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8:53 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Lawmakers Weigh In on Jindal’s Agenda

The 2014 Louisiana legislative session is under way, with Governor Bobby Jindal delivering his “State of the State” speech to a joint meeting of the House and Senate. Compared to previous years, the governor offered an abbreviated slate of measures he wants to be able to sign into law.

“Our first and most important priority must be to make sure that we have got the best-trained, most skilled, most productive workers anywhere in the world,” Jindal says, regarding his initiatives to improve workforce development.

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Session Starting: What's the Plan?

The 2014 Louisiana legislative session convenes today. Beyond the opening gavel, the big event of the day is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech to the full legislature. 

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Politics
6:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisiana May Lighten Up on Marijuana Laws

Louisiana patients may soon have a new medicine option, if one state lawmaker has his way.

With some of the nation’s harshest punishments for marijuana possession and an ultra-conservative Republican governor at the helm, few would expect Louisiana might be the next state to allow folks to light up a joint. Yet one state lawmaker is planning to push to lighten up some pot laws during the upcoming legislative session.

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Capitol Access
8:12 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Legislative Session Wrap-Up: What Sticks, What Doesn't

State lawmakers cheered the end of the 2013 legislative session Thursday.

WRKF’s Kelly Connelly has been following every twist and turn over the past 2 months. News Director Amy Jeffries spoke with Kelly about her time covering the session.

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Capitol Access
9:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lawmakers Head Home with Budget and More

Lawmakers are going home having passed a bipartisan $24 billion state spending plan. 

But they're bringing home more than just the budget to their constituents. WRKF asked lawmakers about the most important thing they passed for their constituents.

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Capitol Access
5:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Budget Passed, Legislature Adjourns for the Session

House members complimented each other Thursday, June 6, 2013, for getting their ducks in a row by the 6 p.m. end-of-session deadline.

In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers have passed a $25.4 billion budget compromise to finance the state for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Senate approved the deal with a 38-1 vote. The House voted 104-0 Thursday and the deal has Gov. Bobby Jindal’s backing.

The budget includes a $69 million increase for local school districts and teachers sought by House Democrats. To address concerns of House Republicans, lawmakers cut down the use of one-time financing for recurring expenses. 

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Capitol Access
9:03 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Budget Deal Reached, Final Vote Awaits

After lawmakers negotiated for days, Gov. Bobby Jindal was the first to call a press conference, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday, to announce the budget deal had been reached.

According to The Advocate, the conference was premature — many representatives had yet to talk to their delegations and the final papers had yet been signed.

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Capitol Access
8:10 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Money-Generating Bills Held Hostage for Budget Reforms

The fate of next year’s budget rests in the hands of a few legislative leaders, picked by the chambers’ chairs to sort things out behind closed-doors.

This year is a little different than years past. 

First, the House changed some rules so that more voices could be at the table for the final negotiations. 

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Capitol Access
8:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers Scurry to Keep Bills from Dropping Dead

Monday lawmakers and lobbyists hustled across the rotunda that connects the chambers to assemble the votes to keep their bills alive, lest they fall victim to “Drop Dead Day” at the Capitol.

Sound ominous? 

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Capitol Access
8:25 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Time Running Short for Budget Passage

The Senate has given the House a tough decision.

Senators rewrote the representatives’ version of the budget, re-allocating arguably unstable funds that the House had painstakingly removed. But it may be hard for representatives to vote against the budget. 

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That’s because it sets aside $50 million for a one-time salary bonus for public school teachers.  

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