3:30 LRN Newscast May 23

At the State Capitol, the House unanimously passes a bill to symbolically do away with slavery in Louisiana, removing it from the state Constitution. Baton Rouge Democrat Rep. Edmund Jordan is the measure’s author…:

CUT 09(07)      “…we are good.”

That bill heads to the Senate. If it wins final passage it would go to voters this fall. The bill bans slavery and “involuntary servitude” with the exception of convicts sentenced to hard labor.

A bill aimed at making sure lower income school kids get a good breakfast and lunch – for free – clears a House committee. Marrero Rep Kyle Green says assuring kids are well-fed will result in better education outcomes…:

CUT 13(12)      “…is impossible.”

The bill goes to the House floor next.


At the Capitol, a bill establishing a system to make rape kits more trackable and accountable moves closer to final passage It’s from Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, and has passed the full Senate and two House committees, with its approval from House Appropriations Monday. Ponchatoula Representative Bill wheat tells Mizell he likes her bill…:

CUT 05(08)      “…evidence.”

The bill goes next to the House floor for what could be final passage.

St. John Parish deputies arrested three people they allegedly caught bringing guns – including semi-automatic rifle – to a Pre-K graduation ceremony last Friday. Garyville-Mt. Airy Magnet School was put on lockdown while the man, woman and teen were found and captured. All three have been booked and are awaiting bond. No word yet on why the trio chose to go to a family event so well-armed.