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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • LaBruzzo weighing options for legislative seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 5, 2012 5:55 PM

    CENTRAL - Former state representative John LaBruzzo is known for his annual battles at the Capitol attempting to make drug testing mandatory for people on welfare. Now LaBruzzo has a new home, but may have to wait a bit befreo getting back into politics. LaBruzzo and his wife... more »
  • CIA deputy: Rice got initial assessment on Libya

    November 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The deputy CIA director has told lawmakers that U.N. ambassador Susan Rice was provided with an unclassified version of what happened during the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that later proved to be incorrect. Mike Morell briefed members of the House Intelligence committee on Thursday. Emerging from... more »
  • State lawmaker calls for special session

    October 4, 2012 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker is calling for a special session to address health care cuts. State Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard of Thibodaux has called for the special session and has sent a petition to lawmakers, requesting their support. Richard says he wants the legislature to have a... more »
  • Recall efforts against Jindal, Kleckley fall short

    September 20, 2012 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of public school teachers has failed in its efforts to recall Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley. Angie Bonvillain and Brenda Romero, the two Calcasieu Parish teachers leading the effort, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that they didn't get enough... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session to work on budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Dee Richard, I- Houma, says lawmaker need to call a special session before the end of the year. Richard says the legislature needs to be more involved in recent decisions about the budget. Lawmakers have criticized Governor Bobby Jindal's plans to close Phelps Correctional Center,... more »
  • Thibodaux lawmaker trying to call special session

    September 19, 2012 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Thibodaux lawmaker is trying to rally support for a special legislative session to revisit budget decisions made in recent months by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent, says he is sending out a letter Wednesday to House members asking them to call... more »
  • Joint committee questions tax breaks, health cuts

    July 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers gathered in Baton Rouge today for a join budget committee meeting. On the agenda are questions about just how much the impact of the state's tax breaks are to the budget. Lawmakers also plan to question the Jindal administration about recent Medicaid cuts, most of... more »
  • Jetson officials answer questions about security, youth services

    July 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    BAKER - News 2 was allowed inside the Jetson Center for Youth today for a tour of the complex. There have been many complaints about the site after a recent escape from the facility. A former state lawmaker says many of the juvenile justice reform measures approved a decade... more »
  • Ex-state lawmaker blasts the La. Office of Juvenile Justice check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 11, 2012 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former lawmaker Don Cravins, Sr, says there needs to be a shakeup in the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Cravins, who is currently the mayor of Opelousas, helped fight for a legislative package known the the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003. A team of professionals, including... more »
  • Event planned "to teach women how to sit"

    July 3, 2012 4:32 PM

    NEW YORK- A New York state lawmaker has canceled an event for teaching women how to sit. Republican Sen. Marty Golden sent out a mailing advertising the July 24 business etiquette event on "posture, deportment and the feminine presence." His website said women would be taught to "sit,... more »
  • Veto session letters sent Tuesday to La. lawmakers

    June 19, 2012 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Notification letters are being sent to Louisiana's lawmakers, advising them about the planned July 14 veto session and how to scrap the meeting if they don't want to hold it. The veto session was automatically set when Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected bills from the regular legislative session that... more »
  • Lawmaker forced from leadership role offered to resign check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 14, 2012 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Jim Morris, R-Oil City, says he did not agree with some of Governor Jindal's key session issues concerning the budget and education reform. Critics of the governor say that is the reason he was removed as the vice-chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment... more »
  • House approves GOP bill repealing medical tax

    June 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has shrugged off a veto threat and passed legislation repealing a tax on companies that produce many medical devices sold in the United States. Lawmakers approved the measure 270-146. Majority Republicans won support from three-dozen Democrats representing states where medical equipment makers have a heavy presence... 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 »
  • Lawmaker intimidation bill scrapped by author

    May 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to set up a formal House process for disciplining people who attempt to intimidate lawmakers was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session. Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, said he offered the legislation after being threatened for his position in a dispute between the oil and... more »
  • Lawmakers seek wholesale review of La. tax breaks

    May 18, 2012 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- As the state's budget woes pile up and tax break bills continue to sail through the Legislature, lawmakers are setting the stage for a wholesale review of the billions of dollars in tax exemptions, rebates and credits on the books. The effort is being pushed by conservative Republicans... more »
  • Lawmakers question VA's plans to hire more staff

    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal lawmakers are casting doubts on the adequacy of the Department of Veterans Affairs' plans to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care. Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over veterans' issues, said the VA's plans looked like a knee-jerk reaction... more »
  • New Orleans lawmaker: Rename Danziger Bridge

    March 1, 2012 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans lawmaker wants to rename the notorious Danziger Bridge, the site of deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina. Democratic Rep. Wesley Bishop has proposed a bill to name the span the Madison-Brissette Memorial Bridge, after the two men who were killed: 17-year-old James Brissette and... more »
  • New lawmaker proposes welfare drug testing mandate

    February 29, 2012 4:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new state lawmaker is reviving an annual debate over whether Louisiana should mandate drug testing for welfare recipients. Rep. Sherman Mack, a Republican from Livingston beginning his first term in office, has proposed the measure for the legislative session that begins March 12. Mack's bill would... more »
  • Miss. lawmaker: 'Gulf of America' bill was a joke

    February 10, 2012 5:19 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The sponsor of a bill that would rename the Gulf of Mexico as the "Gulf of America" says all the people outraged about the proposal have missed its satirical intent. State Rep. Steve Holland, a populist Democrat known for over-the-top gestures, said Thursday the measure is meant... more »
  • Landrieu asks if $80M grant can be salvaged

    November 8, 2011 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is asking federal officials if Louisiana can reverse the loss of an $80 million grant to expand broadband Internet connections. The Democratic senator released a letter Tuesday that she sent to the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking if the state can appeal,... more »
  • State lawmaker wants rails where boy fell

    November 8, 2011 3:17 PM

    Update 4:30: A "Keep Off" sign has been added below the ledge where the boy fell from. BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker said he wants railings added to the Capitol steps where a young boy from his district fell this weekend. The 9-year-old boy fell 25 feet... more »
  • Lawmaker says BP claims aren't enough for stricken residents

    September 29, 2011 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana may not be getting a fair shake when it comes to the BP claims process, according to some state lawmakers. Representative Joe Harrison (R-Houma) said at a claims hearing in Baton Rouge today that hurricanes, river flooding, seafood imports and the oil spill have all... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge area lawmaker dies at 73

    August 5, 2011 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Former Baton Rouge area lawmaker Donald Ray Kennard, who worked as an athletic adviser at LSU for more than 20 years, has died. He was 73. LSU says Kennard died Friday following complications from a brain aneurysm. Kennard, a Republican from Central, represented... more »
  • Letters go out to La. lawmakers about veto session

    July 15, 2011 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Letters have gone out to lawmakers, advising them about the Aug. 2 veto session that was automatically set when Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected bills from the recent legislative session. A majority written vote of either the House or Senate can scrap the veto session. Most years,... more »
  • Work begins on unified affordable housing policy

    July 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of lawmakers and state officials are meeting Thursday to consolidate Louisiana's multiple housing agencies into one public corporation. The new Louisiana Housing Corporation, pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, will develop a unified housing policy across the state. LHC will take the reins of programs... more »
  • La. lawmaker considering "Caylee's Law"

    July 8, 2011 4:55 PM

    SLIDELL - A Louisiana lawmaker wants to move forward with legislation called "Caylee's Law", which would stiffens penalties on parents when a child is not reported missing in a timely manner. Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, has drafted a bill for the 2012 session in response to the Casey Anthony... more »
  • Senate panel approves House drug testing bill

    June 15, 2011 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved a Metairie lawmaker's proposal to require drug testing of welfare recipients, despite concerns the bill may be unconstitutional. Republican John LaBruzzo says the courts should decide whether it will be overturned, similar to a program in Florida. At issue is whether... more »
  • 'Birther' bill scrapped in La. legislative session

    June 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to require presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can be included on Louisiana's ballot has been shelved for this session, after running into opposition from lawmakers. Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, said Tuesday he didn't press for the measure because he... more »
  • Second lawmaker tables sweeping immigration bill

    June 13, 2011 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Belle Chasse legislator has withdrawn his broad immigration bill, similar to an Arizona law being challenged in the courts. Independent Rep. Ernest Wooton says his bill would help secure the borders. But critics say the measure's $11 million estimated cost would strain state and local... more »
  • DEQ, DNR give lawmakers a flood impact report

    June 7, 2011 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State environmental agencies say oil and gas facilities were notified and prepared for the Mississippi River flooding, despite reports of some chemical storage facilities being threatened by the rising water. Members of the Department of Natural Resources and Dept. of Environmental Quality said the opening of the... more »
  • Bill to allow concealed weapons on campus stalls

    June 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Belle Chasse lawmaker's proposal to allow college students to carry concealed handguns on campus has been rejected by a House committee. Rep. Ernest Wooton, an independent from Belle Chasse and chairman of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, said his bill would help preserve the... more »
  • Lawmaker defers controversial immigration bill

    May 25, 2011 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican lawmaker has withdrawn his sweeping immigration enforcement proposal from debate this session. After hearing testimony Wednesday against the bill from law enforcement and immigrant rights advocates, Rep. Joe Harrison, of Napoleonville, deferred his proposal. The measure would have required providers of public benefits... more »
  • BR area lawmaker wants guarantee about medical network

    March 30, 2011 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge area lawmaker is looking for a guarantee of continued support for a statewide trauma network. State Representative Bodi White, R-Central, serves on the board for the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. There are already facilities in New Orleans and Shreveport providing emergency treatment.... more »
  • Another La. lawmaker switches parties

    March 17, 2011 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another Louisiana lawmaker has switched to the Republican party. The state Republican Delegation announced Sen. Jody Amedee of Gonzales switched parties today. "Jody is the third Democrat to switch parties in the last five months in the State Senate. We do not believe he will... more »
  • Ex-lawmaker's corruption case ends in mistrial

    February 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case against a former Louisiana lawmaker charged with conspiring to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs in New Orleans. The deadlocked jurors who heard the case against... more »
  • Jury in ex-lawmaker's trial to keep deliberating

    February 23, 2011 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has instructed jurors to continue deliberating in the racketeering case against a former Louisiana lawmaker even though they appear to be deadlocked. Michael Fawer, an attorney for former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt, said the jury gave U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle a... more »
  • Ex-lawmaker testifies in her racketeering trial

    February 15, 2011 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Louisiana lawmaker on trial on charges that she conspired to rip off hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money has testified that she did not know members of a New Orleans political family were pocketing the funds. Former state Rep. Renee Gill... more »
  • Obama: Challenges are "bigger than party"

    January 25, 2011 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Declaring a new era of shared responsibility, President Barack Obama is imploring Republican and Democratic lawmakers to work with him to revitalize the economy, saying in his State of the Union address the enormity of the challenge is "bigger than party, and bigger than politics." In brief excerpts... more »

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