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Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, pushed his Senate Bill 144 Tuesday with major amendments through the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The bill originally sought to restrict the age of dancers in Louisiana clubs to 21 and up, but amended version reverts back to require a minimum age of 18. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Stripper age minimum stays 18

Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, moved his Senate Bill 144, through the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday aims to protect young women from human trafficking by prohibiting strippers under the age of 18, three years younger than what he wanted.
The tweaks, authored by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, amended the original bill’s most significant premise: raising the minimum age of dancers at strip clubs and similar venues to 21. Morrell’s amendment, which was supported by every committee member but Johns, took the age back to the original 18-and-up.

Lawmakers take aim at drug pricing

A set of bills moving through the state Legislature’s ongoing regular session would create new layers of disclosure in regard to prescription drug pricing in Louisiana.
The policy push has caught the attention of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents companies that research, develop and market medicines. They’re also companies that are being targeted by via the drug pricing legislation.

Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, saw his bill eliminating the death penalty in Louisiana move Tuesday to the full Senate for debate. (Photo by Katie Gagliano/Manship School News Service)

Senate bill challenges death penalty; victims protest

A bill to eliminate the death penalty moved to the Senate floor Tuesday after hours-long testimony from victims, faith leaders and law enforcement representatives.
Sen. Dan Claitor’s Senate Bill 142 was sent favorably after a 6-1 vote, with Sen. Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge, the lone opposing vote. It wasn’t his job to forgive murderers, said White, saying that power belongs to the victims’ families and God.
It was a day of Old Testament readings and emotional personal stories.

Lt. Gov. William Nungesser testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday as he pleaded not to have his budget for the Department of Tourism reduced. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/Manship School News Service )

Nungesser argues against tourism budget cuts

Despite record-breaking year for tourism, the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism warned will not be able to sustain that volume with any more cuts in funding.
The Office of Lieutenant Governor told House Appropriations subcommittee it, too, is a hardship case.

Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge (left) and Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, listening to testimony Tuesday in Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Senators debate bills for cheaper medicine, lowering obesity, tighten opioid regulations

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee reported to the full chamber for debate Tuesday bills to create cheaper medicine, to lower obesity rates and to provide more stringent opioid regulations.
Senate Bill 14 by Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, expand the legal definition of “auto-injector” to include more than EpiPens, which treat allergy emergencies.

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