Louisiana legislature http://wrkf.org en TUESDAY: Political Commentator and Journalist Quinn Hillyer; Author and Philanthropist Adam Braun http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-political-commentator-and-journalist-quinn-hillyer-author-and-philanthropist-adam-braun <p>Journalist, political commentator and contributor to The Advocate Quinn Hillyer&nbsp;joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Quinn talks about running for political office in the past, President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and what it's like to be now writing for The Advocate.&nbsp;</p><p>Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, and recent author of the critically acclaimed book <em>The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary&nbsp;Change</em>, Adam Braun talks with Jim about his book and the work his non-profit organization is doing to make sure every child has access to quality education. To learn more about Adam's organization, visit www.pencilsofpromise.org.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:06:13 +0000 Jim Engster 26842 at http://wrkf.org Would You Vote Against the Bible? http://wrkf.org/post/would-you-vote-against-bible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When legislators return from their four-day Easter recess this afternoon, the full House will take up a rather controversial bill—naming “the Holy Bible” as the official state book of Louisiana.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25455 at http://wrkf.org Would You Vote Against the Bible? 'Crime Against Nature' Repeal Effort Advances http://wrkf.org/post/crime-against-nature-repeal-effort-advances <p>Not every bill a legislator files is to make new law. Sometimes a bill is needed to repeal an old law. Such was the case Tuesday in the House Criminal Justice committee.</p><p>“No matter what you might think about the language, it is unconstitutional,” said Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, in reference to the state’s sodomy law, also known as “crime against nature”, and her bill to repeal it.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24978 at http://wrkf.org 'Crime Against Nature' Repeal Effort Advances Pistol Packing Politicians? http://wrkf.org/post/pistol-packing-politicians <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>“This is for personal protection,” Senator Bret Allain said of his bill to allow legislators to carry their guns in the state capitol. The Senate and Governmental Affairs committee considered the Franklin lawmakers’ bill on Tuesday.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24921 at http://wrkf.org Pistol Packing Politicians? Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans http://wrkf.org/post/payday-lending-3-million-louisiana-loans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>You live on a limited income, paycheck to paycheck. Now your next paycheck is in jeopardy, because your car won’t start. What to do?</p><p>There’s that payday lending store around the corner, so you go take out a loan and buy a new battery for your car. You give the lender a post-dated check for the amount of the loan, plus interest and fees. The lender cashes your check after you get paid. Done deal, right?</p><p>Not always, according to David Gray with the Louisiana Budget Project.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24814 at http://wrkf.org Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans Tort Reform Bill Advances to House http://wrkf.org/post/tort-reform-bill-advances-house <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A bill that would change how civil lawsuits are handled in state courts is headed to the House floor. The tort reform bill removes the threshold for having a civil case heard by a jury, instead of only by a judge. Current state law allows a jury trial only if the amount involved exceeds $50,000. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24602 at http://wrkf.org Tort Reform Bill Advances to House Ice Cream: Red, White, or Rosé? http://wrkf.org/post/ice-cream-red-white-or-ros <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Louisiana is known as a foodie paradise, but wine ice cream--one of the latest gourmet trends--can’t be sold here without a change in the current alcohol laws. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter’s bill to allow sales of the new product was heard in the House Judiciary Committee Friday, and members were quick with the quips. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24392 at http://wrkf.org Ice Cream: Red, White, or Rosé? Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core http://wrkf.org/post/parents-mobilizing-over-common-core <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.</p><p>But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24056 at http://wrkf.org Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core Abortion Restrictions Advance in the House http://wrkf.org/post/abortion-restrictions-advance-house <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24000 at http://wrkf.org Abortion Restrictions Advance in the House Repealing Unconstitutional Law http://wrkf.org/post/repealing-unconstitutional-law <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It might seem obvious…when the U.S. Supreme Court rules a state law “unconstitutional”, then the state repeals that law. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor has been trying to get one of those old laws off the books for several years now, but prior attempts never made it past the first hurdle—the Senate Education Committee. This time his repeal bill, SB 70, has made it to the Senate floor, and it’s eligible for debate there as early as today. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 23951 at http://wrkf.org Repealing Unconstitutional Law