POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:31pm
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — The 2014 Louisiana legislative session got underway Monday afternoon.
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 will be workforce training (making good jobs available), Tort reform (ensuring our legal system is efficient), and lastly, human trafficking, something he says needs to be tackled at a larger level.
The democratic caucus continued to talk about how the governor needs to stay in the state more and deal with our budget and financial issues.
There are tons of controversial topics this session, focusing on education and healthcare, which are two big ones.
In the wake of the 2014 session, lobbyists filled the Capitol and even the Capitol steps, including the marijuana activists who are asking our lawmakers to consider supporting the marijuana bills on the table.
There are eight bills on the books right now that have to do with marijuana.
Six of those eight lessen penalties for cannabis possession. The democratic caucus stated they do agree with this to help with the population problem in our prison system.
The group knows this marijuana legislation would be in the incremental stages but are ready to see things move forward.
Dozens of people are calling this cannabis prohibition and want the decisions to be in the hands of the voters.
Be sure to visit nbc33tv.com throughout the legislative session for updates.