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  • La. public school funding short $55M this year

    April 8, 2014 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have learned that they face education financing gaps totaling $105 million over two years. Superintendent of Education John White told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that his department is $55 million short of what is needed to cover the costs of this year's public... 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 »
  • Louisana lawmakers revisiting REAL ID compliance

    March 28, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The leader of the House Transportation Committee is trying to broker a compromise that could put Louisiana driver's licenses in line with a federal identification law. Without it, Louisiana residents could face difficulties trying to board planes in two years. State lawmakers enacted a prohibition against the federal... more »
  • Lawmakers cool to allowing wine ice cream sales

    March 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception from lawmakers who worried that minors could get drunk off the tasty treat. The state's alcohol control office says lawmakers need to authorize the sale of alcohol-laced ice cream before it can hit grocers'... more »
  • Lawmakers reject tweaks to TOPS tuition program

    March 26, 2014 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The House Education Committee shot down a bill that would change eligibility for Louisiana's TOPS program and required repayment of the free college tuition if students lose their awards. Napoleonville Rep. Joe Harrison, a Republican, was pushing the TOPS changes as a way to cut costs of a... more »
  • $6M increase proposed for legislative budget

    March 26, 2014 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With Louisiana's economic picture brightening, legislative leaders are proposing to boost their budget next year. The budget to finance the House, Senate and other legislative agencies would grow to more than $98 million next year, under recommendations approved without objection Wednesday by a panel of legislative leaders.... more »
  • Lawmakers slam Jindal budget plan for La. prisons

    March 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are criticizing the way Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to pay for Louisiana's state prisons next year. Members of the House Appropriations Committee said Monday they don't like Jindal's plan to use $6 million in hurricane recovery money from FEMA to pay for retirement benefits. Jindal administration... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss speed traps Monday

    March 23, 2014 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will consider two bills aimed at speed traps Monday. One of the bills would require local governing authorities to be labeled as speed traps if it makes more than 50 percent of its income or revenue from traffic tickets. The other bill, HB 962,... more »
  • La. lawmakers revive debate over surrogacy births

    March 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers aren't giving up on efforts to create a regulatory framework for surrogacy births in Louisiana, even though Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected the bill last year. Surrogacy is the arrangement when a woman carries a child to birth for another person. Louisiana law currently has few regulations governing... more »
  • Lawmakers say job growth not reflected in treasury

    March 18, 2014 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers who keep hearing job creation stories from Gov. Bobby Jindal have asked the governor's economic development chief to explain why state tax revenue remains stagnant. The questions came Tuesday as members of the House Appropriations Committee were reviewing the Department of Economic Development's budget. Jindal repeats... more »
  • House panel backs ban on tanning beds for minors

    March 12, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Anyone under the age of 18 would be banned from using tanning beds, if lawmakers agree to a proposal backed by the House health care committee. New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, says her bill would help prevent skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation... 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 »
  • Lawmakers to consider raising La. minimum wage

    February 25, 2014 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A collaboration of groups that advocate for low-income families are asking lawmakers to boost Louisiana's minimum wage, saying too many workers are struggling with poverty in the state. Baton Rouge Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, a Democrat, has filed a proposal for the upcoming legislative session that would set... more »
  • Lawmakers seek higher ed funding boost Play Video

    February 17, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers say they'll do their best to funnel more money into higher education. On Monday a handful of state legislators spoke to higher education leaders about what they plan to do to improve higher education this session. They expect to bring higher education to the... more »
  • Lawmakers to decide on budget surplus

    December 26, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will be in an unfamiliar position of deciding what to do with a surplus of as much as $300 million. It comes after years of having to cut the budget. The surplus is from better than projected tax revenue and a tax amnesty program... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss charter takeovers Play Video

    November 7, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal money and the closing of two schools in north Baton Rouge has drawn the attention of some state leaders, who expressed concerns at a community meeting Thursday. Several lawmakers met with parents living near Istrouma High Thursday, one of the schools slated to be closed... more »
  • Senate won't go along with GOP call for negotiating committee

    October 1, 2013 9:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate vote this morning has left Democrats and Republicans no closer to resolving the deadlock that has brought a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Senate today rejected the House's call to form a negotiating committee to resolve the deadlock. Republicans who control the House are... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss possible hospital lease shortfall Play Video

    September 13, 2013 7:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A projected $39 million shortfall in the state's public-to-private hospital deal dominated discussion at the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meeting Friday. Earlier this week the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Office projected a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year, saying Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to... more »
  • Committee to discuss hospital privatization effects

    September 13, 2013 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers met this morning to discuss matters affecting the state's budget plans, including recent reports Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to privatize LSU's charity hospital network wasn't bringing in as much money as expected. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget met at 9:30 a.m. at the... more »
  • Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria

    August 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two top lawmakers are calling for an immediate U.S. military response to the Syria's suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least a hundred civilians last week. Republican Sen. Bob Corker is calling for the U.S. to respond in a "surgical and proportional way, something that gets their... more »
  • Lawmakers approve property sales Thursday

    August 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to let Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration sell state property in Iberville Parish and downtown Baton Rouge. The House and Senate natural resources committees approved the sales Thursday at a special meeting in Grand Isle, held where lawmakers were attending a weekend fishing rodeo.... 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 »
  • Compromise takes shape on student loans

    July 11, 2013 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - A deal that would lower interest rates on student loans appears to be taking shape in Congress. Lawmakers and their aides have been in talks about how they might reduce rates on subsidized Stafford loans. The rates doubled to 6.8 percent last week after Congress failed to act.... more »
  • Letters go out to La. lawmakers about veto session

    June 28, 2013 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are receiving letters notifying them about the July 16 veto session automatically set when Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected items from the legislative session. Packages sent to House and Senate members Friday include details of the seven vetoed bills and the 31 items Jindal stripped from the 2013-14... more »
  • Seafood board oversight shifted to lt. governor

    June 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has received new responsibilities from state lawmakers, giving him oversight of a board that promotes Louisiana seafood. Dardenne spoke to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Wednesday about the change. While Dardenne said he didn't seek the new responsibility, he said... more »
  • 8 constitutional changes backed by lawmakers

    June 14, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are proposing eight new changes to the state constitution following their regular session. But the constitutional amendments will linger for more than a year before voters decide if they take effect. The next statewide election isn't until 2014. Two proposals that grabbed the most attention... more »
  • Budget deal up for vote in session's final hours

    June 6, 2013 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers who have negotiated a tentative budget deal are hoping to persuade their colleagues in the final hours of the legislative session. The proposal would finance state government operations in the fiscal year that begins July 1 - and keep lawmakers out of a special session. The regular... more »
  • Lawmakers change rules for passing school formula

    June 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers have agreed to change the process for handling the public school financing formula, to comply with a recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling. The high court said the 2012-13 formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program or MFP, was unconstitutional because it didn't reach certain timeline and... more »
  • Budget negotiations continue as session end nears

    June 3, 2013 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Devising the budget in the Louisiana Legislature is often an elaborate game of chicken, with the House and Senate challenging each other to see who will relent to avoid an end of session meltdown. Usually the House yields rather than push work into a special session. Now,... more »
  • Breakaway school district amendment delayed

    June 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House delayed today a constitutional amendment required to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge. Legislators returned Senate Bill 73 to the calendar without a vote after it was brought to the floor today. It could be rescheduled for debate... more »
  • Lawmakers back pay raises for local officials

    May 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pay raise bills for judges, parish clerks of court and assessors are sailing through the Louisiana Legislature. It remains unclear whether Gov. Bobby Jindal will support the measures, two of which have received final passage. The Senate gave final backing Friday to a bill that will let... more »
  • Fiscal hawk budget bills hit roadblocks in Senate

    May 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators had a mixed reaction to proposals by conservative House lawmakers seeking to rewrite laws for how Louisiana estimates and spends its money. The Senate Finance Committee refused Thursday to insert the ideas into the state constitution and limited the remaining proposals to two-year pilot programs. The... more »
  • Senators rework $25B budget, reverse House cuts

    May 29, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate's budget-writing committee has taken its turn at next year's $25 billion spending plan, adding $350 million in state dollars to reverse many cuts sought by the House. The 2013-14 budget proposal backed by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday looks quite different from the House... more »
  • Lawmakers sign off on deal for IBM service center

    May 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers agreed to the state's contract with IBM, to build a new service center in Baton Rouge, and approved $8 million from an incentive fund to help pay for the deal. The joint budget committee approved both items Wednesday without objection. IBM says it plans to employ... more »
  • Senators reject new school funding formula

    May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have killed a $3.5 billion public school funding proposal submitted to lawmakers by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools. The... more »
  • More people talking about 'outdated' car seat law Play Video

    May 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    GONZALES- More experts suggest a state law needs to be changed, so drivers have a clearer understanding of the proper way young children should be restrained in car seats. A WBRZ News 2 Investigation found the law is outdated. Doctors recommend babies remain rear facing until they are two-years-old.... more »
  • Lawmakers to look at conflicting law after News 2 report Play Video

    May 14, 2013 9:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers plan to take a look at resolving the frontwards/backwards child seat requirements. State law tells parents to face kids a year and older forward in their car seats. But a American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 study showed children under two are 75 percent... more »
  • House lawmakers shelve Citizens rate review bill

    May 14, 2013 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a proposal seeking legislative review of large rate hikes for customers of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort. The House Insurance Committee scrapped the idea Tuesday in a 9-4 vote against the bill by St. Mary Parish Sen. Bret Allain. The... more »
  • $25B budget debate shifts to Louisiana Senate

    May 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Action on crafting next year's nearly $25 billion budget has shifted to the Senate. Last week, the House sent senators a compromise proposal to fund state government in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Senators say they are combing through the details. But the leader of... more »
  • House backs big budget compromise Play Video

    May 10, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 billion budget today which sways from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The House stripped $500 million from Jindal's plan which was either one-time money, or not guaranteed. They instead opted for cuts to state... more »
  • House backs $25 billion budget compromise

    May 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After days of closed-door negotiations, the Louisiana House has backed a nearly $25 billion budget that deeply diverges from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Lawmakers objected to Jindal's proposal to use $500 million in uncertain financing from property sales, legal settlements, fund sweeps and other... more »
  • Reworked budget compromise taking shape in House

    May 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House is considering substantial tweaks to an alternative proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget for next year. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to strip out $500 million in uncertain funding proposed by Jindal. In its place, lawmakers are proposing changes to tax break... more »
  • Revised Medicaid expansion proposed to House panel

    May 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Republicans joined with Democrats on the House health committee to advance a proposal to tap into federal funding available to offer insurance to the working poor. But one of those Republicans says his vote was a mistake. The House Health and Welfare Committee already rejected a... more »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... more »
  • Budget compromise taking shape, without Jindal

    May 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted bipartisan House budget negotiations today as a secretive, back-door attempt to raise taxes on Louisiana businesses and residents. The governor's criticism Monday came as lawmakers in the House moved ahead with the building blocks of a budget compromise that Jindal opposes because it... 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 »
  • House committee working on 2013-14 budget

    April 29, 2013 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are making their first changes to Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.7 billion budget proposal for next year in the House Appropriations Committee. Among the largest points of contention for Monday's committee hearing is whether to use piecemeal financing from land sales, legal settlements and fund sweeps... more »
  • Lawmakers delay vote on Medicaid expansion Play Video

    April 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have pushed back their first vote on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on delayed its decision a week, after senators said they wanted more information,... 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 »
  • Lawmakers urge delay in control tower furloughs

    April 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators are urging the Obama administration to postpone the furloughing of air traffic controllers, saying the turmoil caused by reduced staffing raises economic and security concerns as well as inconveniencing thousands of travelers. Kansas Republican Jerry Moran says delaying the furloughs that began Sunday would both give... more »
  • Jindal says he'd veto cigarette tax without offset

    April 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll veto any cigarette tax increase that wins passage from lawmakers, unless it's coupled with a corresponding cut in taxes somewhere else. Jindal says he will oppose anything he considers a net increase in state tax revenue. A few weeks ago, Jindal was... more »
  • Lawmakers accuse Jindal of moving too fast on EKL closure

    April 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers today approved the closure of Earl K. Long Medical Center and the reimbursement shift necessary to pay a private hospital to take on the poor and uninsured. Some lawmakers say the plan had to be approved because EKL shuts down in five days, and if... more »
  • Newtown parents to lobby lawmakers

    April 9, 2013 8:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats continue to mull strategy for their efforts at gun legislation, especially expanded background checks. They're holding a lunchtime meeting today to assess whether West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has reached an acceptable compromise - or has a realistic chance of getting one - with Pennsylvania... more »
  • Taxes, gun permits, school district on session agenda

    April 8, 2013 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The agenda is already packed with more than 900 pre-filed bills, as dozens of state lawmakers flock to the capitol to begin the 2013 legislative session. The two-month session opens at noon. The centerpiece of the session will likely be Gov. Jindal's tax reform plan.... more »
  • House speaker talks of capping TOPS program

    April 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says lawmakers need to find a way to control the costs of the state's free college tuition program known as TOPS. Kleckley says colleges need to be able to raise their tuition rates, but he says the state can't afford to continue increasing... more »
  • Lawmakers seek injunction against Jindal budget

    April 1, 2013 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers have tweaked their legal challenge to Gov. Bobby Jindal's patchwork financing of the budget. Now, they're asking a Baton Rouge judge to block the use of such financing in next year's spending plans. Republican Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry filed their amended... more »
  • Federal lawmakers support Internet sales taxes

    March 22, 2013 8:33 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senators supported a law, giving states the power to collect taxes on purchases you make on the Internet. The Nonbinding vote could pave the way for a proposal later this year. Nationally, states miss out on an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes. Louisiana loses about $800... more »
  • Buyouts begin for people living near sinkhole Play Video

    March 18, 2013 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish President Marty Triche says buyouts and settlements being offered by Texas Brine are not all that needs to be done. The company operates a cavern that is believed to be the cause of a sinkhole. Evacuations in the area started last August. Triche... more »
  • White briefs lawmakers on school security

    February 28, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education superintendent John White briefed state lawmakers this morning on security conditions and changes at Louisiana's schools. White said after the Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Connecticut, 52 percent of Louisiana's school districts made changes to their school security plans. He also said 98... more »
  • People evacuated by sinkhole ask lawmakers for help Play Video

    February 19, 2013 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People evacuated 200 days ago by a sinkhole in Assumption Parish asked lawmakers today to help them get buyouts for their homes. Residents and parish officials packed a Senate committee hearing today to tell lawmakers about what the past months have been like. They said the... more »
  • White House calls immigration proposal a backup

    February 18, 2013 9:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is downplaying its immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. Republican and Democratic lawmakers tell President Barack Obama that it won't be necessary. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says that Obama wants... more »
  • British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    February 5, 2013 2:24 PM

    LONDON- British lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages. The government-proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents. In a first House of Commons vote on Tuesday, lawmakers voted 400 to... more »
  • Lawmakers propose restructuring La. budget process

    January 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Conservative House lawmakers who have been at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal over budgeting tactics are proposing to rewrite the laws governing state spending. The bills were unveiled Tuesday by the Budget Reform Coalition, a mainly Republican group. The measures would limit what dollars lawmakers and the governor... more »
  • Senators pledge action on immigration reform

    January 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Key Democratic and Republican senators are pledging to get a wide-ranging immigration bill through the Senate by summer even as they point to numerous pitfalls ahead. The group of eight senators unveiled proposals Monday to secure the border, allow more guest workers, require tougher verification measures by employers... more »
  • Lawmakers asked to give up tuition-setting power

    January 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's higher education chief, Jim Purcell, says colleges and universities will again ask lawmakers to relinquish their tuition-setting authority, so the schools can move closer to the tuition rates charged by their peers in the South. Purcell told the joint House and Senate education committee Tuesday that he... more »
  • Conservative House group seeks changes to budget Play Video

    January 22, 2013 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Conservative lawmakers in the state House are devising a package of proposals that aim to expand the state budget areas that can be cut during shortfalls and to limit the use of patchwork funding for ongoing programs. Rep. Brett Geymann, a Republican leading the "Budget Reform Coalition,"... more »
  • State budget deficit growing into billions Play Video

    January 18, 2013 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers met at the capitol this morning, where they discussed the state budget and its growth. Members of the joint budget committee are optimistic because the state took in more money than expected last month. The state is short $1.2 billion though, and many lawmakers are... more »
  • Tax break recommendations expected in March

    January 18, 2013 6:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of a legislative study panel reviewing Louisiana's billions of dollars in tax breaks says he won't meet a February deadline to compile recommendations to lawmakers. Rep. Joel Robideaux, a Republican leading the Revenue Study Commission, says he'll have the report and its suggestions ready for... 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 »
  • Lawsuit challenges Jindal budgeting tactics

    January 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers have lodged a legal challenge against the state's budget, asking a judge to declare its financing a violation of Louisiana's Constitution. Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry, both Republicans, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state district court in Baton Rouge. The lawsuit is... more »
  • Lawmakers hesitant about Jindal tax proposal Play Video

    January 11, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are responding with caution to Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to eliminate Louisiana's income tax in exchange for higher sales taxes and other tax code changes. Among specific concerns raised Friday by legislators who will decide the fate of the plan are how it will impact low- to... more »
  • Date set for school security task force meeting

    December 27, 2012 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State leaders will take a good, hard look at the safety of kids while they're at school. Thursday, lawmakers set a date for a special meeting to talk about school security. A homeland security committee will gather on January 9, 2013. It's members from the Louisiana... more »
  • 'Fiscal cliff' offers hint at more defense cuts

    December 5, 2012 7:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit. ... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss low Miss. River with Corps

    November 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy did tell him and senators from Iowa and... more »
  • Source: Obama officials, lawmakers set for talks

    November 28, 2012 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - An administration official says two of President Barack Obama's top negotiators on the "fiscal cliff" will meet separately on Thursday with leading lawmakers. The sessions are seen as an important step in determining how the government will avoid a year-end package of tax increases and spending cuts that... more »
  • Lawmakers shown video of Benghazi attack

    November 15, 2012 6:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have seen a video made drone surveillance and security camera video that showed them in real time the attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador. Top intelligence officials showed them the footage as part of hearings on the attack in September on the diplomatic... more »
  • Lawmakers back Jindal health outsourcing contract Play Video

    November 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a shake-up on the House budget committee, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has gotten approval from lawmakers to outsource a state employee health insurance plan. The Senate Finance Committee backed the contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a 10-3 vote Friday,... more »
  • Vote planned on Jindal health outsourcing contract

    November 9, 2012 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a shake-up on the House budget committee, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is returning to lawmakers to ask permission to outsource a state employee health insurance plan. Jindal's top budget adviser shelved a vote last week when it became clear the contract between the Office of... more »
  • State lawmakers looking for compromise with federal health care plan Play Video

    November 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some state lawmakers hope Governor Bobby Jindal will help work through issues with President Obama's healthcare reforms, now that the election is over. The health care plan is aimed at guaranteeing health care coverage for the uninsured, among other reforms. Governor Jindal had previously stated he... more »
  • Lawmakers target operations of data-mining firms

    November 8, 2012 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - A group of lawmakers say data-mining companies that collect and sell personal information about consumers should make their operations more transparent. Members of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus said Thursday that responses they received from nine major data brokers provided only a glimpse of a multibillion-dollar industry "that... more »
  • Vote shelved on Jindal health outsourcing plan Play Video

    November 1, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser scrapped a planned legislative vote on the governor's proposal to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols pulled the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield... more »
  • Special session push fails to gain Senate support

    October 26, 2012 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - An attempt to get lawmakers into special session to consider reversing Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent cuts to health care programs and a state prison has failed to win enough support. State senators blocked the effort. Thibodaux Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard needed 13 senators to sign onto... more »
  • State lawmaker retreat drawing criticism Play Video

    October 25, 2012 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Several members of the Louisiana House attended a three day retreat in Venice that wrapped up today. The lawmakers received $149 dollars in per diem and .55 cents per miles for travel to the popular fishing site near the Gulf of Mexico. All chairmen and vice chairmen of... more »
  • House agrees to vote on special session Play Video

    October 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Thibodaux lawmaker has hit the first benchmark in his effort to revisit Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent budget cuts in a November special session. Thirty-nine House members, Republicans and Democrats, have signed onto supporting the idea by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent. That meets the threshold... more »
  • Vote delayed on Jindal health privatization plan

    October 18, 2012 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have scrapped a planned Thursday vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. The delay, announced a day before the scheduled hearing, has prompted claims the Jindal administration didn't have enough votes from the... more »
  • Lawmakers call special session request waste of money

    October 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Top state lawmakers called the request for a special legislative session over healthcare cuts "unnecessary" and "an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars" today. State House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, and Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, made the comments in a a joint statement released today,... more »
  • Ethics board hears appeals for fines Play Video

    September 21, 2012 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state ethics board denied several lawmakers' appeals to have ethics fines against them waived today. The fines in dispute ranged from a few hundred dollars to $8,000, and mostly dealt with campaign finance reports which were filed late or improperly. State Senator Elbert Guillory,... more »
  • State lawmakers caught off guard by prison closure

    September 18, 2012 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers from southwest Louisiana, even those allied with the governor, say they were caught off-guard by an abrupt announcement from the Jindal administration that it planned to close a state prison in DeQuincy. The closure of C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center was announced Friday, with Corrections... more »
  • Lawmakers considering ideas to help poor retirees

    August 21, 2012 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are trying to find ways, despite the state's ongoing budget woes, to boost retirement payments to retired state workers and public schools teachers. Thousands of those retirees receive benefits at or below the poverty level, the Senate Retirement Committee was told Tuesday. State senators said they... more »
  • Reid, Boehner announce stopgap spending pact

    July 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John Boehner are aimed... more »

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