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Political Minute - April 3, 2014

A marijuana bill is pulled, a smoking ban bill moves on, and Louisiana Republicans want answers.
A marijuana bill is pulled, a smoking ban bill moves on, and Louisiana Republicans want answers.
 
A bill that sought to lessen the jail time for marijuana possession was yanked during a committee hearing today in Baton Rouge.
 
House Bill 14 would address second and later convictions for simple marijuana possession.
 
A second conviction would be punishable by up to two years in prison, instead of up to five years. A third conviction would be punishable by up to five years, instead of up to 20 years.
 
State Rep. Austin Badon pulled the bill after opposition from the Louisiana Sheriff's Association.
 
The bill could be reintroduced at a later date.
 
Louisiana House lawmakers have approved a bill that bans smoking near state buildings.
 
West Monroe State Representative Frank Hoffman is the sponsor of the bill.
 
The bill would ban smoking within 25 feet of public entrances to state office buildings and to their wheelchair ramps.
 
Violators would face a $25 fine the first time, a $50 fine for a second offense and a $100 fine for subsequent offenses.
 
The bill now goes to the senate.
 
And the Republicans that make up Louisiana's federal delegation wants some questions answered in regards to the 7.1 million people that signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
 
The delegation, which includes Congressman Vance McCallister and Senator David Vitter, sent a letter to DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for the ages of the people enrolled in the federal health insurance exchange in Louisiana and how many people have signed up.
 
According to the DHHS, updated enrollment information should be released in the next few weeks.
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