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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 »
  • Georgia Governor vetoes religious exemptions bill

    March 28, 2016 10:29 AM

    ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed legislation, allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies. The Republican rejected the bill on Monday. Republican majorities passed the bill to broadly protect people acting on their religion. It also would have protected... more »
  • Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

    February 8, 2016 6:21 PM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - A gun-dealers trade group is pushing legislation in several conservative states to restrict what it says is discrimination by financial institutions. The National Shooting Sports Foundation initiated legislation in Kansas, Georgia, Alabama and Missouri over the last year after hearing from gun businesses that allege they've... more »
  • Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control

    February 3, 2016 11:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation introduced in the House would transfer responsibility for air traffic control operations from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation. That idea is part of an overhaul in how Washington oversees the aviation system. That new federally chartered air traffic control corporation would come under a board... more »
  • California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation

    September 9, 2015 3:41 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Assembly has approved legislation that would allow terminally ill people to legally end their lives after a similar measure stalled earlier this year. The Assembly approved the bill Wednesday on a 42-33 vote, sending it to the state Senate, which is expected to endorse... more »
  • Bills filed to rein in TOPS costs Play Video

    April 1, 2015 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and the widow of Patrick F. Taylor, the architect of TOPS in Louisiana, said Wednesday they planned to introduce legislation which would put some limits on the popular state scholarship program's costs and awards. Senators Jack Donahue (R-Mandeville) and Conrad Appel (R-Metairie) pre-filed a bill... more »
  • Legislation would open federal land to hunters, anglers

    March 12, 2015 1:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators is working on legislation that would dramatically broaden access to federal land for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Sens. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, and Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, have introduced legislation that would also decrease some regulations for hunters... more »
  • Congress set to pass bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

    February 11, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it. The House is expected to pass a Senate version of the bill later today. The measure has been tweaked from the version... more »
  • AP: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

    January 28, 2015 12:19 PM

    PHOENIX - An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws in each state and the District of Columbia finds that fewer than half contain all of the key principles of the model legislation. The laws were pushed for by the NFL after Washington state passed the first bill... more »
  • Obama to call for laws on data hacking, student privacy

    January 12, 2015 2:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama would announce the proposed... more »
  • Obama to sign Russia sanctions legislation

    December 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign congressional legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama continues to have concerns about the bill but believes the legislation still gives him the flexibility he needs. The president is expected... more »
  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

    November 19, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. After the bill failed by one vote Tuesday, McConnell said the pipeline legislation... more »
  • Senators plan bill to block benefits for ex-Nazis

    October 23, 2014 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Democratic senators say they will soon introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits. Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania revealed plans for their bill Thursday. Their announcement comes four days after The Associated Press... more »
  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    September 30, 2014 2:23 PM

    SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Brown on Tuesday signed the bill by Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles. Plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next year and convenience stores... more »
  • Education secretary hits Jindal on Common Core

    June 17, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent opposition to the Common Core education standards is politically-driven. Duncan made his comments Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," when questioned about the English and math benchmarks adopted by most states and Jindal's criticism of them. The secretary... more »
  • Sorrento voters can abolish police department

    June 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing the Sorrento Town Council to ask voters to abolish the elected office of police chief and the police department. Legislation was introduced by state Sen. Jody Amedee. Mayor Mike Lambert asked for the legislation after Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. resigned... more »
  • Hefty fines could hit drivers without insurance

    June 6, 2014 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a $53 million fee hike on drivers who don't maintain car insurance as required by law. Most of the money is slated largely to go to state police to boost trooper salaries. Other beneficiaries include local sheriffs... more »
  • Plan to shutter Sorrento PD on governor's desk 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 »
  • Bill will require dogs in truck beds to be secure

    May 21, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't want loose dogs in truck beds on Louisiana's interstates. A 30-7 Senate vote Wednesday gave final passage to a bill requiring dogs riding in the back of trucks to be humanely secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an... more »
  • Senate passes legislation to upgrade cockfighting law

    May 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to close loopholes in Louisiana's ban on cockfighting and put the law in line with other state laws that prohibit dogfighting received final legislative passage Tuesday with a 34-4 vote of the Senate. The measure by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, broadens the definition of... more »
  • Board, BRAC at odds over legislation dealing with principal powers

    May 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
  • Speed trap labeling bill dies in the La. House

    April 15, 2014 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana won't have any officially labeled "speed traps." Rep. Steve Pylant's effort to brand tiny towns that get more than half their annual income from speeding tickets with the moniker has failed to get the backing of the state House. Even after a list of changes, Pylant... more »
  • Jindal joins Common Core debate

    April 5, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of sidestepping questions on whether Louisiana should continue its use of the Common Core standards, Gov. Bobby Jindal has edged into the legislative debate. He said Louisiana should develop its own education benchmarks. He said he supports high standards, but believes parents have legitimate concerns... more »
  • Jindal to unveil human trafficking legislation

    March 11, 2014 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is set to unveil new legislation aimed at human trafficking. He will hold a press conference this afternoon around 2:50 p.m. at the State Capitol. According to a press release, the legislation will protect victims and punish criminals. The 2014 Legislative... 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 »
  • Sorrento voters could decide police dept.'s fate

    February 20, 2014 10:08 AM

    SORRENTO - Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert is taking steps to bring to voters this fall the issue of abolishing the town's Police Department and police chief post. Lambert tells The Advocate he contacted state Sen. Jody Amedee, of Gonzales, about the legislative process involved shortly after the abrupt departure of... more »
  • Senate clears debt limit bill for Obama

    February 12, 2014 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's Democratic allies. But the vote to pass the... 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 »
  • Statewide DWI database moving forward Play Video

    January 9, 2014 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A policy board voted Thursday to move recommendations forward to legislators for a statewide DWI database. The Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (ICJIS) Policy Board added fingerprinting for all drivers arrested or issued summons for DWI, whether electronically or with ink and paper. Also, DNA will... 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 »
  • Lawmaker considers water park rules after drowning Play Video

    August 1, 2013 6:26 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Lawmakers are considering new legislation that would regulate safety standards at water parks after a teenager drowned at the Cajun Lagoon water park in Watson. "I think that this incident that happened at the lagoon park is one that brings it to attention and certainly makes... more »
  • Texas House passes abortion bill; Senate next stop

    July 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests. A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate, where... more »
  • Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

    June 25, 2013 11:54 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A Democratic state senator has begun a filibuster to block passage of a proposal that would effectively close most abortion clinics in the state. Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began the filibuster at 11:18 a.m. CDT Tuesday. To derail a vote in the GOP-dominated Senate, she... more »
  • Senate leader won't weaken gun background checks

    June 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't accept watered-down background checks as the price for pushing gun control legislation through the Senate. The Nevada Democrat isn't getting into specifics. But gun control advocates have worried that if Democrats are trying to declare victory on the issue, they... more »
  • Boehner: Congress can do immigration this year

    June 11, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says he thinks there's a good chance that legislation overhauling America's immigration system can be signed into law "by the end of the year." The Ohio Republican gives his assessment hours before the Senate casts its first votes on a landmark bill that... more »
  • Lawmakers pass bill protecting ID of gun owners

    June 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Journalists, bloggers or anyone else will be prohibited from publicly identifying applicants for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. A bill that will make it a misdemeanor crime to release the information received final passage Thursday and heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The House approved the measure... more »
  • Juban Crossing bill on governor's desk Play Video

    June 3, 2013 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Juban Crossing shopping development off I-12 in Livingston Parish is closer to getting state money. SB50 by Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston, is on the governor's desk. The bill seeks taxpayer money to pay for infrastructure improvements, funded by $30 million in bonds purchased earlier this... 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 »
  • Senate committee takes up immigration bill

    May 9, 2013 7:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bill to remake the nation's immigration system for the first time in decades faces its first congressional test Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the 844-page legislation to secure the border, provide new avenues for workers to come to the U.S. legally, crack down... more »
  • Senators discuss changing background checks bill

    May 8, 2013 7:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers backing gun control say they are discussing how to revise the defeated Senate background check bill in order to win votes they need to resuscitate the measure. Among the changes they said they are considering are limiting the background check fees buyers pay at gun shows,... more »
  • Democrats bring gun control bill to Senate floor

    April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have brought gun control legislation to the Senate floor amid a threat from conservative Republican senators to use delaying tactics to prevent formal debate from even beginning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the first procedural step to begin debate on Monday. He said Republicans owed relatives... more »
  • Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law

    April 4, 2013 8:16 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut lawmakers have approved wide-ranging legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown, and the governor plans to sign it today. The bill includes gun control measures that ban the sales of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 weapons that previously were legal.... more »
  • UConn opposing bill to regulate scholarships

    March 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the University of Connecticut to continue paying for the education of athletes who lose their scholarships due to injury, illness or even a coach's decision. The bill is now before the legislature's Higher Education committee and is modeled... more »
  • House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

    January 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. The House... more »
  • Bryant: Miss. should resist federal limits on guns

    January 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he wants the state to resist any presidential order that might restrict gun rights. Republican Bryant made the call shortly before President Barack Obama issued 23 executive orders designed to curb gun violence. "I am asking that you immediately pass... more »
  • New York about to pass tough gun law

    January 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - Legislation that would give New York state the toughest gun restrictions in the nation is expected to easily pass today in the state Assembly. It's already won approval in the state Senate, where the Republican leader says it is "well-balanced" and "protects the Second Amendment." It provides... more »
  • Biden to meet with gun-safety, victims groups

    January 9, 2013 7:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden will meet at the White House today with victims groups and gun-safety organizations, as the administration seeks to spur action on gun legislation. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week aimed at building consensus around proposals to curb gun violence after... more »

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