Fighting terrorism: Hodges v. Norton

The House passed a bill, 82-8, Monday that works to prevent the state of Louisiana from funding terrorism, but not before two legislators got into an oral dustup which prompted a reprimand by the speaker of the House.
There are certain funds in the state of Louisiana that are invested solely in international securities. The Senate Bill 223, by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, places restrictions on investments in companies connected to countries which indirectly or directly support terrorism.

Rural hospitals face cuts

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) faces a $196.4 million cut in its fiscal year budget starting in a little more than a month. This singular cut makes up the majority of the projected $206.2 million reduction in state funding under the latest draft of House Bill 1, the state’s funding plan for next fiscal year.

Constitution rewrite isn’t in the air  

Efforts to call a constitutional convention to resolve the state’s “broken” budget and fiscal structure were thwarted Tuesday evening in a 50-45 House vote, considerably short of the two-thirds required for the bill to pass.   
House Bill 456 didn’t even receive the required simple majority of the 105 House members needed for regular proposals to pass. Ten members of the chamber were absent, a move sometimes a deliberate maneuver to help defeat a bill without recording a vote.. 

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, addresses Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, and Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton (on screen), about their bills that would make it harder to remove Confederate monuments. (Photo by Manship School News Service)

Confederate military monument legiislation defeated

XFollowing nearly six hours of testimony and six minutes of vote discussion, the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs Wednesday killed on identical 4-2 votes, a pair of bills Wednesday that would have made it more difficult to remove Confederate military monuments in Louisiana.


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