5:30 LRN Newscast April 22

A bill expected to generate a lot of debate in the final weeks of the regular session is one seeking to restrict what kind of information can be released under the state’s public records law. Governor Jeff Landry wants to keep out of public view many emails or documents that result in public policy being formed…

Cut 13 (13)  “…we’re talking about.”

Bill author Turkey Creek Senator Heather Cloud…

Cut 15 (09)  “…mislead the public”

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana strongly opposes Senate Bill 482. They say the legislation takes a hatchet to the state’s public records law and further damages trust in government and undermines the checks and balances of democracy.

Testimony for and against legislation to ban the use of touching your cell phone while driving in House Transportation was emotional this morning. Port Allen motorcyclist Anthony Summers supports the bill after being the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver on their phone.

Cut 3 (12) “…safe manner.” 

Kenner resident Connie Zimmerman opposes the bill for several reasons and told committee members it violates one’s liberties.

Cut 4 (11) “…a police state. ”

Touching your cell phone while driving would be a secondary offense.

The bill, which already received Senate approval, passed in the House committee without objection.