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  • 2 Special Sessions: The cost to taxpayers Play Video

    June 24, 2016 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In addition to the usual legislative session, lawmakers spent a lot of extra time at the Capitol this year thanks to two separate Special Sessions. The move cost taxpayers millions. The first Special Session began on February 14th. It ended 25 days later, but over that... more »
  • With clock ticking, Senators delay on crafting state spending plans

    June 21, 2016 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are having trouble working out a final version of their plans to spend the $284 million raised in the special legislative session. The Senate Finance Committee planned a Tuesday meeting to craft its version of the bill to plug the money into next year's budget. But... more »
  • Lawmaker calls proposed tax policy 'worst ever' Play Video

    June 15, 2016 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some lawmakers are calling a tax bill that passed through the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday as some of the worst tax policy ever. The tax hike would mainly impact wealthy people when they file their state return. It will only take effect if the... more »
  • Senators refuse to change Louisiana's absentee voting rules

    March 30, 2016 5:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have refused to loosen Louisiana's absentee voting rules. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to allow any people who expect to be away from their home parishes on Election Day to be able to vote absentee by mail. Currently, people can only vote absentee... more »
  • Former state Rep. Raymond Laborde passes away

    January 17, 2016 5:14 PM

    MARKSVILLE - Raymond Laborde, a former state lawmaker and commissioner of administration for Governor Edwin Edwards, has died according to his family. He was 88 years old. Laborde passed away Sunday morning in his native Marksville. Laborde was elected mayor of Marksville in 1958 and served in that office... more »
  • Lawmakers to select their leaders with start of new term

    January 11, 2016 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are readying to choose their leaders as the new term in office begins. The House and Senate meet Monday morning, ahead of the inauguration ceremony where Democrat John Bel Edwards will be sworn in as Louisiana's governor. The Senate is expected to maintain its current president,... more »
  • Mississippi lawmaker apologizes over 'black judge' comment

    October 19, 2015 12:25 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A white Mississippi lawmaker is apologizing for saying at a local Republican meeting that "a black judge" would decide how to spend money on public schools if state voters approve an education funding initiative. Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter, who lives in the northern Mississippi town of Burnsville,... more »
  • Longtime state lawmaker Dennis Hebert dies

    September 14, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Longtime state lawmaker Rep. Dennis Paul Hebert passed away on Friday, according to his family. Hebert, who was from Ponchatoula but lived in Baton Rouge later in life, was 88 years old. Hebert served in the legislature as a Democrat for 24 years. He represented... more »
  • Lawmaker's watermelon giveaway was racist, challenger says

    July 22, 2015 3:41 PM

    JACKSON - A white lawmaker says he gave watermelons to people in his central Mississippi House district, and his black challenger says doing so promoted racial stereotypes. First-term Democratic Rep. Brad Oberhousen of Byram tells The Clarion-Ledger that he gave the melons to several people for their Fourth of July... more »
  • New radio ad highlights tax votes of state lawmakers

    July 7, 2015 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new radio ad launching from an anti-tax organization is targeting state lawmakers who supported tax hikes and lessened tax breaks to balance this year's budget. The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity is spending $60,000 for the advertising that begins statewide Tuesday. The organization is coupling it... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on consulting contracts Play Video

    June 30, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal has approved a bill that will give lawmakers a new authority over consulting contracts. The new policy comes after complaints of wasteful spending by various state agencies. The bill was proposed by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard and strongly supported by Treasurer John Kennedy. Under the... more »
  • Jindal agrees to legislative review of consulting contracts

    June 23, 2015 5:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will have approval authority over consulting contracts signed across state agencies, in response to complaints about wasteful spending. A year after vetoing the proposal, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent from Thibodaux. Most consulting and professional services contracts with a... more »
  • Lawmakers enter the final day of session Play Video

    June 11, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday is the final day for state lawmakers to get work done at the Capitol. It's the last day of the legislative session, and after two months the budget is still a hot topic. The Senate passed a budget earlier this week, but the House rejected it.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Lawmakers won't disclose plan to save higher-ed Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU students met one on one with state lawmakers Thursday demanding they stop $600 million in proposed cuts to state colleges. The Lawmakers said they sympathized with the students and encouraged them to keep up the pressure. LSU's student body president, Andrew Mahtook, met privately with... more »
  • Lawmakers defend security upgrades 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 »
  • Proposed law could end suspensions, expulsions Play Video

    March 31, 2015 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would no longer kick kids out of school in the state. Senator Sharon Weston-Broome(D-Baton Rouge) filed SB54 , which would to prohibit any school from suspending or expelling children from kindergarten through third grade. "I firmly believe... 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 »
  • Lawmaker's push for special budget session falls short

    February 4, 2015 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Houma area lawmaker has given up on efforts to convene a special legislative session targeting Louisiana's ongoing budget troubles. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison said Wednesday he couldn't get enough support from his colleagues to call the 14-day special session that he sought in a January petition.... more »
  • Daily rate paid to state lawmakers dropped slightly

    December 12, 2014 3:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Compensation for Louisiana's lawmakers has fallen slightly. The payment legislators get for each day they are in session, attending interim committee meetings or participating in other meetings related to their position has dropped from $153 to $150. Under state law, that "per diem" payment is tied to... more »
  • Alexandria lawmaker resigns from La. House

    December 11, 2014 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An Alexandria state representative has stepped down from his elected position. Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he resigned a day earlier. In a statement, Dixon said the decision was "to better manage my health situation, spend more time with family and pursue other opportunities."... more »
  • Lawmaker wants oversight of OGB changes

    October 9, 2014 11:04 PM

    JACKSON- State Representative Kenneth Havard wants an oversight committee to discuss the proposed rule changes to the Office of Group Benefits. Havard said the process dealing with healthcare changes for state workers and retirees has been flawed. "The administration did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act. The APA... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss changes to OGB health care plans Play Video

    September 23, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding meetings this week to discuss changes to the health plans offered by the Office of Group Benefits. The agency will offer the new health care plans beginning next year, but there are still many concerns among retirees and state employees. Susan West... more »
  • Anti-Common Core hearing today Play Video

    August 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The court battle over the future of Louisiana's education continues today. Later today, state District Judge Tim Kelley will hold a hearing for an anti-Common Core challenge filed by 17 state lawmakers. They claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) broke a state law... more »
  • State lawmaker drops out of Louisiana Senate race

    July 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis says he's ending his bid to unseat Mary Landrieu and become Louisiana's next U.S. senator. Hollis announced his decision Monday, saying it came after "prayer and thoughtful consideration." The first-term lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish gave no reason for dropping out of... more »
  • Ex- lawmaker ordered to prison; seeks new trial

    May 22, 2014 3:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans City Council member and ex-state legislator - Renee Gill Pratt - has been ordered to report June 30 to start serving four years and two months in federal prison. Pratt had remained free while pursuing appeals of her 2011 conviction in a plot... more »
  • Schools to decide on driving while talking cell phone ban

    May 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- School districts and its schools will decide whether or not restrictions in specific school zones should include a ban on using handheld cell phones while driving through the area. A watered down version of the law was approved by lawmakers and heads to the governor's desk for... more »
  • Lawmaker pushes for required gun class Play Video

    January 16, 2014 10:25 PM

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

    January 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp said a lawmaker should not have flashed his badge to another driver in traffic recently, after he got out of his car to confront the driver he claimed was driving erratically. That driver, Haley Nobles claims she was stopped, and honked at State... more »
  • GOP state lawmaker running for US Senate seat

    January 2, 2014 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The field of Republican candidates for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is getting crowded, with a state lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish adding his name to the list. State Rep. Paul Hollis, a Republican from Mandeville, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission before the holidays, declaring himself a... more »
  • Lawmaker to Jindal: Keep La. out of Common Core

    September 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Jefferson Parish lawmaker is urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called the Common Core. Republican Rep. Cameron Henry sent Jindal a letter asking him to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core, calling it... more »
  • Sign-up begins for 5th District congressional race

    August 19, 2013 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two state lawmakers have made their candidacies official for the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Republican state Sen. Neil Riser showed up at the Secretary of State's Office before qualifying even opened Monday. Hours later, Democratic state Rep.... more »
  • Marksville lawmaker jumps into 5th District race

    August 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another state lawmaker is joining the field of candidates for Louisiana's 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. State Rep. Robert Johnson, a Democrat from Marksville, said Wednesday that he will formally announce his campaign on Thursday at a local public high school. Johnson, a... more »
  • Monroe lawmaker says he's running for 5th District

    August 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican state lawmaker from Monroe says he will run in the October special election for a congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Rep. Jay Morris says he thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal and Congressman Rodney Alexander tried to orchestrate Alexander's resignation to benefit GOP state Sen.... more »
  • Port Allen state senator switches parties to GOP

    July 16, 2013 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party has a new member in the Louisiana State Senate: Rick Ward, a first term lawmaker from Port Allen. Ward's defection from the Democratic Party was announced Tuesday by the state Republican Party. The secretary of state's office confirmed Ward filed party change paperwork in... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • House panel starts rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    June 19, 2013 8:55 AM

    WASHINGTON- House lawmakers are beginning work on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that would give states more authority and Washington less. Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Wednesday considered a replacement to the law that expired in 2007. From the start,... more »
  • Ex-La. lawmaker booked on theft charge

    March 27, 2013 12:59 PM

    GRETNA - A former Louisiana lawmaker has been booked on a theft charge that is reportedly tied to a probe of a rebuilding project following Hurricane Katrina. A spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says former state Rep. Sherman Copelin Jr. surrendered to investigators Wednesday. He also was booked... more »
  • Lawmaker blasts DHH secretary for not being at hearing Play Video

    March 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative said it was "very irresponsible" that the head of the Department of Health and Hospitals was not at a budget hearing today to answer questions about a controversial Medicaid contract cancelled last week. Rep. Jim Fannin, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee,... more »
  • Lawmaker wants term limits for statewide officials

    March 12, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Iberia Parish lawmaker again is seeking to put term limits on all statewide elected officials, after voters overwhelmingly supported such limits for school boards. Republican Rep. Simone Champagne has filed the proposal to limit statewide elected officials to three consecutive four-year terms. Lawmakers will consider the... more »
  • Lawmaker wants suggestions on school safety

    February 20, 2013 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker is seeking ideas from educators and parents about ways to improve school safety. Covington Rep. John Schroder leads the House homeland security committee. He's asking people to send their comments to schoolsafetycomments@legis.la.gov. Schroder's committee held a hearing to get suggestions from state education... more »
  • Lawmaker: Ala. child held in bunker got medicine

    January 30, 2013 2:30 PM

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - An Alabama legislator says a 6-year-old boy who is being held hostage has been able to receive medicine and watch TV. State Rep. Steve Clouse said Wednesday he met with authorities and visited the family of the boy. The boy's captor is accused of intercepting a... more »
  • Husband of wounded lawmaker says Congress must act

    January 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The husband of wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says that while curbing gun violence is a complex problem, it is no excuse for inaction by lawmakers. Former astronaut Mark Kelly told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he and his wife, former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,... more »

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