LRN Legislative Report

This is the Louisiana Radio Network Legislative Report. I’m Jeanne Burns.

The goal of two bills making their way through the legislature is to repeal the three-year rule, that ensures property policyholders their carrier cannot drop their coverage after three years. Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple says the bills are focused on revitalizing the insurance marketplace in Louisiana.

Cut 7 (08) “…which is choice.”

But Ben Riggs at Real Reform Louisiana opposes the bills and says the state’s insurance crisis is two-fold with unavailability and unaffordability and loss of the three-year consumer protection will only exacerbate the crisis.

Cut 8 (11) “…surcharge.” 

Baton Rouge Senator Cleo Fields would like to see every school bus in Louisiana to have heating and air conditioning by August 1, 2025. Fields says it’s hard to learn in the classroom after sweating on the ride to school…

Cut 14 (12)  “… unconscionable.”

Jackson Parish Superintendent David Claxton, who is also the president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, many school districts are already transitioning to climate-controlled buses, but getting it all done by the 2025-26 school year might be difficult…

Cut 15 (08)  “…own ours”

Fields says there are federal grants available to help school systems pay for a-c and heat on busses.

11:30 am Newscast

Louisiana has the 3rd highest rate of pickup truck fatalities, which is why law enforcement in our state will be focused on pickup drivers next week during the Buckle UP in Your Truck Campaign. DOTD Spokesperson, Gregory Fischer says because trucks are large and heavy, pickup drivers often have an elevated sense of safety causing some to feel comfortable unbuckled…

Cut 13 (13) “…big trouble.”

LSU lady tiger gymnastics could win its first ever national championship this afternoon at three…as they go head to head with Cal, Florida and Utah. Utah is looking for its 10th national championship in women’s gymnastics, which would tie a record. Florida is seeking its fourth and Cal is fresh off a Pac-12 title and they’ve flipped flopped with LSU for most of the season as the second ranked team in the country. But Heffner likes LSU’s depth…

Cut 8 (08) “…championship final.” 

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The U-S House is expected to take a vote today to send foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel, a move that puts Mike Johnson’s position as House Speaker in jeopardy. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo”

In case you missed it, the Pelicans are Oklahoma City Bound after beating the Kings 105 to 98 last night to get into the playoffs.  New Orleans begins a best of seven series tomorrow against the Thunder.

10:30 am Newscast

Today could be the day LSU win its first national championship in gymnastic. The Tigers will compete against Utah, Florida and Cal this afternoon at three. College Gym News co-managing editor Brandif Heffner says those teams are more than capable of winning but says the Tigers do have the best gymnast in the country….

Cut 7 (10) “…in the final”  
In Washington House Speaker Mike Johnson’s position could be in jeoparty if he puts a Ukraine aid bill up for a vote in the House, which is expected today. LSU political science professor Robert Hogan says Johnson is doing what he thinks is right and is not worrying about the political ramifications…

Cut 5 (11)  “..United States.”

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Louisiana has the 3rd highest rate of pickup truck fatalities according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and next week some Law enforcement officers will be focused on pickup truck drivers during the Buckle UP in Your Truck Campaign. Why the special focus? DOTD Spokesperson, Gregory Fischer…

Cut 12 (10) “…their seatbelts” 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched the Know2Protect campaign to educate parents about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and how to best protect their children. Special Agent Jessica Zuppardo says if your child is a victim of such abuse do not delete any messages, do not engage with the perpetrator, and do contact local law enforcement.

Cut 11 (12) “…law enforcement.”

 

9:30 Newscast

U.S. Department of Homeland Security is trying to educate parents about the dangers of the online predators who target children. The Know -2-Protect campaign looks to tackle a problem that’s rampant in Louisiana.  Special Agent Jessica Zuppardo

Cut 10 (10) “…reporting it.”

The U-S House is expected to take a vote on Saturday to send foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel, a move that puts Mike Johnson’s position as House Speaker in jeopardy.A divided House Republican caucus led to the removal of Johnson’s predecessor, Kevin McCarthy, last October. But LSU political science professor RobertHogan says the desire for a new House Speaker is not as strong as it was last Fall…

Cut 4 (08) “…seeing now ” 

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Oklahoma stumbles at the NCAA gymnastic championships, giving LSU an excellent chance to win its first national title in gymnastics. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Jeff Palermo” 

The Pelicans are moving on to the Western Conference playoffs after a 105 to 98 win over the Sacramento Kings last night. Brandon Ingram led the way with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. New Orleans will begin a best of seven series with the Thunder on Sunday night in Oklahoma City.

 

 

8:30 am Newscast

House Speaker Mike Johnson from Louisiana’s political future is on the line as the US House is scheduled to vote today to provide funding for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. LSU political science professor Robert Hogan says far right Republicans oppose additional funding to Ukraine

Cut 3 (11) “…as speaker” 

LSU could win its first national championship in gymnastics today. They will compete against Utah, Florida and Cal, but not Oklahoma. The two-time defending champion Sooners suffered multiple falls in the semifinals and they are out. College Gym News co-managing editor Brandif Heffner

Cut 6  (10) “..slight edge.” 
The championship starts this afternoon at three.

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Louisiana has the 3rd highest rate of pickup truck fatalities according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and next week some Law enforcement officers will be focused on pickup truck drivers during the Buckle UP in Your Truck Campaign. DOTD Spokesperson Gregory Fischer

Cut  14 (09) “…these things.” 

The Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign runs through Saturday, April 27th.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched the Know2Protect campaign to educate parents about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and abuse of children. Special Agent Jessica Zuppardo says you can learn more at dhs-dot-gov Know 2 Protect, that’s with the number two.

Cut 9 (12) “…the police.” 

 

9:30 am Newscast

Waiting for a hearing at the capitol, a bill that would allow administrators and certified teachers to possess a gun inside a school. Greenwell Springs Representative Lauren Ventrella says armed teachers would be required to have a concealed carry permit and take active shooter and de-escalation courses

Cut 10 (06) “…the weapon.”

The Louisiana Department of Health has released updated mercury and fish advisories for ten bodies of water and it’s issued a new warning for Lake Maurepas in southeast Louisiana. L-D-H Environmental Health section chief Shannon Soileau says the new advisory for Lake Maurepas is only for women of childbearing age and children younger than seven

Cut 15 (13)  “…warmouth.”

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T-Mobile has completed its 290-million-dollar upgrade and expansion in Louisiana, bringing high-speed connectivity to previously underserved areas. Colleen Crain has more…

Cut 2 (32)  “I’m Colleen Crain.” 

The LSU gymnastics squad is in position to win its first national championship after winning the first semifinal session and Oklahoma, the two time defending champs did not advance to the finals. The national championship is at 3 PM Saturday. LSU will compete against Cal, Utah and Florida on Saturday.

8:30 am Newscast

Faster internet has arrived for rural and smaller Louisiana towns. T-Mobile announces the completion of a 290-million-dollar upgrade and expansion. And that’s not all. Senior Vice President Jennifer Silveir says T-Mobile also invests in Louisiana communities.  Their Hometown Grants program that provided $50,000 for a public address system for emergency communication.  And Project Ten Million provides connectivity to students…

Cut 9 (09)  “…stay connected.”

It’s awaiting a hearing in the House Criminal Justice Committee, but teacher unions are opposed to legislation that would allow administrators and certified teachers to possess a gun inside a school. Some are concerned about allowing guns in a firearm-free zone. But Greenwell Springs Representative Lauren Ventrella says gun-free zones do not matter to someone who wants to kill multiple people…

Cut 12 (13) “…when called.” 
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In preparation for Love the Boot Week, Brooke Thorington is talking trash with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is planning to build a two-story interactive play space inside the New Orleans Children’s Hospital. Staff and kids celebrated the announcement, excited for the hospital’s place space called Walker’s Imaginarium.

Tnew state-of-the-art broadcast studio is expected to open in early 2026.

7:30 am Newscast

A bill that would allow administrators and certified teachers to have guns in school will go before the House Criminal Justice Committee soon. Teacher unions are opposed to the legislation, but Greenwell Springs Representative Lauren Ventrella says says she’s also heard from educators who would feel safer if they were armed…

Cut 11 (13) “…is necessary.”

Rural and Smaller Louisiana towns now have Faster internet thanks to a 290 Million dollar upgrade just completed by T-Mobile. 92% of Louisiana Parishes now have access to mid-band ultra capacity 5-G. Vice President Jennifer Silveira says T-Mobile’s recent upgrades bring improved services across the board…

Cut 8 (11) “…our network.” 

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“Love the Boot Week” kicks off today and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says there are more than 600 clean-up and beautification events planned in all 64 parishes aimed at cleaning up litter in Louisiana, April 20th through the 28th.

Cut 4 (13) “…great state.”
It’s win or go home for the Pelicans tonight as they host Sacramento in an elimination play-in game. New Orleans needs to beat the Kings in order to advance into the Western Conference playoffs and they’ll have to do it without Zion Williamson, who is sidelined by a hamstring injury. Host of the Locked on Pelicans podcast, Jake Madison…

Cut 16 (15)  “…on Sunday.”  

 

6:30 am Newscast

“Love the Boot Week” kicks off today in Louisiana with more than 600n clean up and beautification events planned across the state. You can sign up to get help clean up litter in Louisiana keepLouisianaBeautiful-dot-org. If you can’t participate next week, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says you can do your part any time.

Cut 5 (13) “…do that.”

The Louisiana Department of Health has released updated mercury and fish advisories for ten bodies of water and it’s issued a new warning for Lake Maurepas in southeast Louisiana. L-D-H Environmental Health section chief Shannon Soileau says because of mercury contamination, there are now fish consumption advisories for 51 waterways in Louisiana…

Cut 13 (08)  “…slight modifications.”

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A south Louisiana lawmaker believes teachers should have the option to possess a gun in the classroom. Jeff Palermo has more…

Cut 3 (30) “…I’m Jeff Palermo” 

Faster internet has arrived for rural and smaller Louisiana towns. T-Mobile announces the completion of a 290-million-dollar upgrade and expansion. Senior Vice President Jennifer Silveira….

Cut 7 (09) “…the state.”

The investment also includes a 50 million dollar upgrade in the Greater New Orleans area.

LRN AM Newscall April 18

Legislation to create a Gun Free Zone in New Orleans’ entertainment district was pulled from House Criminal Justice. Brooke Thorington has more

Cut 1 (34) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Fire ant mounds are a sign of Spring that isn’t so welcome because they bring swarms of stinging pests to yards and gardens. Colleen Crain has more on getting rid of the tiny tormentors.

Cut 2 (33)  “I’m Colleen Crain.” 

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A Senate Committee approves major changes to the state’s public record laws, despite objections from good government group and journalists. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 3 (31) “…I’m Jeff Palermo” 

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Legislation to create a Gun Free Zone in New Orleans’ entertainment district was voluntarily deferred in House Criminal Justice. Bill author Representative Alonzo Knox urged committee members to ask local law enforcement in their districts what they think about the law that goes into effect July 4th allowing for concealed carry without a permit.

Cut 4 (11) “…a crisis.”

Knox amended the bill to allow gun owners with a permit to conceal carry in the New Orleans entertainment district so it would not infringe upon one’s rights. But that too was met with opposition. Firearm Professionals of Louisiana political director Chris Patron…

Cut 5 (11) “…need is enforcement.” 

New Orleans Councilwoman Helena Moreno who supports the bill told committee members after discussions with Knox he’s opting to voluntarily pull the bill. But they plan to meet with Republican Senator Kirk Talbot who’s filed similar legislation that’s limited to the French Quarter.

Cut 6 (13) “…better shape.”

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Warm weather means many things and unfortunately, one of them is the appearance of fire ant mounds. LSU Ag Center Horticulturist, Heather Kirk-Ballard says each mound could contain up to 200,000 of the stinging pests that become more active this time of year…

Cut 7 (12) “…pretty formidable.”

Swarms of fire ants can sting within seconds and, for some, cause serious allergic reactions.

Kirk-Ballard says a concerted effort is best when trying to eradicate fire ants. Coordinate with neighbors since the pests can create extensive underground tunnels and treat them in both April and October when the insects are active. Be careful to follow instructions on baits and poisons and pay attention to the timing of your treatment…

Cut 8 (11) “…wash away.” 

Many of the baits are safe for some animals but harmful to birds. Others are harmful to people and pets. Contrary to some popular myths, grits won’t work and neither will piling one mound top of the other but Kirk-Ballard says there are some organic options and one is non-toxic.

Cut 9 (12)  “…or rotenone.”

Never apply baits near water systems such as ponds and lakes. The LSU Ag Center website offers additional information at LSUAgCenter.com

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The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approves legislation that critics say will gut the state’s public records law at every level. It would prohibit the public from obtaining any government documents involved in decision-making. The bill’s author, Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud, says they are trying to prevent unfinalized information from becoming public…

Cut 10 (11) “…catastrophic.”

Governor Jeff Landry says current public records laws have become weaponized to stifle deliberative speech. Landry says he supports transparency when it comes to fiscal matters, but the current law is stretched and being abused.

Investigative reporter Lee Zurik, with Fox-8 TV in New Orleans spoke in opposition. He says public records requests he obtained helped shine a light on what led to the collapse of the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel in 2019

Cut 11 (12) “…this law.”

The bill, which is also touted as legislation to keep the governor and his family safe, passed on a six to two-vote. New Orleans Senator Gary Carter voted against it…

Cut 12 (10) “…know that.” 

Cloud says she’ll work to address some of the concerns of the opponents and will make changes to the bill before the full Senate takes a vote on it…

Cut 13 (05)  “…what they need.”

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The LSU gymnastics squad will compete in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships today in Fort Worth, Texas as the Tigers are in search of the program’s first national championship. This is LSU’s 33rd appearance in the NCAA Championships and Coach Jay Clark might have the school’s most talented team

Cut 14 (08)  “…love to have.”

LSU finished fourth last year. The Tigers have finished as runner-ups four times since 2014. They will compete at 3:30 central time in first session of the semifinals. They are one of four teams competing at that time and they need to finish in the top two to advance to the championship round on Saturday. Clark has told his team to keep the same mindset they’ve had all season long…

Cut 15 (06)  “…be successful”

LSU will compete against Cal, Arkansas and Stanford today. In the night session, it’s defending champion Oklahoma, Florida, Utah and Alabama.

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The LSU baseball team leaves for Columbia, Missouri today as they head to Mizzou looking to snap their five game SEC series losing streak. Coach Jay Johnson has been meeting with players on a one-on-one basis in the hopes getting this team out of this slump…

Cut 16 (20)  “..those guys out”  

LSU is 3-and-12 in the SEC and can not afford to lose another SEC series and still make the NCAA Tournament. Johnson says the coaching staff is trying to get the best out of this team…

Cut 17 (09) “…right now.”

Johnson says this team is lacking clutch pitching and hitting…

Cut 18 (18)  “…Christian Moore.”