6:30 LRN Newscast January 1

Governor John Bel Edwards says pay issues for minimum wage workers and the gender wage gap are among his big concerns to spearhead in 2019. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
Voicer 1 (31) “I’m Kevin Barnhart.”

Two dozen new state laws take effect with the start of the new year. Serious felony crimes committed from this date forward will take a unanimous jury verdict to secure a conviction. Families can now install video cameras in nursing home rooms and new sexual harassment policies go into effect for state government.

A state representative plans to bring legislation in the upcoming session that would lock in health care protections for Louisianans with pre-existing conditions and allow dependents to stay on their parents’ plan until 26, even if a pending court case strikes down Obamacare. Plaquemine Representative Chad Brown….
Cut 12 (10) “…coverage”
A federal judge in Texas has declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The case is expected to be heard next in the New Orleans based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The LSU Tigers face Central Florida this afternoon in Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl. There are over 300 members from the Golden Band from Tigerland that will perform at halftime and before the game with the Tigers opponent…
cut 4 (07) “….two bands”
That’s LSU videographer and former band member Steven Miley.