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“One thing about budget strife is it gets a lot more folks to the table, thinking a little bit more outside the box than we’ve ever thought before,” says House Speaker Taylor Barras.

But is Barras going to broker a solution or encourage continued strife?  A panel discussion put on by the Public Affairs Research Council last Friday last week gave some insight into the Speaker, and the conflicts between his House and the John Bel Edwards administration.


The first seed has yet to be planted, but state lawmakers are –- figuratively — tilling the fields to prepare for medical marijuana.

In the House Agriculture committee Thursday, Rayville Rep. Bubba Chaney questioned Ag Commissioner Mike Strain on where LSU and Southern Ag centers stand on starting production, in light of the state budget cutbacks.

“The facility build-out, the cost of that, is that going to be borne by the universities themselves, or the state?” Chaney asked. “What’s the opportunity there for a public private partnership?”

IFC Films

The 4th annual Louisiana International Film Festival is bringing celebrity guests, special events, gala parties and more than 50 films to Baton Rouge. It runs April 13 through April 17 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe.

This year’s special guests include Kelsey Grammer and Christy Turlington Burns. Films include “Born to be Blue,” an impressionistic biopic about singer-trumpeter Chet Baker (“the James Dean of jazz”), and Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s “Miss Sharon Jones!”, a documentary about neo-soul singer Sharon Jones.

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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“We are cutting $792 million," said Governor John Bel Edwards.

Governor Edwards presented the revised plan for next fiscal year's budget to the House Appropriations committee Tuesday, highlighting proposed cuts for k-12 education, TOPS and hospitals.