BATON ROUGE — The Senate Thursday unanimously passed Senate Bill 395 by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, ending a practice of lawyers, judges and lawmaker indulging several times a year in food and drink at the swanky Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans on the taxpayer dime.
The bill mandates the Louisiana State Law Institute, whose 100-plus members include lawyers, judges and legislators, hold its meetings at a public building. The group researches and recommends legal reforms to the Legislature.
BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana House passed two abortion bills Thursday banning the dismemberment of a fetus and the second prohibiting the procedure for survivable genetic disorders of a fetus, such as Down’s syndrome or cystic fibrosis.
Rep. Rick Edmunds, R-Baton Rouge, said, as a pastor, one of the sweetest members of his church was a young man with Down’s syndrome, and that his own son was diagnosed with a genetic disease that required numerous surgeries on his legs and spine.
BATON ROUGE — The House of Representatives unanimously passed measures Thursday sponsored by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, to put tighter limits on registered sex offenders and to expand the definition of a hate crime.
BATON ROUGE, LA. — The Senate Finance Committee on Monday unanimously moved to the full chamber a slate of proposed juvenile justice laws from Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, including a measure that would move 17-year-old criminals into the jurisdiction of Juvenile Court. Currently, they are treated as adults.
BATON ROUGE – A West Monroe lawmaker Thursday pulled from consideration his bill banning tobacco products on public and private school property after Senate Education Committee members expressed a desire to keep the current designated smoking zones as they are.
BATON ROUGE — Legislation to halt discrimination against employees in the public and private workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity passed through the Senate Labor Committee following a switched votes by a Democratic senator.