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  • 3 members quit Livingston animal control committee

    November 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Three members of the Livingston Parish Animal Control Advisory Committee have resigned, leaving officials scrambling to determine how to fix the parish's stray animal problem. The parish operates the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter in the town of Livingston, but the shelter can house only dogs and... more »
  • Lafayette Democratic Parish Executive Committee Awards Banquet

    July 5, 2013 7:42 AM

    Lafayette Democratic Parish Executive Committee Awards Banquet will take place in the Lafayette Downtown Ballroom. The awards ceremony will be on October 17, 2013, the reception begins at 6p while the program starts at 7p. There will be four awards presented; two for Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Educator and the Governor... more »
  • Vitter top Republican on environment committee

    January 4, 2013 4:47 AM

    U.S. Senator David Vitter has been named deputy Senate whip and will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over levees, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and two major bills coming up this... more »
  • House conservative leader gives up committee post

    June 20, 2012 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A leader of the conservative House Republicans at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal over financial issues is leaving his other legislative assignment to focus on budget matters. Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann announced this week that he's resigned from the House Natural Resources committee... more »
  • Budget committee considers central La. prison sale

    April 10, 2012 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The House's budget committee is set to decide whether to support a Jindal administration plan to sell a central Louisiana prison to a private operator. A similar proposal was killed by the Appropriations Committee last year. But the panel has several new members who are... more »
  • House, Senate committee assignments released

    January 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley released their committee assignments Wednesday, naming a bipartisan mix of committee chairmen, after months of behind-the-scenes work in consultation with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. In the Senate, the top budget-crafting job went to Mandeville Republican Jack... more »
  • Boustany, Landry Weigh In On Debt Reduction Committee

    August 10, 2011 11:14 PM

    Congressional leadership is rounding up the 12 member Super Committee being put together to reduce the nation's debt. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner named his picks, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to name hers in the next few days. But after bitter bipartisan battles over... more »
  • Crowley Community Protests City Job Cuts

    July 7, 2011 11:57 PM

    A slew of positions are on the chopping block for the City of Crowley, but those budget cuts won't be made without a fight from the community. Dozens of community members showed up at Thursday Finance Committee meeting to show their support for city workers, especially at the fire and... more »
  • Committee approves a series of sentencing changes

    June 15, 2011 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee has approved three House-backed bills to release low-risk offenders from prison early, moving them near final passage. Two of the bills are part of a legislative package by a bipartisan sentencing commission that seeks to lower the cost of state corrections without... more »
  • Vitter to Serve on Transportation Committee

    February 9, 2011 4:18 PM

    From Senator Vitter's Office: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced that he will serve as ranking member on the subcommittee for Transportation and Infrastructure of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the 112th Congress. "With my leadership position on the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee, I'll be an influential voice... more »
  • Vitter Ethics Complaint

    September 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A government watchdog group in Washington is seeking a Senate ethics committee investigation of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. Complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington center on Vitter's former aide, Brent Furer. Furer was arrested for an alleged knife attack on a girlfriend in... more »
  • Help Wanted for Citizen Oversight Committee

    September 9, 2010 4:37 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School System is seeking applicants to serve on the citizen oversight committee that will be assisting the system with implementation of the master plan. Here's a link to the page that explains the committee membership and contains the application:
  • BP Won't Let Committee Talk To Several Employees

    June 25, 2010 4:20 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a House panel investigating the Gulf oil spill says BP won't let his committee talk to several employees who may have critical information about what led to the catastrophe. Rep. Bart Stupak told The Associated Press on Friday that BP has cited its own... more »
  • Senate Committee Backs Welfare Drug Testing

    June 2, 2010 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill requiring drug testing of welfare recipients is nearing final legislative passage after narrowly winning approval in a Senate committee Wednesday. Members of a Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 to advance Rep. John LaBruzzo's bill to the full Senate for debate, after a political... more »
  • House Committee Backs Gov. Jindals Education Bill

    May 7, 2010 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A House committee has backed one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's signature education bills that would let public schools function more like charter schools, allowing them to waive state laws and education policies. The bill by Bossier City Rep. Jane Smith would let school superintendents apply for... more »
  • Nullifying Health Care in LA Squeaks Through Committee

    April 20, 2010 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that attempts to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana has squeaked through the House Insurance Committee on a 5-4 vote. The proposal by Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot is backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. It asserts that Congress cannot require a person... more »
  • LA House Speaker Announces Committee Shuffle

    March 31, 2010 6:42 PM

    Speaker Jim Tucker announced a number of changes in committee memberships today saying, "These changes are due to several factors including the untimely death of Avon Honey, the election of Karen Carter Peterson to the state Senate, and the election of Joel Robideaux to the position of speaker pro tempore."... more »
  • Red Cross website helps Haitians trace loved ones

    January 14, 2010 2:33 PM

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has launched a Web site to help Haitians find loved ones missing in the devastating earthquake that hit the capital Port-au-Prince. The Red Cross says it hopes the dedicated site will help restore contact between separated family members. The site can... more »
  • Governor Jindal Announces Appointments to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee

    December 1, 2009 10:09 AM

    Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee. The Respiratory Care Advisory Committee serves to advise the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners on issues affecting applicants for licensure and... more »
  • E-mail Sends Wrong Message

    November 16, 2009 4:38 PM

    School leaders are asking State Representative Ricky Hardy to reconsider giving the "OK" for lafayette schools to receive ~$746,000. School board member Mike Hefner says Hardy wanted more than just a phone call. "Even though they have been approved by the Department of Education approved by the Legislative... more »

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