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Wallis Watkins

With $350 million more to spend in next year’s budget, The House Appropriations committee voted Monday to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program. 

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With the news that next year’s revenue is expected to improve by $350 million, the Legislature is officially facing a smaller budget shortfall of $650 million.  On Monday, House Appropriations is meeting to determine how to spend that additional revenue in next year’s budget. 

New Orleans is one of only a handful of cities across the nation, and the only city in Louisiana, to supply public libraries with a drug that can stop an opioid overdose.

Wallis Watkins

Lawmakers in Louisiana got good news Thursday. The state’s fiscal cliff isn’t quite as bad as previously expected.

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People currently on parole, probation or in prison can’t vote in Louisiana. A bill from Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) would change that.  Once someone is out of prison for five years, their voting rights would be restored. 

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A Senate committee has approved abolishing the death penalty in Louisiana. The bill’s author, Sen. JP Morrell (D-New Orleans), says the death penalty is ineffective. 

Wallis Watkins

Youth in Louisiana's foster care system may be able to stay longer, under a bill that passed the Senate Finance committee Monday. 

Wallis Watkins

Bills that would raise standards for TOPS scholarship students narrowly passed their first test Thursday in the House Education committee. 

Wallis Watkins

A handful of bills that would strengthen sexual harassment policies in state government passed a Senate committee Wednesday. 

Wallis Watkins

A Senate committee gave the first stamp of approval to a bill that would raise the purchasing age for assault rifles in Louisiana. 

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