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Panel votes to take some dedicated funding

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BATON ROUGE — A measure that could free up several hundred million dollars in state spending that is set by law and cannot be adjusted in the annual budget progress narrowly cleared its first hurdle Monday. In a 6-4 vote, the Senate Finance committee approved a slightly watered-down version of a bill that would reclassify the funds in the Treasury. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
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Difficulties of insuring commercial trucks

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Difficulties of insuring commercial trucks
Log truck insurance markets tightened dramatically. Unfortunately, the trucking side of raw forest products production is deteriorating rapidly. I’m concerned that major restrictions on production are coming as the driver shortage grows and the ability to insure trucks become a much bigger problem.
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House sends budget to Senate

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BATON ROUGE — Tensions were high Thursday as the Louisiana House voted 55-47 to pass a state budget that called for cutting TOPS funding by 20 percent and stripping most of the funding for partner hospitals and other health services for the poor. This proposal came after state officials estimated that federal tax changes would bring the state an $346 million more in revenue next year, lowering the projected budget deficit to $648 million.
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Divided House kills HB 391

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Divided House kills HB 391
BATON ROUGE — The House rejected a hotly debated bill Tuesday that would have opened up closed waters for public access and navigation. HB 391, which failed 58-38, essentially would have allowed recreational fishermen to fish in some privately owned waters and waterways without fear of legal consequences.
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Panel OKs fully funding TOPS, Go Grant

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Panel OKs fully funding TOPS, Go Grant
BATON ROUGE — The House Appropriations Committee voted Monday almost along party lines to approve a state budget that would fully fund TOPS while slashing health services for the state’s most vulnerable citizens, but not until after a contentious debate.
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New uses for wood, insurance top agenda

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New uses for wood, insurance top agenda
Convention goers considered how timber can be the key element in tall buildings and checked out the problems with truck insurance and our economy during the Louisiana Forestry Association meeting in New Orleans in September.
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