News for Wednesday 042419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Legislation that would prohibit food manufacturers from labeling a package and naming it cauliflower rice, if it doesn’t contain rice receives unanimous approval from the Senate. Delhi Senator Francis Thompson’s proposed law would also protect other ag products like Milk and meat, so no more tofu burgers or Almond or Coconut Milk. Food manufacturers in violation of this proposed law would be fined 500-dollars and it would take effect in October 2020.The measure is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health committee.
Legislation to reinstate sales tax holidays is heading to the Senate after the proposal received overwhelming support in the House. Legislators inadvertently suspended sales tax holidays for seven years when they approved a tax deal last June. If the Senate gives it’s approval the three separate sales tax holidays would be for back to school shopping, hurricane preparedness and hunting supplies.
An effort to legalize sports betting at the state’s 15 licensed riverboat casinos, four racetracks and New Orleans land-based casino received approval from a Senate committee Yesterday. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says this legislation could raise up to 60-million dollars a year for the state and voting against this bill will not keep addicts from betting. The measure heads to the Senate floor for more discussion.
The House Health and Welfare Committee is expected to vote on a bill that would raise the age to purchase or possess tobacco from 18 to 21 years old. The sponsor of the bill, West Monroe representative Frank Hoffman, says raising the age could prevent potential young smokers from ever picking up a pack of cigarettes. The bill would also prevent those under 21 from buying vaping products.
State Police is discussing how they can provide better protection for the governor’s mansion after an intruder was able to get inside John Bel Edwards home and fall asleep on the couch. Security expert Joshua Nicholson says this will force State Police to look at their protocols. The intruder was arrested after he allegedly assaulted two officers in the mansion.
A center dedicated to coastal restoration and preservation could be in the cards for Nicholls State University as the school prepares to expand it’s engineering curriculum. School President Dr. Jay Clune says the facility will resemble the LSU Center for River Studies, famed for it’s huge model of the Mississippi River and it’s flow patterns. Clune says the facility will be a hub for wetlands protection research. Louisiana has lost 1,800 square miles of land to coastal erosion since 1932.
New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson spoke publicly for the first time about her struggles with gambling addiction Tuesday at a committee hearing on the legalization of sports betting. Peterson says she’s dealt with the disease for years, but had managed to keep it a secret. The Crescent City Democrat was the lone dissenting vote in Tuesday’s 3-1 committee approval of the legislation.
Breaux bridge Representative Mike Huval has legislation that would allow information about whether or not a driver was buckled up to be used in determining damages in trials related to car wrecks. Currently that information is not allowed to be entered into the record.
At a noon press conference yesterday Baton Rouge native Scott Woodward says it’s an incredible opportunity to take over as LSU’s athletics director. The LSU alum said at his introductory press conference that LSU will win SEC and NCAA championships and do so with integrity.
LSU baseball last night, the tigers took care of Lamar at the Box.. Final score 5 to 3. The tigers begin a three game series in Alabama Friday.
The Houston Astros needed a win last night and that’s just what they got.. a 10 to 4 victory over the twins.. they’ll continue that series tonight.. 6:35p 94.7 ESPN
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Houston Astros vs Minnesota 6:35p 94.7 ESPN