9:30 LRN Newscast

A bill that would prohibit a public school teacher, employee or presenter from discussing sexual orientation or gender in front of a classroom is heading to the House floor, after receiving approval from the House Education Committee. However, Haughton Representative Dodie Horton says her legislation would allow these topics to be discussed between teacher and student in a one-on-one setting…
cut 7 (02) “…absolutely”

Legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from using gender as a factor in determing auto insurance rates was approved by the Senate Insurance Committee. The lone female on the panel, Monroe Senator Katrina Jackson, voted “Yes”….
cut 24 (09) “…down to”
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says insurance providers are not discriminating against females. He says predictive modeling is used to determine rates of female and male drivers.

The USDA approves a fourth round of Pandemic-EBT benefits for eligible children. Department of Children and Family Services Economic Stability Director Tim Jenkins says this is welcome news for recipients.
Cut 14 (11) “…public health emergency.”
Students who attended schools that were shut down for five consecutive days as a result of COVID are eligible for the funding also children who receive free or reduced price meals.

Upset over the lack of transparency when it comes to setting flood insurance rates under Risk Rating 2.0, St. Charles Parish has filed suit against FEMA seeking details on the new pricing methodology. Parish president Matthew Jewell says instead of using a model to create rates, the rates were calculated in reverse…
cut 13 (06) “……justify that”