530 PM LRN News/Legislative Report

The House approves legislation increasing the cost of hunting and fishing licenses. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala says the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is going broke and the average sportsmen’s license will not go up by more than 10-dollars. On the commercial side…

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If the Senate approves Bacala’s bill, half of the rate increases would start on June 1, 2022.

Black lawmakers in a House committee raised objections to legislation that would do away with the need to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun for those over 21 who aren’t felons. Representative Frederick Jones says passing this bill would put law enforcement on edge and result in more police shootings of Black people.

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The final vote was 6-4 in favor. The bill heads to the House floor for final passage.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is pushing for Governor Edwards to stop federally enhanced unemployment benefits to force residents on unemployment back to work as the economy reopens. LABI President Stephen Waguespack says the state economy is very dependent on these service industry personnel. He says business owners are hurting…


But While neighboring states like Arkansas, Texas, and Mississippi are opting out of federally enhanced unemployment, Governor Edwards says he does not want to react too quickly, and he’s concerned about the slow rebound of the tourism industry.


The current enhanced $300 unemployment benefits are scheduled to end on September 6th.