While all five of the proposals out of the Sentencing Commission passed, the most controversial received amendments to water them down. Dana Kaplan (pictured) of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana spoke with The Pelican Post and assessed what the outcome means for Louisiana.
Achieving a highly improbable turnaround, Rep. Noble Ellington’s (R-Winnsboro) resolution for an anti-debt amendment to the U.S. Constitution won approval from the Louisiana Senate yesterday.
Over the past few years, the Republican Party has shifted more the direction of Rep. Ron Paul’s libertarian positions, according to some the political activists who attended the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) in New Orleans. The Texas Republican was among the speakers.
With festive music and diverse protestors, Women with a Vision led a peaceful march against what the organization describes as a trillion dollar “abject failure”—the now forty-year-old war on drugs.
Fergus Hodgson provides an overview of tax policy changes within the current legislative session.
The American Enterprise Institute has released a working paper stating the federal compensation premium compared to private compensation is approximately 61 percent.
Only four members of Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted against legislation that blocks state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on construction projects. The bill also passed the Senate with bipartisan support. PLAs locked out non-union construction shops from the bidding process, industry representatives have argued.
Rep. Brett Geymann’s anti-spending resolution remains in effect after a counter-measure from Rep. Erich Ponti (R-Baton Rouge) was withdrawn Tuesday. This means “one-time” money cannot be used to balance the budget without a 2/3 vote of approval from House lawmakers
Despite smooth sailing in the House, the National Debt Relief Amendment came to an abrupt halt this morning. Sen. Karen Peterson (D-New Orleans) came out aggressively against it, and without objection she had it deferred in its Senate committee hearing.
Rep. Tony Ligi (R-Metaire) continues to fight for transparency in collective bargaining agreements. His legislation was “involuntarily deferred” in the House earlier this month but has been reloaded into amendment the Senate Education Committee will consider today.