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Women's salaries, payday loans and concealed weapons: April 24 …

Louisiana Legislative Roundup provides a morning digest of what happened
during the last 24 hours in the Louisiana Legislature, and what is
expected to happen in the day ahead. It will run every day during the
2014 legislative session


After several hours of testimony, a Louisiana Senate Committee voted down a bill that would have let voters decide whether they wanted to expand the state Medicaid program using federal money. Louisiana’s congressional delegation weighed in on the Senate Committee’s decision to reject the legislation that might have expanded Medicaid. Legislators would be allowed to carry concealed weapons in places where the general public cannot, under a bill that was passed by the state Senate. The Senate passed legislation that would require demographic information — race, gender, household income and other similar information — be collected on students who receive the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship in Louisiana. A House Committee passed legislation that would require a pregnant woman to be left on life support until a child’s birth if the woman’s life can be “reasonably maintained” and the fetus is still developing normally. A bill to put more elected members on Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education failed to passed out of the House. The Louisiana House agreed to offer a driver’s license that complies with the federal regulations known as REAL ID. A bill to give the governor more authority to remove New Orleans-area levee board members has been scaled back by its sponsor. A Senate Committee passed legislation that would require equal pay for women doing the same job as a men in the private sector. A Senate Committee approved a bill to cap that number of payday loans a person can take out annually.


The Louisiana House of Representatives CONVENES at 9 a.m. when they will discuss several bills, including a proposal to restrict minors access to electronic cigarettes.
The state Senate CONVENES at 9 a.m. when they will discuss several bills, including a proposal to restructure the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The Senate Education Committee will take up a bill to repeal a law that allows for the teaching of creationism in Louisiana public schools. A few proposals to establish a state minimum wage will come up in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

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Julia O’Donoghue is a state politics reporter based in Baton Rouge. She can be reached at or on Twitter at @jsodonoghue. Please consider following us on Facebook at and Rouge.

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