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May 12, 2018 - 9:34 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to require Louisiana courts to postpone slander lawsuits filed against people who allege they've been sexually assaulted is nearing final legislative passage. Sen. J.P. Morrell, the New Orleans Democrat who sponsored the bill, has said perpetrators of sexual misconduct...
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May 12, 2018 - 9:29 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As they unveiled a spending proposal with steep reductions, senators also offered ideas about what taxes lawmakers should consider in a special session expected later this month to fill budget gaps. The Senate Finance Committee advanced a resolution Friday outlining the tax...
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May 12, 2018 - 6:00 am
(WWL.com) - Senate Finance approved a budget that cuts nearly 25 percent in funding from most state agencies, but restores much of the funding to healthcare, specifically public-private partnership hospitals, that was lacking in a House backed spending plan. But Metairie Senator Conrad Appel says...
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May 11, 2018 - 4:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told Louisiana State University graduates that the secret of politics is staying civil and looking for areas where opponents can work together. He started his speech Friday by playing "Eye of the Tiger" on his phone and pointing out...
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May 11, 2018 - 2:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators took their turn at crafting next year's budget with deep cuts across government, and declared they don't think the spending plan is workable if it passes. The budget proposal passed by the Senate Finance Committee would shield nursing home residents from...
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May 11, 2018 - 1:17 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Louisiana's Department of Health has confirmed a second case of measles in New Orleans, and says it is not related to the first. But the person who got sick in April and the current patient do have two things in common: The department says neither had been vaccinated against the...
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May 11, 2018 - 10:22 am
(WWL.com) The push to trigger a constitutional convention is picking up steam, as this year’s version of the bill gained a majority vote in the House, but not the two thirds needed for passage. The convention is aimed at rewriting the rules on Louisiana’s finances. President of the Louisiana...
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May 10, 2018 - 8:32 pm
(WWL.com) - A bill strengthening laws against animal sexual abuse passed the House unanimously and heads back to the Senate for final passage. Conservative Christian groups oppose it because they say it could undermine Louisiana’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Lafayette Representative Jean-Paul...
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May 10, 2018 - 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving is advancing in the Louisiana Legislature, steps from final passage. Rep. Mike Huval, a Breaux Bridge Republican, had to bring the proposal up twice to get the 53 House votes needed to pass it. The Senate transportation...
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May 10, 2018 - 5:28 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fantasy sports gambling through online sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel could soon be legal in Louisiana, under a bill that won passage from state lawmakers. The Senate voted 21-15 for the proposal Wednesday, after the House approved it in a 67-23 vote last month. If Gov...
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