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The Senate passed a proposed compromise bill by Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville to lower auto insurance rates.

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The Senate also approve a tort reform bill by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzalez, who is in negotiations on how to resolve the issue.

Compromise bills on auto insurance approved

With the special session nearing an end, the Senate passed two possible compromise bills Monday aimed at lowering auto insurance rates and winning support from Gov. John Bel Edwards, who vetoed a major Republican-backed tort reform plan.
The Senate voted 30-8 to approve a bill by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzalez. Another bill, by Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville, passed 35-3, with seven Democrats voting in support.
The House passed Nelson’s bill 82-9 last week, with 21 Democrats voting for it.

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Rep. Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport

$250 stipend for frontline workers OK'd

Legislators voted Monday to provide one-time payments of $250 to front-line workers during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order and to protect schools and colleges against lawsuits that could arise if students or staff-members contract the virus.
The $250 stipend passed by unanimous votes in both chambers. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport, now makes its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has already voiced his support.

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6 days remain for early voting

St. Landry Parish voters have six more days of early voting, which ends July 4.
At the end of voting Thursday, 1,302 votes had been cast in St. Landry Parish. Of those votes, 277 were in person and 1,025 were absentee, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
The Presidential Preference Primary is on the ballot. Only Democrats and Republicans can cast a vote for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Grand Coteau voters will decide on a millage proposition for fire protection.
Hours for voting are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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St. Landry Parish School Board receives $7.9M

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $26,413,564 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to help support various health and education projects in Louisiana.
“This HHS funding will promote the wellbeing of Louisiana communities by supporting key health care and education programs,” Kennedy said.
Projects supported by this funding include:
— $10,742,088 to the Louisiana Department of Health for the Louisiana Crisis Response program.

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