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  • Grant would fund study of rail service expansion

    May 11, 2014 8:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Southern Rail Commission has applied for a $1 million federal grant to study the feasibility of restoring passenger train service between New Orleans and Orlando in central Florida. Amtrak's Sunset Limited, which runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles, included a leg to Orlando until... more »
  • Bill would ban e-cigarette sales to minors in La.

    March 18, 2014 4:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 is getting its first legislative hearing. Sen. Rick Gallot, a Ruston Democrat, is asking a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday to forward the measure to the full Senate for debate. The bill would... more »
  • New Orleans City Council plan would cap jail size

    December 4, 2013 9:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans City Council committee is easing size limits on the city's jail. The city's Criminal Justice Committee voted Tuesday to cap the jail at 1,938 beds. The Times-Picayune reports that's about 300 fewer inmates than are now housed there. The council had wanted to... more »
  • Bill would require crates for dog in pickup truck

    April 17, 2013 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If you're driving on Louisiana's interstates, the days of letting your pooch have free range in the bed of a pickup truck might be nearing an end. The House Transportation Committee backed a bill Tuesday that would require dogs be placed in a ventilated crate... more »
  • Bill would require union negotiations to be public

    March 29, 2012 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House will consider a proposal to open up collective bargaining negotiations between local government agencies and labor unions to the public. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8-2 Wednesday for the measure by Republican Rep. Tony Ligi. Ligi says he proposed the... more »
  • Bill would increase salaries for La. judges

    March 1, 2012 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans area lawmaker is sponsoring a proposal to boost judges' salaries across the state for the next two years, to get them to the average paid to their colleagues across the South. Rep. Jeff Arnold, a Democrat, notes on the bill that he... more »
  • Oil Spill Claims Would Be "Crazy" To Bypass Fund And Take Their Chances In Court

    July 19, 2010 1:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund says fishermen and others with lost income claims would be "crazy" to bypass the fund and take their chances in court. Ken Feinberg said at speech Monday that that he will be much more generous than... more »
  • Amendment Would Ban Companies With Significant Violations Offshore Drilling Permits

    July 14, 2010 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee wants to put BP in a penalty box of sorts. The Natural Resources Committee approved an amendment Wednesday that would ban companies with significant workplace safety or environmental violations over the preceding seven years from new offshore drilling permits. The California Democrat who sponsored... more »
  • Jindal Vetoed Bill That Would Have Made Economic Development Disclose More Info.

    June 24, 2010 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected a bill aimed at getting more information about the numbers of jobs and types of businesses being recruited by the state's economic development office. Jindal vetoed the measure by Chalmette Rep. Nita Hutter on Wednesday, at the urging of his... more »
  • Bill Would Give Subpoena Power to Panel Investigating Oil Spill

    June 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders plan to pass a bill this week that would give subpoena power to the panel investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said House leaders plan to vote on the bill as early as Wednesday and... more »
  • Bill Would Prohibit Teens From "Sexting"

    May 13, 2010 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House unanimously Thursday backed a prohibition on teenagers' "sexting," the practice of sending racy photos and videos by cell phone. The proposal (House Bill 1357) by Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma, would ban people under the age of 17 from using a computer or... more »
  • Bill Would Reverse License Price Hike

    May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A debate over whether to reverse a $15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license is hitting the state Senate floor. Lawmakers were caught unaware when the Department of Public Safety ordered the increase- and several lawmakers say they should have to approve... more »
  • Bill Would Rewrite Evaluation Process for Public School Teachers

    April 28, 2010 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that would rewrite the evaluation process for public school teachers is headed to debate in the Louisiana House. The proposal would rate teachers in part on student test scores and make it easier to dismiss them if they... more »
  • Bill That Would Let Gay Parents Adopt Children Together Was Rejected

    April 27, 2010 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to let gay parents adopt children together in Louisiana was rejected Tuesday by a Senate judiciary committee, a move expected to kill the bill for the legislative session. Senators on the Judiciary A Committee voted 3-1 against the bill, siding with opponents from... more »
  • Bill Would Allow Concealed Handguns Near School Campuses

    April 27, 2010 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that would allow concealed handguns near schoolyards and college campuses was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee after supporters argued the current law is too murky. State law bans concealed handguns within 1,000 feet of a school campus. A proposal (Senate Bill 81)... more »
  • Bill Would Rename & Reorganize Depart. of Social Services

    April 26, 2010 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Department of Social Services would be renamed and reorganized, under a bill that received unanimous approval Monday from the state Senate. The changes would eliminate layers of midlevel management that were targeted by a government streamlining panel as inefficient and unnecessary bureaucracy in the... more »
  • Bill Would Ban Texting While Driving

    April 15, 2010 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's ban on text messaging while driving would be toughened, under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate Transportation Committee. Currently, a driver can only be cited for texting while driving if a police officer stops the driver for another alleged violation. Sen. Butch Gautreaux,... more »
  • Bill Would Prohibit People Convicted of Corruption From Bidding Government Projects

    April 13, 2010 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - People convicted of public corruption would be prohibited from bidding on state and local government construction projects, under a bill that received House committee approval Tuesday without objection. "We have a history of rampant corruption in Louisiana," said Rep. Walker Hines, D-New Orleans. "This bill... more »

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