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Attorney General Jeff Landry’s plan to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions advanced out of a Senate committee Wednesday, while a similar effort backed by Governor John Bel Edwards failed in a House committee.

Lawmakers have renewed an effort to eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana. A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that would leave the decision up to voters. 

A business-friendly proposal to adjust the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program barely advanced out of the House Commerce committee Monday. 

The Louisiana House unanimously approved a bill last week that would no longer allow the state to prevent victims of sexual harassment or assault from speaking publicly about their case when it’s settled with taxpayer dollars. 

The Senate Labor committee advanced a constitutional amendment Thursday that would ask voters to increase the minimum wage in Louisiana, something lawmakers have been unwilling to do.