Robert Buckman

Robert Buckman, Ph.D., is a retired journalism professor who taught at UL Lafayette from 1989-2017. He earned his bachelor's in journalism and master's in political science from Texas Christian University and his doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He covered the Texas Legislature for a Fort Worth weekly from 1981-86, which he says was "the most fun I ever got paid for."
Legislature 2021
Louisiana State Capitol

Legislative Roundup: Income tax reform advances; Supreme Court expansion fails; compromises on mandatory kindergarten, abortion reporting reached; and more

For the second time this week, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have expanded the Louisiana Supreme Court from seven to nine members fell short of the needed two-thirds majority.

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Legislature 2021
Rep. Julie Emerson

Senate, House balk at each other’s changes; sports betting, kindergarten, others sent to conference

With just 55 hours remaining before Thursday’s 6 p.m. deadline for this session, the Senate in short order Tuesday morning duly and unanimously rejected the House-amended versions of the sports betting and mandatory kindergarten bills at the request of their authors.

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Legislature 2021
Louisiana State Capitol

Senate passes avalanche of minor bills, constitutional amendment in rare Sunday session

Dozens of bills were deferred Sunday, including HB423 by Rep. Julie Emerson, R-Carencro, which would require hospitals to compile quarterly reports on people treated for abortion complications and submit them to the Department of Health.

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