BATON ROUGE —The John J. Hainkel Senate committee room was awash in red clothing Thursday where the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved on split votes bills that increase the state’s minimum wage and expand the equal pay for equal work law and strengthen enforcement mechanisms.
BATON ROUGE — The head of the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, who is serving on a task force dedicated to systemic changes in the state’s tax code, warns that income taxes may have be on the table in 2017 if the Legislature is serious about fiscal reform.
BATON ROUGE — The House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill Wednesday increasing the mandatory waiting period before receiving an abortion from one day to three days.
House Bill 386 requires women seeking an abortion to undergo required pre-abortion procedures — including an ultrasound and the receipt of various informational materials — 72 hours prior to the operation.
Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, wants to take the handcuffs off higher education’s ability to raise tuition without legislative approval.
By Samuel Carter Karlin
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana students and families could pay more for colleges and universities in the future if the ability to raise tuition transfers from the Legislature to school governing boards as proposed in two bills before the Legislature.
These proposed measures would take the schools off their traditional legislative leash.
BATON ROUGE — A Winnsboro lawmaker is teaming with the Louisiana Department of Education to place new restrictions on child care providers operating without a license.
Rep. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, brought House Bill 197 before the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice Wednesday that would to provide criminal penalties for unlawful operation of day care centers, specifically those caring for six or more children.
BATON ROUGE — A bill creating a fund to help pay down state retirement and bond debts and refill the rainy day fund was passed through the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, who has already created a GoFundMe crowd-sourcing campaign to help pay for Louisiana’s deficit, said her bill would create a fund into which Louisianans, and anyone else who feels charitable, could donate money into pay down about $20 million in those two areas.