JP Morrell

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

Louisiana will not be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. 

Lawmakers have renewed an effort to eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana. A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that would leave the decision up to voters. 

A handful of Democratic legislators are pushing a plan to provide paid family and medical leave for working families in Louisiana.

For the first time in about a decade, the Louisiana Legislature is set to consider ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.  If successful, Louisiana would be the last state needed to adopt the amendment - ensuring the equal rights of men and women - to the U.S. Constitution.

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The Sewerage and Water Board oversees most of the water and drainage in the city. It’s faced lots of problems in recent years, including the floods in the summer of 2017, which revealed that many of the pumps and generators that remove water from the city were broken -- and that the Sewerage and Water Board was unaware.

 

An amendment on this weekend’s (Dec. 8th) ballot would change the makeup of the board -- replacing a mayoral appointee with a city councilmember or city council appointee. It would also require the board to send detailed reports to the council.

 

Supporters of the change say adding a councilmember would add more accountability and stronger oversight. Opponents say it could introduce political tensions to the board, which could get in the way of important decisions.

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The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers works to protect rights guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions in criminal cases. When the organization decided to challenge Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury system, they turned to New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell to sponsor the bill through the legislative process.