The drug companies said Tuesday they will “vigorously challenge” the decision, which was handed down by a Lafayette jury in federal court Monday.
Under a bill that received the backing of a Senate judiciary committee, a person would be limited to 10 short-term loans a year from payday lenders.
Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield told lawmakers Tuesday that he expects the state to collect $100 million in back-owed taxes through an amnesty period planned for later this year.
Nicholls State University students in the field of "geomatics" — the use of data about the earth's surface — will have access to the latest advancements in surveying technology with the donation of a high-tech unmanned aerial vehicle.
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.