16:30 LRN Newscast March 30, 2016

Louisiana could get hit with two to four inches of rain today as a severe weather system moves into the state. Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Shreveport Patrick Omundson advises people to be on the lookout for severe weather threats.

CUT 9 (09) “winds too”

Much of Louisiana is under a flash flood watch.

A bill has passed out of the House Health and Welfare Committee that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Haughton Representative Dodie Horton says extending this longer waiting period is necessary to allow women to make the right decision.

CUT 4 (04)  “can do”

No one spoke out in opposition, but pro-choice groups are concerned about hurdles facing women seeking abortions. The bill now heads to the House floor for further consideration.

A measure to create protection for public school students who are parents or expectant mothers has been passed out of the Senate Education Committee.  Metairie Rep. Stephanie Hilferty says teen pregnancy has a generational effect if we don’t help these parents return to high school after their maternity leave.

cut 14 (10)  “older parents”

Hilferty says as much support a mother can get from the state while in high school will reap substantial rewards.

The Senate advances legislation that would make Louisiana in federal compliance with the Real ID Act. The bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Yvonne Colomb, says this is a measure that was passed by Congress…:

cut 15 (09) “Homeland Security” 

The proposal passed 31-7 and heads to the House.