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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.

Pro-Confederate monument demonstrator Amanda Jennings of West Monroe, forefront, was part of a demonstration Thursday at the Louisiana Statehouse in support of bills that would preserve monuments of Confederate leaders. She charged she was physically attacked by “paid agitators” April 30 when fighting to preserve the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/Manship School News Service)

Demonstrators arrive to support monument bills

Demonstrators waved Confederate flags outside the Louisiana State Capitol Thursday in protest of New Orleans’ contentious decision to replace four monuments in his city representing Confederate leaders and in support of three bills before the Legislature that aim to protect those monuments.
Unfortunately for the demonstrators, the Senate had adjourned Wednesday night for the weekend and the House was tied up the entire day in debate over the bill that funds the state’s operation for the next fiscal year.

Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, presents the budget bill during the House’s meeting Monday. Credit: Sarah Gamard

House passes GOP budget funding TOPS, cutting money for health

House passes GOP budget funding TOPS, cutting money for health
By William Taylor Potter and Matt Houston
Manship School
News Service
BATON ROUGE – The GOP budget – that called for full TOPS funding and a $235 million cut from the Department of Health’s funding – passed the House relatively unscathed following five hours of debate Thursday, the only action at the Statehouse.

Bill to protect campus free speech advances

A House Education Committee recommended to the full House on Tuesday a bill that would protect free expression on college campuses by requiring the establishment of an official university policy affirming free expression and quashing barriers to free speech.
House Bill 269 by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, is modeled after policies at Yale and University of Chicago and legislation recently enacted in Arizona.

Movie exemptions may be revised

A set of bills aiming to change entertainment industry tax exemptions and the way the state implements its oft-debated motion picture tax credit program were moved to the Senate floor Monday.
Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, presented the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee with a substitute bill to his original Senate Bill 235, proposing solutions to fatal flaws he said ruined the motion picture tax credit program.

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