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  Sports betting will be on Nov. ballot, but implementation at least a year away

Voters will get to decide whether sports betting should be allowed in their parishes during the presidential election, though it would not happen where it is approved for at least another year.

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

  Truckers gather outside of La. state capitol in support of proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates

Bills to loosen Louisiana gun limits nearing final passage

  Bill proposing to hide names of people employed by companies receiving La. tax breaks dies in committee

  Lawmakers advance bill aiming to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits

  Lawmakers advance framework for St. George government over mayor-president’s objection

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  Proposed bill that hopes to lower car insurance premiums advances at La. state capitol

La. lawmakers plan their own special legislative session for second time since 1950s; comes with potential $1.8 million price tag

  House further cuts healthcare in first rewrite of state budget proposal

  Lawmakers urge state to protect privacy while contact tracing

Louisiana sports betting bill near final legislative passage

  State lawmakers kill vote-by-mail expansion

Sen. Kennedy announces $4.3M for advanced manufacturing at La. universities

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,334,588 in funding from the National Science Foundation to the Louisiana Materials Design Alliance (LAMDA) to promote 3D printing research and education programs in multiple universities within the state.

  Federal money spares TOPS, most state services from deep cuts in Edwards’ new budget proposal

“It looks more and more like we may be back in June,” Dardenne said, referring to the likelihood of a special legislative session.

Edwards’ budget proposal uses federal aid to avoid deep cuts

The TOPS tuition program, K-12 schools and the social services department would be spared reductions. But college campuses and health programs would take hits.

Save for budget cuts or create jobs through roadwork? Lawmakers debate how to spend surplus

Facing an $843 million dollar budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year, lawmakers must decide how to use the roughly $500 million left over from last year’s budget.

  La. lawmakers move forward with bill to allow fibromyalgia patients to use medical marijuana

  Bill to lower car insurance rates advances after lengthy, fiery debate

  AG Jeff Landry: ‘Hold communist China accountable for COVID-19’

  La. economists project COVID-19 will cause nearly $1B shortfall in state’s budget

Rep. Garret Graves announces $2.3M to expand COVID-19 testing for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District

Bill would ban refusing college transcripts because of debt

  Why La. lawmakers will still get paid for time they were not at capitol during pandemic

Even though the coronavirus kept Louisiana’s lawmakers home for 49 days, they’re still getting paid as if they were at the state capitol.

  Mandatory paid sick leave push dies at the capitol

A House committee killed a bill Thursday, May 7 that would have required employers to provide up to five days of paid sick leave each year, beginning Jan. 1.

  Push to neuter the stay-at-home order advances in state capitol

The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.

  New proposal could help La. teachers buy educational materials as distance learning continues

As distance learning continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new proposal could help Louisiana teachers buy educational materials.

  Sports wagering bill advances in the La. legislature; union for casino workers releases guidelines

A sports wagering bill makes it out of a legislative committee at the State Capitol.

  Push to restrict La. spending advances in state capitol

Louisiana’s budget committee advanced a quartet of bills that would limit how much lawmakers can spend each year on Tuesday, May 5.

  State lawmakers return to work May 4

Lawmakers are set to return to the capitol Monday, May 4 to try to make your lives a little easier while Louisiana’s economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Louisiana’s emergency election plan approved

Louisiana’s emergency election plan was approved Monday, April 27.

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most difficult moments. Traumatic anniversaries of the past 27 years are rolling by as Americans experience one of the most disruptive moments in their history: the coronavirus, and the effort to contain it.

  Sens. Kennedy and Cassidy, Gov. Edwards weigh in on what’s next for opening up Louisiana’s economy

President Donald Trump has tapped Sens. Bill Cassidy, MD, and John Kennedy to serve on his task force of lawmakers focused on getting the country’s economy back up and running.

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

Ivanka Trump traveled with her family from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover despite coronavirus guidelines discouraging discretionary travel, which she's encouraged others to follow.

  Louisiana Republicans kill emergency election plan; lawmakers have 9 days to compromise

State lawmakers have nine days to compromise on an emergency election plan, otherwise, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says Louisiana’s elections could mirror the widely-criticized Wisconsin presidential primary where masked voters stood in tightly-packed lines for hours to cast their ballots.

  La. Presidential Primary rescheduled for July

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has postponed the state’s elections again due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

  Sen. Kennedy and Louisiana delegation ask agriculture secretary to apply CARES Act to crawfish industry

Sens. John Kennedy (R-La) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) joined Reps. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Steve Scalise (R-La.) today in asking Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to assist America’s crawfish industry as i

  Rep. Ted James on his battle with coronavirus: ‘I made up in my mind that I did not want to fight anymore’

Rep. Edward James, better known as Ted James, is finally emerging from the fight of his life, the fight with the coronavirus. He’s now back home after COVID-19 nearly claimed his life.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

Sen. John Kennedy on the status of COVID-19 in Louisiana: ‘We are battered, but we’re standing’

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) spoke to Gray DC about the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in his home state of Louisiana.

  How you can ask Gov. Edwards a coronavirus-related question

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be answering questions from state residents during his daily news conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

  Transportation head Wilson now ’100 percent’ recovered from COVID-19

Wilson was among the first public figures in Louisiana to be diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Wilson says he expects to work as he normally would this week now that he has recovered.

La. lawmakers made a brief return to the capitol building due to COVID-19, budget still needs approval

State lawmakers will be notified when to return to the capitol building as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

Steve Scalise announces he’s self-quarantining after colleague tests positive for COVID-19

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has announced he’s now self-quarantining after a colleague of his tested positive for COVID-19.

  Gov. Edwards asks President Trump to make temporary changes to SNAP, CDBG, HUD and FEMA programs in response to COVID-19

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday, March 18 requesting temporary changes to several federal programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  La. legislature to temporarily adjourn due to COVID-19

The 2020 regular legislative session is temporarily suspended until March 31 due to coronavirus.

  Bill to expand mail-in voting pitched as way to prevent COVID-19 spread

A Louisiana lawmaker is pushing to expand mail-in voting ahead of the fall presidential election, now pitching the idea as a way to improve voter turnout and slow the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.

  Department of Health updates lawmakers on COVID-19 response

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) updated lawmakers on its COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts at the capitol Wednesday, March 11.

  Council to hear mayor’s proposal to curb panhandling in Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s office has proposed two ordinances aiming to stop aggressive panhandling in Baton Rouge.

Deadline to register online to vote in La. presidential primary March 14

The online voter registration deadline in Louisiana is approaching quickly, and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding voters that only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in the presidential primary on Saturday, April 4.

  State leaders, Coach Orgeron join Gov. Edwards for prayer breakfast

Governor John Bel Edwards hosted state government, business, and community leaders for the 56th Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast March 10.

MISSISSIPPI PRIMARY ELECTION: Here’s what you need to know

To make this patriotic time a bit less stressful, we’ve decided to tackle some general questions regarding Mississippi’s 2020 primary election.

  Gov. Edwards focuses on education during opening remarks of legislative session

Governor John Bel Edwards told Louisiana’s lawmakers he wants the legislature to make education a priority for the state during a speech on the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session Monday, March 9.

  What to expect from state lawmakers in 2020

Regular legislative session begins Monday, March 9.

Vaccine-related bills target exemptions, disclosures, and flu shot age restrictions

Legislators in La. filed several proposals to address vaccination and disclosure requirements in the state that can be considered at the upcoming legislative session.

  Proposed amendment would allow local governments in La. to hold elections on legalizing marijuana

There is a new push at the capitol to allow local governments to decide whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in their jurisdiction.

  La. lawmakers file bills to keep Daylight Saving Time year round

We’ll be losing an hour of sleep come Sunday, March 8 for Daylight Saving Time, and there have already been a few bills filed ahead of the state’s legislative session, which begins Monday, to keep Daylight Saving Time year round.

  Arguments over La. abortion law before SCOTUS complete

The U.S. Supreme Court finished hearing oral arguments Wednesday, March 4 on a 2014 Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

  Newly elected State Rep. Donna ‘Kathy’ Edmonston accused of DWI in Baton Rouge

State Rep. Donna “Kathy” Edmonston is accused of driving while intoxicated Tuesday, March 3, according to an arrest report obtained by WAFB.

  La. senator files bills to address alert systems after ExxonMobil refinery fire

La. Senator Cleo Fields has filed a number of bills in response to February’s fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in north Baton Rouge.

WAFB to air CBS News’ coverage of Super Tuesday

WAFB-TV will air CBS News’ coverage of Super Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

President Trump announces ‘Complete and Total Endorsement’ of Sen. Bill Cassidy’s reelection campaign

President Donald Trump has now officially endorsed Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.) as he runs for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Putting bodily fluids in food would be crime similar to tampering under proposed law

A state representative in Livingston Parish, Buddy Mincey, hopes lawmakers will agree to create a crime of adulterating a food product.

  Court battles over City of St. George begin

Both sides of a lawsuit involving the incorporation of the City of St. George walked out of the courthouse March 2 without knowing when the next hearing would be scheduled.

Legislators propose repeal of Louisiana vagrancy law

It’s a law that targets habitual drunkards, prostitutes, habitual gamblers, people who loiter, and able-bodied people who seek to support themselves with welfare or charity rather than seeking employment.

  Save Women’s Sports Act would essentially ban trans athletes from sports in Louisiana

Transgender athletes would not be allowed to compete in high school or college sports in Louisiana under a bill filed by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, ahead of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session.

  Abraham announces retirement from Congress

Congressman Ralph Abraham, MD, R-Alto, announced Wednesday, Feb. 26 that he will retire from the US House of Representatives at the end of his term.

CBS News’ Democratic Debate will air on WAFB on Feb. 25

The Democratic Debate hosted by CBS News will air live from Charleston, South Carolina at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 on WAFB-TV.

Cameras could be placed in special education classrooms at parent’s request under proposed bill

Louisiana House Bill 138 provides that cameras that record audio and video be placed in classrooms where a majority of students receive special education for at least 50 percent of their instructional time.

  New ITEP rules spark fear locals will lose say in granting tax breaks

In a change of course, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is amending the rules to the controversial Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) so that private businesses that are denied tax breaks by local government entities can appeal the decision to the state Board of Commerce and Industry.

REPORT: Amid criticisim, Gov. Edwards wants to give Louisiana’s teachers a $500 raise

Gov. John Bel Edwards adding a direct $500 pay raise for the state’s public school teachers to his proposed K-12 budget, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Sen. Kennedy celebrates disclosure of millions paid to ’swamp creature’ lobbyists

Members of the public can find out how much money is paid to lobbyists convicted of crimes like bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, and money laundering.

Gov. Edwards announces coastal priorities for his second term

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for his second term in office.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy launches reelection campaign, visits previously flooded Juban Crossing Rouses

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD has officially launched his reelection campaign.

  $642 million in tax dollars were misused or missed out on in 2019, Louisiana legislative auditor says

Louisiana state and local governments wasted or missed out on a combined $642 million in 2019, according to the state legislative auditor’s year-end report released the week of Feb. 17.

  Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

A major report from the Baton Rouge Advocate is putting a spotlight on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s business dealings with a man in prison for cheating the immigration system so he could make money.

Mayor Broome encourages residents to report graffiti to Crime Stoppers

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is urging residents to call Crime Stoppers to report graffiti in East Baton Rouge Parish.