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Sue Lincoln

As House Appropriations took up the budget bill Monday, it sounded like the Governor and Approps chair Cameron Henry might finally be on the same page.

“The good news is: there are no fund sweeps. There are no one-time revenues lined up against recurring expenditures,” Governor John Bel Edwards told the Baton Rouge Press Club, while Henry told his committee:

“We do not have any use of one-time money for re-occuring expenses, or sweeping of funds. And I’ll give this administration for only spending the money that we actually have.”

Sue Lincoln

It’s budget week in the House.

“We’re about to get real busy,” Legislative Fiscal Analyst Greg Albrecht says. with a chuckle.

Good thing he’s upbeat, because he’ll be kept jumping to crunch the numbers on every proposed change to HB 1.

What will those changes look like? Governor John Bel Edwards isn’t sure.

California Dairy Commission

There have been food safety regulations since at least the time Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt.

“Our Creator did not instruct them to cook their raw milk before consuming it,” said North Louisiana dairy goat farmer Matt Knapper.

And for the third year in a row, lawmakers considered a bill to permitting the sale of raw milk in Louisiana. 

  Senator Eric LaFleur of Ville Platte is the author.

Don't Play Away

May 5, 2016
ULM Athletics

“It’s not a perfect bill," said Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter of his HB 971, a bill which would prohibit some public university athletic teams from traveling more than 375 miles for a game. 


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In Tuesday's Senate Agriculture committee, Senator Gerald Long reacted to a House-approved bill allowing the LSU and Southern University Ag Centers to research the growing of cannabis as industrial hemp.

“I think we’re on slippery slopes here,” suggested Long. 


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