5:30 LRN Newscast May 16

Legislation mandating the 10 Commandments be displayed in public school and college classrooms passes in the Senate on a 30 to 8 vote. New Orleans Senator Royce Duplesis challenged Bossier City Senator Adam Bass who presented House Bill 71 in the upper chamber.

Cut 24 (13) “…agree with that”

Duplesis said the bill is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment by promoting one religion over another. Monroe Senator Jay Morris amended the bill to recognize the 10 Commandments as a historical document…

Cut 25 (11) “…mandate it.” 

The amended bill returns to the House for final passage.

Governor Jeff Landry held two town hall meetings Thursday pushing for passage of the Gator Scholarship Program, which would give all families the ability to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private school. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Landry is having trouble building support for the program in the state Senate…

PM Cut 12 (08) “…in the Senate.” 

Opponents are concerned about the cost of the program, an estimated 500-million dollars by the third year.

The US Supreme Court ruled Louisiana’s congressional map with two majority-Black districts will be used for the fall election. Opponents say the most recent map was based on race; NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Jared Evans says it was politics that altered Congressman Garett Grave’s district into a second majority-Black district.

Cut 11 (06) ” …for governor.”