Bill to outlaw animal sex abuse in Louisiana gets final OK in Legislature

By Katie Gagliano | The Advocate A bill to strengthen and modernize Louisiana’s anti-bestiality law finally passed the Senate Monday and will head to the governor for approval after surprise backlash throughout the legislative process. Senate Bill 236 by Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, passed in a 36-1 vote after lawmakers approved House amendments. The …

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The New York Times: When Jurors Are Silenced

By The New York Times Editorial Board How many jurors does it take to deliver a guilty verdict? In 48 states, the answer is simple: All of them. Juries in felony cases must agree unanimously in order to convict. The rule is the same in federal trials, and for good reason. It reflects the centuries-old …

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Louisiana budget could put juvenile offenders at risk | Opinion

Opinion by J.P. Morrell | NOLA.com Seventeen-year-old kids cannot vote, enlist in the military or sign a contract. However, if they are arrested in Louisiana, they are automatically prosecuted as adults. We have the dubious distinction of being one of the only states with this practice. Two years ago, I authored a bill to remedy …

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MORRELL CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW, TOWN HALL ON FLOODING

In the wake of a large scale flooding during last night’s rain event, Senator JP Morrell is setting up a town hall meeting to brief the public on state hurricane preparedness and the status of local flood control structures. “The flooding that took place throughout New Orleans yesterday was unprecedented in its breadth and scope. …

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#AskJP Episode 10: 2017 Regular Session Primer

Wondering what’s going to happen this session? We get back to basics in this episode of #AskJP, starting with the legislative process and how the state found itself facing a $440 million shortfall for next year. JP shares an overview of the big items on the agenda and his predictions for how its all going …

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#AskJP Episode 8: Women’s Issues in Louisiana

Get ready for this week’s Equal Pay Summit by tuning in to this special episode of #AskJP. JP answers listener questions and is joined by State Rep. Helena Moreno, who founded Ignite, a statewide network to advocate for women’s issues in Louisiana. Did you know women in Louisiana only make 68 cents on the dollar …

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