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  • House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board

    May 27, 2015 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session. Near-unanimous votes Wednesday for the two bills came as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his support for the deal. One bill... 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 »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • At least $163M in gaps identified in House-approved budget

    May 25, 2015 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state senators have started digging into the details of the House version of next year's budget, with holes mainly in the public health care budget that provides services for the poor and uninsured. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, the governor's chief budget adviser, says the House-approved budget... more »
  • Lawmakers in Louisiana House take aim at Jindal travel costs

    May 21, 2015 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tired of Gov. Bobby Jindal's extensive out-of-state travel, lawmakers in the Louisiana House want Jindal's office to carry the burden of those security detail costs. The House voted 55-35 Thursday for a change to next year's budget that would transfer $2.5 million from Jindal's office to the... more »
  • Louisiana House passes $24B budget proposal for next year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to a more than $24 billion budget proposal for next year that contains fewer cuts than lawmakers had feared but still leaves some public health care programs short. Lawmakers voted 65-37 Thursday for the spending plan to finance government operations in the... more »
  • Louisiana House to complete budget work on Thursday

    May 21, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is expected to finish its work on next year's $24 billion budget Thursday. Lawmakers have spent the last few days deciding what programs to cut. Healthcare is likely to take the brunt of the reductions, as lawmakers hurry to protect public colleges and universities.... 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 »
  • Bill to rebalance this year's budget heads to House floor

    May 19, 2015 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have started work on rebalancing this year's budget, advancing a bill to plug health care and education gaps with money from an improved state income forecast. The Appropriations Committee approved several financial measures Tuesday to close this year's shortfalls and to use patchwork dollars to... 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 »
  • House tax bills receive passage from Senate committee

    May 18, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year's budget has sailed through its first stop in the Senate amid ongoing budget negotiations. Without objection Monday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced 11 bills to rework tax break programs, scale back... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss cigarette tax hike Monday

    May 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Four weeks remain in the Louisiana session. Balancing the budget is still the focus for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach an agreement on how to close the $1.6 billion shortfall. Today the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs is set to discuss a tax... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Anti-union bill gains momentum in right-to-work Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An anti-union bill is stirring up what may be Louisiana's first real battle between business and labor unions in a generation. The measure is scheduled for a Tuesday debate before the full House. If approved, it would bar police, firefighters and teachers from having union dues automatically... more »
  • Colleges fully funded in reworked state budget proposal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers on the House budget committee have poured all the money expected from a series of House-backed tax changes into keeping Louisiana's public colleges free of cuts next year. The Appropriations Committee then used the remaining dollars available to close some gaps in health care services in... more »
  • Budget decisions ahead after House tax votes: Where to cut?

    May 8, 2015 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the House's first round of tax votes done, lawmakers are deciding how to spend the $670 million that would be generated - and whether the House should pass more tax changes. The House Appropriations Committee will craft its version of next year's budget Monday, plugging in... more »
  • House passes $677 million in tax, credit changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial cap on tax credits for the filmmaking industry. An increased cigarette sales tax. Scaling back solar and corporate tax credits. Almost a dozen such bills were all passed by the Louisiana House Thursday in their efforts to raise revenue and start filling a $1.6... more »
  • Bill decreasing marijuana sentencing passes House committee

    May 6, 2015 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House legal committee approved a bill that could lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. But a measure to ask Louisiana voters if pot should be legal was widely opposed and withdrawn without debate. Rep. Austin Badon, a New... 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 »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales up in March

    May 1, 2015 7:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge jumped 14.7 percent in March when compared with figures from the year before. There were 755 homes sold in March in the nine-parish area, according to figures released Thursday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing... more »
  • House committee OKs anti-union bill to strip dues deduction

    April 30, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee approved an anti-union bill that would prohibit the automatic deduction of union dues from public employee paychecks. The bill was pushed by business and industry groups, as well as national conservative organization Americans For Prosperity. It targets teachers, firefighters and police who belong to... more »
  • Bill would ban hospitals from charging victim for rape exam

    April 30, 2015 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to prohibit hospitals from billing rape victims for medical exams has started advancing in the Louisiana House. Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat and the measure's sponsor, said billing rape victims is commonplace in Louisiana, even though it is banned by federal law. Moreno's... 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 »
  • Tight squeeze as pickup hits house

    April 26, 2015 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pickup truck hit a house on North Boulevard in Baton Rouge this morning. The truck was wedged between a tree and the house. A man who was driving and a baby apparently in a child restraint seat were not injured. The pickup caused damage to the... more »
  • Tuition bills start advancing in House and Senate

    April 22, 2015 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have started moving proposals to let public college campuses raise their own tuition and fee rates to help offset hefty budget cuts from the state. The House and Senate education committees Wednesday advanced several bills that would remove the Legislature from setting tuition and fees. The... more »
  • Common Core opponents fall short on La. House test vote

    April 20, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If Common Core opponents want to get the education standards stripped from Louisiana's public schools, it looks as if they have more work to do, to get lawmakers on their side. Rep. Brett Geymann failed in a procedural move Monday to get his bill - which would... more »
  • Overloaded extension cord causes house fire

    April 4, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire officials are investigating a house fire caused by an overloaded extension cord. Fire damaged the hall, attic and front porch of a home on 1870 Birch St. around 2:20 p.m. Saturday. The rest of the home sustained smoke damange according to the Baton Rouge Fire... more »
  • Arson blamed for fire at vacant home

    March 28, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A vacant house is completely destroyed after firefighters say an arsonist lit a house on fire early Saturday morning. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. at a house located on 4000 Mayan St. Fire officials say the property was completely engulfed in flames by... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's $24.6B budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee has started its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in House

    February 27, 2015 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down. The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House... more »
  • Protect yourself: Springtime is scam time check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springtime is scam time. Whether it's your tax returns or yard work, scammers are looking to con you to get your money or personal information. National Consumer Protection Week was created to keep that from happening. "We're seeing a lot of disputes about tax prepares," Sam... 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 »
  • Firefighters respond to Baton Rouge house fire

    February 22, 2015 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire broke out at a house in Baton Rouge Sunday night. Baton Rouge firefighters responded to the blaze around 6:20 p.m. on 2280 Gore Rd. Fire officials are still investigating what happened. more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire under investigation

    February 22, 2015 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A house was halfway engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived at a residence in Baton Rouge early Sunday morning. The fire happened around 6:20 a.m. at a house on 7625 Glen Oaks Dr. According to District 6 firefighters, no one was in the house... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire ruled accidental

    February 17, 2015 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A child playing too close to a space heater with some paper is to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of Lobelia. The paper caught on fire, causing it to spread through the... more »
  • Deadly house fire in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said a house fire reported in Baton Rouge has taken the life of at least one person. Investigators said they're looking into the cause of the fire at a home on Park Drive, off of Florida Boulevard. The fire was reported around 9:40 a.m.... more »
  • House caught on fire due to electrical malfunction

    January 25, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An electrical malfunction is to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge where a family of four lived. It happened Sunday evening around 5 in the in the 5000 block of Frey St. just north of an apartment fire that started two minutes earlier. Fire... 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 »
  • Husband demolished house

    January 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK- A man in New York is accused of demolishing his house without telling his wife and now faces a charge of criminal mischief. Police found James Rhein using a excavator to knock down the house without removing any of the household items or having the utility... more »
  • Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

    January 13, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The guest list hasn't changed, but President Barack Obama faces a different type of crowd when he meets with congressional leaders on Tuesday. Obama's sit-down with House and Senate leaders is his first since the new, fully Republican-run Congress was seated last week. Senate Democratic leader Harry... more »
  • U. S. House approves Keystone XL pipeline

    January 9, 2015 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House. The bill passed Friday on a 266-153 vote, one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress. It was the 10th vote the House... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • Under fire, House GOP lawmaker says he rejects bigotry

    January 7, 2015 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 3 Republican in the House says he rejects all forms of bigotry after his admission last week that he addressed a white supremacist group in 2002. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Wednesday faced fresh questions about his speech at a 2002 Louisiana convention of the... more »
  • New Congress convenes with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In the House, John Boehner was widely expected to win another term as speaker. Two Louisiana lawmakers were... more »
  • New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

    December 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming Republican chairman of the House Budget committee says he's going to draft a fiscal blueprint to balance the budget in 10 years and call for transforming Medicare into a system that places future retirees in private health insurance plans - much like outgoing chairman Paul Ryan... more »
  • Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

    December 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say a final agreement has been sealed on a massive $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown and fund most of the government through next September. The hard-fought agreement would delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until... more »
  • Official: 6 dead after plane crashes into Md. home

    December 8, 2014 11:53 AM

    GAITHERSBURG, MD - Three residents of a house hit by a small, private jet were among six people killed in the crash in Maryland's Montgomery County. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Lohr says three people were aboard the jet when it crashed Monday into the home in Gaithersburg,... more »
  • AP: Graves, Abraham win La. Congressional runoffs

    December 6, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administration. Republicans will expand their current 234-201 advantage by a dozen seats in the next Congress - with one race still undecided. On Saturday, Republicans kept control... more »
  • House moves to extend tax breaks through December

    December 3, 2014 6:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is moving to extend a $45 billion package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns. Beyond Dec. 31, their fate would be uncertain. The... more »
  • Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration

    November 21, 2014 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is "damaging the presidency itself" with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen. But the Ohio Republican offers no hint of what steps the House might take to block Obama's... 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 »
  • Early morning fire ruled arson

    November 13, 2014 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators said a fire this morning at a vacant house in Baton Rouge was intentionally set. The fire happened around 4:20 a.m. at a vacant home at 491 Tusacloosa Avenue. Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed when they arrived. The fire was so intense... more »
  • House, Senate to vote on Keystone

    November 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will vote in coming days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline in a high-stakes political poker game. The two candidates in the Dec. 6 runoff for a Louisiana Senate seat are both pushing the bills. They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in... more »
  • Scandals old and new mark House races

    November 4, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four of the six U.S. House races on Louisiana's ballot are dreary matters by the state's colorful standards, with incumbents in line for easy re-election. But the 6th District race features 87-year-old former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who hopes to overcome memories of his corruption conviction in Tuesday's... more »
  • Colder weather means it's time to get your heaters checked

    November 2, 2014 9:35 PM

    ST. GEORGE - A family of six is without their home tonight because of a major house fire that happened early Saturday evening. The fire happened in the University Club Plantation subdivision around 7:30 p.m. The family managed to escape the burning home without any injuries. But... more »
  • Massive fire destroys vacant Mid City house check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 28, 2014 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters battled a massive fire at a house in Mid City for nearly an hour late Tuesday night, but were unable to save the vacant building from the flames. The Baton Rouge Fire Department said they responded to the scene of the fire at an unoccupied... more »
  • Flag furor

    September 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND- It seems the European Union flag can be mistaken for an emblem of terror in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Police were called to golfer Rory McIlroy's hometown after locals reported seeing a house flying a flag of what was described as an Islamic terrorist group. The... more »
  • Prosecutor: 800 ammo rounds found in car of White House intruder

    September 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Authorities are describing Omar Gonzalez as a threat to the president. Gonzalez is the man accused of scaling the White House fence on Friday and sprinting inside the building, where he was stopped after making his way through the front door while armed with a knife. Investigators say... more »
  • New home in Geismar donated to Iraq war veteran check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    GEISMAR - A 16-year veteran of the armed services who was is injured during a 2011 tour of duty in Iraq is the proud owner of a new home in Geismar as of Wednesday morning. Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Foundation presented Cory Jenkins, who served in the... more »
  • Disabled man shot and killed by neighbor

    August 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One man is dead and no one has been arrested yet. Gary Andrus, 51, was shot and killed in the yard of his neighbor's house after an altercation broke out. Police officers responded to the 2600 block of Tecumseh St. around 8:00 Saturday night. ... more »
  • Final day for election qualifying check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 22, 2014 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the final day for candidates to qualify to run for political office in Louisiana in November 4th elections. There has been a steady flow at the Secretary of State's Office the past two days. On Thursday, Zach Dasher joined the 5th Congressional District race... more »
  • Father describes shooting intruder check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A father in Baton Rouge who police said shot an intruder in his daughter's home said if he found himself in the same situation, he'd do the same thing all over again. "It had to be me or him. So, it had to be him instead... more »
  • GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

    July 30, 2014 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama. The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201. Democrats... more »
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    July 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care. The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week. The $16.3 billion measure is intended to help veterans avoid... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Elderly man dead

    July 20, 2014 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 90 year old man died Saturday in the 1500 block of Bay Street near Scenic highway. Investigators say the man and his 87 year old wife were inside their home when an electrical fire happened. Neighbors say they tried to break down the door before... more »
  • House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    July 16, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed a $22 billion measure that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama. The bill passed Wednesday on a nearly party-line 228-195 vote. Companion legislation has... more »
  • John Kennedy reacts to Gov. Jindal's veto check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - HB-142 was unanimously passed by the Louisiana House and Senate with the goal of cutting government waste by giving more oversight to government contracts. Governor Jindal had other ideas. He vetoed the bill. State Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In Friday with his reaction. more »
  • GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

    June 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted overwhelmingly for a $570 billion defense bill that limits President Barack Obama's authority on handling detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was 340-73 on Friday for an election-year measure that also would impose new curbs on the National Security... more »
  • House votes to make business tax break permanent

    June 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to make permanent a generous tax break that makes buying new equipment and improving property easier for small businesses. The tax break would allow business owners to write off such investments more quickly. It expired at the beginning of the year, along with more... more »
  • House passes consulting contracts oversight bill

    May 27, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators voted 37-0 Tuesday for a proposal to give lawmakers more oversight of the consulting contracts signed across state agencies. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, I-Thibodaux, sought to force a 10 percent cut on agencies' spending on consulting and professional services contracts, and the idea passed by the... more »
  • Bill delaying shift to Common Core nears passage

    May 22, 2014 5:44 PM

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

    May 22, 2014 2:22 AM

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

    May 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives at the agency. The bill responds to a growing furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The department's inspector general says 26 facilities... more »
  • La. House approves abortion restriction bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's abortion clinics will be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, a restriction that abortion-rights groups say will shutter three of the state's five abortion clinics. With an 88-5 vote Wednesday, the House sent the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat... more »
  • House health committee rejects Medicaid expansion

    May 21, 2014 1:40 PM

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

    May 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget, to fill $75 million in gaps in education and prison programs, began advancing Tuesday in the Louisiana Legislature. The House Appropriations Committee agreed without objection to the budget-balancing proposal (House Bill 1094), sending it to the full House... more »
  • House passes bill to increase jail time for heroin

    May 15, 2014 1:16 PM

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

    May 13, 2014 6:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is defending creation of a special investigation into the attack at Benghazi. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers says Congress owes this to Americans who will be asked to conduct "expeditionary diplomacy" in an increasingly dangerous world. Rogers tells MSNBC lawmakers "want... more »
  • Louisiana House approves $25 billion state budget

    May 8, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a $25 billion budget for next year, supporting Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to increase spending on health care and colleges. No changes were made to financing for privatization deals involving the LSU hospitals, though federal officials have rejected the funding... more »

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