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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A House Republican leader's push to enact hourly requirements on cabinet secretaries and restrict their outside work could catch Louisiana's health secretary in its crosshairs. Rep. Lance Harris, who heads the House GOP delegation, said his ethics legislation wasn't targeted at anyone. But he acknowledged the measure could affect Gov. John Bel Edwards' health secretary, Rebekah Gee.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has returned to the Capitol after another surgery stemming from last year's congressional baseball shooting, and he is eager to hit the campaign trail for the GOP majority. The Louisiana Republican told reporters he's anxious to get back on the ball field but still has a ways to go in recovery. He hopes last week's surgery was his last. Scalise was upbeat about fundraising for the midterms and is heading to Chicago next week.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Nursing home opposition hasn't slowed a proposal to let Louisiana families install video camera systems in their loved ones' nursing home rooms. Instead, some state senators seemed incredulous Wednesday at the objections raised by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association. The Senate health committee advanced the measure without changes sought by nursing home owners. Senators said they'd try to work out language to address some concerns on the Senate floor.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana would create a new law against bestiality, separating the current rule from the unconstitutional ban on sodomy under a proposal heading to the House. The House criminal justice committee on Wednesday approved a measure to create a wide-ranging law against bestiality, despite a lawmaker's request to keep the rule intertwined with the sodomy law. The proposal has previously run into some opposition from lawmakers who say the bill is an underhanded move to strike the sodomy law.

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