4:30 LRN Newscast May 25

Governor John Bel Edwards announced starting Wednesday nearly all of the remaining restrictions on building capacity and social distancing will be lifted in Louisiana. Once the semester ends, students will no longer need to wear masks at schools. You will still be required to wear face masks on public transit, in health care facilities, and in prisons and jails.

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 the effort to push state teachers towards the southern regional average got sidetracked…

Cut 4 (08) “…again.” 

Support staff would receive a $400 pay raise. On Monday Senate finance committee released their markup of the state budget that begins July 1st.

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.

Cut 12 (10)    “…felon” 

It now heads to the Senate floor.

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…

Cut 10 (11) “…I believe”

The bill passed on a 66-32 vote.