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Legislative session wrapping up

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The 2014 Louisiana legislative session is coming to an end. Common Core and marijuana penalty reform dominated the session going in, but the conversation shifted as the session progressed.  

Common Core remained the focus, but not much has changed with it since the session began. Senator Francis Thompson said it looks like the education standards are here to stay.

“You will have ample time to get ready for it, but we will be joining 46 other states and we feel like this system we are operating under now will give us more success for our children," Thompson said.     

Governor Bobby Jindal stopped in Ouachita Parish to help promote two pro-life bills. Representative Frank Hoffmann authored one of them.

"Louisiana has been the top pro-life state in America the last three years and that will be sustained even stronger this year with some bills we have done this year, including one by Katrina Jackson. And I am very proud of everything we have done in the pro-life movement," Hoffmann said.   

And there was also chatter about lessening marijuana penalties and even legalizing it. But the legislature failed to move either way. Representative Marcus Hunter said that's typical for controversial issues.

"There was a big push to reform tops across the board, but just like the marijuana laws, I think once too many people got their hands in it, the modifications, that when we ran into a bit of the problem," Hunter said.   

And there are some general laws coming out of this session you should know about. Minors can no longer use tanning beds or buy certain medicines without a prescription. Dogs can't ride in the back of pick-up trucks while going down the interstate. And property owners can now shoot an intruder coming into their home, no questions asked.

Thompson and Hunter said this session has dealt with more localized issues and much of the legislation is focused on money, industry and education. 

But even with a few days left, the budget is not settled. And there are still some lingering bills that could push through.
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