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  • Senate backs bill giving some juvenile lifers shot at parole

    April 27, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence. The 22-13 vote Wednesday came in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic no-parole life sentences for crimes... more »
  • Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

    April 25, 2017 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections. The vote was 94-6 on Tuesday. As the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Rosenstein is expected to head the... more »
  • Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

    April 25, 2017 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - A senior Republican senator emerged from a dinner with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters Tuesday that North Korea should "not underestimate President Trump's resolve... more »
  • Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

    April 24, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. The vote Monday was 87-11. The owner of several agricultural businesses and the son of a farmer, Perdue will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. Perdue has assured nervous farm-state... more »
  • Louisiana Senate agrees to limit hunting sales tax holiday

    April 20, 2017 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to scale back the state's sales tax holiday for hunting supplies. A proposal by Sen. Barrow Peacock, a Bossier City Republican, would keep state sales taxes from being charged on firearms, ammunition and archery supplies on the first weekend of September. But... more »
  • Alabama Senate votes to allow concealed carry without permit

    April 18, 2017 9:26 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Senate has voted to allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a getting a permit. Senators approved the bill on a 25-8 vote Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill has been heavily criticized by some law enforcement officers... more »
  • Bills to lessen tax breaks to be debated by State Senate

    April 17, 2017 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will consider proposals to whittle away at Louisiana's tax break programs to keep more money in the state treasury for spending. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced a handful of bills Monday to the full Senate that would lessen or eliminate tax... more »
  • La. congressional delegation reacts to Syrian missile strikes

    April 7, 2017 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The United States has attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad. Louisiana's congressional delegation issued the following statements on the missile strikes: U.S. Senator John Kennedy: “I commend... more »
  • Gorsuch confirmed; Senate approves Trump nominee, 54-45

    April 7, 2017 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The vote was 54-45 on Friday. The victory gives President Donald Trump's 49-year-old nominee a lifetime spot on the court and his party... more »
  • McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

    April 5, 2017 7:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to bust a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as a showdown nears that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. The Kentucky Republican says Democrats "seem determined to head into the... more »
  • Senate agrees to extend VA's program of private-sector care

    April 3, 2017 9:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation that would extend a program aimed at widening veterans' access to private-sector health care. The bill passed by voice vote. It would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue operating its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year.... more »
  • Democrats have the votes to try to block Gorsuch

    April 3, 2017 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats now have enough votes to try to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who plan to confirm him anyway. The crucial 41st vote came from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who announced his decision Monday as... more »
  • Senate panel to meet on Supreme Court nominee, delay likely

    March 27, 2017 9:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel is meeting to consider President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and Democrats are widely expected to delay a vote until next week. The Judiciary Committee is gathering at noon on Monday. Democrats have the power to seek a one-week postponement on a decision... more »
  • US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline

    March 23, 2017 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it. Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a... more »
  • Louisiana senators reject closure of mental health program

    March 22, 2017 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state senators blocked plans by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to shutter a Medicaid program that provides mental health services to more than 47,000 children. The Edwards administration planned to close the program April 1, to save Louisiana more than $2 million this year, in response... more »
  • McConnell warns Republicans on health bill

    March 21, 2017 10:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning fellow Republicans of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, McConnell says: "I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented... more »
  • Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

    March 13, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Medicare and Medicaid agency, the $1 trillion organization overseeing health insurance programs for more than 130 million Americans. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma is a protégé of Vice President Mike Pence. She was approved Monday... more »
  • Senate demands action to end threats to Jewish facilities

    March 7, 2017 9:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The entire U.S. Senate is calling on the Trump administration to take more aggressive steps to counter the growing number of anonymous bomb threats against Jewish organizations and institutions across the country. All 100 senators say in a letter sent Tuesday that the incidents are becoming more frequent... more »
  • Senate confirms billionaire investor as commerce secretary

    February 27, 2017 8:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team. Breaking with Republican orthodoxy, Ross said the Trump administration will work quickly to re-do the North American Free Trade Agreement. That's the massive trade pact with Canada and... more »
  • Louisiana budget deal negotiated, but will it pass in House?

    February 21, 2017 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers have moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place. But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain. The special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to eliminate the gap must... more »
  • LAGOP says Brown's resignation should have come sooner

    February 17, 2017 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Republicans say state Senator Troy Brown’s resignation should have come sooner. In a statement released Thursday, LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré said his colleagues welcome Brown’s resignation. “We’re glad he finally saw that his actions were not to be tolerated by the Louisiana Legislature,”... more »
  • Brown: 'It's pretty obvious' he'll be expelled from state senate Play Video

    February 15, 2017 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State Senator Troy Brown said it appears he could be ousted from his seat in state government next week. "It's pretty obvious," Brown said after the Senate Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion met Wednesday morning. Brown is the target of an expulsion hearing following arrests... more »
  • Former wrestling exec Linda McMahon confirmed to lead SBA

    February 14, 2017 7:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. The vote was 81-19 on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy" and calls that a welcome change from Washington. McMahon... more »
  • Mnuchin sworn in as treasury secretary

    February 13, 2017 8:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Steven Mnuchin has been sworn in as the next treasury secretary. Mnuchin took the oath of office in the Oval Office Monday night. President Donald Trump says that Mnuchin spent his entire career making money in the private sector and now will go to work for the American... more »
  • Senate confirms Shulkin as VA secretary

    February 13, 2017 8:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Trump administration. The vote Monday was 100-0. Shulkin is a former Obama administration official who had served as the VA's top health official since 2015. He is the first non-veteran to lead... more »
  • Senators call for Troy Brown to be expelled from Senate

    February 13, 2017 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State senators Sharon Hewitt and Dan Claitor held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss a resolution that calls for the expulsion of Troy Brown as a senator. State senator Yvonne Colomb attempted to indefinitely postpone the expulsion resolution of Brown on Monday. Her motion... more »
  • Sen. Sessions on track for confirmations as attorney general

    February 8, 2017 8:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is working round-the-clock toward confirming President Donald Trump's close ally, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to become the nation's top law enforcement officer as attorney general. The Alabama Republican appears headed toward confirmation on Wednesday evening by a nearly party-line vote. Democrats harshly criticized Sessions for being too... more »
  • Sen. John Kennedy named to three U.S. Senate subcommittees

    January 18, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON – Louisiana’s newest U.S. Senator, Republican John Kennedy, has been named to three subcommittees of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. According to a statement released Wednesday, Kennedy’s assignments are: Housing, Transportation and Community Development Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Economic Policy... more »
  • GOP unveils initial 'Obamacare' repeal measure

    January 3, 2017 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have already introduced legislation that's a precursor to repealing much of the Affordable Care Act. Successful passage of the measure would allow a detailed follow-up repeal bill to pass through Congress without fear of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Tuesday's measure doesn't contain any policy language.... more »
  • Louisiana electoral voters stick with Trump Play Video

    December 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's electoral voters have cast their ballots for Donald Trump, bucking a push from around the country to abandon the Republican president-elect. In a formal vote Monday at the Louisiana Capitol, the eight electors individually proclaimed their votes aloud before a small crowd that had gathered to... more »
  • Mexico Senate passes medical pot bill; sent to lower house

    December 13, 2016 9:48 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Senate says in a statement summarizing the debate that the measure directs the Health Department to "design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of this plant and its derivatives."... more »
  • Kennedy: 'Lot of work left' as treasurer before Senate term

    December 12, 2016 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fresh off a landslide win, U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy says he'll head to Washington this week for orientation. But he doesn't plan to immediately relinquish his job as state treasurer. The Republican winner of this weekend's runoff election said Sunday that he's "got a lot of work... more »
  • Kennedy says his election represents change

    December 11, 2016 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's newly elected U.S. senator, Republican John Kennedy, says his campaign was about change in Washington. Kennedy, the state treasurer, won Saturday's runoff election to fill the nation's last Senate seat. Speaking to supporters, Kennedy said "Washington insiders" have taken the country in the wrong direction. But... more »
  • GOP senators join Dems to condemn Russian political hacking

    December 11, 2016 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are joining with Democrats in calling for an examination of reports that Russia interfered in the presidential election. Chairman John McCain, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and others said in a joint statement Sunday that the CIA's report of... more »
  • Louisiana runoff election results

    December 10, 2016 12:05 PM

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE - The campaign season is ending in Louisiana a month later than the rest of the country. Voters Saturday are deciding the nation's final three congressional seats in runoff elections. Top of the ballot is the competition for an open U.S.... more »
  • Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

    December 8, 2016 3:36 PM

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer... more »
  • US Sen. Vitter bids farewell, says he was 'blessed' to serve

    December 5, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter called his tenure in Congress "the greatest honor of my professional life," as he gave a farewell speech ahead of the end to his 12-year tenure in the Senate. The Republican incumbent didn't run for a third term, after losing the Louisiana governor's... more »
  • Pence rallies for Kennedy for Louisiana's Senate seat

    December 3, 2016 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Vice President-elect Mike Pence urged Louisiana voters to back Republican John Kennedy for Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat, saying Kennedy would be a strong partner to advance Donald Trump's agenda in Congress. Pence headlined a New Orleans rally and a fundraiser for Kennedy on Saturday, the final... more »
  • Kennedy's fundraising falls behind Campbell in Senate race

    December 2, 2016 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Though Republican John Kennedy leads in polls for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, he lags his Democratic competitor Foster Campbell in fundraising ahead of the Dec. 10 runoff. Kennedy, the state treasurer, raised nearly $1 million less than Campbell, a Public Service Commission member, in his latest finance... more »
  • Senate takes aim at 'bots' that snap up concert seats

    November 30, 2016 8:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is cracking down on computer software used by ticket brokers to snap up tickets to concerts and shows. Senators passed legislation by voice vote Wednesday that would make using the software an "unfair and deceptive practice" under the Federal Trade Commission Act and allow the FTC... more »
  • Democrat Campbell sees fundraising boost in Senate runoff

    November 30, 2016 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell's fundraising has spiked ahead of the Dec. 10 runoff, as his campaign is bolstered by Democratic donors from around the nation. Campbell had brought in $1.7 million for his campaign through Oct. 19 over nearly a year of fundraising - $984,000... more »
  • Kennedy skips Baton Rouge Senate forum Play Video

    November 28, 2016 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican John Kennedy was absent Monday from the Baton Rouge Press Club forum for U.S. Senate candidates. It's a move his rival Democrat Foster Campbell didn't let go unnoticed. "Mr. Kennedy doesn't want to debate," said Campbell. "He really doesn't want me to call him out on... more »
  • La. early voting opens Saturday, with Senate seat on ballot

    November 25, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election opens Saturday, with a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal races remaining to be settled. Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Louisiana's top elections official, said lines should be... more »
  • Early voting for Dec. 10 runoffs begin Saturday

    November 23, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Early voting for the December 10 general elections begins this Saturday. Statewide early voting will be last for one week starting Saturday, Nov. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 3. According to the Louisisana Secretary of State's Office, residents can vote at the Registrar of Voters office in... more »
  • Attacks give way to endorsements in US Senate race

    November 20, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Those prostitution allegations? Forget about them. Claims of ties to a white supremacist? Ignore that. Trash-talking about performance in office? All water under the bridge. In Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, one-time rivals who hammered each other in bitter exchanges ahead of the primary election are now suggesting... more »
  • Marco Rubio wins 2nd term in the Senate

    November 8, 2016 8:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Marco Rubio failed in his bid to end up in the White House, but he's still going back to Washington. Florida voters elected him to a second term in the Senate on Tuesday. He had wavered for months before deciding to run for re-election. He beat back a... more »
  • Kennedy, Campbell advance to December U.S. Senate runoff

    November 8, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A tight race for Louisiana's vacant U.S. Senate seat resulted in a runoff between State Treasurer John Kennedy and Democratic challenger Foster Campbell. Kennedy is a Republican and Campbell is a Democrat. Whoever is elected in December replaces U.S. Senator David Vitter, a Republican, who... more »
  • Struggle to break away from pack in Louisiana's Senate race

    November 5, 2016 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Contenders to be Louisiana's next U.S. senator are struggling to break away from the pack in a race where only a few percentage points could determine who reaches the runoff. Twenty-four candidates are on Tuesday's ballot. Five are possible contenders to make the Dec. 10 runoff. Among... more »
  • Protesters seek to block Duke's exit from campus Play Video

    November 2, 2016 11:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The top six candidates running for Louisiana's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat are meeting for their last debate ahead of next week's election, at Dillard University in New Orleans. But Wednesday's televised debate is drawing attention mainly for the sixth contender who will be on stage at the... more »
  • Dillard President says debate poll was rigged to include David Duke

    November 2, 2016 7:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University's president took to Twitter to accuse Raycom Media of rigging poll results to increase TV ratings by including David Duke in Wednesday's U.S. Senate debate. President Walter Kimbrough tweeted “pretty clear polling rigged” for ratings and “any protests become part of reality show masquerading... more »
  • Senate race features prostitutes, David Duke, cross-dressing

    October 26, 2016 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat features an open seat, two dozen candidates, prostitution allegations and a white supremacist contender. About the only sure thing seems to be that the race won't be decided Nov. 8 when most of the nation's political contests are settled. Instead, it's certain to... more »
  • Exiting Sen. Vitter leaves guidebook for his successor

    October 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is leaving a guidebook for the person who will follow him into office. The Republican incumbent, who isn't seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 ballot, sent major candidates in the Senate race the comprehensive, 102-page guidebook . The document includes information about how... more »
  • Louisiana's US Senate race candidates clash in TV debate

    October 18, 2016 11:10 PM

    RUSTON - Major candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race clashed in their first televised debate together, as they sought to draw distinctions in the final weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming hit GOP opponent John Kennedy, the state treasurer, for running years ago as... more »
  • Former Sen. Mary Landrieu picks Fayard in La. Senate race

    October 14, 2016 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Fayard has received the backing of former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, as heavyweights in the party continue to split support between Fayard and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. Landrieu, a Democrat who lost her re-election bid in 2014, announced her endorsement... more »
  • Lawsuit highlights difficulties for lesser-known candidates

    October 14, 2016 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three candidates trying to force their way into a TV debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race weren't successful. But their court hearing this week underscored the troubles for lesser-known contenders to gain the attention needed to win statewide. Judge Tim Kelley refused to stop the Oct. 18... more »
  • Fleming hits GOP opponents, says acting like in junior high

    September 29, 2016 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After lagging in polls, Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming thinks he's found his path to the runoff in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, positioning himself as the grown-up among the major GOP candidates. In his latest TV ad released statewide this week, Fleming hits the two leading Republicans... more »
  • Congress overrides Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill

    September 28, 2016 12:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers.... more »
  • Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund government

    September 27, 2016 8:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a spending bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline. Most Democrats and at least 10 Republicans voted to block the bill, which also funds the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats are demanding money to help Flint, Michigan, address its... more »
  • New Orleans mayor backs Caroline Fayard in US Senate race

    September 12, 2016 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate Caroline Fayard has picked up the high-profile support of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. Landrieu announced his backing of Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer and businesswoman, in a statement Monday that listed his endorsement in several races on the Nov.... more »
  • Senate panel opens inquiry into EpiPen pricing

    September 7, 2016 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has opened a preliminary investigation into why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland's investigations subcommittee said in a statement Wednesday that they began an inquiry into Mylan Pharmaceuticals' pricing and competition practices. Mylan has been... more »
  • Ex-KKK leader Duke tries political comeback in US Senate run

    July 23, 2016 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has joined a wide open field seeking a U.S. Senate seat. On Friday, he declared "the climate of this country has moved in my direction," as he... more »
  • Ex-KKK leader Duke signs up to run for Senate

    July 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has officially signed up to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Duke registered Friday, the final day of Louisiana's qualifying period. A registered Republican, he is seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter. Duke's candidacy comes as Louisiana... more »
  • Senate blocks bill on barring money for sanctuary cities

    July 6, 2016 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a measure that would bar federal funds from sanctuary cities, a contentious election-year vote on immigration. The vote was 53 to 44, shy of the 60 votes required to move to a final vote on the legislation. The bill would withhold some money from... more »
  • Senate spending plan protects colleges, cuts K-12 education

    June 22, 2016 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's senators have unveiled their approach for spending $258 million raised in a tax special session that is in its final days. The plan, backed Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee, would protect college campuses, but it leaves K-12 public schools on the chopping block. The safety-net hospitals... more »
  • House, Senate disagreement over budget bill ends

    June 16, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House and Senate leaders have reached a deal on how to handle the budget bill to spend the tax dollars raised during the special legislative session. After a Thursday meeting, House leaders agreed to stop stalling the bill and are scheduling it for a Monday hearing.... more »
  • Bill would lessen tax breaks for manufacturers

    June 15, 2016 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are advancing a bill that would force large manufacturing facilities to choose between two property tax breaks they enjoy, to boost revenue for the state's budget. The bill by Republican Sen. Rick Ward, of Port Allen, would prohibit businesses from receiving both an exemption from paying... more »
  • Sales tax 'cleanup' bills to be delayed by Louisiana Senate

    June 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators intend to stall efforts to clean up sales taxes unintentionally charged on items like school lunches and Girl Scout cookies, until House lawmakers agree to more taxes for next year's budget than they've supported so far. Sales tax increases passed in the chaotic final moments... more »
  • Obama urges Senate to pass Puerto Rico aid bill quickly

    June 11, 2016 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to swiftly send him a bill to help Puerto Rico manage its staggering debt crisis. In his weekly Saturday address, Obama says a pending bipartisan bill is not a perfect solution. But he says it's the only option to keep the... more »
  • Senate blocks former lawmaker tapped by Edwards for board

    June 8, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former lawmaker Jeff Arnold won't be making decisions about property tax breaks for businesses on the state board that oversees such things, after senators refused to confirm him for the position. The Senate rejected seven appointments to boards and commissions made by Gov. John Bel Edwards,... more »
  • Second special session in full swing at the Capitol Play Video

    June 7, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The second session is in full swing at the Capitol as lawmakers are grappling with raising more taxes to close the budget deficit. Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the Legislature Tuesday morning with News 2's Mark Armstrong getting the impression that his words fell on deaf... more »
  • Construction budget bill starts moving again in the House

    June 7, 2016 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Striking a conciliatory tone, House lawmakers started advancing a new multibillion-dollar construction budget after tanking the Senate's version in the waning minutes of the regular legislative session. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neil Abramson was largely blamed for the House's refusal to pass the $4 billion budget... more »
  • Meet the legislative players preparing to tackle state's budget holes

    June 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards often says Louisiana is in the worst budget crisis of a generation facing the largest state deficit in all its history. Simply put, the state does not have enough money to pay for critical and popular services like hospitals and the TOPS college... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to relinquish tuition control

    June 5, 2016 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As they wind down their work in the regular session, lawmakers have agreed to give public college management boards the ability to raise their own tuition and fees without needing legislative approval. Voters would need to back the idea in the November election before legislative authority would... more »
  • House spurns Senate version of next year's $26B budget

    June 3, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to agree to the Senate's rewrite of next year's $26 billion budget. Instead, the House voted 102-0 Friday to send negotiations over a spending plan for the financial year that begins July 1 behind closed doors, to a six-member... more »
  • Louisiana Senate votes to ban abortions based on abnormality

    June 2, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Senators have agreed to a proposal aimed at prohibiting abortions performed because the fetus has a genetic abnormality, rejecting concerns such a ban would lead the state to a court battle it cannot win. Republican Sen. Dan Claitor usually votes for bills adding new restrictions... more »
  • 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 »

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