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  • Baker council targets blighted property with new ordinance

    September 23, 2015 7:46 AM

    BAKER- The Baker City Council has voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance streamlining the process of cleaning up blighted and unsafe property in the city. The new law does not change the kinds of violations targeted, which include abandoned buildings, hazardous structures, fire hazards, unsafe equipment and code violations. Under... more »
  • Port Vincent, Springfield consider extending business hours

    September 2, 2015 10:33 AM

    PORT VINCENT- Two small Livingston Parish villages are reworking their ordinances to let shopkeepers stay open 24 hours. The Port Vincent Board of Aldermen realized the matter last month, when the police chief asked the village to move alcohol sale hours up by one hour during the week to match... more »
  • Pet poop rule in Mandeville voted down

    April 10, 2015 3:34 PM

    MANDEVILLE - The Mandeville City Council has voted down an ordinance that would have allowed the city to prosecute and levy fines against people who don't pick up their pet's poop on public property or on the property of others. The ordinance also called for "Curb Your Dog" signs along... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Police Jury to revisit drainage fee

    November 11, 2014 10:26 AM

    NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury will hold a public hearing Dec. 9 on a proposal to amend its drainage maintenance fee ordinance, adding another year to the controversial fee. The Police Jury wants to add a sunset clause to the ordinance, adopted in March 2013, that... more »
  • Ascension Parish amends dog control ordinance

    September 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish Council has amended its animal control ordinance to better track and control dogs considered a threat to the public. Dogs declared as "dangerous" under the new ordinance's wording must now have a special tag, which comes with a $10 initial registration fee to the owner and... more »
  • Judge rules city ordinance violates 2nd Amendment check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 25, 2014 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Monday that a Baton Rouge ordinance which makes it illegal to have guns at a bar or liquor store violates the Second Amendment. Chief Judge Brian Jackson also ordered city police to no longer enforce the measure, which was passed in 1951.... more »
  • Lafourche to discuss vicious dog ordinance

    August 12, 2014 5:19 AM

    THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish Council will discuss an amendment to its vicious and dangerous dog ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting. The ordinance changes the definition of what makes an animal dangerous or vicious and alters registration and breeding restrictions for those animals. Councilman John Arnold, the author of the... more »
  • Metro Council to discuss another Fairness Ordinance next week check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 17, 2014 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Council will once again discuss a Fairness Ordinance next week. There is currently no federal, state or local laws preventing someone from being denied employment or housing because of their perceived sexual orientation. "It's long overdue in Baton Rouge," Elizabeth Querbes... more »
  • Council wants to close revolving door at police dept. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 9, 2014 9:33 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council proposed an ordinance Wednesday night to crack down on police department patrol officers who quit the force shortly after being hired. "The revolving door kind of employment thing we've been having with the police department is a concern," said Councilman Hugh... more »
  • A good deed shut down

    June 25, 2014 8:00 PM

    LEAWOOD, KANSAS- A nine-year-old boy was told by the city of Leawood in Kansas to remove his "Little Free Library" from his front yard. Sharing books through small wooden structures is a widespread trend and Spencer Collins and his family erected a blue box on red stilts asking people... more »
  • Baker backs away from party law, suggests resolution instead

    June 9, 2014 8:38 PM

    BAKER- City leaders scrapped a plan for an ordinance that would have required a special permit before certain venues can host birthday parties or similar events for teenagers. Instead, city council members decided on writing a resolution to encourage businesses to follow a list of suggested ways to make events... more »
  • Help Central authorities track down stolen sign

    May 8, 2014 4:20 PM

    CENTRAL - City government officials are seeking information regarding a traffic sign stolen from Hooper Rd. near Greenwell Springs Rd. The custom-made, DOTD-approved sign is 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall and reads "Unmuffled Compression Brakes Prohibited" to conform with the local ordinance. The sign was removed with... more »
  • Low-hanging pants illegal in Iberville beginning next week check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union about doing so, the Iberville Parish Council approved a ban on sagging pants Tuesday night. The move outlaws pants that hang too low, revealing underwear. "I don't think that anybody should have to go to a store,... more »
  • CrossFit owner, neighbor sparring over noise check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2014 10:29 PM

    ZACHARY - Complaints have been filed against CrossFit Zachary for excessive noise. The complaints are so frequent, the city of Zachary is talking about purchasing a decibel reader to test the sound levels. CrossFit Zachary has classes from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The workouts are intense. "You're... more »
  • Sagging pants ban overwhelmingly introduced

    February 18, 2014 10:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders overwhelming supported introducing an ordinance to ban sagging pants across the parish. The proposed law was only mentioned Tuesday, per procedure, and will be voted on next month. If it is passed, people could be fined $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second... more »
  • Officials consider change to Zachary gun law check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits. The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand. After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
  • Iberville Parish: keep your pants up check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Tuesday, Iberville Parish leaders will begin a discussion about if they want to ban sagging pants from the entire parish. It is been a trend in local governments for the past few years, and is on the books in places In Louisiana such as Washington, Terrebone, Acadia... more »
  • Parents, leaders approve of drug money for school security check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    HAMMOND - Money seized from drug dealers and users will buy combat gear for school security. The city council created an ordinance that shifts $31,000 of seized drug money to prepare officers for active shooter situations. "The fact that they've set this priority as something that they want... more »
  • La. Marine killed in base accident

    November 14, 2013 8:58 PM

    CAMP PENDLETON, CA- A Marine who grew up near Morgan City was one of four killed in a training accident Wednesday, the U.S. Marine Corps said late Thursday night. Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins of Bayou L' Ourse joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and served two tours in... more »
  • Parish leaders: women don't have to put their clothes on

    September 24, 2013 10:42 PM

    GREENSBURG- Strip clubs currently operating in St. Helena Parish can continue to employee nearly naked women, and won't have to follow new rules set by parish leaders recently. The police jury set new laws for clubs that open in the parish, but won't require clubs already open to follow... more »
  • Saggy pants ordinance takes effect Friday in Crowley

    September 12, 2013 11:51 AM

    CROWLEY - A saggy pants ordinance in the city of Crowley goes into effect Friday. The ordinance was approved in August. It prohibits wearing outer clothing sagging below the waist and exposing undergarments while in public. People in violation can be charged with a misdemeanor, with a... more »
  • Leaders decide on license plate readers, traffic class operator

    August 28, 2013 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a list of items Wednesday, including accepting grants for crime fighting and setting up an online driving school for the parish. CyberActive was hired to handle courses. It was selected over a company from the Baton Rouge area, which was more expensive. The program... more »
  • Baton Rouge to get tough on litter bugs, eventually

    August 26, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city's public works department is trying to rid streets of blight and junk, but are running into problems because the litter court isn't functioning. There is an apparent breakdown in the city's litter court set-up. There was a discussion about the problems Monday night in an... more »
  • City leaders delete proposed law about dogs

    June 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders removed an agenda item from Wednesday's Metro Council meeting that would have restricted how long a dog could be tethered. Councilman John Delgado pulled the ordinance and did not say if he would add it to an agenda later. The law would have made... more »
  • Strip club talk tabled

    May 1, 2013 10:15 PM

    GREENSBURG- Leaders in St. Helena Parish tabled discussion about changing parish laws dealing with strip clubs. Wednesday night, the police jury was set to talk about outlawing alcohol at establishments where there is nudity or certain physical contact. But, jurors pushed the talk back another two weeks. Leaders... more »
  • Leaders talk about law dealing with chained dogs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 24, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For years, animal activists have called tethering dogs cruelty, and Wednesday East Baton Rouge council members introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal. "That dog is a natural social animal that wants to get out, and when you keep it on that tether, it doesn't... more »
  • Nudity ordinance concerning strip clubs pushed back check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 23, 2013 10:14 PM

    GREENSBURG - Strip clubs are turning up the heat in St. Helena, where some are calling for a ban on the adult business. Tuesday, the parish police jury was supposed to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit nudity and certain physical contact at establishments where alcohol is sold. The... more »
  • Jefferson Parish fines Mardi Gras krewes

    March 27, 2013 8:49 AM

    GRETNA- Six Mardi Gras krewes have been fined from $100 to $2,500 for violating Jefferson Parish's parade ordinance during Carnival 2013. According to public records released Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reports most of the infractions involved unmasked riders and smoking on floats, although two krewes were cited for having too few... more »
  • Saggy pants could be banned in Terrebonne Parish

    March 25, 2013 7:34 AM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Parish Council will consider an ordinance this week that would fine anyone with pants that sag below the waist. If approved today, the ordinance will prohibit people from wearing pants in public that hang low enough below the waistline to expose skin or underwear. Lafourche Parish... more »
  • Central divided over peddler ordinance check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 12, 2013 10:22 PM

    CENTRAL - An ordinance proposed by city council would limit the amount of time peddlers, solicitors and canvassers can go from door-to-door in the City of Central. Things got heated at a council meeting Tuesday night, where the ordinance was deferred after a number of questions were raised regarding... more »
  • 24/7 alcohol sales law introduced

    February 27, 2013 8:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law change was introduced at the city's Metro Council meeting Wednesday, to allow alcohol sales 24/7 at some establishments. The ordinance would allow riverboat casinos to get a special license to sell after other bars are required to close. The item will eventually be available... more »
  • BR casinos could get okay to sell alcohol 24/7

    February 27, 2013 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A few months after changing city law and allowing more alcohol sales on Sunday, city leaders will discuss the possibility of allowing some Baton Rouge establishments to sell alcohol at all hours of the day. Discussions begin at Wednesday night's Metro Council on a special, 24/7 liquor... more »
  • Grambling passes ordinance against saggy pants

    February 11, 2013 9:56 AM

    GRAMBLING - Saggy pants in the city of Grambling may become a costly fashion statement. The News-Star reports the Grambling City Council passed an ordinance last week making indecent exposure -- the showing of undergarments and underwear -- illegal. Failure to comply may result in fines of $150 to $500,... more »
  • Zachary mayor explains overpayment error

    January 24, 2013 7:03 AM

    ZACHARY - Zachary Mayor David Amrhein said a discrepancy between an old city ordinance and the revised home-rule charter approved in 2010 has caused him to be overpaid by $3,200. The mayor says the ordinance specified that he and the police chief would be eligible for a 2 percent... more »
  • Hammond toughens 'vicious' dog ordinances

    November 21, 2012 7:26 AM

    HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has voted to strengthen city's ordinances on the control of dogs deemed to be dangerous and vicious. The move as prompted by an incident earlier this year in which a young girl was severely mauled by two dogs on the outskirts of the city.... more »
  • Council approves letting EBR bars open on Sundays

    October 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved an ordinance tonight allowing bars to stay open from 11 a.m. until midnight on Sundays. The ordinance passed 8-3, with Council members Ronnie Edwards, Tara Wicker and Mike Walker voting against it. Council members Trae Welch, Ulysses Addison, Chandler Loupe, Scott Wilson,... more »
  • Bar hours ordinance pulled at Metro Council

    October 24, 2012 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tonight's Metro Council meeting in East Baton Rouge Parish opened with a council member pulling his ordinance to extend bar hours to 4 a.m. Ulysses "Bones" Addison said the parish attorney's office had asked him to delete the item, which had drawn a number of public... more »
  • Closing times could affect alcohol sales check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 10, 2012 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new ordinance introduced at Metro Council could allow bars and restaurants with a Class A License to stay open until 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The ordinance would allow eligible establishments to apply for permits to stay open an extra two hours. Though,... more »
  • New Livingston garbage service at center of debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 9, 2012 5:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Jack Fridge is owner of the Livingston Waste trash service. He also drives the only truck in his operation. Hundreds of homeowners, mostly in the Watson area, have signed up for his service which features twice-per-week collection and a free recycling program. Fridge's company has... more »
  • Pastor sues to block N.O. street preaching limits

    September 20, 2012 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A street preacher is suing to block New Orleans city officials from enforcing an ordinance that restricts religious or political speech on Bourbon Street after dark. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by New Orleans pastor Paul Gros claims the city's "aggressive solicitation" ordinance sets unconstitutional limits on... more »
  • Proposed swimming pool ordinance in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 26, 2012 5:51 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Livingston Parish officials say a proposed swimming pool ordinance could mean the difference between life or death for children in the area. If approved, the ordinance would require fences around pools, maintenance of pools and parish permits before new pools can be constructed. This all... more »
  • Judge overturns Alexandria fortunetelling ban

    July 13, 2012 9:37 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A federal judge has struck down an Alexandria ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional. Rachel Adams, a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't... more »
  • Food truck operators concerned about ordinance regulating parking

    March 28, 2012 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Food truck operators are concerned about an attempt by a Metro Councilman to regulate where and how they park. Smokie Bourgeois is pushing for parking regulations for the area's food truck industry to keep patrons safe and protect properties from being abused. Bourgeois, who is also... more »
  • Ordinance regulating food truck parking introduced at Metro Council

    March 28, 2012 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Metro Councilman is pushing for parking regulations for the area's food truck industry to keep patrons safe and protect properties from being abused. Smokie Bourgeois introduced the ordinance to Metro Council Wednesday, following complaints from business owners about the trucks parking on their properties without permission... more »
  • DeQuincy considers modifying alcohol ordinance

    March 12, 2012 7:25 AM

    DeQUINCY - DeQuincy City Council members may soon consider modifying a nearly 80-year-old ordinance limiting the sale of alcohol within the city limits. At the council meeting last week, The American Press reports the owner Comeaux's Cajun Gold, a local restaurant, asked the council to consider increasing the existing limit... more »
  • New Orleans tackles noise issue

    February 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An acoustics expert hired by some New Orleans residents says sound from music clubs in some neighborhoods - particularly the French Quarter - regularly exceeds legal noise limits. The report from Houston-based CSTI Acoustics shows excessive noise even in a mostly residential area of the quarter,... more »
  • Zachary Council tweaks Sunday alcohol ordinance

    February 29, 2012 6:39 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance that will allow wine and liquor sales on Sundays, beginning at noon. Under current law, beer sales begin at 12:30 p.m. for stores and restaurants. Wine and liquor cannot be sold on Sunday. The council... more »
  • Sunday bar ordinance becomes law

    February 17, 2012 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The West Baton Rouge bar ordinance becomes law today, February 17th. The new law stipulates that businesses selling alcoholic beverages must close at 10pm on Sundays and cannot reopen until 6am Monday. There are some exceptions: Super Bowl Sunday, Sundays that are followed by holidays... more »
  • Neighborhood using new BR ordinance to lower speed limit

    February 3, 2012 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Inniswold Estates-Jefferson Terrace Civic Association is the first group of residents to take advantage of a new ordinance giving people more power to slow down their streets. The change was made in May to give city-parish engineers more room to approve requests from neighborhoods that have... more »
  • Litter ordinance changes up for council debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 31, 2012 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Public Works wants city leaders to sign off on big changes to the litter law. DPW is taking over operating the city-parish litter court and wants to strengthen the consequences for nuisances like over-grown lots, dump sites and illegal signs. If the proposed... more »
  • Judges ban smoking near district courthouse check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 6, 2011 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judges at downtown Baton Rouge's district courthouse had enough of the "smoke tunnel" they describe in the entrance to the building. Now, they are enforcing an old city ordinance passed in 2005 that bans smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to a public building. Chief... more »
  • Closing ordinance opposed by club check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 18, 2011 4:16 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A gentleman's club owner told West Baton Rouge Parish Council members that he would fight an ordinance requiring his business to close at 10 p.m. on Sundays. Last month, 53 percent of parish voters cast ballots in favor of a proposed law requiring businesses selling alcohol... more »
  • New ordinance: Don't cuss while begging

    October 23, 2011 4:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- French Quarter beggars can't be cussers. At least, not intimidating ones. An ordinance passed last week by the New Orleans City Council bars aggressive solicitation in the city's oldest and most famous neighborhood. That includes "approaching or following pedestrians, repetitive soliciting despite refusals, the use of... more »
  • Walker considers dangerous-dog rule

    June 15, 2011 7:06 AM

    WALKER- The Walker Board of Aldermen has agreed to put to a vote a newly proposed ordinance defining and setting up control laws for keeping "dangerous and vicious dogs." According to the proposal accepted Monday by the board and headed for a public hearing and final vote July 13, Mayor's... more »
  • Judge upholds Fat City bar ordinance

    March 27, 2011 2:54 PM

    FAT CITY, La.- A second judge has refused to issue an injunction to block enforcement of the new Fat City zoning ordinance requiring earlier closing times for bars and lounges. The Times-Picayune reports a judge ruled in a suit filed by five bar owners or property owners who argued... more »
  • "Clean Hands" ordinance moves to full BR council

    January 5, 2011 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The full council will also decide next week whether people with outstanding parking tickets and warrants can be denied a city permit. The "Clean Hands" ordinance allows the city to run background checks on people trying to get a permit. If you owe the city, you don't get... more »

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