Wallis Watkins

Producer & Contributing Reporter

Wallis Watkins is a Baton Rouge native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2013. Soon after, she joined WRKF as an intern and is now reporting on politics for Capitol Access and science and health for Louisiana's Lab.

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Eleven Governors, both Democrats and Republicans from across the United States issued a statement earlier this week, recommending governors be included in the ongoing process of healthcare reform. Governor John Bel Edwards is among them. 


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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed nearly four hundred bills into law passed during the latest regular session. But he’s also used his veto pen on several bills. 


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The Louisiana Budget Project, a indepedent nonprofit that studies budget policy in the state, released a report Tuesday detailing how the American Health Care Act could impact Louisiana. 


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The House Appropriations Committee passed the newest version of the state’s operating budget Tuesday. Chairman Cameron Henry (R-Metairie) says this latest version leaves $100 million unspent. 


When the flood waters rose in August, one zip code experienced some of the worst damage in East Baton Rouge. New Byrd Station, 70805. This neighborhood, like many, is still trying to recover - but as Wallis Watkins reports, residents are facing some unique challenges.

Failure To Act

May 31, 2017
Louisiana House of Representatives Broadcast Archives

In a legislative session where tax reform has been a key focus, the one and only comprehensive tax reform package has failed. 


FEMA announced today that, at the request of the state, some flooded homeowners still living in a FEMA manufactured housing unit will have the option to purchase it. Wallis Watkins reports.

Now that the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has started, outreach efforts are underway to help flooded homeowners navigate the process of rebuilding.  Wallis Watkins has more.

Louisiana House of Representatives Broadcast Archives

An active day at the Capitol Tuesday began with the House Ways and Means committee taking up HB 632 by Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter.  The bill aims to increase the gas tax in Louisiana by 17 cents.  Along with Department of Transportation Secretary Sean Wilson, Representative Carter stressed the additional money would be dedicated solely to infrastructure.


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Senator J.P. Morrell's bill to trim a portion of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program didn't fare well on the Senate Floor Tuesday. 


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