The state Senate approves a 30-billion dollar budget for next fiscal year and the controversy over the fetal heartbeat abortion bill spilled into the debate. New Orleans Senator and chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, Karen Carter Peterson, tried to steer more money towards the state’s foster care system, because getting an abortion will be more difficult in Louisiana…
Peterson also proposed to increase state dollars for prenatal care for woman and sex education, but those amendments were defeated by both Republicans and Democrats. Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur says the legislature is getting close to passing a budget the can be proud of…
Differences between the House and Senate budgets still need to be rectified.
The House Ag Committee has advanced a Senate-approved bill that would prohibit Louisiana manufacturers from labeling foods such as of cauliflower rice as rice when it doesn’t contain the plant-based food. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain said the measure aims to ensure proper nutrition and safety for consumers.
The bill moved forward without any objecting votes.
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts the season should be near-average. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the While the peak of hurricane season is typically in September, he still recommends having a plan and supplies ready now, as Louisiana is not immune to early season storms.
Hurricane season ends November 30th.