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Wallis Watkins

Every twelve years, Louisiana’s Legislature goes through a shake up when a large number of legislators are termed out. 

Wallis Watkins

Louisianians will not be playing daily fantasy sports or betting on games outright anytime soon, after the final chaotic minutes of the legislative session sank both efforts. 

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Lawmakers and the governor entered the legislative session agreeing the state should raise teacher salaries and increase education spending. But it took the Legislature all session to determine exactly how much more money to spend and where to send it. 

The Louisiana legislature debated a total of seven bills dealing with the issue of abortion during its 2019 session. The bill that got the most attention would make abortion illegal after about six weeks — before many women know they’re pregnant.

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With the 2019 legislative session wrapped up and a campaign for re-election on the horizon, Governor John Bel Edwards took stock of the successes and failures of his key initiatives. 

Wallis Watkins

Lawmakers worked to the bitter end of the legislative session Thursday to address the two biggest remaining issues: the state’s next budget and the future of fantasy sports gaming in Louisiana.

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On the second to last day of a legislative session where several abortion restrictions easily cleared the Legislature, lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment that could reenforce anti-abortion policies in the state. 

Wallis Watkins

With just two days left in session, lawmakers are still negotiating setting a minimum age for marriage in Louisiana. 

Wallis Watkins

The Louisiana House passed legislation Monday restricting what they call deceptive labeling of food products like cauliflower rice. Supporters say the move will protect Louisiana's agriculture industry, one of the largest industries in the state. 

Wallis Watkins

The funding plan for K-12 schools in Louisiana is finally on its way to the full House, after the Appropriations committee advanced the school funding formula Sunday. 

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