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  • Senate cancels session to consider overriding Jindal vetoes

    July 17, 2015 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge this month to consider overriding Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes of bills passed in the last legislative session. As expected, the veto session was canceled by senators. It takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to scrap... more »
  • Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

    June 30, 2015 3:44 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments... more »
  • Alabama governor orders Confederate flags down at Capitol

    June 24, 2015 11:14 AM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered Confederate flags to taken down from the grounds of the state Capitol, the latest move to banish the divisive banner from state capitals, store shelves, license plates and monuments. Bentley issued the order Wednesday morning, one week after police say a white... more »
  • 'Snakes' in the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 9, 2015 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The session is nearly over which means special groups known as conference committees begin to form. Those are special committees where important bills go to get hashed out, but can also be the catalyst for legislative mischief. "This is the time of the year when the 'snakes'... more »
  • Veto session possible check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not once in modern history has a Louisiana governor vetoed the budget, but that might happen if lawmakers aren't willing to play ball. Governor Bobby Jindal has said he's willing to veto the budget if lawmakers don't give him the tax breaks he wants to offset the... more »
  • Louisiana Women Veterans Day at the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 2, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state is honoring women veterans with "Louisiana Women Veterans Day at the Capitol." It's a place for veterans to networks, tour the Capitol, and meet with local leaders. This morning Alex Juan from the U.S.S. Kidd joined 2une In to tell us more about the event. ... more »
  • Budget, movies, taxes on Monday's session agenda

    June 1, 2015 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state budget is a top priority at the Capitol Monday. The Senate Finance Committee was in session on Saturday trying to get some work done on the state budget. The state is in a $1.2 billion hole. So far, lawmakers have managed to close the gap... more »
  • Jindal plan to sell Baton Rouge welcome center hits snags

    May 21, 2015 5:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is rethinking its plan to sell a welcome center near the Louisiana Capitol after running into legislative resistance. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Wednesday that lawmakers have concerns about selling a building so close to the Capitol complex. She said: "We are listening... 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 »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • House Committee approves tax hike for road projects

    May 6, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan to fund road projects in Louisiana is moving forward at the Capitol. A House Committee approved two plans that would mean billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements over the next ten years. Lawmakers are considering a one cent sales tax increase, and a... more »
  • Hundreds of LSU students march to protest budget cuts Play Video

    April 30, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of LSU students holding signs and wearing school colors marched to the steps of the Capitol Thursday to protest against further cuts to higher education. The rally was organized through social media and called on students to show up to make lawmakers see who would... more »
  • LSU at the Capitol Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni, and friends of Louisiana State University will march to the Capitol today to call for change. They're asking legislators not to cut state funding to their school by 82%. LSU students are waking up to the reality, that if these cuts go through, their future... more »
  • At the Capitol: Representative Patricia Smith Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Pat Smith from the 67th district stopped by 2une In this morning to give us an update on what's been going on during the current legislative session. "We've got to make sure that our folks have a quality of life," said Smith. "That includes not... more »
  • Southern University at the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 22, 2015 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today at the Capitol talks will continue about the budget and potential cuts to higher education. Lawmakers will talk about allowing state colleges and universities to set their own tuition, and possibly changing the eligibility requirements for TOPS scholarships. All of these proposals have the same goal in... more »
  • Capitol security system claims another car

    April 17, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another vehicle was stopped short by the new Capitol security system Friday as it tried to leave a parking lot. Authorities said a House staffer was trying to follow another vehicle out of the Southwest Lot at the Capitol when the security poles deployed and caught... more »
  • Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

    April 16, 2015 8:24 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A friend of the Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol's lawn says he feared the man would get shot down. Mike Shanahan was quoted by The Tampa Bay Times as saying that Doug Hughes called him Wednesday and said he... more »
  • Lawmakers defend security upgrades check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 14, 2015 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers believe a $4.8 million upgrade to security at the Capitol was worth it, despite the state's $1.6 billion dollar deficit. State Sen. Bodi White (R- Central) said arguing about the system and the budget is like comparing "apples to oranges." White championed the project when... more »
  • Johnson says he'll make changes to religious objection bill

    April 14, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker says changes are coming to his divisive religious objections bill, a key piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative agenda that has run into sharp criticism. Rep. Mike Johnson says his bill will be clarified in the hopes of addressing concerns it could lead to... more »
  • Lawmaker says he broke hand, suffered concussion in wreck

    April 14, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A lawmaker who had a car accident with the Louisiana Capitol's new security system said he's broken his hand and suffered a concussion in the wreck. Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, said his Audi A8 received considerable damage on the opening day of the regular legislative session when... more »
  • New Louisiana Capitol security system snares lawmaker's car

    April 13, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One Louisiana lawmaker had a particularly rough first day of the 2015 legislative session. Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, says he was inching his Audi A8 through a Capitol parking lot exit when a brand new security system engaged, shooting two pylons through the front of... more »
  • Lockdown lifted at capitol after shots fired

    April 11, 2015 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol has been lifted after shots were fired in an apparent suicide attempt. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says the suspected shooter was "neutralized" after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It's unclear whether the man is dead. No one else is believed to... more »
  • Police: Man shoots himself near U.S. capitol

    April 11, 2015 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Police report a man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building Saturday. Authorities say the man was wearing a blue backpack with a sign attached to his hand. The capitol is under lockdown as a precautionary measure according to Sgt. Kimberly Schneider... more »
  • Capitol employees fear traffic nightmare check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2015 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some state employees are concerned that new security measures at the state capitol will cause a traffic nightmare when they're implemented Monday, the first day of the legislative session. However, officials assured them that the details have been worked out, and traffic will move smoothly. Starting... more »
  • 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. check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Weekend showdown over budget ahead for lawmakers 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 »
  • 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 »

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