LRN PM Newscall May 22

Louisiana could soon become the first state to classify two drugs used to induce an abortion as controlled substances. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Amended legislation to remove the required 20-minute break for minors who work five or more hours passes in the Senate. Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Louisiana House has approved legislation making it a crime to possess two abortion-inducing drugs without a prescription. But doctors are concerned reclassifying mifepristone and misoprostol as controlled dangerous substances could delay reproductive care. New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman expressed her frustration…

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Louisiana would be the first state to classify these abortion inducing pills as controlled dangerous substances. Carrencro Representative Julie Emerson explains why it’s necessary..

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More than 200 doctors have expressed their opposition to the bill because they say the drugs are needed to treat miscarriages or stop hemorrhaging after childbirth. Freeman accused supporters of putting the interests of the anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life over medical experts. 

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But the bill’s author, Shreveport Senator Thomas Pressly, says the drugs are still available, but a prescription will now be required to use them for legitimate medical uses, except for abortions.

Emerson made that point during debate on the House floor…

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The bill was filed because Pressly’s former brother-in-law in Texas received a light sentence when he was convicted for trying to end his sister’s pregnancy by slipping the abortion inducing drugs into her drinks.


Legislation to remove the required 20-minute break for minors who work five or more hours passed in the Senate after it was amended and it heads back to the House. Lafayette Republican Senator Jean-Paul Coussan’s amendment changed the bill to keep the required break for fourteen- and fifteen-year-olds.

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New Orleans Democrat Senator Gary Carter asked Coussan to clarify that the amendment would change the bill to only repeal required breaks for teens sixteen and older.

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Many Republican Senator Alan Seabaugh, who supports the bill, objected to the amendment and says it will only deter employers from hiring those who are 15-year-olds and younger.

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The amendment passed on a 25 to 11 vote.

Monroe Democrat Senator Katrina Jackson-Andrews says the minors she sees working in her district are using their break to study or finish homework. After hearing proponents say ‘kids want to work’ she felt moved to speak against the bill.

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House Bill 156, in its amended form, passed on a 26 to 11 vote in the Senate and it now returns to the House for a vote.


Governor Landry and State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley unveiled recommendations today to support public school teachers and students. The “Let Teachers, teach” workgroup focused on identifying classroom disruptions and ways to unburden teachers with unrealistic expectations, and putting practical solutions in place to allow teachers to focus on teaching. Governor Landry…

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Landry says classrooms should be learning environments not babysitting environmnet.
Brumley says help is on the way to restore common sense policies, protect teachers time and bring law and order back to school campuses. Brumley shared a few recommendations, from removing cell phones from the classroom and students who misbehave

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Brumley says they also want to support student mental health challenges through trained professionals…

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A state Department of Education spokesperson says some recommendations will require state action others can be addressed at the school or school system level.


Congressman Garret Graves says U-S Supreme Court was lazy with its decision on ordering the state to use the Congressional map with two majority Black districts for this year’s federal elections. Graves still believes the political boundaries for this map are racially gerry mandered…

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Graves will seek another term in Congress, but may not run in his sixth district, which has been redrawn to represent areas in Baton Rouge, Alexandria and Shreveport. He says there are another districts he could represent…

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