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.
According to Louisiana’s Constitution, during even-numbered years, like 2016, Legislators cannot introduce bills to create or raise taxes. That is, unless a special session is called, like the one expected to begin in mid-February.
When a Medicaid recipient in Louisiana needs to get to a doctor’s appointment, but has no means of transportation, the Department of Health and Hospitals offers a ride, either in an ambulance or a non-emergency vehicle.
For two years now, police officers in the city of Ville Platte have been wearing body cameras. “I use to have lawsuits across my desk every month. Once a month it was a lawsuit because of he-said, she-said," says Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine. But since the city implemented body cameras, Vidrine says those lawsuits have gone down by ninety percent.
Have you had your annual battle with the tangle of Christmas lights yet? For the past five months, the state’s Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission has been trying to unsnarl Louisiana’s complex sales tax structure.
For many watchers of political races, it’s a numbers game. Dr. David Sathiaraj, Assistant Professor for Research in Geography and Anthropology at LSU, thinks there’s a better way to crack those numbers.