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  • 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, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- A temporary government-wide funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House GOP leader and exacerbated painful divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and... 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 »
  • Remnants of Bill still causing flooding in Texas

    June 18, 2015 12:34 PM

    NACOGDOCHES - Although the center of a tropical depression has moved into Oklahoma, a trailing band of the storm system continues to bring rain and flooding to portions of Texas. Police in the East Texas city of Nacogdoches said Thursday that residents are being told to evacuate an apartment complexes... more »
  • Treasury says woman will be picked for $10 bill Play Video

    June 18, 2015 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - Alexander Hamilton, who has been featured on the $10 bill since 1929, is making way for a woman. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is to officially announce Thursday that a redesign of the $10 will feature the first woman on the nation's paper money in more than a... more »
  • Tropical Storm Bill begins to weaken in Texas

    June 16, 2015 1:59 PM

    PORT ARANSAS, TX - Tropical Storm Bill has begun to weaken as it moves deeper into Texas, but threats of severe flooding and possible tornadoes remain. At 4 p.m., the National Hurricane Center narrowed its tropical storm warning to the coastline from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass, the inlet... more »
  • Jindal to decide on bill to open future governors' records

    June 6, 2015 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide soon whether to make more of his successors' records available to the public. With a 37-0 vote Saturday, the Senate gave final passage to a bill that would place new limits on future governors' ability to keep their records secret. The changes... more »
  • Common Core compromise bill headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal

    June 5, 2015 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The legislative fight over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards is ending quietly. Centerpiece legislation of a compromise deal on the standards received final passage Friday with a 38-0 Senate vote. The bill goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal. It calls for public meetings to review... more »
  • Bill allowing abuse victims to break lease passes committee

    June 1, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of domestic violence would be able to break a lease to escape abusers under a bill moving closer to final legislative passage. The proposal by Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat, would also allow landlords to immediately evict those who are deemed abusers by... more »
  • Key piece of budget-balancing plan meets resistance in House

    June 1, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have stalled a key piece of legislation sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal as part of the budget-balancing plan. The bill was designed to allow the governor to maintain his record against tax increases. The House Ways and Means Committee canceled its planned Monday... more »
  • Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House

    May 27, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only a year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in its first hearing before state lawmakers, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy is nearing final passage. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Lawmakers in NY ask their governor to ban travel to Louisiana

    May 20, 2015 9:07 PM

    ALBANY, NEW YORK - Two state lawmakers from New York have asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban non-essential state travel to Louisiana following Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order essentially enacting a failed house bill into law. "This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax... more »
  • House passes another temporary fix to keep highway aid going

    May 19, 2015 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months. It's the 12th temporary patch in six years and a reflection of lawmakers' lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes. The bill was approved... more »
  • Jindal issues executive order after marriage act killed in House Play Video

    May 19, 2015 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a House committee effectively killed a contentious religious objection bill, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to achieve the bill's goals. The House Civil Law and Procedure committee voted 10-2 to return HB 707 from Rep. Mike Johnson, a Bossier City Republican, to the... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • Bill reducing sentences for marijuana possession narrowly passes House

    May 14, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the narrowest of votes, the Louisiana House voted to lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. The bill by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat, moved to the Senate with a 53-36 vote. That was the minimum support needed... more »
  • Anti-Common Core proposals scheduled for Wednesday debate

    May 13, 2015 5:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- After nearly a year of high-profile public feuds over the Common Core education standards, the debate is scheduled to shift to a House Education Committee hearing. That's the first stop for bills that seek to pull the multistate standards adopted by more than 40 states from Louisiana's public... more »
  • Panel rejects bill requiring veto override sessions

    May 12, 2015 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers narrowly refused a proposal Tuesday that would have required the Louisiana Legislature to come into a veto session when a governor rejects bills. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 4-3 against the proposal (House Bill 31) by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent from Thibodaux.... more »
  • House backs bill requiring casinos to pay for rape exams

    May 12, 2015 4:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has agreed to steer an estimated $1.6 million in unclaimed gambling money annually to pay for rape victims' medical exams. With a 93-0 vote Monday, the bill by Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat from New Orleans, was sent to the Senate for consideration. The casino... more »
  • Senate backs bill to allow for medical marijuana dispensing

    May 5, 2015 3:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Parks Republican, was approved on a 22-13 vote Monday, sending it to the House for... more »
  • House gets bill to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    April 30, 2015 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state House has been sent a bill that would reverse a 1987 law forbidding the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce federal laws requiring shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment approved the... more »
  • Senate committee approves medical marijuana bill

    April 29, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Republican from Parks, would allow patients to consume refined forms of marijuana, but prohibits... more »
  • Lawmakers shoot down pay equality bill

    April 23, 2015 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have shot down two proposals aimed at making sure women earn pay equal to their male peers. Advocates for the measures say Louisiana has the nation's worst pay gap, with women on average making just 66 cents to every dollar earned by a man. Rep. Kenny Cox,... more »
  • IBM strongly opposes Louisiana religious objection bill Play Video

    April 16, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM posted a letter Thursday voicing their concerns and "strong opposition" to a religious liberty bill being championed by Governor Bobby Jindal. IBM said in their letter that they were concerned H.B. 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act, would allow discrimination against same-sex couples. The company,... more »
  • Senate panel to vote on Iran bill

    April 14, 2015 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Leaders in Washington are set to weigh in on the new Iran nuclear deal that was reached earlier this month. The Senate foreign relations committee is set to throw down a direct challenge to the White House today, over the emerging deal. A vote by a... more »
  • La. lawmakers to push bill that could help search for missing persons

    April 11, 2015 12:58 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Lawmakers in Louisiana will soon be considering a bill that will incorporate cell phone technology in missing persons and kidnapping cases. House Bill 456, proposed by state Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, focuses on cell phone pings and speeding up the process that allows investigators to track those... more »
  • 'Religious freedom' debate headed to Louisiana Capitol

    April 3, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The uproar over religious freedom laws that drew national attention in Indiana and Arkansas appears headed to Louisiana. A newly-elected state lawmaker from Bossier City filed a religious objections bill Friday for consideration in the Louisiana legislative session that begins April 13. The proposal by... more »
  • Bills filed to rein in TOPS costs Play Video

    April 1, 2015 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and the widow of Patrick F. Taylor, the architect of TOPS in Louisiana, said Wednesday they planned to introduce legislation which would put some limits on the popular state scholarship program's costs and awards. Senators Jack Donahue (R-Mandeville) and Conrad Appel (R-Metairie) pre-filed a bill... more »
  • NCAA concerned with Indiana religious objections bill

    March 26, 2015 1:31 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. Emmert says the NCAA is watching to see if it could affect student-athletes and employees. The NCAA is located in Indianapolis and the men's basketball tournament's... more »
  • 23,000 veterans in La. may lose health care Play Video

    March 25, 2015 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 23,000 Louisiana veterans are in danger of losing access to private doctors because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs isn't reimbursing physicians for their services. It's one of many problems that have come to light concerning the embattled federal agency. Veterans who need immediate... more »
  • Congressional Budget Office: Medicare doc bill cost $214B

    March 25, 2015 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the bipartisan House deal protecting doctors from steep cuts in Medicare fees would cost $214 billion over the coming decade. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the budget office says $141 billion of those costs would come from increasing federal... more »
  • Nevada bill would allow sick pets to use medical marijuana

    March 17, 2015 5:16 PM

    CARSON CITY, NV - A Nevada senator has introduced a bill that would allow pets to use pot. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill that was introduced Tuesday. SB372 calls on state officials to issue medical marijuana cards for animals if the animal's owner is a Nevada resident... more »
  • Jindal proposes higher ed bills for veterans

    March 5, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration released information on two bills proposed to help veterans and military students finish college in Louisiana, and recognize colleges which create supportive environments for armed forces members. The first bill would require colleges to set up arrangements so veterans could keep academic... more »
  • On the house, plus

    March 3, 2015 7:41 PM

    MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE- A man celebrating with breakfast at a restaurant got a 7-cent refund on his bill since the policy is to give customers a percentage off their bill if its their birthday. Joseph Nelson turned 101 and told a reporter he never thought he would live this... more »
  • House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

    February 27, 2015 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown. The vote was 240-183, and it came just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to fund the agency. The procedural vote cleared the... more »
  • Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

    February 26, 2015 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren't ready to admit defeat and approve spending... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill today

    February 12, 2015 3:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and top government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. First lady Michelle Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald... more »
  • Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

    February 11, 2015 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Congress has cleared a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That sets up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House voted 270-152 on Wednesday to send the bill to the president. Neither chamber has... more »
  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    January 29, 2015 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the... more »
  • Some want language changed in state's deaf child bill of rights

    January 25, 2015 9:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Several deaf advocacy groups gathered together Saturday morning until the afternoon to discuss ways they want to see legislation changed for deaf children in the state. Around a hundred people were at The Louisiana Summit for Deaf and Education Reform. Groups including Lighthouse Louisiana and... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • Entergy customers brace for possible bill increase

    December 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher Entergy bills might be coming to a mailbox near you as the company sets to meet the demands of Louisiana's booming industrial renaissance. Entergy is looking at ways to create more power for the state. New plants and plant expansions need more electricity and new... more »
  • Government is funded while Senate considers spending bill

    December 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to act on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, there's no threat of a shutdown in federal services. That's because lawmakers quickly passed a measure providing a 48-hour extension in existing funding, to give the Senate time to act. President Barack Obama quickly signed it.... more »
  • Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

    December 12, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.... more »
  • Locals weigh in on affordable care act Play Video

    November 15, 2014 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - "I mean, you have other insurances that you can get, pay a lower deductible...and then you have Obamacare that's supposed to help the citizens and to me it's an illusion," that's what Blaine Ehrlich had to say about the Affordable Care Act. But Marlon Corey... more »
  • Water bills victims of software glitch

    November 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    OAKDALE, La. - Mayor Gene Paul says a computer software problem is the reason some Oakdale residents haven't received water bills for the past two months. Paul says officials discovered about 100 water bills - including his - were not printed and mailed because of the glitch. Paul says officials... more »
  • House sends bill approving oil pipeline to Senate

    November 14, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has sent the Senate a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House voted Friday 252-161 on a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana in a bid to boost his chances to take over Louisiana's Senate seat from Democrat Mary Landrieu.... more »
  • Senators plan bill to block benefits for ex-Nazis

    October 23, 2014 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Democratic senators say they will soon introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits. Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania revealed plans for their bill Thursday. Their announcement comes four days after The Associated Press... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
  • Dept. of Education website bill payment missed

    August 18, 2014 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration said the state Department of Education's website should be back online later Monday, after a bill payment issue caused it to temporarily go down. The LouisianaBelieves.com website was replaced by a "domain for sale" placeholder after the bill payment didn't process, according... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • 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 »

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