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September 4, 2019 - WDSU

Firefighters in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes compete to collect the most donations

The Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association officially kicks off in metro New Orleans this week. This year, there is a new twist. Louisiana State Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, of District 94 challenged fire departments from Orleans and Jefferson Parish to the first Battle of the Boot, to see which parish can raise the most money. Hilferty said it's a cause close to her heart. She said her cousin was born with Muscular Dystrophy and lived more than a decade longer than expected because of research funded through MDA.

In June, Louisiana legislators passed the Rivers Lacrouts Charitable Solicitation Act to allow firefighters and first responders to continue to be able to collect donations for charitable organizations, despite city or parish solicitation laws, if the organization meets certain criteria.

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Advocates of early childhood education won their first state funding increase this year but some of those gains have already been offset by a rising demand for services, officials said Tuesday.

State Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie, said the $20 million allocated by the Legislature earlier this year "is a good start."

"I understand it is not where we need to be," Hilferty said.

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June 24, 2019 - Fox 8

A New Orleans area state representative made history during this legislative session, creating a lot more than bills during her weeks at the capitol!

Stephanie Hilferty (R-New Orleans) blazed the mother of all trails.

"I was the first woman to give birth during a session. My baby's name is Claire Marie but everybody was suggesting things like baby session. It's been the longest session in Louisiana history," Hilferty said.

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