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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. 

A bill to hide the identity of people or businesses who produce drugs used to carry out the death penalty is making its way through the Louisiana House. The move is an effort to get executions running again in the state. 

Louisiana’s Senate will consider a bill to prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected— a law that’s been blocked from taking effect in other states. 

Lawmakers in the House and Senate education committees—both controlled by Republicans—disagree over a $39 million increase to public school funding, a split that could pose a threat to pay raises for Louisiana teachers. 

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