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Medical Marijuana Program Update

“ We’re going to make sure this is one of damn securest facilities there is in the state,” LSU Ag Center Chancellor Bill Richardson said Thursday, as he gave lawmakers a progress update on Louisiana’s medical marijuana program.

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Acosta Confirmed As Labor Secretary, First Latino Member Of Trump Cabinet

The final member of President Trump's Cabinet — secretary of labor — was confirmed by the Senate Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 60-38. Alexander Acosta, 48, will be the Cabinet's first Latino member. Acosta is dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Acosta was assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, who later appointed him U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Acosta is...

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“We’re going to make sure this is one of damn securest facilities there is in the state,” LSU Ag Center Chancellor Bill Richardson said Thursday, as he gave lawmakers a progress update on Louisiana’s medical marijuana program.


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“Why this bill, and why now? And why not look at what they are doing in Washington to take care of this?” Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton asked.

Wednesday, one day after a federal judge blocked President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funding from cities with immigrant sanctuary policies, a Louisiana House committee heard a bill imposing state sanctions on cities that don’t cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations.

Lawsuits Allege Interstate 12 Exacerbated August Floods

Apr 26, 2017

In August, residents of southeast Louisiana were left stunned when water destroyed towns during a so-called 1,000 year rain. The National Weather Service said the flooding was triggered by a slow-moving, low-pressure weather system that dumped as much as two feet of rain over a matter of days. But as Della Hasselle reports, others say some of the damage could have been prevented, and that one highway in particular is to blame.

Columnist and capitol reporter Jeremy Alford updates us about the collapse of the governor's tax plan.

With the tax bill prepped for almost certain defeat in the House Ways and Means Committee, the Edwards administration pulled the gross receipts tax proposal from a vote Tuesday.

The measure saw strong opposition from business groups.


Wallis Watkins

In a meeting of a Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Representative Terry Landry (D-New Iberia) presented Senator Dan Claitor's (R-Baton Rouge) bill to eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana. 


Herding the CAT Tax

Apr 25, 2017
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“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tax proposal in Louisiana that has drawn this much concern and criticism from a variety of different voices,” LABI's Steve Waguespack told me on Friday. And while he hasn't spoken his piece about the Corporate Activity Tax to the House Ways and Means Committee yet, more than a few lawmakers already had their fur up when Representative Sam Jones started herding the CAT tax bill through that committee on Monday.


At Friday's meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force, the members approved a formal request for an additional $2 billion in recovery funds as part of a federal budget proposal being considered by Congress next week.

Sue Lincoln

In the 2016 sessions, House members were ready to blame the state's budget problems on inaccurate fiscal notes from the Legislative Fiscal Office. Now it;s time for the 2017 version of the “Legislative Blame Game”.

“REC is always wrong,” Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry has said.


LSU AgCenter

It's important to always use the right tool for the right job. Herbicides can be considered a tool in our garden. As gardeners it's important to understand the groupings of herbicides in the garden.

Pre-emergent herbicides take effect on the plant before it emerges, usually before the seed has a chance to germinate. Corn gluten is an organic pre-emergent herbicide.


Sue Lincoln

The second week of the session brought a kaleidoscope of activity to the Capitol, as color co-ordinated citizen activist groups and students sporting blue, yellow, red, green and/or purple  rallied on the steps and then cornered their lawmakers urging votes for equal pay, criminal justice reform, and mostly for more funding.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at WRKF, 3050 Valley Creek Drive