Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-21-14)

“Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration announced Tuesday night that it intends to send the federal government a revised financing plan for the privatization of six state-run hospitals by the end of the week.” – NOLA.com

“On a vote of 27-11, the state Senate gave final passage Tuesday to legislation that could put repeat heroin dealers in prison for nearly a century. Legislators chose this year to get tough on drugs, despite talk of looking more favorably on marijuana use.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Saying the city of New Orleans faces a funding gap of $100 million, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the revenue estimating committee that he would lobby state legislators to allow tax measures to be put to a vote.” – WWL-TV

“The Louisiana Legislature gave final passage Tuesday (May 20) by a vote of 34-4 to Morrell’s bill strengthening the cockfighting law when the Senate agreed to amendments added to it on the House floor.  The final passage of the legislation, which now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk to become law, signals the end of this session’s tongue-in-cheek debate over the bill following a serious attempt by Guillory, R-Opelousas, to amend it to legalize chicken boxing.” – NOLA.com

House Bill 1176 would put into state law what already exists in state rules. Welfare benefits aren’t supposed to be used for the purchase of alcohol, pornography, manicures, tattoos, amusement park tickets or psychic readings.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The son of civil rights organizer Belinda Parker Brown went on trial Tuesday for misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and remaining in forbidden places during a 2012 courthouse protest over conditions at the St. Tammany Parish jail that was staged by his mother’s group, Louisiana United International.” – New Orleans Advocate

“The citizens who started recall drives against St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and all 14 members of the Parish Council said they did not feel their leaders were doing anything to fight a proposed fracking operation near Mandeville. ‘I want Pat Brister to have more courage and conviction in order to stand up against it, and if she won’t do it I want somebody else in there who will,’ said Covington resident Robert Fielding, chairman of the recall effort against Brister.” – NOLA.com

“Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. will buy Tyson Foods Inc.’s half of Dynamic Fuels LLC, a Geismar biofuels plant that makes diesel from animal fat, in a deal that could be worth up to $65 million.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“After putting off hearings for the past three weeks, the Appropriations Committee advanced legislation Tuesday to use between $637 million and $1 billion from the state’s oil spill litigation to build up two special funds that have been drained in recent years by the administration and Legislature.” – LAPolitics.com

“The Calcasieu Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the Police Jury approve an application from Sasol to rezone the land where the company plans to build its multibillion-dollar ethane cracker and gas-to-liquids complex.” – Lake Charles American Press


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