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News in Brief- June 5, 2019

News in Brief- June 5, 2019

Bayou Country Superfest drew about 50,000 to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The return of Bayou Country Superfest to Louisiana's state capital drew about 50,000 people over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Advocate reports the attendance in Tiger Stadium was less than half the crowd that showed up in 2016 — the last time the event was held in Baton Rouge. It was also smaller than crowds attending the event in New Orleans.

Festival Productions Inc. released the figures Wednesday.

Visit Baton Rouge spokeswoman Karron Alford attributed the lower numbers to the timing of when the lineup was announced. She says fans found out Valentine's Day, when previously the talent was announced before Thanksgiving, allowing people time to gift tickets and make plans for the May holiday.

Information from: The Advocate,


Imported shrimp? Louisiana restaurants will have to say that

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana restaurants soon will be required to tell customers if they sell imported shrimp or crawfish.

Rep. Jerry "Truck" Gisclair, a Lafourche Parish Democrat, described his bill as addressing health concerns. He says too little testing is done on shrimp or crawfish entering the United States from countries like China and Vietnam.

The measure sailed through the Legislature with unanimous support and strong backing from Louisiana's seafood industry, which has criticized foreign imports.

A 93-0 House vote Friday sent the bill to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is expected to sign it.

Restaurants will have to post information about imported crawfish or shrimp on menus or signs at their main entrances.

The American Shrimp Processors Association praised the bill as a victory for consumer transparency.

House Bill 335:


House spurns bill to set minimum marriage age in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers in the Louisiana House on Sunday refused to set a minimum age to marry in the state, an idea that drew strong opposition from the chamber's conservatives.

The Senate crafted a bill by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb, a Baton Rouge Democrat, that would bar anyone under 16 years old from being able to marry in Louisiana, with those who are 16 years old or 17 years old unable to marry someone who is more than four years older than they are.

The House refused that idea, instead rewriting the legislation to continue requiring parental consent for anyone under 18 to marry. A judicial review process would be required before anyone under 16 years old could get married.

Senate Bill 172: