- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have rejected a proposal to require a minimum three-year prison sentence in certain criminal cases, saying it would take too much power away from local judges.

Only 33 House members voted for the proposal to create the mandatory minimum sentence for a list of crimes - including carjacking, armed robbery and manslaughter - if an armed person kills someone. Fifty House lawmakers voted against it Thursday.

Louisiana already requires mandatory minimum sentences for murder and other violent crimes.

The proposal from Sen. Page Cortez, a Lafayette Republican, earned unanimous support in the Senate. Cortez said he wanted to ensure appropriate sentences.

Opponents argued the measure would create an unnecessary blanket policy and move from efforts to give judges more discretion.

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Senate Bill 196: www.legis.la.gov

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