that would require clinics to provide that information to women at... more »
  • Bill easing marijuana penalties derailed

    April 3, 2014 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs. Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs... more »
  • Bill allowing concealed guns in restaurants advances

    April 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill allowing concealed handgun permit holders and off-duty police officers to come armed to restaurants serving alcohol has the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee. The committee voted 9-4 to advance the bill Wednesday. Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto says he sponsored the measure to clear... more »
  • La. senator says bill would shut down "chicken boxing"

    April 1, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A New Orleans senator described his bill as closing loopholes in Louisiana's cockfighting ban. An Opelousas senator said it would shut down the sport of "chicken boxing." The criticism stunned Sen. J.P. Morrell, who was proposing the bill. Sen. Elbert Guillory, who represents an area that fought... more »
  • Jobless benefits bill clears first Senate hurdle

    March 27, 2014 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON- Long-delayed legislation to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle. The 65-34 Thursday vote came as the White House issued a statement of support. The measure would restore benefits for five months, back to when they expired Dec. 28. The program generally helps workers... more »
  • Bill approved to overhaul school textbook review process

    March 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are considering an overhaul to Louisiana's process for reviewing textbooks to give school districts more freedom to decide which instructional materials they want to use. The Senate Education Committee agreed Wednesday without objection to the proposal. Sen. Conrad Appel, the committee's chairman, says he's trying to address... more »
  • Lawmaker: Hang up the phone while driving Play Video

    March 7, 2014 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's another attempt to ban cell phones in the upcoming legislative session. Rep. Mike Huval has prefiled a bill that would prohibit the use of cell phones by all "Class E" drivers, or drivers who have a personal vehicle, with the exception of a hands-free device.... more »
  • Red light cameras could require voter approval Play Video

    March 5, 2014 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative wants to bring red light cameras to a public vote. Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans says this is his third attempt to require voter approval prior to the imposition of civil fines for violations captured by automated traffic enforcement systems, like red... more »
  • Hazardous haulers may need to change route Play Video

    March 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pre-filed bill says hazardous haulers might need to find a new route through areas where there are large universities. The bill, by Rep. Regina Barrow would prohibit the transport of hazardous materials within a five mile radius of a university. The bill says there are... more »
  • Senator files bill for more EBR school districts

    February 28, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mack "Bodi" White, a republican senator from Central, is reportedly pre-filing a bill to create four independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish. The districts would be under an "umbrella" of schools in East Baton Rouge. One of them would be the Southeast district that... more »
  • Battle shaping up over 'Big Oil' lawsuit bill

    February 27, 2014 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Backers of a lawsuit against oil and gas companies in Louisiana are planning to fight legislation that changes how flood protection board members are chosen. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit over the erosion of coastal wetlands, blaming the oil and gas industry.... more »
  • Obama signs debt ceiling measure into law

    February 15, 2014 5:47 PM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Barack Obama has signed separate measures lifting the federal debt limit and restoring full cost of living benefits for military retirees. Obama signed the bills into law Saturday during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California. The debt limit measure frees the government to borrow... more »
  • Utility bills rise after cold snap Play Video

    February 13, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Utility bills after a cold snap in Louisiana are up about 20 percent from this time last year. Entergy said their customer energy usage is up 14 percent for December and 17 percent for January, which is about $20 more for a 1,000 kWht user. DEMCO... more »
  • Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance hikes

    January 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Senate has passed a bill to delay premium hikes for years on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who buy flood insurance from the federal government. The 67-32 vote reflects widespread concern about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program's finances. The changes are producing... more »
  • Lawmaker pushes for required gun class Play Video

    January 16, 2014 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least one state lawmaker wants people who purchase guns to show proof that they have attended some sort of safety class before bringing the firearm home. Rep. Austin Badon of New Orleans pre-filed HB 13. The courses could include a concealed carry course, LDWF... more »
  • Sticking to your New Year's resolutions Play Video

    January 2, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Medical wellness director Bill Gvoich talked about why New Year's resolution don't work out most of the time today on WBRZ News 2 at 4. Gvoich said the most important thing is not to "bite off more than you can chew." He said clean eating will... more »
  • Help with heating costs this winter Play Video

    November 13, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When Entergy and DEMCO users add donations onto their bills, the money goes to struggling bill payers in their area. Entergy just gave the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging $33,000 to help low income elderly or disabled Entergy users. Each customer is limited on the... more »
  • Senate nears historic vote on gay rights bill

    November 7, 2013 7:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is pushing toward a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. All 55 members of the Democratic majority and several Republicans are expected to unite Thursday in backing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senate passage would be a major... more »
  • Senate rejects House conditions on spending bill

    September 30, 2013 1:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill. On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating.... more »
  • Congress approves bill to avert helium shortage

    September 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress has moved to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines. The Federal Helium Program, which provides about 42 percent of the nation's helium from a storage site in... more »
  • Ascension sewer rates could see hike Play Video

    August 29, 2013 5:32 PM

    GONZALES - People in Ascension Parish who are a part of the parish sewage system could see a hike in their monthly bill. The parish operates five sewer treatment plants and about 500 people pay $30 a month to be a part of it. $400,000 dollars comes out of... more »
  • Taxpayer dollars paying for free rides out of town for homeless Play Video

    August 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One city is footing the bill for its homeless to take one way trips to places like Los Angeles and Tulsa. The Way Home program started through private funding and gave 75 vagrants tickets out of town. But recently, Baton Rouge Metro Council gave the... more »
  • House OKs 40th effort to repeal health law

    August 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have pushed legislation through the House preventing the Internal Revenue Service from implementing any part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It's the 40th time the chamber has voted to repeal all or part of the 2010 law. The bill is sure to be ignored by... more »
  • House approves lower rates on student loans

    July 31, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bill that would lower the cost of student loans has passed the House and is heading to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a bipartisan measure that links student loan interest rates to the financial markets. Most students... more »
  • National Guard to pay for Krotz Springs barriers

    July 30, 2013 10:17 AM

    KROTZ SPRINGS - St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot says the Louisiana National Guard will foot the $136,000 bill for flood barriers a Krotz Springs man floated for two years. Fontenot said his office, Krotz Springs Mayor Carroll Snyder and Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin... more »
  • Perry says Texas abortion bill constitutional

    July 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    WEST, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry says the abortion bill awaiting his signature to become Texas law is constitutional and will withstand court challenges by those who oppose it. Perry told reporters Saturday, hours after the bill passed, that "we wouldn't have passed it if we didn't think it was... more »
  • Texas Senate convenes to debate abortion bill

    July 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has convened to begin debate and ultimately vote on a bill to implement some of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions. Demonstrators on either side of the issue filled the Senate chamber Friday afternoon, with state police lining the gallery to stop anyone from disrupting... more »
  • McCain, Schumer express optimism on immigration

    July 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they're encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. Sen. Chuck Schumer says it seems that a "large percentage" of the House realizes that doing nothing on immigration is not an... more »
  • Texas House passes abortion bill; Senate next stop

    July 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests. A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate, where... more »
  • Senate passes immigration bill

    June 27, 2013 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border. The vote was 68-32, far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House. Prospects there are not nearly as good... more »
  • Texas gov. calls 2nd special session on abortion

    June 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session to pass restrictions on abortion. The first such effort died following a filibuster and rollicking late Tuesday night protest. The announcement gives Republicans another crack at passing sweeping anti-abortion rules that... more »
  • "People's filibuster" stops Texas abortion measure

    June 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol. Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
  • Jindal signs equal pay bill for state workers

    June 19, 2013 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed that state agencies should be banned from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job. Jindal signed the Equal Pay for Women Act into law Wednesday. The bill by New Orleans Sen. Ed Murray doesn't affect private companies.... more »
  • Jindal signs bill allowing donations of fish, game

    June 18, 2013 6:15 PM

    SHREVEPORT - There shouldn't be any hang-ups if hunters and fishermen want to donate their catch to nonprofits that feed the hungry. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday signed a bill by Keithville Sen. Sherri Buffington that allows for the donations. The legislation came after state health inspectors destroyed 1,600 pounds... more »
  • Report says immigration bill cuts deficit

    June 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says a sweeping immigration bill before the Senate would cut deficits by $197 billion over 10 years. The bill would add $262 billion in new spending and tax credits over 10 years, a sum more than covered by $459 billion in increased revenues, according... more »
  • Senate leader won't weaken gun background checks

    June 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't accept watered-down background checks as the price for pushing gun control legislation through the Senate. The Nevada Democrat isn't getting into specifics. But gun control advocates have worried that if Democrats are trying to declare victory on the issue, they... more »
  • Boehner: Congress can do immigration this year

    June 11, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says he thinks there's a good chance that legislation overhauling America's immigration system can be signed into law "by the end of the year." The Ohio Republican gives his assessment hours before the Senate casts its first votes on a landmark bill that... more »
  • Jindal seeks regulatory change, after bill fails

    June 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education hit a roadblock in the Legislature. Unrelated disputes between the House and Senate stalled the bill that would have directly tied public dollars to student performance. Now, the Jindal administration is looking to make regulatory changes to... more »
  • "Fiscal hawks" attach measures to budget

    June 6, 2013 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE -"Fiscal hawk" lawmakers slowed passage of the state budget today to make sure their fiscal reform bills get signed, lawmakers told News 2. Earlier today, House members in the budget conference committee for HB 1 rejected Senate amendments, sending it back to the chambers. Rep. Brett... more »
  • Lawmakers pass bill protecting ID of gun owners

    June 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Journalists, bloggers or anyone else will be prohibited from publicly identifying applicants for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. A bill that will make it a misdemeanor crime to release the information received final passage Thursday and heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The House approved the measure... more »
  • Senate defeats Republican student loan plan

    June 6, 2013 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Senate has voted down a Republican proposal to link student loan interest rates to the financial markets. The Senate on Thursday was scheduled to next take up Democrats' proposal that would extend current interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans for the next two years at... more »
  • Bills regulating salt domes clear La. Legislature

    June 5, 2013 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three bills crafted in response to a 15-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish and an on-going evacuation order for 350 residents are headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. Sponsors of the measures say they are intended to help prevent similar occurrences by requiring stricter guidelines for monitoring and... more »
  • Bill for breakaway school district pulled

    June 5, 2013 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senator Bodi White announced today he was pulling his bill to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge. White said at a noon press conference he did not have the 70 votes required for the constitutional amendment to pass. The bill was pulled... more »
  • Announcement today on breakaway school district

    June 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The lawmaker leading the charge for a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge scheduled an announcement today regarding the troubled legislation. Senator Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge, scheduled the press conference for noon today, the day before the regular legislative session is scheduled to end. ... more »
  • Charges could be filed against people who haven't paid bills Play Video

    June 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    SORRENTO - Delinquent water, sewer and trash customers in Sorrento could go to jail if they don't pay what they owe. It's the plan from the city council after discovering more than $11,000 in back bills where the people were still receiving services. It's an issue WBRZ News... more »
  • Bills preempting federal gun laws stall in Senate

    June 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two far-reaching and controversial House-approved bills that sought to prohibit federal oversight of gun laws in Louisiana have stalled in the Louisiana Senate and won't become law. Promoted as state's rights measures against an increasingly intrusive federal government, the proposals were easily approved in the House despite... more »
  • Senate gives final passage to equal pay bill

    June 4, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate has gave final passage to a bill that prohibits employers from paying unequal wages based on gender to state employees for the same job within the same agency. The bill, which doesn't include private companies, heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal for consideration. New Orleans Sen.... more »
  • House rejects budget changes with two days to go

    June 4, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's changes to the $25 billion state budget bill today as the regular session winds down. The House voted 98-0 to send House Bill 1 to a conference committee. They also appointed six House members to work out a compromise... more »
  • Fiscal hawk budget bills hit roadblocks in Senate

    May 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators had a mixed reaction to proposals by conservative House lawmakers seeking to rewrite laws for how Louisiana estimates and spends its money. The Senate Finance Committee refused Thursday to insert the ideas into the state constitution and limited the remaining proposals to two-year pilot programs. The... more »
  • More people pay up after News 2 investigation

    May 29, 2013 10:14 PM

    SORRENTO- More people have paid overdue utility payments since a WBRZ News 2 investigation into why people were not paying, yet still receiving services such as water and trash collection. Around $1,000 has been collected in a week but somewhere around $10,000 is still owed. A town council... more »
  • House to take up abortion legislation

    May 29, 2013 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood and abortions are again in the spotlight at the Capitol, where a pair of measures are scheduled to be brought up today. The House Health and Welfare Committee passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 57 this morning, which calls on the state to scrutinize Planned Parenthood... more »

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    August 1, 2014

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  • New laws for La. drivers

    August 1, 2014

    BATON ROUGE - More than 500 new laws took effect on August 1, and here's how several of them directly impact drivers in Louisiana. ... more »
  • BR dancers learn from celebrity instructors

    August 1, 2014

    BATON ROUGE - Two celebrity dance instructors made a stop in Baton Rouge to share their talents with young dancers. Victor Smalley and Angel Armas... more »