Lawmakers seeks commission to study NOPD, OPSO merger

By Paul Murphy / WWL TV Eyewitness News A Louisiana lawmaker is proposing legislation that would create a new commission to study a possible merger between the New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. The two agencies currently share legal jurisdiction throughout the city and parish. State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said …

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Bill filed to study merging NOPD and Sheriff’s Office

By Andrew Vanacore, New Orleans Advocate State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, has filed a bill ahead of this year’s legislative session that could be a first step toward merging the New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. It is a long-shot proposal, though it might at least stir a renewed discussion …

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JP Morrell Announces Pre-Session Town Hall Meetings

Senate District 3 Constituents Invited to Meetings in Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Orleans Parishes State Senator JP Morrell announced that he will be hosting Town Hall meetings in each parish of Louisiana Senate District 3 in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. Morrell will present his legislative agenda and solicit guidance from constituents. State agencies …

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For Federal City in Algiers, a New Master Developer Signs On

By Paul Purpura In The Times-Picayune  About a year after the search began for a new master developer for Federal City in Algiers, elected and business officials gathered for a contract signing at the site Thursday. They ceremonially heralded the contract with Vista Louisiana LLC as representing a new phase in the conversion of the shuttered …

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State Budget Cuts Looming for Legislature

By Paul Murphy in Eyewitness News  NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana lawmakers are expecting deep budget cuts after the state’s Revenue Forecasting Committee meets next Monday. That’s when the panel is expected to give its latest projection on how much money the state has to spend during the current and next fiscal years. “Obviously, next Monday …

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J.P. Morrell Seeks Report on College Sexual Assault

By The Associated Press  BATON ROUGE, La. —A New Orleans state senator is asking higher education leaders to compile a report detailing the numbers of sexual assaults reported on Louisiana’s college campuses in the last five years. Sen. J.P. Morrell sent a letter Friday to Board of Regents Chairman Clinton “Bubba” Rasberry and the chairmen …

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Sen. Morrell Adamantly Opposed to Senate Bill 469, Provides Clarification as to Concurrence Vote Error

From Senator Morrell District 3 State Senator Jean Paul “JP” Morrell wants to set the record straight. He did not support the passage of Senate Bill 469, a measure designed to halt a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against oil companies for damages to the Louisiana coast. He voted against the …

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