4:30 LRN Newscast May 19

Legislation allowing anyone 21 and older without a felony record to concealed carry a handgun without a permit is headed to the House for final passage. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Video footage of the 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene shows state police dragging the black man face down while his hands are cuffed, and legs shackled. Initially, state police told his family Greene died in a crash however a medical examiner later questioned why two stun-gun prongs were found in his back. The case is under a federal civil rights investigation.

The Louisiana House approves legislation to increase certain hunting and fishing license fees to assist the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala says if they do not raise fees, then LDWF would have to take money from the general fund.

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The vote was 79-20 in favor, the measure still needs Senate approval.

A bill mandating trauma training for all public-school employees passed unanimously in House Education. Monroe Senator Katrina Jackson’s bill requires the one-hour class, to recognize students experiencing trauma, will be taught during in-service days for instructors so it will not be an unfunded mandate. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiberg questioned if one hour is long enough. Jackson says she hopes class will be extended in the future when they have dedicated funding. Freiberg praised Jackson’s efforts.

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It now heads to the House for final passage.