The House Criminal Justice committee took up the first of several bills that have been filed to change Louisiana’s marijuana laws on Thursday. New Orleans Representative Austin Badon is the author of a measure to reduce penalties for second-offense and subsequent convictions for marijuana possession. His bill would also prevent simple possession from being counted toward “three strikes” and life imprisonment.
House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.
Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards.
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.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill establishing the WISE (Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy) Fund on Monday. The proposal, authored by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and now headed to the House floor, sets up a system to pay bonuses to colleges that turn out graduates prepared to fill the high-demand jobs soon coming to Louisiana. Colleges will also have to come up with a 20 percent match from private firms in order to be eligible for a portion of the $40 million fund.
Sue Lincoln has spent much of the last two decades as a reporter for radio and television. And she's put in many hours covering the capitol.
Her expertise covering the statehouse makes her a valuable asset to WRKF and our listeners during the legislative session.
"It’s often said that Louisiana has two sports: football and politics. And we watch both avidly," Sue says. "Louisiana’s politics are known to be different, wonky, if you will, to the rest of the U.S. But they’re endlessly fascinating."
Former congressman and former chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Buddy Leach talks with Jim about what's going on in Louisiana politics with Edwin Edwards running for Congress and Sen. Mary Landrieu seeking a fourth term.
Francis Rooney, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, discusses relations between the Pope Francis and President Obama.
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LaToya Johnson is the mother of three boys.
Early on, in daycare and preschool, Johnson's older two learned their ABCs and how to write.
"So by the time I got to my youngest and he got to pre-k and he wasn’t able to recognize his alphabet, I was like, ok, something was wrong."
That turned out to be the start of a journey that ultimately led Johnson to enroll her son Micah in a private school — Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge — through the state voucher program.