Barry Ivey’s back: No-show Louisiana lawmaker returns for budget vote

By Caitie Burkes

In spite of Rep. Barry Ivey’s request for an 11-day leave of absence from the Louisiana Legislature, the Baton Rouge Republican made an appearance in the House chamber on Wednesday (June 14) for a vote on House Bill 1, the $28 billion operating budgetfor the upcoming fiscal year. But he might not stick it out.

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Health secretary: Lives are at stake under proposed cuts

By Sarah Gamard

Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee said Louisianans will “suffer and die” under the legislature’s proposed cuts to state health programs.

The House Appropriations Committee met to address House Bill 1, the state budget for next fiscal year and it starts through the enactment process for the second time.

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