Caught a gator? New bill would allow restaurants to cook it for you

By Jack Richards

BATON ROUGE — Forget budget deficits, tax credits, discrimination and Real ID, Louisiana restaurants may soon be able to whip up freshly caught alligator dishes brought to the chefs by the diner.

House Bill 188, reported out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee Thursday, would includes alligator in the state’s Catch and Cook program.

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Bill moves to halt group from meeting on taxpayer’s dime

By Jack Richards

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.

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House passes two abortion bills; both head to Senate

Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, tells the story of the illnesses his son dealt with as a child as a result of a genetic problem. Edmonds said life should be preserved no matter what. Photo by D.B. Narveson.

By D.B. Narveson

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.

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Bills to tighten sex offender limits, expand hate crime definitions pass House

Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandrai, responds to questions Thursday during the floor debate of his House Bill 953 that expands the definition of a hate crime to include police officers and firefighters. Photo by D.B. Narveson.

By D.B. Narveson

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.

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