Bill shelved to let National Guard police New Orleans

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A New Orleans lawmaker has shelved his proposal to give the governor the authority to call in the Louisiana National Guard to help police the city, which has seen continued murder rates higher than in other large municipalities.
Democratic Rep. Austin Badon says he gave up on the bill after facing resistance from the governor's office.
Badon proposed to let the governor declare a state of emergency to activate the National Guard when the murder rate in a city of 200,000 people or more is 45 homicides per 100,000 residents or higher. New Orleans exceeded that rate in 2010 and 2011.
The governor would have discretion on whether to enlist the National Guard's help.


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