BATON ROUGE — The Senate voted 36-1 to allow all juvenile offenders sentenced to life without parole the chance for a parole hearing after serving 35 years.
House Bill 264 by House Criminal Justice chairman Sherman Mack, R-Albany, originally gave the chance for parole only to those cases prior to 2012. But an amendment by Sen. Danny Martini, R-Metairie, made it all-inclusive.
BATON ROUGE — Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill to sharpen the ability of the Department of Revenue to collect sales tax on internet and other out- of-state retailers.
House Bill 1121 by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, requires retailers to report certain information to help the state collect sales tax that currently goes largely unreported.
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Supreme Court justices testified Tuesday that a $16 million cut to the Judiciary in its budget for the next fiscal year that begins in four weeks would cause the third branch of government to contract its drug court program that has helped curb the state’s percentage of repeat offenders.
BATON ROUGE — The House Education Committee Tuesday approved a bill to allow university students across the state to use student ID cards as identification for voting, perhaps as early this fall, although the bill doesn’t require it until 2019.
House Bill 940 by Rep. Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace, requires the ID cards to have a picture and a signature, making them valid under the state’s voter identification laws.
BATON ROUGE — A report detailing the recent changes made to the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students — the state’s tuition-paying scholarship – warns that students could be paying thousands for tuition beyond what the scholarship covers in a few years.
The Cowen Institute of Tulane University, released its report, “The Future of TOPS,” Tuesday, offering potential pitfalls to TOPS reforms that have passed or look likely to pass this session.
BATON ROUGE – In 1997, Louisiana House Speaker Hunt Downer ushered his lawmakers into the digital age. Bills, amendments, votes and fiscal notes became available on their individual screens with the click of a mouse.
Nineteen years later, the path toward a paperless Legislature has made headway, but hard copies still reign and taxpayers are left holding a six-figure invoice.
BATON ROUGE — Multi-state and larger corporations could pay millions more in corporate income tax under proposals the governor, legislators and the Department of Revenue are considering as Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to call the Legislature into the second fiscal session of the year.