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The Louisiana House backed a proposal Thursday to begin rolling back the temporary sales tax extension that was the solution to last year’s budget deficit. That compromise took several special sessions to reach. 

A legislative effort to let chemical plants and other industrial companies keep certain environmental violations secret ended Wednesday, after the bill’s author pulled the legislation. 

For the fourth year in a row, an effort to increase the minimum wage in Louisiana was unsuccessful Tuesday. 

A bill to raise the state’s gas tax was shelved Monday, as the bill’s author, Representative Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge), pointed to the difficulty of trying to raise taxes in an election year. 

A House committee will get its turn Monday on a bill that would exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products from state sales tax. 

A House committee rejected a proposal Thursday to let local governments set their own minimum wage, opting to keep that power in the hands of the state. 

A bill that would ban abortions in Louisiana once a fetal heartbeat has been detected is one step closer to final passage, after the House Health and Welfare committee advanced the bill without objection Wednesday.

A Louisiana Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would set a minimum age limit for marriage in the state. But which age remains unclear. 

The Louisiana House has rejected a bill that would allow convicted felons to qualify for jury duty after a five year cleansing period. 

Despite pushback from the House, Governor John Bel Edwards is sticking by his original funding proposal for K-12 education, which includes a $1,000 raise for teachers, $500 raise for support staff, and a $39 million bump to school districts. 

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