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  • Financial adviser: Louisiana moving nearer to its debt cap

    March 19, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's financial adviser is warning that the state is edging closer to its debt ceiling and will need to tightly manage construction spending to stay under the cap. Lamont Financial Services Corp. provided an update Thursday to the State Bond Commission about the state's debt load. Gov.... more »
  • Lawmakers support most of Jindal plan to close midyear gap

    February 20, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers complained, but didn't reverse $61 million in cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal levied across state agencies to close a midyear deficit. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee raised objections Friday to reductions to state parks, agriculture programs and health care services. But they couldn't get... more »
  • Grand jury indicts Ohio man held in Capitol terror plot

    January 21, 2015 1:31 PM

    CINCINNATI - Federal authorities say a grand jury has indicted the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plotting an attack at the U.S. Capitol. Justice Department officials and the FBI say the federal grand jury in Cincinnati has charged Christopher Lee Cornell with attempting to kill U.S. officials and employees, solicitation... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes

    January 6, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.... more »
  • New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. ... more »
  • US Capitol staffers raise their hands for Ferguson

    December 11, 2014 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Dozens of minority congressional staffers and Capitol employees have gathered to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police. About 200 workers and a few members of Congress stood on the House steps Thursday and silently raised their arms in the "don't shoot" gesture used to protest... more »
  • Proposal would enshrine Old South symbols in Miss.

    November 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    JACKSON, MS - A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to "Dixie" and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol. But getting a constitutional amendment... more »
  • Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:47 AM

    CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down. The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than... more »
  • Dozens gather at Capitol for domestic violence vigil check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2014 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday evening to call attention to the wide-spread issue of domestic violence in Louisiana. People shared their stories and paid tribute to those who died because of violence at home. The vigil honored Aleria Cyrus Reed and other victims... more »
  • House unanimously passes video secrecy bill

    May 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House voted 96-0 Friday to make secret the security surveillance video from the Louisiana Capitol complex, supporting a measure that would exempt the video from the public records law. Lawmakers didn't debate or ask any questions about the proposal (Senate Bill 446) by Sen. Sherri Smith... more »
  • House gives final passage to $24.6B state budget

    May 30, 2014 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has given final passage to a $24.6 billion budget to finance state government operations next year, agreeing to the version written by the Senate. A 75-22 vote Friday sends the spending plan to Gov. Bobby Jindal. The governor can strip individual items he doesn't... more »
  • Lawmakers give themselves expanded weapons rights

    May 29, 2014 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers will be able to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings, under a bill that has received final passage. The bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain started as a proposal to let lawmakers carry concealed handguns in the Louisiana Capitol. Senators rejected the idea. So, the... more »
  • Capitol to hold armed forces memorial on May 22

    May 19, 2014 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Speaker Chuck Kleckley and all members of the Louisiana House of Representatives will recognize fallen members of the armed forces with a Memorial Day tribute on Thursday, May 22. This year's celebration will be led by state Representative and army veteraMay 22 Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans,... more »
  • Board, BRAC at odds over legislation dealing with principal powers

    May 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
  • Senators shelve BESE school financing proposal

    May 1, 2014 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the $3.5 billion school financing plan the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education proposed for next year. The Senate Education Committee shelved the proposal without objection Thursday. Committee Chairman Conrad Appel said he disagreed with BESE's inclusion of an automatic growth factor in... more »
  • BRAVE goes to school to talk to students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 17, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Students at Capitol High got a first hand look at the major players in the fight against crime, including the top law enforcement officials involved in the BRAVE program. The students held an open forum to discuss the best ways to escape street violence and lead a... more »
  • Cap on payday loan interest rate defeated

    April 7, 2014 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizations seeking to toughen regulations on payday loans pointed to a report by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions that shows state residents shelled out $146 million in fees and interest on the loans last year. Supporters of a bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James argued... more »
  • At the Capitol: Rep. Patricia Smith on the key issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2014 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Pat Smith (D) sat down with Whitney Vann on 2une In Wednesday to talk about some of the big issues at the legislative session. Watch the video to hear her take on education reform, incarceration rates, payday loans, and healthcare. more »
  • Lawmakers gearing up for legislative session

    March 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are getting ready as legislative session is set to begin Monday at noon. With more than 1,500 bills one the table, legislators expect a busy session this year. A little more than 1,000 of the bills come from the house this year with an... more »
  • La. Legislature opens three-month session Monday

    March 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Lawmakers kick off their annual legislative session Monday, with lessened budget worries but new disputes on educational standards, medical marijuana and a statewide minimum wage. The three-month regular session is a free-for-all, with legislators able to consider most any issue - except taxes. More than 1,500... more »
  • Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson goes to Capitol

    January 28, 2014 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister is bringing a little bit of Hollywood South to the nation's Capitol to hear President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. McAllister said Willie Robertson of the popular reality television series "Duck Dynasty" will be his special guest in the House gallery for... more »
  • Repairs, scaffolding ahead for US Capitol's dome

    October 22, 2013 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON- The dome of the U.S. Capitol is getting a new look. The 150-year-old, cast-iron dome will soon be sheathed in scaffolding, a requirement of its first major restoration since 1960. The architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, announced the restoration work on Tuesday, saying it's needed to address... more »
  • Thursday night High School football scores

    October 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    PREP FOOTBALL Capitol 36, Northeast 6 Christian Life Academy 27, Varnado 0 East Beauregard 26, South Cameron 0 Eunice 23, Rayne 11 LaGrange 52, Crowley 27 Loreauville 42, Delcambre 3 Montgomery 38, St. Mary 35 Notre Dame 42, Erath 7 more »
  • Police: Man who set himself ablaze on Mall dies

    October 5, 2013 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - A District of Columbia police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries. Officer Araz Alali says the man died Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted. He says the man was so... more »
  • Fans Choice Award Winner Week 2: Tyrone Scott Jr. Play Video

    September 19, 2013 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This week's Fans Choice award winner helped his McKinley Panthers to a 48-8 win in the WBRZ Game of the Week over in-city rival Capitol. Running back Tyrone Scott Jr had a record day, racking up over 100 yards for the first time in his career.... more »
  • State worker layoffs reach 1,900 in fiscal year

    July 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 1,900 state employees received pink slips in the just-ended budget year, nearly as many workers as were laid off during the four prior years of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The layoff figures were released Tuesday by the Department of State Civil Service for the 2012-13 fiscal... more »
  • Senators vote against holding veto session

    July 12, 2013 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Twenty-six of 39 senators voted to cancel this year's veto session, according to a tally released Friday by the Senate. The session's scrapping came despite a push from advocates for... more »
  • LSP: Man arrested after BB gun brought to Capitol

    June 20, 2013 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a man today who State Police said brought a BB gun which looked like a rifle to the State Capitol Building. Sgt. J. B. Slaton with LSP charged Russell W. Vaughn, 32, of Greenwell Springs with resisting arrest after he was arrested by the... more »
  • Nine lawmakers will "sell" budget compromise Thursday

    June 5, 2013 8:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Legislative leaders will do a last-ditch sales pitch Thursday morning, hoping to get a budget compromise passed before time runs out at the end of the day. Governor Bobby Jindal said he backs a deal reached late Wednesday, which includes a $69 million increase in public school... more »
  • Lawmakers haggling over money as session nears end

    June 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Negotiations are heading down to the wire between the House and Senate over how to craft next year's $25 billion state operating budget. Lawmakers hope to avoid a meltdown before session must end Thursday at 6 p.m. - and keep themselves out of a special session. House... more »
  • Proposed bill would lessen jail time for simple marijuana possession check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2013 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed bill making its way through the Capitol could mean lighter sentences for simple marijuana possession convictions. Representative Austin Badon (D.) of New Orleans introduced HB 103. It passed the house but still needs two-thirds approval from the Senate. "My bill only addresses the... 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 »
  • Senator calls colleagues racist, dodges questions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a New Orleans state senator to apologize for her recent accusations that opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was based in racism. Senator Karen Carter-Peterson said Monday her colleagues in the Senate opposed President Obama's reform... 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 »
  • Cannon fire to be heard at state Capitol

    May 21, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police say cannon fire will be heard in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday morning as the state House of Representatives remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of the ceremony, a 21-gun salute will be conducted. Residents,... more »
  • Voucher supporters rally at state capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2013 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of school voucher supporters took to the steps of the state Capitol today to plead for lawmakers to continue funding the program. Governor Bobby Jindal joined lawmakers, students, parents and educators at the rally. This comes as the governor tries to find money to fund... more »
  • Voucher program needs funding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A day after a court ruled the funding source for the state's private school voucher program was unconstitutional, lawmakers at the Capitol are discussing how to fund the program. In previous years, funding for a similar program in New Orleans was allocated in the general budget, known... more »
  • Senate backs breakaway school district in Baton Rouge

    May 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two proposed laws that would create a new, public school district in East Baton Rouge Parish cleared the Senate Tuesday. Both organizations connected to the push- one for and another against- posted the news on Facebook, alerting followers to the developments. People posted congratulatory comments on... more »
  • Breakaway school district clears first hurdle check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed breakaway school district cleared an important hurdle after the Senate Finance Committee voted favorably for it to reach the Senate floor. The bill, authored by Senator Bodi White of Baton Rouge, would create a new school district in East Baton Rouge Parish between I-10... more »
  • Committee to hear breakaway school district bill

    April 29, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate Finance Committee scheduled a hearing this morning for another attempt to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge. The bill, filed by Sen. Mack "Bodi" White, is similar to the measure which failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority in the last... more »
  • Lawmakers weigh in on Medicaid expansion

    April 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are taking their first votes on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. Both the House and Senate health care committees have hearings scheduled Wednesday on Medicaid expansion bills. ... more »
  • Pro-gun bills approved by La. House committee check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a batch of bills they say are aimed at pre-empting any stricter gun laws that could make it out of Congress. In heated exchanges over five hours of debate, the House Criminal Justice Committee approved Wednesday an array of "state's rights" gun regulations.... more »
  • Lawmakers refuse to hear income tax repeal bills check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state House Ways and Means committee said today they would defer all income tax repeal bills for this session, essentially killing Governor Bobby Jindal's main plan for tax reform. Committee chair Joel Robideaux (R-Lafayette) said such bills already scheduled for a hearing would still be... more »
  • Jindal details tax reform plan at Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 14, 2013 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said the Louisiana's sales tax rate would increase from 4 percent to 5.88 percent under his plan to eliminate both the individual income tax and corporate income and franchise taxes. If approved, the tax reforms would also boost Louisiana's combined local and state... more »
  • Packed house for Senate sinkhole meeting

    February 19, 2013 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Spectators packed the Senate committee room at the state capitol this morning ahead of a scheduled committee meeting to discuss developments at the Assumption Parish sinkhole. The state Senate's Natural Resources Committee scheduled two meetings, one today and another later in Assumption Parish, to get more... more »
  • Clinton, Carter join Obama inaugural gathering

    January 21, 2013 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter joined lawmakers and other dignitaries at the Capitol for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in Monday to a second term. The two men are the only living Democrats who have occupied the White House. Clinton was accompanied by his wife, Secretary of... more »
  • Obama speaks of 'limitless' possibilities for U.S.

    January 21, 2013 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has begun his second term by declaring that the nation's "possibilities are limitless." Speaking before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall, Obama said a decade of war is ending, and the nation's economy is recovering. Moments after taking the oath... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces new executive counsel

    January 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top lawyer for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has resigned from the job after only three months. The governor's office gave no reason Friday for Gary Graphia's decision to leave the position of executive counsel that he took in October. Instead, Jindal simply announced his replacement while... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss school security check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 17, 2013 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Legislators are trying to figure out the best ways to keep children safe in school, following last months massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children dead. The Homeland Security Committee met for hours at the Capitol to discuss ways to improve security and look... more »
  • Lawmakers reviewing school security practices

    January 17, 2013 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Education leaders are reviewing Louisiana school security procedures after the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Superintendent of Education John White suggested lawmakers should tweak a state law from 2001 that requires all elementary and secondary public schools to have a written crisis management and response... more »
  • Christmas story accompanies lighting of Capitol Tree

    December 4, 2012 6:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ. Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado. Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch... more »
  • Former Jindal adviser doing lobbying, legal work

    November 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, is taking a job that will keep him near the Louisiana Capitol. The Jones Walker law firm announced Wednesday that Waguespack has joined the business as special counsel and as the director of the firm's government relations practice,... more »
  • Lawsuit filed against new state retirement plan

    August 16, 2012 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An organization representing Louisiana's retired state employees is challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new pension plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law, passed earlier this year, is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of... more »
  • House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

    June 28, 2012 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt. A number of Democrats boycotted Thursday's vote. Republicans pushed through the resolution because Holder did not... more »
  • Tentative Hill deal on student loans

    June 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A congressional Republican says the House and Senate have tentatively agreed to prevent interest rates on new college loans from doubling to 6.8 percent this Sunday. The one-year extension of the existing 3.4 percent rate on subsidized Stafford loans is the same package that Senate Majority Leader Harry... more »
  • A glance at 2012 At The Capitol

    June 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers spent three months combing through bills in the regular legislative session. Nearly 2,000 bills were filed for consideration. Here's a look at what happened to some of the issues, with the session ending Monday: BUDGET: A $25.6 billion budget proposal for 2012-13 will finance... more »
  • $3.4B school funding plan gets final passage

    June 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has given final legislative passage to a $3.4 elementary and secondary school spending plan, without reaching the vote threshold needed to pass a bill in the chamber. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley decided that since the multibillion dollar spending plans were contained in a legislative... more »
  • Tigers coach marks Regional win at Capitol

    June 4, 2012 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers took time before the close of the legislative session Monday to applaud LSU's Regional baseball win this weekend. Coach Paul Mainieri spoke at the session this morning, and said he hopes the Tigers will bring home a seventh national championship title. Mainieri said the... more »
  • House approves school funding plans

    June 4, 2012 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House passed a bill regarding school funding plans. They approved the $3.4 billion elementary and secondary education funding formula. Senators previously agreed in a 24-15 vote to approve the BESE-crafted plan without any changes. Some have complained the state Board of Elementary and Secondary... more »
  • La. Legislature's 3-month session wraps up today

    June 4, 2012 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers enter their last day of the three-month legislative session Monday with two big-money matters awaiting final decisions, a $3.4 billion elementary and secondary education funding formula and a multiyear state construction budget topping $4 billion. The regular legislative session must end by 6 p.m. A day... more »
  • Weekend showdown over budget ahead for lawmakers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 1, 2012 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A weekend conference committee may be needed to help settle a dispute between the state House and Senate over the use of one-time money in the state budget. Today at the Capitol, no one expected the issue would be settled quickly. "I expect us to... more »
  • Breakaway school district fails again at the Capitol

    June 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A constitutional amendment to grant the Southeast Baton Rouge community school system the authority granted other parishes to raise revenue for schools was rejected on the House floor again today. The amendment was rejected Wednesday as well. News 2's Mike Shingleton is at the Capitol... more »
  • La. Senate backs $25.6B budget for next year

    May 31, 2012 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have backed a $25.6 billion state operating budget for next year that contains hundreds of millions more than the spending plans passed by the House. Few changes were made Thursday, and the Senate debate contained none of the rancor that marked the ongoing House dispute over... more »
  • Bill that drug tests welfare recipients stalls

    May 29, 2012 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation requiring that some welfare recipients submit to random drug tests stalled in a Senate committee after members left the meeting before a vote could be taken. The House-passed bill by Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, would require that 20 percent of adults receiving aid from the Family... more »
  • Senate budget proposal relies on complex financing

    May 29, 2012 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To stave off deep cuts, senators are proposing to balance next year's budget with a series of financing maneuvers tied to building sales, loan repayments and fund transfers. The provisions - some initially pushed by the Jindal administration - were included in the Senate Finance Committee's budget... more »
  • School district bill heading back to Senate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to create a breakaway school district is headed for another round with lawmakers after the state House added an amedment today. The House passed the amended version of the bill which would create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge, between the I-10... more »
  • At the Capitol: State retirement and crime districts

    May 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Another phase of Governor Jindal's pension reform package is scheduled for vote today. This one increases the employee contribution to the retirement system. Most state employees outside of teachers and emergency personnel would be affected. The bill is set for vote in the House Retirement... more »
  • Outdoor concerts, Juban crossing, and tax district discussed at Capitol

    May 21, 2012 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The House Appropriations Committee will hear a bill dealing with the tax credits for certain outdoor musical events at the Capitol today. We'll take a look at any potential to local events like Bayou Country Superfest. The same committee will also hear a bill concerning Juban... more »
  • Possible health care cuts draw concern

    May 19, 2012 11:19 AM

    Hundreds of people are at a state senate finance committee meeting today. They're concerned about possible cuts to some health programs. One of the biggest areas of concern for many people is the possible shutdown of an early intervention program for children up to 3 years old. State lawmakers... more »
  • Compromise reached in oilfield cleanup dispute

    May 17, 2012 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers say they have brokered an agreement in an ongoing dispute between the oil and gas industry and landowners over how to clean up environmental damage done in drilling years ago. The proposal, included Thursday in a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, would allow cleanup plans devised by... more »
  • La. lawmakers at odds over how to ban bullying

    May 16, 2012 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers disagree over how to craft a new ban on bullying at public schools. Two different proposals advanced Wednesday in the House, one by Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith getting 71-16 backing on the House floor and another by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward getting passage... more »
  • At the Capitol: Abortion legislation

    May 16, 2012 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senate Bill 708 is up for discussion at the Capitol today. It would require a mother to hear her fetus's heartbeat via ultrasound as well as see images of the fetus prior to abortion. This is not the first time Senator Broome has attempted to back this... more »
  • Kennedy says Jindal using budget scare tactics

    May 15, 2012 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy says the Jindal administration is using scare tactics to drum up support for restoring hundreds of millions of dollars to next year's budget. Kennedy sent a letter to his fellow Republican, Gov. Bobby Jindal, on Tuesday asking him to "stop scaring our health care... more »
  • Bill to make female genital mutilation a crime

    May 14, 2012 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Female genital mutilation will be an outlawed crime in Louisiana. A bill by Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, was sent to the governor's desk today with a 92-0 vote from the House. Landry said the practice is banned by 18 states and the federal government. ... more »
  • La. budget deficit hits $220M for current year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 10, 2012 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's deficit has edged higher to $220 million, because lawmakers and the Jindal administration didn't provide enough money for elections expenses and the state's free college tuition program when they crafted this year's budget. The governor's Division of Administration outlined the figure Thursday to lawmakers on the... more »
  • House approves bill to cut state contracts

    May 7, 2012 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A House Committee approved a bill to cut state contracts. It would cut the contracts by 10-percent. News 2's Mike Steele will have more at 6. more »
  • At the Capitol today

    May 7, 2012 8:59 AM

    At the Capitol today, the Senate Finance Committee is discussing the retirement pension reform for state workers. In the House Committee, State Treasurer John Kennedy will bring up his disapproval of the amount of private contracts throughout the state. A proposed bill aims at reducing those private contracts. ... more »
  • At the Capitol today

    May 2, 2012 8:36 AM

    We've told you about former lawmakers getting high paying state jobs as soon as they leave the legislature. Now, a house committee is scheduled to hear a couple of bills that would stop that from happening in the future. News 2's Mike Steele is at the Capitol, he'll tell... more »
  • At the Capitol today

    May 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    At the Capitol today the Senate Judiciary Committee will be discussing several crime related bills. Two of the bills deal with increasing the penalties for repeat DWI offenders. Another bill wants to make it a crime to impersonate someone else while online. News 2 Mike Steele will... more »
  • 'Rainy day' fund use considered by lawmakers

    April 26, 2012 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are weighing whether to use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to fill a $211 million gap in this year's budget. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Thursday that the state could get $215 million from the fund, if two-thirds of the House and Senate agree. He says he's willing... more »

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