Kevin Kane: The B.R. Advocate’s Lenny Keller has described the Louisiana legislature as ultraconservative – but it just ain’t so.
The Pelican Institute’s transparency site is shining light on generous overtime pay for state employees, and a local news channel has latched onto the finding.
Rep. Austin Badon’s (D – Orleans) HB 112 seeks to prohibit the harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in Louisiana’s public school districts. The proposal would strengthen a 2001 law that mandated all Louisiana public schools include a policy in their student code of conduct to prohibit bullying.
Louisiana’s stand as the nation’s leader for incarceration is the target of five new bills from the state’s Sentencing Commission.
In a legislative session filled with bills to heavily alter Louisiana’s higher education system, students of public universities and colleges may soon experience one more adjustment: concealed weapons on campus.
Sen. DA “Butch” Gautreaux is moving legislation aimed at forcing charter schools to remain within Louisiana’s underfunded teachers’ retirement system. This is part of a concerted effort to undermine and cripple the charter school system, critics say
Don Briggs weighs in on the debate at the federal level. His view: burdening suppliers will do anything but lower gas prices.
Arizona’s controversial immigration law is coming to Louisiana, at least if Rep. Ernest Wooton’s (I – Belle Chasse) “Louisiana Citizens Protection Act” passes. The bill specifically targets people who hire day laborers off the streets,.
Illegal immigrants are set to find work with state contractors harder to come by. That is if employers participate in the federal government’s E-Verify program, as new legislation would mandate.
Pending legislation would allow Louisiana high school students to take online classes. Sen. Gerald Long (R-Winnfield) has been the major driving force behind the bill. He believes virtual classrooms will help to “level the playing field” for all Louisiana students and provide advanced instruction.