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As Election Day Approaches, Many Legislative Seats Already Decided

8/20/2019
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Every seat in the Louisiana Legislature is up for election this October. A third of those races have already been decided, as candidates went unopposed.

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PAR Begins Laying Foundation For Constitutional Reform In Louisiana

8/13/2019
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The call to rewrite Louisiana’s constitution, adopted in 1974, has been growing over the last few years. But inside the Capitol, lawmakers haven’t been able to get enough support to approve a constitutional convention. The non-partisan Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) of Louisiana published a report recently, calling the state's constitution one of the major issues in this year’s gubernatorial and legislative races.

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New Law Restricts Age For Marriage In Louisiana

7/30/2019
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A new law will take effect in August establishing a minimum age for marriage in Louisiana. In order to get married, a person must be at least 16 years old — an age limit the state previously hasn’t had. Any 16 and 17-year-olds will have to have both parental and judicial consent and can’t marry anyone more than three years older. On this week's Capitol Access, Morgan Lamandre, legal director with Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR), discusses the new law and how it moved through the...

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Louisiana One Of The First To Receive Federal Funds To End HIV Epidemic By 2030

7/23/2019
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In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Trump announced plans to eliminate the spread of new HIV cases in the U.S. by 2030. The initiative will focus on 48 areas across the country seeing the majority of new HIV cases, including East Baton Rouge and Orleans parishes. The first round of funding was recently announced and sends $1.5 million to East Baton Rouge Parish. On this week's Capitol Access, Dr. Alexander Billioux, Assistant Secretary of Louisiana's Office of...

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Election Politics Not Entirely Absent During Tropical Storm Barry

7/16/2019
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As Hurricane Barry was developing in the Gulf of Mexico, so was the race for governor in Louisiana. In light of the storm, Governor John Bel Edwards officially postponed a campaign bus tour across the state. And one of his opponents, Republican congressman Ralph Abraham, followed suit, putting his campaign on pause. But the lines between natural disasters and politics can be delicate in Louisiana.

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Louisiana Strikes Deal Broadening Access To Hepatitis C Drug

7/2/2019
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Louisiana has struck a deal with a pharmaceutical company to provide Hepatitis C treatment to the state's Medicaid patients and prisoners.

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"Truth In Labeling" Law Is A Win For Louisiana Farmers, But Key Questions Remain

6/26/2019
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Rice is one of Louisiana's signature agricultural products. But it’s more than just the base for gumbos and étouffées - it’s an economic driver across the state. So lawmakers in Louisiana recently passed a bill aimed at protecting the industry by defining what is rice and what isn't.

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Legislature Facing High Turnover Going Into 2020

6/14/2019
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Every twelve years, Louisiana’s Legislature goes through a shake up when a large number of legislators are termed out.

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Sports Betting, Fantasy Sports Bills Stall In 2019 Legislative Session

6/13/2019
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Louisianians will not be playing daily fantasy sports or betting on games outright anytime soon, after the final chaotic minutes of the legislative session sank both efforts.

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Teacher Pay Raises, Early Childhood Education Remained Top Priorities Of Lawmakers In 2019

6/12/2019
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Lawmakers and the governor entered the legislative session agreeing the state should raise teacher salaries and increase education spending. But it took the Legislature all session to determine exactly how much more money to spend and where to send it.

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Legislative Agenda A Mixed Bag Of Wins And Loses For Governor Edwards

6/10/2019
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With the 2019 legislative session wrapped up and a campaign for re-election on the horizon, Governor John Bel Edwards took stock of the successes and failures of his key initiatives.

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Lawmakers Close 2019 Session By Passing Budget, But Fall Short On Gaming Bills

6/7/2019
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Lawmakers worked to the bitter end of the legislative session Thursday to address the two biggest remaining issues: the state’s next budget and the future of fantasy sports gaming in Louisiana.

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Constitutional Amendment On Abortion Headed To Louisiana Voters in 2020

6/6/2019
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On the second to last day of a legislative session where several abortion restrictions easily cleared the Legislature, lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment that could reenforce anti-abortion policies in the state.

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Lawmakers Still Don't Agree On A Minimum Age For Marriage

6/5/2019
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With just two days left in session, lawmakers are still negotiating setting a minimum age for marriage in Louisiana.

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'Truth In Labeling' Bill Advances, Creating Uncertainty For Products Like Cauliflower Rice

6/4/2019
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The Louisiana House passed legislation Monday restricting what they call deceptive labeling of food products like cauliflower rice. Supporters say the move will protect Louisiana's agriculture industry, one of the largest industries in the state.

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Governor's School Funding Plan Headed For House Vote

6/3/2019
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The funding plan for K-12 schools in Louisiana is finally on its way to the full House, after the Appropriations committee advanced the school funding formula Sunday.

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House Committee Approves Senate's K-12 Funding Plan

5/31/2019
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The House Education committee approved the same K-12 funding plan on Thursday they rejected earlier this session. That reversal suggests movement in the biggest debate surrounding next year’s budget.

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Louisiana Legislature Approves Banning Abortions After Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected

5/30/2019
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A bill to ban abortions in Louisiana after a fetal heartbeat can be detected is headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk, after the Louisiana Legislature overwhelmingly gave final approval Wednesday.

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Lawmakers Reject Legalizing Sports Betting in Louisiana

5/29/2019
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An effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana came to an end in the Legislature Tuesday, after the bill was heavily amended and ultimately defeated in a House committee.

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Legislative Auditor Won't Get Access To Tax Data For Needs-Based Programs

5/28/2019
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A party line vote killed a bill Monday that would have made certain individuals income tax data available to the state’s legislative auditor.

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