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House Sergeant of Arms Clarence “Smoke” Russ says the end of the last regular session earlier this month was one of the wildest he has ever seen in his 35 years of keeping order and safety at the Louisiana State Capitol. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/Manship School News Service)

House veteran says session was one of the wildest in his 35 years

Not much about the Louisiana legislature has changed since House Sergeant of Arms Clarence “Smoke” Russ began working at the Capitol in 1982, but the end of the last regular session was one to remember.

Morgan City man guility in massive theft scheme

A judge found Armond Duhon guilty of 221 counts of theft, two counts of money laundering and one count of racketeering for his role in helping to steal nearly $2 million from a Morgan City company.
Both the prosecution and defense finished presenting their cases June 15 in a trial that began June 12. Duhon chose a trial by judge and was tried separately from his co-defendants. The criminal activity in the bill of information took place from January 1999 through March 2014.

From left, Senate Finance Committee chairman Eric LaFleur and members Ronnie Johns, Bodi White and Gregory Tarver hear public testimony on the House Bill 1, to appropriate $154 million of the state budget Wednesday night. Budget negotiations continue as the 6 p.m. Thursday deadline looms. Credit: Katie Gagliano

Senate pours on the pressure

The Senate staged an unprecedented public conference committee on House Bill 1, the key funding bill, Wednesday night calling for the House Republicans and public stakeholders at risk of cuts to come together to better understand the effects of the House’s plan to leave money unappropriated as a hedge against potential revenue shortfalls in the coming fiscal year.
They invited House leadership to attend, an invitation that predictably went immediately into the wastebasket.

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