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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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