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Stories with organization: Louisiana State Legislature
  • Rewritten bill bans judges' guns in the Capitol 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:16 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A state senator who couldn't persuade his colleagues to let lawmakers carry concealed handguns in the Louisiana Capitol doesn't want anybody else to have guns there either.

  • House refuses to put limits on Tulane scholarships 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:08 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House don't want to restrict how they can dole out $6.8 million in Tulane University scholarships each year.

  • House agrees to repeal REAL ID ban in Louisiana 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:47 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana House agreed on Wednesday to repeal a law that prohibited state officials from issuing driver's licenses with federally mandated security features that many viewed as a privacy intrusion.

  • Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:53 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bill that would prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from unintentionally paying women less than men for doing the same job will pass to the full Senate after receiving a committee's support Wednesday.

  • Senators reject Louisiana Medicaid expansion bill 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:46 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers again have turned away efforts to expand the state Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care law, with the Senate health committee overwhelmingly rejecting the idea Wednesday.

  • Bill to derail parish 'big oil' lawsuits stalls 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:28 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm launched a new Web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

  • Bill mandates life support for pregnant women 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:37 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman alive until the birth of her child, no matter her family's wishes.

  • La. House says dogs in truck beds should be secure 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:07 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.

  • Lawmaker pulls gay rights anti-discrimination bill 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:35 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.

  • Senators reject bill to lessen marijuana penalties 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:13 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.

  • Senate rejects bill to limit drones in Louisiana 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 9:04 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.

  • 12 states ban sodomy a decade after court ruling 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:52 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional.

  • La. legislative session reaches its midway point 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:19 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns to work appear jettisoned for the legislative session. Tougher restrictions on the payday lending industry and efforts to lessen marijuana penalties are on life support. And none of the major budget decisions have been settled.

  • Education chief: Testing critics don't have plan 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:02 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Continued efforts to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers, Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday.

  • Bond Commission backs Jindal plan for surplus cash 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:56 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.

  • Senate gives final passage to new explosives rules 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:07 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Regulations will be tightened on explosives licenses in Louisiana, in response to the discovery of millions of pounds of improperly stored military propellant at Camp Minden.

  • La. Senate backs bill against levee board lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:22 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.

  • Speed trap labeling bill dies in the La. House 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:31 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana won't have any officially labeled "speed traps."

  • Senators back state management of carbon emissions 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:28 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

  • Auditor questions state child protection services 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:31 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An audit finds the state agency charged with protecting children in abuse and neglect situations has fewer workers, more cases and has failed to follow its own policies.

  • Bill to raise La. minimum wage fails in committee 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:50 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana won't boost its minimum wage for hourly workers.

  • Bill would name the Bible as Louisiana state book 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:56 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court.

  • Bill requires mental health info before abortion 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 7:55 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims.

  • Landrieu outpaces Cassidy in latest fundraising 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 9:15 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continues to outraise her nearest competitor in Louisiana's Senate race.

  • House backs restrictions on student data sharing 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:11 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The state House of Representatives has agreed to put new limits on how Louisiana handles public school student data.