14:30 LRN Newscast April 21

A bill that would criminalize sanctuary cities in Louisiana was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today. A sanctuary city is considered a jurisdiction that doesn’t enforce immigration law without a court order. The measure sparked debate over whether this would promote racial profiling….
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That was Amite Representative Robby Carter who was going back and forth with Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges. The bill heads to the House floor for more discussion.

The full senate approves a bill so that local police officers can’t ticket children for operating a lemonade stand in front of their house…
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The measure by Norco Senator Gary Smith, was unanimously approved and heads to the House for its approval.

The Senate education committee signs off on a bill that would require Louisiana public schools to teach cursive writing. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell is the author of the legislation and she says too many children are depending on keyboards and tablets to write…
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The measure heads to the Senate floor for more discussion.

Legislation is heading to the House floor that would expand the state’s hate crime law to protect policemen, firefighters and other first responders. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says unfortunately they are seeing more instances where criminals are targeting police…
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Harris’ bill calls for a longer prison sentence for certain crimes against police officers.