1:30 LRN Newscast May 25

Senate Judiciary C advances house-backed legislation that would decriminalize possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana. Shreveport Representative Cedric Glover says under his bill those found with just under half an ounce would only face a 100 dollar fine.

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It now heads to the Senate floor.

The budgeted amount for K-12 teacher pay raises in Louisiana appears to be on track for $800 and not $1000 as previously discussed by lawmakers. Louisiana Federation of Teachers Legislative Director Cynthia Posey says teachers were in the classroom on day one of the 20-21 school year to help parents get back to work and lawmakers applauded them for it.

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The House passes a bill that would require Louisiana public high schools to spend more time teaching students about the Holocaust and World War II. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says currently public schools are only required to spend one semester teaching students about the topics, but she believes they should be discussed throughout a child’s high school career…

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The bill passed on a 66-32 vote.

Legislation extending the state’s 180-million dollar film tax credit program for another three years through 2028 is moving closer to final passage. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt says the film industry supports about 10-thousand jobs in the state and last year invested more than 432-million dollars in productions in Louisiana. She expects those numbers to grow…

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The House Ways and Means Committee approved Hewitt’s bill.