2013 Legislative Session

Leadership of the Louisiana state legislature is speaking out against the Democrat minority push to call a special veto session.

Democrats want a session to address Governor Jindal’s line-item vetoes to strike funding to expand care for the developmentally disabled.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said in a statement that a veto session could produce unintended consequences.

Baton Rouge State Senator Dan Claitor talks about what went on in the 2013 Legislative Session and the possibility of a veto override session.

From VIPS, Volunteers In Public Schools, Hope Dawan and Tony Pryer talk about their upcoming Stuff The Bus event, and other initiatives.


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.

Guest host Robert Travis Scott reviews the legislative session with LAPolitics.com journalist Jeremy Alford and LABI tax policy analyst John LeBlanc.

Robert chats with long-time New Orleans Congressman Cedric Richmond, whose district now includes north Baton Rouge.

 

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. 

Guest host Bob Mann analyzes the last day of the 2013 Louisiana session with two close observers of the legislature, Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project and journalist Tyler Bridges of The Lens.

And we talk about the state's economic development efforts with former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.


Guest host Bob Mann talks with Louisiana state lawmakers Representative John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) and Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) about the state budget conflict and other matters at the Capitol, with just two days left in the Legislative Session.

Deborah Simmons-Harris, who has created her own private animal sanctuary, and former LSU professor Robert Zinn, who recently had over 100 pet box turtles confiscated by state Wildlife & Fisheries, discuss caring for wild animals.


A bill aiming to reduce the sentences of marijuana possession in Louisiana advanced Tuesday in the Senate.

The Senate Wednesday dashed the House’s hopes of eliminating from the state budget what some lawmakers consider to be unstable funding.

The fiscal hawks in the legislature would, for example, frown on paying utilities with proceeds from a garage sale.

So the House spent the first half of the session occupied with removing from the budget money that is only available once, like money from the sale of property and court settlements.

Concordia Sentinel reporter Stanley Nelson discusses his investigations of unsolved racially-tinged murders of the Civil Rights Era in Louisiana.

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), talks about tHe last week of the 2013 Louisiana Legislative Session.

Melanie Gideon, with UCLA's Operation Mend, an effort to help wounded military men and women with facial reconstructive surgeries.

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