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House Passes Budget With Deep Cuts To Department Of Health

4/20/2018
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The Louisiana House of Representatives narrowly succeeded in passing a budget with $650 million dollars in cuts. Gov. John Bel Edwards says it’s a failure.

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Lawmakers Focus On One Bill To Address Sexual Harassment

4/19/2018
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Lawmakers have agreed on moving one bill forward to address sexual harassment in state government. As it stands now, Louisiana doesn’t have a standard sexual harassment policy on the books.

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15-Week Abortion Ban Advances Out Of Senate Committee

4/18/2018
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A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make Louisiana among the toughest places in the nation to get an abortion.

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TOPS Program Fully Funded In Next Year's Budget, At Least For Now

4/17/2018
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With $350 million more to spend in next year’s budget, The House Appropriations committee voted Monday to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program.

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With Smaller Budget Shortfall, House Committee Looks To Amend Budget

4/16/2018
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With the news that next year’s revenue is expected to improve by $350 million, the Legislature is officially facing a smaller budget shortfall of $650 million. On Monday, House Appropriations is meeting to determine how to spend that additional revenue in next year’s budget.

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Budget Deficit Is Less Than Previously Thought

4/13/2018
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Lawmakers in Louisiana got good news Thursday. The state’s fiscal cliff isn’t quite as bad as previously expected.

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House Committee Willing To Ease Voting Restrictions On Convicted Felons

4/12/2018
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People currently on parole, probation or in prison can’t vote in Louisiana. A bill from Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) would change that. Once someone is out of prison for five years, their voting rights would be restored.

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For Second Year, Death Penalty Bill Clears Senate Committee

4/11/2018
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A Senate committee has approved abolishing the death penalty in Louisiana. The bill’s author, Sen. JP Morrell (D-New Orleans), says the death penalty is ineffective.

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Louisiana Foster Care System Could Extend To 21-Year-Olds

4/10/2018
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Youth in Louisiana's foster care system may be able to stay longer, under a bill that passed the Senate Finance committee Monday.

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Senate Committee Begins Digging Into State's Health Care Budget

4/9/2018
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Gov. John Bel Edwards appeared before the Senate Finance committee Sunday, once again reminding lawmakers of the looming budget problem the state faces and the impact it could have, especially in health care.

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Potential Changes To TOPS Pass House Committee

4/6/2018
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Bills that would raise standards for TOPS scholarship students narrowly passed their first test Thursday in the House Education committee.

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Multiple Sexual Harassment Bills Heading To Louisiana Senate Floor

4/5/2018
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A handful of bills that would strengthen sexual harassment policies in state government passed a Senate committee Wednesday.

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Bill Seeks To Increase Age Limit On Purchasing Assault Weapons

4/4/2018
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A Senate committee gave the first stamp of approval to a bill that would raise the purchasing age for assault rifles in Louisiana.

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Louisiana House Votes To Increase Hazing Penalties

4/3/2018
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The full House has approved a bill making hazing a felony in Louisiana when it results in serious bodily injury or death. Right now, hazing is only a misdemeanor.

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Edwards' Agenda Faces Obstacles In Legislature

4/2/2018
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Increasing the minimum wage, expanding equal pay for women, strengthening policies against sexual harassment — these are all goals Gov. John Bel Edwards wanted to achieve in the regular session. But last week, all three policies hit a wall.

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House Committee Rejects Bills To Raise Minimum Wage, Expand Equal Pay

3/30/2018
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Earlier this week, the full Senate rejected bills that would establish a state minimum wage and expand equal pay for women in Louisiana. On Thursday, a labor committee showed there's not much appetite for those policies in the House, either.

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Gas Tax Effort Hits Another Roadblock In Louisiana Legislature

3/28/2018
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Louisiana has a backlog of road and bridge projects worth nearly $14 billion. The state pays for its infrastructure needs through a gasoline tax of 20 cents per gallon, a rate that hasn't changed since 1989.

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Senate Committee Approves Bulletproof Backpacks On School Campuses

3/27/2018
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As the country continues to grapple with how to protect against gun violence on school campuses, a handful of members in the Louisiana Legislature have introduced ideas of their own.

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Louisiana Retirement System Tries To Adapt To Changing Workforce

3/26/2018
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These days, fewer state employees are spending their entire careers in government work. About 70 percent are expected to leave their job before they can earn full retirement.

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Uncertainty Over Budget Extends To State Construction Bill

3/23/2018
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Two weeks into the regular legislative session, lawmakers continue to hear concerns from various departments over next year’s budget, like being unable to afford to house state inmates, or pay for Louisiana’s safety-net hospitals.

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