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  • Senator says health care vote set for next week

    July 10, 2017 10:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the Senate says senators will vote next week on a new health care bill to repeal and replace key parts of so-called Obamacare. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tells reporters that the revised legislation will be unveiled this week. ... more »
  • Louisiana House leaders want to pare spending in budget deal Play Video

    June 7, 2017 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - House Republican leaders are asking senators to agree to remove more than $150 million they want to spend in Louisiana's budget next year. It's the House's initial offer in negotiations over a final version of the $28 billion-plus spending plan. The proposal, obtained by The Associated Press,... more »
  • Senators refuse to ban Louisiana felons running for office

    June 1, 2017 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have blocked re-enactment of a prohibition that would have convicted felons waiting years after serving their sentences before they could run for office in Louisiana. The House had overwhelmingly agreed to the constitutional amendment by Rep. Greg Miller, a Norco Republican, which would have required felons... more »
  • Louisiana senators hear grim predictions of budget impact

    May 29, 2017 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented to senators a grim picture of the fallout from the House-proposed version of next year's budget. The governor is threatening a veto if anything resembling the spending plan reaches his desk. Agency leaders say they'd have to release prisoners early,... more »
  • Senate backs limits for Louisiana transportation trust fund

    May 8, 2017 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators want to end raids on the state Transportation Trust Fund, to keep dollars available for road and bridge work. Louisiana's constitution allows the trust fund containing state gasoline and fuel tax income to be spent on transportation projects and Louisiana State Police operations. The Senate... 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 »
  • Senate to debate $26B operating budget proposal Wednesday

    June 1, 2016 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators are readying to debate a nearly $26 billion state operating budget for next year that looks strikingly different from the House version. The Senate proposal up for debate Wednesday places a greater priority on health services for the elderly and disabled than the TOPS... more »
  • GOP senators: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

    June 24, 2015 3:22 PM

    JACKSON, MS - Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators say the state should remove a Confederate battle emblem from its flag. Sen. Thad Cochran says state symbols should reflect "unity and not divisiveness." Cochran's statement Wednesday came hours after Sen. Roger Wicker said the flag used since Reconstruction "should be... more »
  • Senators don't want state police to pay for campaign travel

    June 8, 2015 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators don't think the state police should have to pay Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail costs if he's traveling the country to run for president. The Senate voted 29-5 Monday to prohibit the Louisiana State Police from paying out of its budget "for traveling with the... 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 »
  • Senators plan bill to block benefits for ex-Nazis

    October 23, 2014 11:10 AM

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

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