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Wallis Watkins

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Wallis Watkins is a Baton Rouge native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2013. Soon after, she joined WRKF as an intern and is now reporting on politics for Capitol Access.

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A party line vote killed a bill Monday that would have made certain individuals income tax data available to the state’s legislative auditor. 

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A Senate committee will have its chance to make changes to the state’s next budget today. Jay Dardenne, Governor John Bel Edwards’ top budget advisor, told members of the Senate Finance committee last week that most of the changes adopted by the House are in line with the administration’s proposals. 

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The Louisiana House backed a proposal Thursday to begin rolling back the temporary sales tax extension that was the solution to last year’s budget deficit. That compromise took several special sessions to reach. 

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A legislative effort to let chemical plants and other industrial companies keep certain environmental violations secret ended Wednesday, after the bill’s author pulled the legislation. 

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For the fourth year in a row, an effort to increase the minimum wage in Louisiana was unsuccessful Tuesday. 

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A bill to raise the state’s gas tax was shelved Monday, as the bill’s author, Representative Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge), pointed to the difficulty of trying to raise taxes in an election year. 

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A House committee will get its turn Monday on a bill that would exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products from state sales tax. 

A House committee rejected a proposal Thursday to let local governments set their own minimum wage, opting to keep that power in the hands of the state. 

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A bill that would ban abortions in Louisiana once a fetal heartbeat has been detected is one step closer to final passage, after the House Health and Welfare committee advanced the bill without objection Wednesday.

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A Louisiana Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would set a minimum age limit for marriage in the state. But which age remains unclear. 

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