Federal agencies that have unilaterally curtailed energy production in the Gulf of Mexico should obtain congressional approval before any new regulations are implemented, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has argued on the Senate floor.
As an alternative to the pension reform legislation favored by Gov. Bobby Jindal, the House Committee on Retirement has voted to move a bill to the floor the includes an across the board increase in state employee pension contributions that would be used to pay down unfunded accumulated liabilities.
Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted to pass Rep. Brett Geymann’s Resolution 27 on Monday, which is designed to block allocation of “one-time” non-recurring money as a way to plug budget gaps. Geymann says his legislation will help force meaningful spending cuts. Gov. Bobby Jindal disagrees.
Instead of allowing a Senate Committee to kill a bill that otherwise stands a strong chance of passing the full Senate, supporters of Health Care Compacts have decided to voluntarily defer their legislation until the next session.
Tea Party activists joined with Sen. Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas) last week to testify in favor of legislation to suspend federal health care regulations and empower state officials. Guillory’s bill would enable Louisiana to enter into Health Care Compacts (HCCs) with other states.
Controversial litigation practices built around environmental remediation claims would be limited under proposed legislation that a House committee voted to defer on Wednesday. Supporters say current law needs to be clarified to prevent “legacy lawsuits” from driving business out of state
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
Rep. Tony Ligi (R-Metairie) is advancing new legislation that would make it possible for taxpayers to review the cost of collective bargaining agreements. The negotiations between public employers and labor unions would full under the Open Meetings Law
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.
Louisiana employers impacted by the British Petroleum oil spill last April are set to be relieved from the costs connected with unemployment benefits. Sen. Neil Riser (R-Columbia) has introduced SB 121, which would alleviate the financial burden for innocent third parties.