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  • Lawmakers curtail generous solar tax break

    June 23, 2015 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A solar power tax break that has cost the state millions will be sharply curtailed under the budget deal struck by lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal. Solar industry supporters say solar power was targeted while tax breaks for other energy industries were protected. But lawmakers trying to close... more »
  • SC House agrees to take up flag removal

    June 23, 2015 2:09 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - A South Carolina senator has proposed a bill that would move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse to a relic room in a museum. Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen introduced the bill Tuesday. It would move the flag from a 30-foot pole in front of the Statehouse... more »
  • Tax committee chairman: Lawmakers handled budget responsibly

    June 15, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The chairman of the state House tax committee says lawmakers shouldn't have trouble defending tax votes they took in the just-ended legislative session. Rep. Joel Robideaux, a Lafayette Republican, said Monday the decisions made by lawmakers helped protect public health care services and higher education. Lawmakers raised taxes... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    June 9, 2015 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials should soon be able to enforce federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. With a 99-0 vote Tuesday, the House gave final passage to a bill that will remove Louisiana's enforcement ban. Supporters of the bill say some... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to loosen rules on school textbook selection

    June 9, 2015 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local public school districts will have more freedom to choose their textbooks, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill backed by lawmakers. The measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in their classrooms.... more »
  • La. Senate approves $24.5B budget proposal for next year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 8, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the legislative session in its final days, lawmakers are trying to cobble together a deal on budget and taxes that would protect colleges and public health services. The Senate on Monday approved its version of next year's $24.5 billion budget, which contains at least $200 million... more »
  • La. Senate agrees to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    June 4, 2015 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House and Senate have both agreed to lift a ban that keeps state wildlife officials from enforcing federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. A 36-0 vote Thursday from the Senate moved the proposal - sponsored by Rep. Dorothy... more »
  • Senate votes down bid to give lawmakers special gun rights

    June 3, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Senate shot down a last-minute bid to grant expanded conceal-carry privileges to retired state lawmakers. Sen. Bret Allain, a Republican from Franklin, tried to add the language into a House bill. He said the proposal was justified because retired lawmakers made decisions that may provoke voters'... more »
  • Lawmakers clash over major tax credit

    June 2, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State lawmakers stalled over a major tax credit. They disagree over a bill that would create a higher education tax credit so the governor could say he still hasn't raised taxes. Governor Jindal has said he will veto any budget that increased taxes without a tax credit... more »
  • Senate and House health committees reject Medicaid expansion Play Video

    April 29, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion bill proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A few hours later, the House health care... more »
  • Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers

    April 14, 2015 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care services are urging lawmakers to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget. Parents of disabled children on waiting lists for at-home care, leaders of community clinics that rely on state financing and hospitals... more »
  • La. lawmakers to push bill that could help search for missing persons

    April 11, 2015 12:58 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Lawmakers in Louisiana will soon be considering a bill that will incorporate cell phone technology in missing persons and kidnapping cases. House Bill 456, proposed by state Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, focuses on cell phone pings and speeding up the process that allows investigators to track those... more »
  • Lawmakers consider changes to La. film tax break program

    March 4, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans-area lawmakers have opened conversations on scaling back Louisiana's generous film tax credit program. Ideas presented Wednesday to an entertainment industry advisory commission would cap the program's costs, reduce covered expenses and tweak rules to combat fraud. Tax credits for film and television productions helped... more »
  • U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

    February 26, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the U.S. will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country.... more »
  • Lawmakers say TOPS cuts not on the table

    February 23, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers said at a higher education conference in Baton Rouge Monday that cuts to the popular scholarship program TOPS are not on the table as the legislature prepares to grapple with a massive state budget deficit. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senate education chairman Conrad Appel and... more »
  • Lawmakers approve partial raise for LSP check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Facing a deep budget deficit due to plunging oil prices, lawmakers on the state's joint budget committee approved a 20 percent raise for Louisiana State Police Friday. The vote was 37-8 in favor of the raise, which will affect almost 1,000 troopers starting Monday. It's short... more »
  • Task force wants to talk to Congress about slow-moving Comite project

    January 13, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A task force set up to monitor the slow-moving Comite River Diversion Project met for the final time Tuesday. The group, set up by an act of the legislature last year, has been discussing ways to get the program to move faster. The canal project is years... more »
  • Lawmakers wait for answers on budget surplus question check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 17, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have decided to put the budget numbers in the hands of the auditors after taking no action at the joint budget committee meeting Friday. Whether the state ended its year with a budget surplus or deficit depends is unresolved, so the committee decided to... more »
  • Lawmakers angry over failed progress at Comite Diversion Canal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 29, 2014 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tense meeting unfolded at the State Capitol Monday as lawmakers argued over the stalled-out Comite River Diversion Project. The meeting got heated as the group met with project leaders about the lack of progress recently. If the project is ever finished, it should ease flooding... more »
  • Lawmaker outraged rape victims pay for emergency services check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 25, 2014 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A politician believes it is time to change laws so sexual assault victims will stop getting billed for medical costs associated with attacks "That is an absurd thing for a victim to have to pay for," Sexual Trauma and Awareness Response executive director Rachael Herbert said.... more »
  • Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

    September 1, 2014 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers are warning that the United States and Western Europe are likely to be future targets of Islamic State militants. They say President Barack Obama needs to take action. Without offering specifics on threats or suggestions on how to confront them, the leaders of intelligence committees in... more »
  • Louisiana lawmakers refuse to hold veto session

    July 8, 2014 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't try to override Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes from the recently-ended legislative session. Both the House and Senate have voted to cancel the veto override session set to start this week. A vote tally released Tuesday by the Senate president and House speaker shows that... more »
  • Plan to shutter Sorrento PD on governor's desk check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 2, 2014 9:53 PM

    SORRENTO - Lawmakers passed legislation that would allow voters to decide if the town's police department stays or goes. The Sorrento Police Department has been in the middle of controversy after losing its insurance coverage last year. It's currently without a full force because of the insurance snafu, and... more »
  • Jindal savings recommendations to be delivered soon

    May 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser said she hopes to give lawmakers a copy of the final money-savings recommendations from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal by Friday. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols provided an update to the House and Governmental Committee on Wednesday about the work done... more »
  • House agrees to exempt lawmakers from gun limits

    May 27, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A measure that would allow legislators to carry concealed weapons in public buildings, except the Louisiana Capitol, is nearing final passage after getting approval from the House. The House voted 79-12 Tuesday to back the bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain, a Republican. Under the bill, lawmakers... more »
  • Senate rejects handheld phone ban in school zones

    May 14, 2014 3:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to ban drivers from using handheld cell phones in school zones has stalled in the state Senate. Senators deadlocked in a 16-16 vote on the House-approved bill by Republican Rep. Jeff Thompson, of Bossier City. It needed 20 votes to pass. Supporters say the measure... more »
  • Not enough support to regulate red light, speed cameras

    May 6, 2014 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers put the brakes on proposed laws that would give voters regulation over red light cameras that snap pictures of drivers breaking traffic laws and mail them a ticket. One proposal would have also regulated speed enforcement camera systems, too. But, none got approval from the House... more »
  • Bill to allow concealed carry without permit shot down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2014 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana House committee defeated a measure to remove the need for concealed carry permits in Louisiana. The House criminal justice committee voted down House Bill 494 by Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Central, which would have amended the state constitution to allow anyone to carry a concealed... more »
  • La. legislative session reaches its midway point

    April 19, 2014 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's three-month legislative session has reached its halfway point with few issues settled. Lawmakers have taken a long Easter break before getting into the most intense work of the session that must end June 2. Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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