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For the fourth year in a row, an effort to increase the minimum wage in Louisiana was unsuccessful Tuesday. 

A bill to raise the state’s gas tax was shelved Monday, as the bill’s author, Representative Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge), pointed to the difficulty of trying to raise taxes in an election year. 

A House committee will get its turn Monday on a bill that would exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products from state sales tax. 

A House committee rejected a proposal Thursday to let local governments set their own minimum wage, opting to keep that power in the hands of the state. 

A bill that would ban abortions in Louisiana once a fetal heartbeat has been detected is one step closer to final passage, after the House Health and Welfare committee advanced the bill without objection Wednesday.

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