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  • New laws for La. drivers check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • New drilling operation near fiery I-10 blowout site

    November 20, 2012 9:43 PM

    RAMAH- Drilling crews have returned to an area where a drilling disaster happened in 2007. Then, a blowout preventer failed and ignited a fireball. The inferno shutdown the I-10 Basin Bridge for ten days. Since then, rules have been changed. Now, a company has received a permit to... more »
  • Web site targets distracted driving

    October 11, 2012 10:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Federal leaders have set-up a website devoted to distracted driving. It's meant to curtail dangerous habits. Distraction.gov features information on the forms of distracted driving. Habits that aren't illegal, alone, but in an accident could be serious. A man in Livingston Parish faces charges after a... more »
  • No decision on Sunday alcohol sales in Baton Rouge

    October 10, 2012 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Council did not make a decision on changing the Sunday alcohol sales law. After debating for more than an hour, city leaders decided to push the discussion back to the next meeting- in two weeks. Councilwoman Alison Gary proposes easing regulations on Sundays, making that... more »
  • AG: Price gouging laws in effect ahead of Isaac

    August 26, 2012 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said price gouging laws are now in effect, after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency ahead of tropical storm Isaac. The state's price gouging statute locks commodity prices at pre-emergency levels unless there's a national or regional market shortage. Affected... more »
  • More than 500 laws to take effect Wednesday

    July 31, 2012 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 500 new laws take effect Wednesday. Among the changes, impersonating someone on Facebook and other online sites can land someone in jail. Selling dogs and cats along roadsides or at flea markets is banned. Everyone in a sport utility vehicle must wear a seat belt.... more »
  • Obama campaign sues over Ohio early voting law

    July 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is suing Ohio's top elections official in a dispute over a state law that restricts early, in-person voting during the three days before Election Day. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Columbus follows a series of election law changes cleared... more »
  • More teachers filing suit to stop education changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers say new education laws touted by Governor Bobby Jindal do not support them, despite what Jindal's administration may say, and they're filing a lawsuit to stop the laws from going into effect. The Louisiana Association of Educators plan to file the suit tomorrow morning in... more »
  • Another law suit against education reform laws

    June 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another law suit is about to be filed against Governor Jindal's education reform laws. Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators will officially file suit, tomorrow, Friday 6/22, challenging the constitutionality. The education reform bills were approved during 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.... more »
  • Gov. Jindal vetoes bills to change video poker laws

    June 5, 2012 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a package of bills that would have tweaked the state's video poker laws, after the conservative Louisiana Family Forum asked him to scrap the changes. In a letter sent to the governor, Family Forum leader Gene Mills said the bills would deregulate... more »
  • AG defends opposition to some state voter ID laws

    February 28, 2012 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON- Attorney General Eric Holder is defending the Justice Department's opposition to some state laws requiring voters to present photo IDs when they go to the polls. At a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, Holder says the federal government must think long and hard about the negative impact that photo identification... more »
  • New laws impact abortion clinics, sex offenders

    August 15, 2011 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 230 new laws take effect Monday after being passed by legislators earlier this year. Among the changes, abortion clinics must post new signs about adoption options and child support. Certain sex offenders have to shut down their Facebook and MySpace pages. Hunters can shoot wild pigs... more »
  • New laws impact abortion clinics, sex offenders

    August 14, 2011 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 230 new laws, from the arcane to the attention-grabbing, take effect Monday after being passed by legislators earlier this year. Among the changes, abortion clinics must post new signs about adoption options and child support. Certain sex offenders have to shut down their Facebook and... more »
  • Lawmakers hope to match laws to census data

    March 21, 2011 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Hundreds of state laws governing individual localities in Louisiana are up for revisions during the redistricting special session. That's because many statutes are tied to state population estimates - and with the latest census data, some of the laws no longer match the municipalities and... more »
  • La. abortion clinics sue over state law

    November 18, 2010 6:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A third challenge to Louisiana's new abortion-clinic laws has been filed in Baton Rouge federal court. Five abortion clinics in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Metairie and Bossier City allege in their civil suit filed Wednesday that state regulatory officials now can shut them down for any alleged... more »
  • CIO accused of bypassing bid laws for EBR crime cameras

    September 30, 2010 6:30 PM

    The parish chief information officer is accused of bypassing contract bid laws and giving preferential treatment to certain companies that installed and maintain the city’s crime surveillance camera system. Donald Evans has been added to a lawsuit challenging the cameras. Millions of dollars have been spent on the surveillance equipment,... more »
  • Bill would let schools waive education laws

    May 6, 2010 3:56 PM

    A House committee has backed one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's signature education bills that would let public schools function more like charter schools, allowing them to waive state laws and education policies. The bill by Bossier City Rep. Jane Smith would let school superintendents apply for a four-year waiver... more »
  • Gov. Jindal addresses La. legislature

    March 29, 2010 3:17 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed a joint session of the House and Senate this afternoon and outlined his vision for balancing the budget. The governor said the greatest challenge Louisiana and the country face is the economy and rising unemployment rates. While Jindal recognized that Louisiana is doing better than the... more »
  • La. legislative session begins

    March 29, 2010 12:50 PM

    Louisiana lawmakers opened their annual regular session Monday, grappling with deep budget problems and nearly 2,000 pieces of legislation that propose everything from college tuition increases to looser gun restrictions and a red light camera ban. Gov. Bobby Jindal will outline his vision for balancing the budget when he... more »
  • State lawmaker targets texting while driving

    March 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    A Louisiana state lawmaker is taking a stand against texting while driving. State Senator Butch Gautreaux, from Morgan City, thinks the current law is "ridiculous." Gautreaux wants to change the current Louisiana law, making texting a primary offence rather than secondary. The current law does not allow... more »
  • New traffic laws take effect

    October 1, 2009 10:19 AM

    Louisiana State Troopers are enforcing new rules of the road. Starting today, everyone in a vehicle must wear a seat belt. On multi-lane roadways, drivers are not allowed to travel in the left lane. There are some exceptions, such as passing another vehicle traveling under the posted speed... more »
  • Ethics Board attorney named to lead agency

    October 1, 2009 7:47 AM

    The Louisiana Board of Ethics has chosen longtime ethics attorney Kathleen Allen to be its top administrator. Allen has been deputy general counsel, the No. 2 position at the agency. The Baton Rouge native and LSU law school graduate has been with the ethics agency for 12 years. She... more »

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