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  • Lawmakers look to regulate drone use with handful of bills

    April 26, 2016 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns. A number of proposals under consideration would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines. Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor, a Republican, has... more »
  • More than 40 changes to La. gun laws proposed by lawmakers

    April 8, 2016 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are looking to shape Louisiana's gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session. But while proposals have come from lawmakers in both parties and within each chamber, disagreements lie in how to best curb the state's high incarceration and crime rates while respecting... more »
  • GOP Congress' incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

    April 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year. The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even... more »
  • New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

    December 30, 2015 12:29 PM

    TRENTON- Laws taking effect in the new year illustrate how states are diverging on some hot-button issues. Texas will allow licensed owners to carry handguns openly in public places, while California will allow people to ask a judge to have weapons taken away from relatives who are believed to pose... more »
  • Cadets have first day of training in Baton Rouge

    August 30, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Dozens of cadets reported to their first official day of training at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. "We want to make sure that the right people are here," Sgt. Nick Manale told News Two. "We want to make sure that these men and women are... more »
  • Father of shooting victim talks gun control

    August 28, 2015 4:48 PM

    ROANOKE, Va. - The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker says he will make it his mission to try to change gun laws. Andy Parker said outside of WDBJ-TV on Friday that he supports stronger gun laws and says people at gun shows should have to a background... more »
  • Fugitive sex offender arrested in Shreveport

    August 20, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Attorney General “Buddy” Caldwell’s office announced Thursday that a fugitive with a history of evading sex offender registration in Texas and Louisiana was captured in Shreveport. Agents with the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit captured Kentrell Debose, 27, Tuesday in Shreveport. Caldwell’s office said Debose... more »
  • California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

    June 30, 2015 1:15 PM

    SACRAMENTO - The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California's personal belief exemption... more »
  • New laws for La. drivers Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 500 new laws took effect on August 1, and here's how several of them directly impact drivers in Louisiana. An amendment was passed this legislative session that considered dropping a cigarette outdoors as littering. It's now illegal to toss a cigarette while driving in... more »
  • JIndal signs bills into law in support of veterans

    May 29, 2014 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law two bills aimed at supporting Louisiana's veterans. The measure (House Bill 654) by Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, will expand residential lease protections for members of the military, to make it easier for them and their spouses to terminate home... more »
  • Lawmakers give themselves expanded weapons rights

    May 29, 2014 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers will be able to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings, under a bill that has received final passage. The bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain started as a proposal to let lawmakers carry concealed handguns in the Louisiana Capitol. Senators rejected the idea. So, the... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • La. Legislature opens three-month session Monday

    March 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Lawmakers kick off their annual legislative session Monday, with lessened budget worries but new disputes on educational standards, medical marijuana and a statewide minimum wage. The three-month regular session is a free-for-all, with legislators able to consider most any issue - except taxes. More than 1,500... more »
  • Inmates could get work release sooner Play Video

    February 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Repeat offenders could get out of jail on work release six months earlier if a proposed bill passes through legislature this session. Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, pre-filed the bill that would allow eligible habitual offenders to enter work release a year before their sentence is... more »
  • More transparency for Port Allen

    February 12, 2014 10:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Council members in Port Allen voted on a new law Wednesday that will bring more transparency to city government. The new ordinance requires two signatures on every check. Before, the city only required one signature and it was from the mayor. People say adding another name... more »
  • Port Allen looking to pass new laws Play Video

    February 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Port Allen council members plan to discuss two new ordinances that would add transparency with the future mayor of the city. This comes after former mayor Dee Dee Slaughter was recalled in November. Council members say they want clearer laws when it comes to city... more »
  • State looking to make sense of DWI laws

    January 23, 2014 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Task Force on DWI and Vehicular Homicide tackled the task of making sense of state DWI laws Thursday. State leaders like Sen. Jody Amedee, R-Gonzales, say the newly reorganized DWI laws will make it easier for the court system to work. "The way... more »
  • Board to discuss statewide DWI database

    January 9, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A policy board will meet today to review legislation establishing an impaired driver database. The database would would track an offenders' arrest to conviction. Currently laws are on the books calling for a statewide DWI database, but one does not exist in that fashion. The... more »
  • Teacher tenure back before B.R. judge

    December 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State teacher tenure and salary laws are back in the hands of a Baton Rouge judge. Judge Michael Caldwell heard new arguments Friday on the revamp of the laws he had ruled unconstitutional. He said there were too many items bundled together in one law. ... more »
  • Biden unveils gun measures, says Congress must act

    August 29, 2013 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says if Congress won't act on gun control, he'll fight for a new Congress. Biden is unveiling two new steps President Barack Obama is taking on gun violence. The executive actions don't require approval from Congress, where gun legislation collapsed earlier this year. One... more »
  • Inspectors still waiting for plans of water park

    August 7, 2013 10:52 PM

    WATSON- Owners of the Cajun Lagoon, a water park where a teenager drowned last week, have not filed documents with the Louisiana Fire Marshall showing if the facility is up to code. When Nick Kissner, 14, died at the facility, inspectors realized park operators never submitted plans. They were... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: water park cited after drowning Play Video

    August 1, 2013 11:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Cajun Lagoon, a water park where a teenager drowned earlier this week, will be required to submit plans for structures on the property. The State Fire Marshal's Office said the facility was cited after the drowning for failing to submit required documents. Owners will have to show... more »
  • Social media banned while driving Play Video

    August 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's already against the law in Louisiana to text and drive, but new laws are putting the brakes on using social media while driving. Most people News 2 spoke to today admitted that in the past, they've used their phone will driving. "All the time...that's... more »
  • Homemade baked goods, texting and guns part of new laws Thursday

    July 31, 2013 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday morning brings a list of new state laws. After the legislative session ends earlier in the summer, August is usually the beginning of enforcement of laws recently enacted. Nearly 250 statutory charges hit the books August 1st. Among the most discussed, banning people from updating... more »
  • Unconstitutional laws remain on Louisiana law books Play Video

    July 30, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A deeper look into Louisiana laws show the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled several unconstitutional but the statutes have not been taken off the books. After gay men were arrested on an unconstitutional law in Baton Rouge, News 2 investigated to find out if more laws... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

    June 26, 2013 9:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court... more »
  • High court strikes down federal marriage provision

    June 26, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has issued a pair of significant but incomplete victories for supporters of gay marriage. In one 5-to-4 ruling, the court struck down a provision of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples. The provision of the Defense of Marriage Act kept... more »
  • Supreme Court to make decision on gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 8:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is meeting this morning to deliver opinions in two cases that could dramatically alter the rights of gay people across the United States. The justices are expected to decide their first-ever cases about gay marriage Wednesday in their last session before the court's summer break.... more »
  • High court ruling removes La. from preclearance

    June 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voting laws and election districts no longer need federal approval before changes can take effect. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means the state doesn't have to follow a pre-clearance requirement mandated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, unless Congress redesigns... more »
  • Biden reporting progress on gun executive actions

    June 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is reporting progress on President Obama's initiatives to reduce gun violence, but says the most important step would be getting a reluctant Congress to pass new firearms laws. Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the administration has completed or significantly advanced 21 of the... more »
  • Victims' families mourn one year since drunk driver killed seven people Play Video

    May 30, 2013 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens gathered at the steps of the State Capitol to remember seven people who died one year ago Thursday. They lit candles, said prayers and asked for tougher laws dealing with drunk drivers. "It's my mom... There's not one day that I don't wake up thinking... more »
  • House rejects change in concealed permit ID bill

    May 28, 2013 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The final version of a bill to make it a criminal act for journalists, bloggers or anyone else to publish or release the names or addresses of applicants for concealed handgun permits will be worked out in a legislative compromise committee. The House on Tuesday refused to... more »
  • La. ranks high in gun violence, low in gun safety

    May 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A recent national study says Louisiana has the highest rate of gun violence in the nation and the weakest gun safety laws. But state lawmakers are moving to expand the already permissive laws. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit group that tracks... more »
  • Concealed gun permits could get more protection Play Video

    May 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law that would add penalties to anyone who publishes or releases the names of people with concealed carry gun permits got some backing at the Capitol today. The Senate Judicary Committee C voted favorably on HB 8 by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) of Bossier City. ... 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 »
  • Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

    February 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined unexpectedly last month following a surge toward the end of the year as Washington considered new gun control measures. An Associated Press analysis of new FBI data published early Tuesday shows the National Instant Criminal Background Check system... more »
  • Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

    January 29, 2013 6:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is reviving his stalled proposals for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, calling for a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, improvements to the legal immigration system and more effective mechanisms for helping employers verify the status of workers. The president will launch his... more »
  • Biden: Limit on magazine rounds a bigger priority

    January 25, 2013 6:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths. The vice president participated in an online chat Thursday on Google Plus. He says... more »
  • Experts back NYC's link of gun laws, lower crime

    January 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is an outspoken advocate for gun control. He touts historic crime lows in New York City as an outcome of strict gun laws that are strictly enforced. And criminologists say for the most part he's right. As proof, they cite the all-time low number... more »
  • In letters, children ask Obama to change gun laws

    January 16, 2013 8:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will be joined by children who sent letters expressing concern about gun crimes when he announces proposals today to reduce gun violence. The White House shared three of the letters with The Associated Press. Three days after 26 students... more »
  • Obama to unveil gun violence measures today

    January 16, 2013 5:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun controls. Obama will announce the measures today at a White... more »
  • Panel's proposals protect voters from ID theft

    January 10, 2013 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Board of Election Supervisors has recommended changes in state election laws. One of the proposals would make it a felony to copy or otherwise reproduce a completed voter registration application. The change would protect the confidentiality of such information as the individual's full date... more »
  • Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

    January 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns. The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers - about 80 percent of all filers - should be able to start... more »

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