LA Rep. Barry Ivey

Sue Lincoln

 It’s budget day, as the full House considers HB 1. Opinions on the current position of the bill are varied.

“HB 1 as it stands right now is an absolute disaster,” says Minden Democrat Gene Reynolds.

Monroe Democrat Marcus Hunter concurs.

“I think it’s a deplorable piece of legislation,” he says.

Baton Rouge Republican Barry Ivey thinks it’s just fine.

“I believe that, at the end, the solutions and the funding – everything’s going to work out,” Ivey said.

Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey (R) presented his package of seven gun laws in the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday. 


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“The real issue here is the fact that TOPS is in peril,” remarked Representative Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) in the House Education Committee. 

For next year's budget, which begins on July 1, the state only has $60 million of the $300 million needed to fully fund the popular scholarship program.

Six bills to try and make TOPS more compatible with the state’s fiscal reality were heard in the committee Wednesday. Changes proposed included raising GPA requirements, limiting award amounts, and requiring repayment if students drop out.

Louisiana’s full House approved “Erin’s Law” on Monday. Approved in 20 other states, it requires schools to teach kids what constitutes sexual abuse and sexual assault. There was no debate, and the votes for passage were unanimous.

Tuesday, the House Education Committee began hearing a bill to require schools to teach comprehensive sex education. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith is the author, and she made reference to the previous day’s approval of “Erin’s Law”.

“It came out of this committee; passed the House floor. My question to you is, how can you teach sexual assault without talking about sexual education?” Smith queried her fellow committee members.