5:30 LRN Newscall May 23

One of the “social hot button” bills before the legislature this year is one to restrict what minors can see and read at public libraries. Senate Bill 7, from Turkey Creek Republican Senator Heather Cloud, drew opposition in House Education from St. Tammany resident Joan Simon, who accuses Republicans of using the issue to score points with voters…:

Cut 4 (12)  “…it’s grandstanding!”

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jeff Landry, says investigators were able to find abundant evidence of adult material available in Louisiana libraries…:

Cut 5 (12)   “…perform said acts.”

By an 8-to-3 vote, the bill heads to the House for floor debate, and possible final passage.

A bill to establish a database system so rape victims can follow where their kits are in the process passed in the Senate. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says the tracking system would provide accountability with the rape kits.

Cut 3 (10) “…rape kit.”

The bill heads to the full House for final passage.

A bill to provide a $5 thousand tax credit to families adopting a child under the age of three is approved by the full House in a 97 to 0 vote. Bill author, Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds says it’s about helping families help children.

Cut 7 (08)  “…lives forever.” 

Under the legislation, if the $5,000 credit exceeds the adoptive family’s tax liability, the state would give the family the balance of that money the year the adoption takes place. The bill heads to the Senate.