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Voters could make four constitutional changes in fall
July 02 at 3:56 pm
In what will be a noticeable change of pace, voters will only have to read through four proposed constitutional amendments on the Oct. 24 ballot, including two that would institute substantive changes to the way transportation projects are funded.

Last-minute vote in House ruled invalid
June 26 at 1:43 pm
A measure to significantly alter how the House elects its speaker, the chief presiding officer in the lower chamber, was passed with no advance notice and no debate during the waning moments of the recently-adjourned regular session.

Citizens are lunch for legislators
June 19 at 1:11 pm
“Today, I don’t feel like we’re a band of brothers,” [Sen. J.P. Morrell] said. “I feel like we’re packs of wolves.”
- LaPolitics Weekly, June 12, 2015

What makes a man a true father?
June 19 at 12:09 pm
There are many men to which we can ascribe the title of father.

Tough session for business may lead to tougher re-elections
June 19 at 12:05 pm
The business lobby notched a small win on the final day of the legislative session last week when a handful of bills targeting Louisiana companies and the taxes they pay were given a three-year expiration dates. But it only slightly sweetened what was otherwise an an unsavory end to a painful two months.

Legislators’ misplaced priorities
June 12 at 4:34 pm
Our Louisiana legislators are paying lip service, but, apparently, not attention to the fact that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 has at least a $1.6 billion deficit.

Revenue secretary looking past pivotal session role
June 12 at 4:30 pm
At the same time Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield was playing a lead legislative role for Gov. Bobby Jindal this session, primarily trying to make sure lawmakers avoided a net tax increase, other politicos were encouraging him to run for mayor of Baton Rouge.

Cost of consulting contracts questioned - again in Louisiana
June 05 at 10:23 am
A version of a bill to reduce the state’s consulting contracts that was unanimously passed by both chambers of the Legislature last year before being vetoed by Gov. Bobby Jindal appears to be heading back to his desk.

Rep. Jim Fannin misleads House colleagues - welcome to ‘a fiscal abyss’
May 29 at 3:29 pm
I’ve often wondered where the legislators get such outrageous information they give their constituents.

Louisiana lawmakers give up their independence with ‘toothless’ LFO
May 22 at 8:22 am
In 1973, the Legislature created the Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to provide independent analysis and advice to the legislature on state fiscal matters.

PAC activity in Louisiana governor’s race even more super-charged
May 22 at 8:15 am
There’s no shortage of super PACs in this year’s gubernatorial race, meaning the special political action committees that can raise unlimited amounts of money but cannot coordinate with the candidates and campaigns they’re spending cash on.

PAC activity in Louisiana governor’s race even more super-charged
May 22 at 8:15 am
There’s no shortage of super PACs in this year’s gubernatorial race, meaning the special political action committees that can raise unlimited amounts of money but cannot coordinate with the candidates and campaigns they’re spending cash on.

Chronic House vote-changing unabated
May 15 at 12:05 pm
At the end of each day while the lege is in session, members of the House queue-up at the House podium and ask the Clerk of the House to change how they voted on various legislation.

Children produce fruit of the vine
May 15 at 12:03 pm
It wouldn’t be natural for us to expect to get grapes from our strawberry vines, nor would we expect cantaloupes from our blackberry vines because it is obvious that the fruit produced is derived from the vine from which it grows.

Is state ignoring its major problem?
May 15 at 11:59 am
Louisiana presents to its citizens a difficult problem.

Louisiana lawmakers preparing for more fiscal work in 2016
May 15 at 11:55 am
Lawmakers can only create new taxes or increase them in odd-numbered years, leaving even-numbered years to host their regular sessions. But a constitutional amendment by Rep. Harold Ritchie, D-Bogalusa, would move their fiscal sessions, like the one being held now, to even-numbered years instead.

Inventory tax repeal equals biz tax increase
May 08 at 12:44 pm
You have to wonder how much thought the business community has given to the impact of repealing the ad valorem tax on inventories.

PAR: Cut legislative, judiciary budgets
May 08 at 12:40 pm
There are only two areas of state government that have standstill budgets for the next fiscal year: the legislative and judicial branches, with $108 million and $176 million proposed, respectively.

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Physician Spotlight - Dr. Brett Hymel
Physician Spotlight - Dr. Brett Hymel
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With a growing practice and return to his native St. Charles Parish, Dr. Brett Hymel specializes in gastroenterology (GI) and will begin seeing patients in the area on July 23.

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