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  • 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 »
  • Senate committee approves email privacy bill

    November 29, 2012 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can review a person's emails or other electronic communications. The bill moves to the full Senate for its next vote. It makes it slightly more difficult for... more »
  • Safety bill won't track counterfiet prescription drugs

    June 19, 2012 8:12 PM

    Congress is poised to pass a bill to beef up the safety of U.S. prescription drugs but without a tracking system that public health advocates say is critical to weeding out counterfeits. The House and Senate agreed late Monday to legislation that helps supplement the FDA's budget after previously passing... more »
  • Penn State sex-abuse charges inspire new La. laws

    June 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A sexual abuse scandal that rocked Pennsylvania State University has resulted in new laws in Louisiana to penalize those who fail to report allegations of child sex abuse and to protect those who do. Lawmakers say the measures were inspired by the Penn State scandal that rocked the... more »
  • House approves school funding plans

    June 4, 2012 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House passed a bill regarding school funding plans. They approved the $3.4 billion elementary and secondary education funding formula. Senators previously agreed in a 24-15 vote to approve the BESE-crafted plan without any changes. Some have complained the state Board of Elementary and Secondary... more »
  • Obama signs Ex-Im Bank bill into law

    May 30, 2012 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama has signed legislation that renews the charter of the Export-Import Bank for three years and increases the bank?s lending cap to $140 billion from the current $100 billion. The bank is the government?s vehicle for promoting U.S. export sales. Obama says the move will help thousands... more »
  • Lawmakers address lead hazards with legislation

    May 29, 2012 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three bills focused on identifying lead contamination in playgrounds, day care centers and schools have been making their way through the Legislature following studies that found hazardous lead levels in several New Orleans parks. The proposals, near final passage, would require new day cares, preschools and certain... more »
  • Anti-bullying legislation heads to Senate vote Play Video

    May 3, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation to address bullying in Louisiana schools passed the Senate Education Committee today, despite objections about last-minute changes. The substitute bill was introduced by Senator Rick Ward, D-Port Allen, and replaced an earlier version he had presented. Ward said he began looking into the issue... more »
  • Plans for new EBR school district altered

    April 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Legislation that would create a breakaway school district in Southeast East Baton Rouge Parish advanced out of committee, but not before changes were made to the boundary lines. Senator Bodi White, R- Central, says he started working with members of the public last fall to create the... more »
  • Teachers at Capitol rallying against education reform Play Video

    April 4, 2012 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers from across the state are gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday to rally against Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform plan. The full senate will debate and possibly vote on the state-wide voucher program and teacher tenure. Thousands of teachers are expected to gather on... more »
  • Legislation could require photo ID for card users Play Video

    April 3, 2012 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - You could be required to show a photo ID every time you use your debit or credit card if new legislation passes at the State Capitol. Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, sponsored the bill to protect people in Louisiana from fraud. Right now, merchants are only... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces legislation to crack down on crime

    March 1, 2012 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has announced legislative initiatives to help crack down on crime and increase public safety for Louisiana families. The Governor's crime package focuses on three areas including increasing penalties for street gangs, continuing to crack down on sex offenders and enhancing penalties for human... more »
  • Jindal to announce proposed crime legislation

    March 1, 2012 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal will release his proposed crime legislation today. He will unveil his plan at 2:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. News 2 will have more at 4, 5 and 6. more »
  • Bill allows jurors to take notes in criminal trial

    February 22, 2012 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- District attorneys say they are concerned about a proposal by a New Orleans state senator that would allow jurors in criminal trials to take notes during testimony. Democratic Sen. Ed Murray says jurors should be able to jot down testimony and make notes on legal arguments during murder... more »
  • House votes to raise debt limit, cut spending

    August 1, 2011 6:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts. The measure also sets a course for reducing the federal deficit in the future. The Senate, where support is stronger, is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday, the deadline for... more »
  • Federal decision due on La. congressional remap

    August 1, 2011 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today is the deadline for the U.S. Department of Justice to decide whether to clear Louisiana's new maps for congressional districts, which lawmakers drew in a special legislative session earlier this year. The plan will shrink the number of Louisiana congressional districts from seven to six, starting with... more »
  • House approves GOP bill extending debt limit

    July 29, 2011 5:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have muscled legislation to extend the government's borrowing authority and cutting spending through the House over solid Democratic opposition. The 218-210 vote sets up a confrontation with the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama, who say the GOP-written measure will die in the Senate. They say... more »
  • Failed abortion bills likely to return

    June 27, 2011 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Most legislation pushed by abortion opponents failed to pass during the Legislature's just-completed session, but abortion supporters expect similar bills to pop up next year. The Legislature did approve a bill setting up a website with information on abortion alternatives and requiring that abortion clinics post... more »
  • Senate approves transfer of UNO to UL system

    June 10, 2011 4:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Senate has approved a bill transferring the University of New Orleans from the Louisiana State University System into a different college system that focuses more on regional universities. Thursday's vote was 35-to-zero in favor of putting UNO into the University of Louisiana System. It's not the... more »
  • La. House votes to renew 4-cent cigarette tax

    May 25, 2011 2:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a veto threat from the governor, the Louisiana House has backed the renewal of a 4-cent state cigarette tax. The tax is set to expire in 2012. The House agreed in a bipartisan 70-30 vote Tuesday to continue the tax, giving it the minimum two-thirds vote it... more »
  • Bills targeting traffic cameras in La. stalled

    May 19, 2011 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation to resolve New Orleans area lawmakers' complaints about automated traffic cameras in Louisiana have stalled, even as a city proposal moves forward. A Senate committee Thursday rejected a bill by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, to bar traffic cameras from generating speeding tickets at all. Meanwhile,... more »
  • Teen pressing for repeal of La. Science Education Act

    April 22, 2011 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One Baton Rouge Magnet High School student is leading the charge in changing what can be taught in Louisiana high school classrooms. Zack Kopplin supports Senate Bill 70 which repeals a 2008 law that allows teachers to add supplemental lesson plans that can include other theories... more »
  • Senate blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

    December 9, 2010 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military's policy of "don't ask, don't tell" and allowed gay troops to serve openly. Democrats failed Thursday to cinch a procedural deal with Republicans in the waning days of the lame-duck session. The 57-40 test vote fell three... more »
  • Legislation proposed for sticker on drug offenders' licenses

    April 7, 2010 10:24 AM

    Louisiana State Police have backed a plan that would require drug offenders to have special makers on their driver's license. Troopers say it could make traffic stops safer. Some state lawmakers agree and say flagging the license would give law enforcement a "heads up" on the type of individual they're... more »
  • Katrina and Rita funding flowing faster?

    March 24, 2010 12:10 PM

    The picture you are looking at is the location for the new police station in Gonzales. Tonight on News 2 at 6pm I'll tell you how recovery money from Katrina and Rita may be available faster for projects like this through new legislation. I'll be posting updates throught... more »
  • Obama signs $938 billion health overhaul

    March 23, 2010 11:15 AM

    President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and represents the biggest accomplishment of his presidency. The new law will be the main issue in this fall's midterm elections. Obama signed the bill at an elaborate ceremony Tuesday... more »
  • Obama to sign health care bill

    March 23, 2010 5:24 AM

    President Barack Obama will surround himself with aides, Cabinet members and Democratic leaders as he signs the health care bill into law. But he'll have more work to do after signing the legislation into law. Obama plans to make trips around the country, starting with Iowa Thursday, to try to... more »
  • Speed vans, red light cameras targeted again

    March 9, 2010 1:48 PM

    State Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans plans to go after red light cameras and speed vans during the upcoming legislative session. He tried to outlaw the devices last year, but was unsuccessful. Arnold told News 2 Tuesday he believes automated traffic enforcement is only a money maker for... more »
  • Panel favors 3 years for 4th-DWI offense

    February 23, 2010 8:02 AM

    The minimum jail time for third- and fourth-offense drunken drivers would rise significantly under a plan endorsed by Gov. Bobby Jindal's DWI task force. Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John F. DeRosier says third-time offenders would have to spend one year behind bars. The current minimum is 45 days. He says... more »
  • Jindal addresses education cuts

    January 19, 2010 4:46 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal says money for education will be restored once the economy bounces back. When that happens, the governor says he wants more accountability. "It's not just the amount of money we give, it's the results we demand," said Governor Jindal. "For years we've been increasing the funding, but... more »
  • Health care bill clears key Senate test

    December 21, 2009 4:54 AM

    Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama has passed its sternest Senate test, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas. The bill would extend coverage to more than 30 million Americans who now lack it, while banning insurance company... more »
  • Medicaid money threatened

    December 3, 2009 11:43 AM

    Millions of dollars in Medicaid money for Louisiana may be removed from health care reform legislation in the Senate. Senator Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma, introduced an amendment Wednesday to strip a provision in the bill that would send $100 million to Louisiana. Critics say the money was included in the... more »

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