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  • Senate sends 'ban the box' bill to governor, who supports it

    May 25, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agencies would be prohibited from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before interviewing them for a position, under a bill that has received final legislative passage. A 30-6 Senate vote Wednesday sent the "ban the box" bill to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who supports... more »
  • Senate gives final OK to patient caregiver bill

    May 25, 2016 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give people more information about how to properly care for patients who are discharged from the hospital has received final legislative passage. The Senate sent the measure to the governor's desk with a 37-0 vote Wednesday. Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the bill and... more »
  • Religious objections bill rejected by La. Senate committee

    May 24, 2016 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have refused to enact a new law declaring pastors and churches don't have to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or allow them in their facilities. The Senate Judiciary B Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to shelve the House-approved bill. Opponents of the proposal by... more »
  • Senate bill included amendment aiming to limit stripper weight

    May 18, 2016 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana Senate bill intended to restrict the age of employees at strip clubs included a proposed amendment to limit employed strippers' weights. The amendment was with withdrawn before the House voted on the bill. The original text of Senate Bill 468 banned strip clubs... more »
  • Senators kill bill aimed at boosting student wellness exams

    May 18, 2016 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An attempt to boost wellness exams for public school students has failed to gain support in the state Senate. The House-approved bill by Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, would have required the wellness exam before entering kindergarten and sixth grade - but would allow... more »
  • Charter school restriction headed to House floor for debate

    May 18, 2016 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' effort to remove an unused method for creating charter schools has passed its first hurdle in the House, after earlier winning Senate support. The House Education Committee voted 7-5 Tuesday to advance the bill to the House floor for debate, after previously rejecting... more »
  • Attorney general questioned as 'sanctuary city' bill delayed

    May 17, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has postponed a vote on a bid to penalize jurisdictions that don't align with federal immigration law, after some senators questioned whether the proposal gives the attorney general too much power. Attorney General Jeff Landry testified in favor of the House-approved bill that... more »
  • Anti-discrimination bill narrowly advances to Senate debate

    May 10, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans senator's proposal seeking to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability has narrowly passed its first test. Democratic Sen. J.P. Morrell's bill would rework Louisiana's existing anti-discrimination laws and broaden them to cover LGBT groups and people with disabilities. ... more »
  • Electronic driver's license bill moves to Senate for hearing

    May 4, 2016 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators will consider whether Louisiana drivers should be permitted to carry electronic licenses, after the proposal met little resistance from the full House. Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said people could only use the licenses for driving and not for identification at private... more »
  • Minimum wage increase stalled as negotiations continue

    May 2, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to boost Louisiana's minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate as the Democratic governor continues negotiating with lawmakers, trying to win support for the bill. The proposal to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, sponsored by New Orleans Sen.... more »
  • Students invade Capitol for 'Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day'

    April 29, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Lawmakers took the day off Friday, so students, along with their parents and teachers, took over the Louisiana State Capitol building. It was all part of a new event that Governor John Bel Edwards called, “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” And that is... more »
  • Senate passes cursive writing mandate for public schools

    April 28, 2016 4:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - With rallying cries of what it means to be American, Louisiana senators unanimously passed a bill requiring Louisiana's public schools to teach cursive writing. The 37-0 Senate vote Wednesday moved the measure to the House for consideration. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican, described cursive as... more »
  • Lawmakers looking to make video poker for truck stops easier Play Video

    April 26, 2016 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are proposing to make it easier for truck stops to do business. For a truck stop to have video poker, it matters how much fuel it sells. It is the responsibility of the truck stop to keep an eye on their fuel sales and report them, however... more »
  • Bill aims to cut meeting costs that reach thousands annually

    April 26, 2016 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are trying to trim the costs of a legislative agency that spends thousands of dollars each year on meetings at a swanky New Orleans hotel. The Louisiana State Law Institute, which studies legal issues for the Legislature, regularly holds meetings of its decision-making council... more »
  • La. Senate advances bill to allow separate courtroom seating

    April 26, 2016 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Senate has approved a proposal allowing crime victims, crime witnesses or their family members to request courtroom seating separate from defendants, defendants' family members or defense witnesses. Sen. J.P. Morell, a New Orleans Democrat, says his bill is meant to protect the people "most vulnerable to... more »
  • Cursive writing requirement heads to full Senate for debate

    April 21, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public schools would have to teach cursive writing, if lawmakers agree to a bill advancing in the state Senate. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican, says she's worried students are spending too much time on keyboards and are losing their own signatures. She says the bill... more »
  • Pro-Kennedy PAC has less than expected in campaign account

    April 21, 2016 5:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A super PAC supporting state Treasurer John Kennedy in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race has missed the fundraising mark it expected to reach. Make Louisiana Proud PAC had previously announced that it expected to have more than $2.3 million in the bank to bolster Kennedy's candidacy for the fundraising... more »
  • Medical marijuana proposal wins Senate support

    April 20, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after falling one vote short, backers of a proposal to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law to cover more diseases found success in the Senate. Senators voted 21-16 Wednesday for the proposal from Republican Sen. Fred Mills. It needed 20 votes to pass. Louisiana hasn't yet... more »
  • Bill limiting access to police body camera video stalled

    April 19, 2016 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to exempt all police body camera footage unrelated to criminal investigations from Louisiana public records law has stalled in the state Senate, at least temporarily. Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Republican, says he plans to continue discussions on the measure and bring a reworked... more »
  • Senate backs bill allowing raw milk sales in Louisiana

    April 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If one lawmaker has his way, Louisianians will learn to trust local farmers to milk cows and sell the product "raw." Sen. Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat, persuaded the Senate to let farmers sell limited quantities of unpasteurized milk directly to consumers, with an argument of... more »
  • Push to restrict charter schools hits legislative resistance

    April 15, 2016 5:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The push to curb the growth of charter schools has taken hits in the Louisiana Legislature. The Senate Education Committee, without objection, agreed Thursday to shelve legislation that would ban Louisiana's top school board from authorizing charter schools rejected by local boards in most districts. The vote is... more »
  • Senate backs bill letting police automatically scan plates

    April 14, 2016 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Lake Charles senator is back with his proposal to allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill last year, so Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns asked senators to try again this year now that Gov. John Bel Edwards is... more »
  • Proposal to double seatbelt fine passes Louisiana House

    April 14, 2016 4:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has backed a proposal to double fines against people caught not wearing seatbelts. Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, says his bill to increase the fine from $25 to $50 will generate more money for the state and save lives. Drivers would pay $75... more »
  • Raw milk sales bill narrowly gains traction in La. Senate

    April 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will debate whether the state should lift its ban on sales of unpasteurized - or "raw" - milk. After two years of rejecting the bill, a reorganized Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 3-2 to advance to the full Senate for consideration a proposal... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy announces $800K raised for US Senate race

    April 6, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Treasurer John Kennedy says he has raised more than $800,000 for his U.S. Senate campaign. Kennedy's campaign announced the fundraising figure Wednesday, more than a week before reports for the quarter ending March 31 are due to the Federal Election Commission. The state treasurer's campaign says... 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 »
  • Edwards tells Democrats he's supporting Campbell for Senate

    April 2, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has told state Democratic Party leaders he's backing Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell in the U.S. Senate race. The governor's endorsement of the utility regulator from Bossier Parish was a blow to the campaign of Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer from... more »
  • Senate agrees to ban sex offenders from door-to-door sales

    March 31, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Convicted sex offenders in Louisiana would be unable to work in door-to-door sales, if the state House of Representatives agrees to a measure that won unanimous support from the Senate. Already in Louisiana, registered sex offenders can't drive a bus or taxi or work in an industry... more »
  • Senators refuse to change Louisiana's absentee voting rules

    March 30, 2016 5:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have refused to loosen Louisiana's absentee voting rules. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to allow any people who expect to be away from their home parishes on Election Day to be able to vote absentee by mail. Currently, people can only vote absentee... more »
  • Louisiana House votes to curb state spending on public art

    March 29, 2016 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House wants to scale back a 17-year-old program that requires state agencies to spend a portion of their construction dollars on public art. Lawmakers in the House voted 86-4 on Monday to put new restrictions on the program, with supporters saying the state has to curb... more »
  • Special session ends: A breakdown of what passed in final hours Play Video

    March 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana’s lawmakers wrapped up a special legislative session Wednesday night at 6 p.m. aimed at balancing this year’s budget. Decisions on several tax proposals that could help get the state treasury back in decent shape went down to the wire as the debate ended in a flurry... more »
  • Critical bills up for consideration as session deadline closes in

    March 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday marks the final day of the special legislative session, and it’s time for state lawmakers to agree to a tax plan or let critical services get cut. Lawmakers are meeting now behind closed doors, and a number of conference committees are hard at work on... more »
  • Senators blast business for seeking to protect tax breaks

    March 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators grilled business lobbyists on the second-to-last day of the special legislative session, saying companies aren't doing their fair share to help close Louisiana's budget gap. Lobbyists for the oil and gas industry, chemical plants and other companies urged the Senate tax committee Tuesday against shrinking sales... more »
  • Senators outline budget balancing plan, calls for more taxes

    March 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have unveiled their plan to rebalance Louisiana's short-term budget gap, seeking to lessen cuts proposed by the House and largely shield public colleges and health services from steep reductions. But the plan requires the House to back $83 million more in taxes than the... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills advancing with lawmakers

    March 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. None has made it to final passage so far, with less than a week remaining in the special legislative session. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Senate rejects adding $600M to anti-heroin legislation

    March 2, 2016 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Democratic effort to add $600 million to a bipartisan bill targeting heroin and opioid abuse. Supporters of the immediate funding won a majority of the Senate votes. But the 48-47 tally fell short of the 60 votes required for New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne... more »
  • Another Republican is joining the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana

    March 1, 2016 6:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Another Republican is joining the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao announced his candidacy Tuesday in a news release. Cao became the nation's first Vietnamese-American congressman with his unexpected defeated of a scandal-plagued incumbent Democrat, William Jefferson, in 2008. Two years... more »
  • House and Senate appear in stalemate over budget rebalancing

    March 1, 2016 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Negotiations over how best to rebalance Louisiana's budget are staying behind the scenes. Lawmakers in the House on Tuesday again stalled votes on tax hikes, as bill sponsors tried to rally enough support for passage. House Speaker Taylor Barras, a Republican, called on lawmakers in his... more »
  • Education chief: House cuts would shutter most of agency

    February 29, 2016 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is proposing to take a hatchet to the Department of Education in the final four months of the budget year. House lawmakers recommended cuts that Superintendent of Education John White says would shutter nearly every program in his agency, including early childhood programs, vouchers and... more »
  • House to debate governor's tax plans to rebalance budget

    February 25, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State House lawmakers are weighing whether to boost taxes on shoppers, smokers, drinkers, phone service and more as they try to end the boom-and-bust cycles of Louisiana's budget. After days of closed-door negotiations, the House on Thursday is scheduled to debate more than 30 tax proposals aimed at... more »
  • Senate confirms Robert Califf as head of FDA

    February 24, 2016 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Senators voted 89-4 Wednesday to confirm Robert Califf after a handful of Democrats delayed action in a protest over the agency's inaction on the abuse of opioid painkillers. Califf... more »
  • Jeb Bush: Senate court vote 'not important' to him

    February 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush says it doesn't matter to him whether Senate Republicans vote on any Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama may send to Capitol Hill to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Bush tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the decision is up to Majority Leader Mitch... more »
  • Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

    February 10, 2016 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has voted to hold the classified advertising website Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking. The Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday backed a resolution setting up a... more »
  • As prospects dim, Lynch pushes criminal justice bill

    January 26, 2016 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorney General Loretta Lynch is urging the Senate to pass criminal justice reform legislation that, among other things, allows judges to give lesser sentences than current federal mandatory minimums. In remarks prepared for delivery Tuesday in New Orleans, Lynch urged passage of the reform bill already... more »
  • State Treasurer Kennedy to run for U.S. Senate

    January 26, 2016 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In an email statement, Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy made it official that he is running for U.S. Senate in 2016. Kennedy was just sworn in as state treasurer after winning reelection in October 2015 by an overwhelming 80% of the vote. Kennedy is running for the... more »
  • Bipartisan bill revises healthier meal standards in schools

    January 18, 2016 3:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate bill released Monday would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve. School nutrition directors and first lady Michelle Obama could be headed for a truce on healthier meal standards for the... more »
  • Democrats chosen to lead Senate's budget and tax committees

    January 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate President John Alario has selected Democrats to lead the Senate committees dealing with taxes and the budget. Sen. Eric LaFleur, of Ville Platte, will work as chairman of the Finance Committee, which helps to craft the state's annual budget and will grapple with closing... more »
  • House, Senate rush to send huge budget and tax deal to Obama

    December 18, 2015 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON- The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama a massive budget package that would fund the entire government through September 2016 and shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests. Friday's vote promises to finish up a surprisingly productive, bipartisan... more »
  • Ryan: Can't get everything you want

    December 16, 2015 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - "In divided government, you don't get everything you want." That's how House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending the spending and tax-cut compromise that's being prepared for House and Senate votes by the end of the week. The measure extends dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families, while... more »
  • Maness making another attempt for Louisiana US Senate seat

    December 9, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate last year, is making another bid for a Louisiana-based Senate seat. Maness has filed federal paperwork declaring his candidacy for the 2016 election that will determine who takes the Senate position... more »
  • Senate clears major new education bill, sends it to Obama

    December 9, 2015 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With an overwhelming show of support, the Senate has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a massive education bill that would return to the states significant control over school accountability and testing. Obama was expected to sign it. The bill would continue federally mandated reading and math... more »
  • Rep. Fleming officially announces for Louisiana Senate race

    December 7, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming has launched his campaign for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter. Fleming is positioning himself as a contender willing to take on Washington's GOP leaders. In a video posted Monday, Fleming - in office since 2009 - says... more »
  • Senators seek plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program

    December 7, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are asking Louisiana's health department to draw up a Medicaid expansion proposal within weeks, as they ready for a new governor who wants to tap into that provision of the federal health care law. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion plans, siding with Republican Gov.... more »
  • Senate votes down gun curbs in wake of CA attacks

    December 3, 2015 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted anew against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest U.S. mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's 50-47 vote underscored that political gridlock over curbing firearms remains formidable in Washington, amid a rash of... more »
  • Troy Brown resigns from leadership position in Senate

    December 3, 2015 4:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Embattled state Senator Troy Brown has resigned from an elected position within the Senate due to legal issues from a domestic battery incident after the Bayou Classic last weekend. Brown faces misdemeanor domestic battery charges after he was accused of punching a longtime girlfriend in the... more »
  • GOP loses state Senate seat, but picks up 2 spots in House

    November 23, 2015 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans have narrowly lost their super-majority in the state Senate after the weekend's runoff election. Democrats picked up a Senate seat Saturday. The chamber's GOP membership will drop from 26 to 25 in January, keeping Republicans short of the two-thirds bloc required to pass certain types... more »
  • Rep. Boustany readying for announcement on US Senate race

    November 23, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two of Louisiana's congressmen are making it clear they intend to run for the U.S. Senate next year, after Republican David Vitter announced he won't seek re-election. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, released a statement Monday saying he'll have a formal Senate candidacy announcement... more »
  • Senate: Longer double trailers for trucks must be safe

    November 10, 2015 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is trying to block congressional negotiators from mandating that states allow trucks with extra-long double trailers on interstates unless the vehicles can be shown to be safe. The Senate voted Tuesday to instruct lawmakers negotiating the final language of a transportation bill. Safety advocates... more »
  • Senate blocks legislation to undercut EPA clean water rules

    November 3, 2015 12:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution. Supporters of the legislation did not get the 60 votes needed Tuesday to stop debate and consider the bill.... more »
  • Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel today as Congress took the initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system. On a vote of 15-5, the Judiciary Committee approved a bill to give judges discretion to give... more »
  • Cybersecurity: Senate takes initial step to bill's passage

    October 22, 2015 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has taken an initial step toward passing a bill aimed at improving cybersecurity. The bill is intended to encourage the sharing of threat information among companies and the U.S. government. Thursday's 83-to-14 procedural vote was a healthy endorsement of the bill. It's opposed by companies... more »
  • White House threatens to veto 'sanctuary cities' bill

    October 20, 2015 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is threatening to veto Senate legislation cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. The Senate is holding a procedural vote on the legislation Tuesday. The bill by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter would punish jurisdictions that prohibit the collection of... more »
  • Florida Senate to remove Confederate battle flag from seal

    October 19, 2015 2:14 PM

    TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Senate is removing the Confederate battle flag from the chamber's official seal. The entire Senate on Monday agreed to revise the seal that now contains the battle flag along with four other flags that have flown in Florida. The Senate seal is located prominently in the Senate... more »
  • Source: Senators reach deal on criminal justice overhaul

    September 30, 2015 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement on changes to the criminal justice system that would allow for shorter prison sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders. Judges would have the discretion to give sentences below the mandatory minimum for non-violent drug offenders. Some current inmates could... more »
  • Jindal says McConnell should step down

    September 25, 2015 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP's top senator to step down. The Louisiana governor told The Associated Press on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should follow the lead of House Speaker John Boehner, who announced earlier in the day plans to... more »
  • Democratic-led filibuster stalls stopgap funding measure

    September 24, 2015 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked an effort by GOP leaders to keep the government open over GOP efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer funding. The measure failed on a 47-52 vote, failing to win a majority of the Senate, much less the 60 votes required to overcome... more »
  • Senate Dems block GOP bill curbing late abortions

    September 22, 2015 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have blocked a Senate Republican bid to ban most late-term abortions. Two days before Pope Francis was to deliver an unprecedented papal speech to Congress, a GOP effort to begin debating the legislation failed. Tuesday's vote was 54-42 to move ahead on the bill, but that... more »
  • Landry picks up GatorPAC backing in attorney general's race

    September 2, 2015 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness says his super PAC is supporting Jeff Landry in the Louisiana attorney general's race. Maness, a Republican, created the political action committee after his Senate race loss last year. On Tuesday, he announced GatorPAC would be helping GOP candidate Landry in his... more »
  • McAllister seeks political comeback after cheating scandal

    August 21, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, who lost his re-election bid after a cheating scandal, is trying to return to Louisiana politics. Only this time, he's set his sights lower than Congress. McAllister, a Republican, said Friday he intends to run for a state Senate seat... more »
  • Senate blocks GOP bill to end Planned Parenthood fed funds

    August 3, 2015 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Monday's vote followed the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they sometimes provide aborted fetal tissue for researchers. The vote was 53-46... more »
  • Sen. Paul: Senate will vote on fed aid to Planned Parenthood

    July 28, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders told him the vote will occur. He says... more »
  • Vitter: $1.3M raised in latest quarter for governor's race

    July 20, 2015 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues his strong fundraising in the Louisiana governor's race. The Republican candidate for governor said Monday he raised more than $1.3 million in the most recent fundraising quarter ending July 16. Vitter's campaign says it closed the period with $5 million in the... more »
  • Senate cancels session to consider overriding Jindal vetoes

    July 17, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge this month to consider overriding Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes of bills passed in the last legislative session. As expected, the veto session was canceled by state senators. It takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to... more »
  • Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

    July 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has cleared the way for a vote by Thursday on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Lawmakers have been considering the bill since last week. They voted Wednesday to limit additional debate on further changes to the legislation and... more »
  • Confederate flag is removed in South Carolina

    July 10, 2015 10:17 AM

    COLUMBIA- The Confederate flag has been removed from a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, where it has had a presence for 54 years. The rebel banner was taken down Friday morning by a Highway Patrol honor guard in a ceremony attended by thousands who cheered at... more »
  • South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

    July 6, 2015 4:18 PM

    COLUMBIA, SC - The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds. The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki... more »
  • JDRF 2015 Children's Congress Play Video

    July 6, 2015 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The JDRF Children's Congress goes to Washington D.C. every year to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the country. This morning on 2une In, Children's Congress advocates, Max Jacobsen and Ben Ellison stopped by to tell us about what they've been doing to help thousands... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda survives key Senate procedural vote

    June 23, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has survived a crucial Senate vote and seems well-positioned to become law. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to begin full-blown debate on Obama's request for "fast track" negotiating authority. That was the exact number needed to avoid a filibuster. The vote continued a... more »
  • Bill permitting automatic license plate scans gets final OK

    June 11, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let law enforcement agencies automatically scan motorists' license plates, to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws. The House and Senate voted Thursday for a proposal by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns, of Lake Charles, creating a pilot program that will allow... more »
  • House rejects Senate changes to budget Play Video

    June 10, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the clock winding down on the Louisiana legislative session, lawmakers in the state House voted to reject the Senate's changes to the $24 billion budget bill and send it to a conference committee to hash out the final details. The House and Senate have been... more »
  • Budget deal tricky to reach in final days of lawmakers' work

    June 9, 2015 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Now that the House and Senate have passed strikingly different packages of budget-balancing plans, negotiations move behind closed doors as legislative leaders try to strike a deal. The biggest stumbling block isn't necessarily the proposed spending plans or tax hikes. One of the largest disputes is whether... more »
  • LSU men's golf honored at state Capitol

    June 5, 2015 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers took time from debating how to avoid crippling higher education cuts in order to honor members of the LSU men's golf team Friday. The team brought their NCAA Division 1 championship trophy with them to the state Capitol, where they received a warm reception in... more »
  • La. Senate starts approving tax bills for next year's budget

    June 5, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started passing tax bills to help raise new dollars for next year's budget. With a 28-7 vote Friday, the Senate agreed to temporarily suspend a 1-cent state sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity, steam and water for utilities by businesses. The suspension would... more »
  • Senators boost judicial budget by $3.5 million next year

    June 5, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are backing a $3.5 million increase next year to the budget that finances the Louisiana Supreme Court and other parts of the state judiciary. Though lawmakers have been struggling to fill financial gaps, the Senate Finance Committee disagreed with the House decision to provide a standstill... more »
  • Congress sends NSA phone collection bill to president

    June 2, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has sent legislation to the president reviving and remaking a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program two days after letting it temporarily expire. The vote in the Senate Tuesday was 67-32. The House already has passed the bill, and President Barack Obama plans to sign it quickly. The legislation... more »
  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate

    June 1, 2015 7:46 AM

    WASHINGTON- Several post-Sept. 11 anti-terror provisions have lapsed after the Senate failed to extend them before the deadline at midnight. GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president, took credit for the outcome as he used Senate rules to slow action. The expiration may be only temporary.... more »
  • La. health dept. seeks restoration of public health funding Play Video

    May 29, 2015 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department leaders are asking senators to restore $26 million to public health programs next year. Without it, they say they would have to shutter safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks. The House stripped the public health funding in its version... more »
  • House committee kills Senate-backed equal pay proposal

    May 28, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the third time in recent weeks, a House committee voted down a proposal requiring employees to be compensated equally if they do the same work, no matter their gender. The equal pay proposal, sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray, a New Orleans Democrat, had been backed by... more »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle

    May 21, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has cleared a key Senate hurdle to move toward a final vote. The Senate has topped the 60 votes needed to begin substantive action on Obama's bid for "fast track" negotiating authority. The vote was 62-38. Obama says fast track authority will improve... more »

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