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He Said What?

May 19, 2016
S. Lincoln

Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger was handling Senator Ronnie Johns’ SB 468 on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.

“This bill has to do with the minimum age for dancers in strip clubs. If you have to be 21 to drink in a strip club, you probably ought to be 21 to dance,” Leger said, introducing the measure which has the intent to help halt human trafficking.

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Louisiana lawmakers have a love-hate relationship with the Feds. We love those federal funds, but chafe at edicts from Washington D.C.

“We’ve got a federal government that’s telling us how we educate our kids, telling them how they go to the bathroom, telling them everything in the whole world," said Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue in a Judiciary A committee meeting Tuesday.


How Many Reports?

May 17, 2016
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“I’ve seen a lot of times where, you know, we get a report and don’t even open ‘em,” Senator Bret Allain told the Finance committee Monday.

They were considering one of more than two dozen bills and resolutions filed by lawmakers seeking more reports – on everything from college athletics costs to the possibility of reversing chemical abortions.

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The full House completed their budget-balancing exercise Friday, leaving few completely pleased with the outcome.

But, as Minden Rep. Gene Reynolds said, “The reality is once it gets over to the Senate side, it’s not going to come back the same way it left – believe me.”

Sue Lincoln

The longest day of the legislative year began with the Revenue Estimating Conference dashing some House members hopes for more money.

“Is there any reason to change that forecast?” REC chairman Jim Richardson asked.

“Based on what we’ve heard, it seems to me that there is no reason to change the forecast,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne responded.

“Mr. Speaker?”

“Mr. Chairman, I would agree,” House Speaker Taylor Barras responded, with a sigh.

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