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La. Senate race putting big businesses in political quandary

La. Senate race putting big businesses in political quandary

America's biggest businesses have made it a priority to help Republicans win control of the Senate this year. But as The Wall Street Journal reports this morning, in Louisiana's hotly contested race for Sen. Mary Landrieu's seat, Republicans...

DATE: April 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

News roundup: Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal … Bill to derail lawsuits against oil and gas companies in Jefferson, Plaquemines stalls … Effort to restructure BESE appointment process voted down in committee

The great divide: Louisiana Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job. The Associated Press reports the equal pay proposal...

DATE: April 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Capitol Views: Breaux pushes for Medicaid expansion

The expansion of Medicaid landed back before the Legislature today, with a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment that would direct the Jindal Administration to accept participation in the federal program. Among those urging the Senate...

DATE: April 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Andrews: Real estate is still a local investment decision

Andrews: Real estate is still a local investment decision

Gallup recently released its findings on preferences for long-term investments and reports that, on average, "Americans say...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Capitol Views: Workforce discrimination bill deferred

Facing opposition from Louisiana's business lobby as well as conservative organizations, an Iberville Parish lawmaker shelved her bill today to prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation. While the legislation can still be...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Senate rejects bill to limit drones in La.

A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate, after some senators raised concerns that the bill could ban useful services that can be carried out by drones, such as...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

'Business Report': BR trade exchange allows companies to swap goods, services online

When the air conditioning in Dr. Tom Foster's dentist office went out last month, he wasn't worried about the unforeseen extra expense. In fact, he didn't dole out any cash for its repair. "I'd rather pay trade for that than cash," Foster tells...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

'Green Army' absent from Capitol battle

'Green Army' absent from Capitol battle

Steadily and without much legislative resistance, nails are being driven into the coffin of the coastal damages lawsuit against major oil companies brought by what is supposed to be an independent regional flood protection authority. The historic...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Columnists

Another finalist for EBR planning director withdraws from consideration

As the Planning Commission prepares to meet tonight, yet another finalist for the city-parish's vacant planning director position has withdrawn his name from consideration. Woodrow Muhammad, planning director for the city of Central, notified the...

DATE: April 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Capitol Views: Legislature returns from recess

After a four-day recess, both chambers of the Legislature will convene later this afternoon to pick up right where they left off. The House is scheduled to take up legislation that would make the state education superintendent an elected position,...

DATE: April 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

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