Sen. Bill Cassidy , R-Baton Rouge, unveiled new legislation Thursday he says would allow states to pull out of the Affordable Care Act and access federal block grants to establish health savings accounts for residents. The bill, which he expects to formally introduce in two weeks, would be implemented only if the Supreme Court rules in favor of plaintiffs seeking to invalidate income-based subsidies in at least 34 states, including Louisiana.
A top Obama administration energy regulator Tuesday expressed opposition to proposals to expand revenue sharing for states that accept new oil and gas development, while reiterating that revenue sharing for Louisiana and other Gulf producing states, slated to begin in 2017, be reallocated to national environmental projects. Abigail Ross-Hopper , director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, also raised objections to a bill filed by Sens. Bill Cassidy R-Baton Rouge and David Vitter , R-La., to increase revenue sharing, slated to begin in 2017, for Louisiana and other Gulf producing states, from a cap of $500 billion to $700 million annually from 2018-2025 and $1 billion annually from 2026-2055.
Louisiana Rep. Dalton Honore, D-Baton Rouge, testifies for the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday, May 6, 2015, about his bill to put marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot. , Honore sat before his legislative colleagues on the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and delivered a heartfelt speech about Louisiana's budget deficit, the state's world-leading incarceration rate and his case for letting voters decide on full-fledged legalization of marijuana.
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State Rep. Patricia Smith sidelined legislation Tuesday seeking to end the "life-time" appointment of Louisiana's registrars of voters. Smith shelved a registrars' office revamp in favor of a study resolution after running into trouble in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.
CODOFIL among 6 programs highlighted for funding House Appropriations approved a budget Monday that will go before the full House May 21. Check out this story on shreveporttimes.com: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2015/05/11/codofil-among-programs-highlighted-funding/27132711/ Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, left, looks over budget amendments with Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, before the committee made its changes to next year's spending plans May 11. The House Appropriations Committee approved a state budget Monday, but Committee Chairman Jim Fannin cautioned that there still is more work to be done.
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Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Baton Rouge Sen. Sharon Broome, a Democrat, accepts congratulations Thursday after the Louisiana Senate Education Committee voted to advance her bill that would generally ban out-of-school suspensions for the youngest public school students. Last year more than 7,400 public school students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades were given out-of-school suspensions.
Under a Senate-passed bill now before the House, future governors' ability to shield records from the public would be limited. Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, rolls back a 2009 change championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that introduced the notion of shielding from public access records that are part of a governor's "deliberative process."
Future governors' ability to shield records from the public would be limited under a measure headed to the Louisiana House for debate. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation which its sponsor state Sen. Dan Claitor said would "increase transparency in the governor's office."