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Changes suggested for state’s gaming laws

CLouisiana law requires gaming riverboats to have a working paddlewheel, even though the boats do not traverse the waterways. The chairman of the legislatively created task force in charge of recommending rules for the state’s gaming industry called that requirement “ridiculous.”
That was one of the points made Tuesday when representatives from the global casino enterprise, Caesar’s Entertainment, came before the Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force to suggest legislative revisions to outdated state statutes.

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Jeremy Alford

Agenda for spring session taking shape

Gov. John Bel Edwards met with members of the legislative leadership last week and hinted that his administration is moving away from a big push on the individual income tax.
Instead, the Edwards Administration is getting behind a new taxable gross receipts approach in concert with an elimination of the corporate and franchise taxes.
That far-reaching change — replacing a corporate tax on profit with one that targets sales — is expected to be the centerpiece of the governor’s regular session plan when lawmakers convene on April 10.

LSU study underscores regional economic costs of coastal land loss

Louisiana could lose as much as $3.6 billion in homes, businesses and other infrastructure over the next 50 years if the state takes no action to curb its coastal land loss crisis, according to a study released Wednesday by the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group at the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

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Department of Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc, chair of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force, said the task force recommendations are a step in the right direction for corrections and criminal justice reform. (Photo by Katie Gagliano/ Manship School News Service)

Prison system, State police under review

Legislators demanded a deeper investigation into the finances of the prison rodeo held at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola after a Legislative Audit Council review raised additional questions about potential mishandling of funds.
In addition to that, state Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera on Tuesday said, state auditors are launching an investigation into the Louisiana State Police and have begun to gather intelligence. State Police is under fire for lax oversight of travel expenses, a situation that has forced the resignation of the head of the agency.

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3rd Circuit race back to 3 candidates

Lafayette attorney Vanessa Waguespack Anseman is back in the race for the open seat on the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.
At a hearing Monday, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a ruling by St. Landry Parish District Judge Alonzo Harris, who had found she did not meet the legal qualifications for the office.
Harris had ruled the day before early voting began. The question, brought by St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor, was on how long Anseman had been admitted to the practice of law.
The election is Saturday.

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