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Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, right, chaired a committee hearing Wednesday on bills to regulate opioid treatment facilities. (Photo by Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service)

Bills advance to address opioid crisis

House and Senate committees advanced bills that would address the opioid crisis by creating new treatment facilities in Louisiana and allowing alternative treatment methods.
Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge, sponsored a bill that would require residential treatment facilities to give patients with opioid-use disorders access to medication that would block the opioid effect.
Before advancing Davis’ bill, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee amended it to delay enforcement of the change until 2021. This would allow the treatment facilities more time to adjust.

The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the governor‘s education plan that includes a $39 million increase for K-12 schools. (Photo by Hunter Lovell/LSU Manship School News Service)

Senate approves governor’s education plan

The Senate voted 37-1 Wednesday to approve Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to provide a $39 million increase for public schools, setting up a fight with House Republicans who question if the state can afford it.
The K-12 funding formula proposed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, known as BESE, includes pay raises of $1,000 for teachers and $500 for support staff.
A resolution for the school funding bill was proposed by Sen. Dan Morrish, R-Jennings.
“Teachers don’t necessarily teach for a paycheck,” Morrish said. “They teach from their heart.”

A House committee advanced a bill Wednesday by Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, to further limit abortions. (Photo by Justin DiCharia/LSU Manship School News Service)

Abortion limits, bans clear committees

Legislation that would limit or ban abortion in Louisiana easily cleared House and Senate committees on Wednesday, echoing a surge of similar bills in Republican-controlled legislatures in the South.
Pro-choice advocates protested the bills inside the state Capitol. The protests led to several arrests after demonstrators poured fake blood onto the marble floors in Memorial Hall.
The House Health and Welfare Committee advanced a controversial proposal that would outlaw the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, which usually occurs around six weeks.

Lt. Gov. Nungesser may face a challenge

After taking to Facebook to publicly acknowledge that he is considering a bid for lieutenant governor this fall, former Democratic Caucus Chair Gene Reynolds told LaPolitics that he should have a clear resolution on the race soon.
“I need to make a final decision within the next week or two,” he said.
The Democrat from Webster Parish said he has been encouraged to run by members of both parties, including former legislative colleagues who often stop by his Spanish Town home to chat after hours.

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