LA AG files lawsuit against Red River Waterway Commission, Gov’s office issues response

On Tuesday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit against the Red River Waterway Commission.

Gov. Edwards urges public to stay alert for Tropical Storm Gordon

Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to meet with the Unified Command Group (UCG) Tuesday morning to discuss the latest on Tropical Storm Gordon. The meeting is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Advocacy and lobbying groups issue legislative report cards

The Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) is touting its annual legislative scorecard, which grades lawmakers based on how their regular session votes aligned with the advocacy group's values and policies.

Rep. Garret Graves highlighting federal flood aid to Louisiana

U.S. Representative Garret Graves is trying to change a narrative about congressional gridlock and political division while he campaigns for re-election during his time off from Washington, D.C.

Criminal justice reform: Who has the right numbers?

After the Department of Corrections (DOC) announced criminal justice reforms have outperformed their expectations earlier this week, the District Attorneys' Association released an estimate that 22 percent of Louisiana criminals had be rearrested after their release last year. U.S. Senator John Kennedy, who has opposed prison reform in the state from its inception, jumped at the opportunity to attack the system.

Gov. Edwards meets with President Trump, others to discuss criminal justice reform

Thursday, Governor John Bel Edwards joined President Donald Trump and other governors, as well as White House staff members, for a round table discussion on the positive impact criminal justice reform is having across the country.

Sen. Kennedy continues criticism of criminal justice reform

U.S. Senator John Kennedy told members of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club he and Governor John Bel Edwards have fundamental disagreements that are driving an ongoing disagreement about last year's prison reform package.

One year away from qualifying, who might challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards?

Qualifying for the 2019 gubernatorial race begins in exactly one year, but Louisianans don't have a clear idea which Republicans will be on the ballot.

Sen. Kennedy says those on food stamps should have job

U.S. Senator John Kennedy wants people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, to also have a job.

US Senate passes NFIP extension

The US Senate voted Tuesday to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The vote was 86-12.

More than 400 new laws take effect in La. on Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, hazing penalties will toughen, spurred by the death of an LSU freshman after a fraternity drinking ritual. Louisiana's waiting period to get married is dropping from 72 hours to 24 hours from the issuance of the marriage license to the ceremony.

  Battle to win public opinion for unanimous juries begins

After the legislature passed a bill that would end split jury decisions in Louisiana, some lawmakers called it one of the regular session's biggest victories. But lawmakers now have to convince enough of Louisiana's 3 million registered voters to approve the constitutional amendment during November's election.

Councilwoman Wicker responds to recall petition

A Baton Rouge man filed a recall petition Thursday afternoon against East Baton Rouge Parish Metro District 10 Council Member Tara Wicker.

Cassidy announces duplication of benefits fix added to bill reauthorizing FAA

Congress could be one step closer to eliminating the federal duplication of benefits restrictions for flood victims. US Sen. Bill Cassidy's office announced that legislation was added to a Senate bill reauthorizing the FAA.

Congressional candidate accused of impersonating police officer for the second time

A man running for Congress has been accused of impersonating a police officer for the second time.

With qualifying closed, what the 2018 election might look like

Qualifying for statewide elections closed at 4:30 p.m. Friday and the field is set for the November 6 election. Candidates visited the secretary of state's office to register over the last three days, with the hopes of winning the special election for secretary of state or upsetting any of Louisiana's powerful congressional candidates.

La. flood victims receive a third extension for FEMA's Temporary Housing Program

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a third extension of the federal temporary housing program for survivors of the August 2016 floods has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through January 15, 2019.

Sparks fly as Buddy Amoroso's widow appointed to temporarily fill his seat on metro council

After hours of public comment, some of which was quite heated, the metro council finally voted on the issue, appointing Denise to fill her husband's vacant seat.

Gov. Edwards and Attorney General Landry spar over death penalty

It's been 23 years since Todd Wessinger robbed Calendar's in Baton Rouge and shot three people, including Stephanie Guzzardo. In 1997, Wessinger was sentenced to death. In 2018, he's still alive.

Restore Task Force moves resolution forward that could aid in flood relief

After a quick unanimous vote by the Restore Louisiana Task Force, a resolution to increase the tiered reimbursement structure from 50 to 100 percent for more than 10,000 eligible families in Louisiana moved forward Friday morning.

Widow of Buddy Amoroso will seek to fill his seat until special election can be held

Next week, the Baton Rouge Metro Council seat left open by Buddy Amoroso's sudden passing will be filled.

  Councilman slams colleagues' stance on vacant Amoroso seat; others support it

Four democratic members announced they would not vote to temporarily fill the seat left open by their colleague, Buddy Amoroso, after his tragic death. The move is now setting off a firestorm of criticism for those behind it.

Baton Rouge Metro Council announces special meeting to appoint Amoroso replacement

The Baton Rouge Metro Council has announced a special meeting to appoint an interim council member to represent East Baton Rouge Parish's 8th District following the death of Councilman Buddy Amoroso in a West Feliciana Parish bicycle wreck.

Gov. Edwards touts criminal justice reform results one year after becoming law

A year after Governor John Bel Edwards signed criminal justice reform into law, Louisiana is no longer the incarceration capital of the world.

Senate passes bill by La. senators to extend National Flood Insurance Program

A proposal Tuesday by Louisiana's US senators to amend the Senate Farm Bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six months, as hurricane season is well underway, was inserted by the Senate on Wednesday.

Baton Rouge legislator throws name in hat for secretary of state position

A Baton Rouge legislator is throwing his hat in the ring for the secretary of state's race.

Port Allen City Council meets to discuss lawsuit against police chief

The Port Allen City Council met Wednesday evening to discuss a lawsuit against the city's police chief. He's accused of forcing his officers to go to religious counseling.

Baton Rouge Republicans defending their votes on tax bill

Representatives Tony Bacala and Rick Edmonds are seatmates. Both are from the capital area, and both describe themselves as "fiscally conservative." But they didn't vote the same way on the key tax bill that divided lawmakers for the last four sessions.

How the legislature reached compromise

The special session is over and lawmakers' work is finished. After 17 weeks and four sessions, lawmakers found a compromise to solve the fiscal cliff.

Lawmakers reach compromise to balance budget; steep cuts avoided

Louisiana lawmakers reached with a compromise to balance the state budget, wrapping up the third special session of the year Sunday.

Compromise tax bill passes House; session could end Sunday

On Friday, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved a compromise bill that would extend 4.45 percent of the state sales tax until 2025. It would raise about $460 million, fully funding higher education and TOPS. Local sheriff's offices would be cut by 5 percent.

  Lawmakers back to square one after voting down bill that would've covered most of fiscal cliff

Lawmakers are back to square one after voting down a bill that would have covered most of the $507 million fiscal cliff. Republicans and Democrats are divided over how much of the state sales tax to extend.

Revenue bills clear major hurdle in special session

The House Ways and Means Committee approved three tax bills Wednesday, giving lawmakers a trio of options that could raise revenue before the June 27 deadline.

US Sen. Bill Cassidy disagrees with drug pricing program under review by Senate committee

US Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is at the center of a debate on Capitol Hill regarding a federal program for medical drugs. A Senate committee is reviewing the 340-B Drug Pricing Program.

Edwards says urgency makes this session different

The Louisiana State Legislature convened for the year's third special session, the seventh since Governor John Bel Edwards took office in 2016. The problems have not changed and the solutions remain the same.


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