BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's lawmakers opened their 2014 session with a long list of proposals. Among them is repealing Louisiana's version of the stand-your-ground law.
Here in New Orleans some debate whether Louisiana's stand-your-ground law applies to Merritt Landry's shooting last July of 14-year-old Marshall Coulter in the Marigny.
Nevertheless, state Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, has filed a proposal to repeal the law here.
“Around the country a lot of young men, particularly young black men, have lost their lives, and individuals who pulled the trigger are using this stand-your-ground grounding as a logic behind it,” he said. “I think we need to rethink that.”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu is working with the New Orleans delegation on a slate of proposals -- to reduce juvenile court from six judges to four, to beef up the city's enforcement of blighted properties and to allow voters to approve added property tax millages for police and fire protection.
“Make sure that we pay our police and firefighters adequately,” said state Rep. Walter Leger III, D-New Orleans.
Gov. Bobby Jindal opened the 2014 session of the legislature with a call to steer $140 million toward higher education and workforce skills that match the state's industrial needs.
“We must educate our children, our people with the skills they need to thrive in this modern economy,” Jindal said.
He calls for a crackdown on human trafficking, frivolous lawsuits and wants new limits on the Eastbank Flood Authority, which has filed suit against the oil and gas industry.
The session is expected to debate a numbers of issues, including the tough new educational standards of Common Core, expanding Medicaid and raising the minimum wage.
“The basic issue of fairness and equity and what people need to sustain themselves,” said state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.
State Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, said, “I think that the market determines the wages.”