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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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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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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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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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Politics
12:02 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bill Seeking Reduced Marijuana Possession Sentences Advances

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

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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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5:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate Shoots Down Fiscal Hawks' Bills

After yesterday’s committee approval, Senators will consider whether to try a new way to write the budget, which will more clearly designate what the legislature has the power to allocate.

They’ll also consider whether to try limiting the use of money that doesn’t come from taxes on expenses that occur annually.

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5:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Senate Committee Ditches House Plan for Budget

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.

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