Legislative news in brief – news – santa rosas press gazette – milton, fl

Louisiana trials, including some murder cases, can be resolved when 10 out of 12 jurors agree on a person’s guilt. Even Oregon, the only other state in the country to allow split verdicts in felony cases, requires a unanimous verdict in murder cases.

Nursing home opposition hasn’t slowed a proposal to let Louisiana families install video camera systems in their loved ones’ nursing home rooms. Instead, some state senators seemed incredulous Wednesday at the objections raised by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.

Under the latest proposal, instead of a complete forgiveness of property taxes, however, companies would be able to get a tax break covering 80 percent of the taxes they otherwise would owe.

Companies would have to pay the remaining 20 percent of the assessed values.

The change would allow local governments to immediately start receiving revenues to pay for roads and schools needed by the newly hired workforce at the manufacturing facility receiving the tax breaks, Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson said.

Pierson outlined the administration’s proposal to the Board of Commerce and Industry, describing them as "process improvements." The proposal has to go through a regulatory process, which allows for public input, before the Board of Commerce and Industry votes on the governor’s recommended changes.

The Democratic governor tied the tax breaks to job creation and ended automatic renewals and tax breaks for routine maintenance. He ordered that companies seeking the tax break get approval from the local taxing districts — such as school boards, municipalities and parishes.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler came under intense questioning from Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, the New Orleans Democrat who chairs the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee that oversees his office. The questions came during a hearing on routine legislation to maintain Schedler’s agency.

Peterson peppered Schedler and his staff with inquiries about the office’s sexual harassment training and response policies. She asked if Schedler had taken anti-harassment training; he replied that he had. Told that the agency’s current policy has been unchanged since 2013, Peterson said revisions should be made "to strengthen what you have now."

The measure cleared the House Transportation Committee without objection Tuesday and now goes to the full House. Under it, staggered work hours for major Baton Rouge employers, including state agencies, and encouraging businesses to allow employees to work from home would also be studied.

The resolution’s sponsor, Sen. Dale Erdey, couldn’t be reached for comment. Social media criticism of his proposal included that delaying classes would hamper students with jobs, and lawmakers are unwilling to find financial solutions to road problems.

The bill, pending on the House floor, would require anyone chosen by the governor or lieutenant governor to lead a department to work at least seven hours a day and 40 hours a week, except when they take vacation or other types of leave. The agency heads would be barred from receiving "anything of economic value" or volunteering for outside employment from entities regulated by or seeking money from their departments.