2014 Louisiana legislative session begins with 1,500 proposed bills
POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:32pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 11:53am
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Over fifteen hundred bills are on the table this session. Some of them include marijuana legislation, gun control, minimum wage and the highly contested common core standards.
The gavel sounded a little after noon to begin this year’s session.
Governor Jindal gave words of encouragement to the house and the lobbyists that packed the room.
He told success stories of residents moving back to our state and also how our economy continues to grow.
His three main agenda items were workforce training (including, making good jobs available and tort reform); ensuring our legal system is efficient; and human trafficking, something he says needs to be tackled at a larger level.
“We will work together to sound a loud, loud message that help is on the way. And to those that dare victimize our women and our children, they better not do it in the state of Louisiana,” Jindal said.
John Bel Edwards, a Democratic Representative, wasn’t moved by Jindal’s words saying, “We've worked with them on areas of workforce development, ending human trafficking, and other things. But I call on the governor to stay in Louisiana this year. Stop traveling around the country and let’s focus on the problems we have right here in Louisiana.”
The democratic caucus continued to talk about how the governor needs to not only stay in the state more, something he said he would not do so years ago, and about our budget and financial issues.
There are tons of controversial topics this session focusing on education healthcare and crime. There will be a huge debate when it comes to pay DT Lending, that will be in the middle of the month.
We will keep you updated throughout the 85 day session and make sure you have the latest information.