Senators voted 34-3 for the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat from Monroe. The proposal returns to the House for approval of senators' changes, which were supported by Jackson and are expected to win support.

Very bold, state Senate, very bold!

In their strongest poll showing yet, three Republican challengers lead U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu by 10 points in an independent poll of likely voters — a sharp contrast to a recent NYT poll.

With a 34-0 vote Thursday, the Senate gave final passage to a bill outlawing sales of e-cigarette, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to minors, like the state already does for cigarette sales.

There are only a few weeks remaining until legislators will adjourn their regular session on June 2. For bills that have not passed their house of origin, time is a factor.

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