Social club spending inspires questions for La. Sen. Bill Cassidy

Senator Bill Cassidy’s campaign faces new questions about membership dues paid to social clubs in Manhattan and Morgan City.

  Gov. Edwards says one of his staffers has tested positive for COVID-19; several others quarantined

  Lawmakers pass budget, car insurance bill as session ends

La. lawmakers reach decision on controversial car insurance bill on last day of special session

History Made: Gov. Reeves signs bill officially changing state flag

Louisiana lawmakers winding down coronavirus special session

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs endorses ‘In God We Trust’ design for new state flag

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How to absentee vote by mail in Louisiana

Gov. Edwards signs 4 bills into law from 2020 Special Legislative Session

  ‘Today is a good day for Mississippi’: Miss. Legislative Black Caucus celebrates removal of flag

Legislators shed light on process that led to retiring Mississippi’s state flag

The flag bill passed lawmakers. What’s next?

La. Secretary of State puts coronavirus protection measures in place at polling locations

Louisiana budget nears passage as session reaches final days

The Louisiana Senate has adopted a more than $35 billion spending plan for the financial year that starts within days.

  Lawmakers still unsure if they have votes needed to remove state flag

From state leaders, to educators, to football coaches - there has been a joint effort to remove the state flag this week.

  Senate Committee on Education discusses how to safely reopen public schools in the fall

The Senate Committee on Education discussed plans Thursday night (June 25) about reopening Louisiana’s K-12 schools in the fall.

Proposal for La. task force, study to ‘restore’ public trust in law enforcement passes

The proposal shows lawmakers hope to address “the disparate treatment of people of color by law enforcement agencies” through the creation of the task force.

Fantasy sports betting edges closer to reality in Louisiana

  Small business grant program to begin in July, but details raising eyebrows

  Early voting for Presidential Preference Primary begins June 20

State House Committee approves JPSO body cam resolution

Lawmakers move resolution for Jefferson Parish body cameras forward

  Bill to end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers in La. dies

Gov. Edwards signs 31 new bills into law as special session continues

On Tuesday, June 16, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 31 bills into law.

  Bill to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits signed into law

On Monday, June 15, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law protecting restaurants from liability when it comes to the coronavirus.

Gov. Edwards signs 75 bills into law, vetoes 1

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 15 he had signed 75 bills into law and vetoed one.

  Baton Rouge LGBTQ advocates weigh in on landmark SCOTUS decision on Title VII

In what is considered a landmark decision by LGBTQ advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled employers could not discriminate against employees based on sexual identity.

  Some lawmakers argue at capitol over government’s control over churches

Many people are just now getting back into their normal Sunday routine, which might include a church service.

Governor vetoes auto insurance premium reduction bill

Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill that aimed to reduce auto insurance premiums in Louisiana, a state known to have one of the highest rates for car insurance in the country.

Louisiana vagrancy law repealed

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.

  Councilwoman Tara Wicker to run for EBR mayor-president

Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker has announced she will be running for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Louisiana governor agrees to loosen alcohol delivery rules

Louisiana has loosened its alcohol delivery rules, making it easier to get beer and wine received at home.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy on defunding the police: ‘One of the stupidest proposals to come out of this’

Some are calling for the defunding of police departments, but Senator Bill Cassidy says he does not support that move.

  Bill aiming to lower university fees is moving through La. legislature

A plan that would allow universities in Louisiana to raise or lower student fees next year is moving through the state capitol.

La. Gov. Edwards signs over 50 bills into law Thursday

Governor John Bel Edwards signed several bills into law Thursday, June 11. The bills come from the 2020 Regular Legislative Session.

  Gov. Edwards signs late Rep. Reggie Bagala’s LSU license plate bill into law

Governor John Bel Edwards has authorized a license plate honoring the LSU football team’s historic 2019 season.

  La. lawmakers advance policing study, but remove language on race

A Louisiana House committee advanced a resolution that calls for a broad study of “law enforcement systems and policing,” but stripped language in the measure regarding race.

  Louisiana’s emergency election plan approved

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

  A look at who’s running for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish in 2020

We’re now getting a better look at who is running for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish in the fall.

Governor comments on passage of bill preventing insurance companies from raising rates on military members returning home

On Tuesday, June 9, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law prohibiting insurance companies from raising car insurance rates for members of the military returning from overseas deployments.

  Plan moving forward at capitol to make improvements to La. government computer systems

There’s a plan moving at the capitol that would help Louisiana pay for gradual improvements to its computer systems.

Edwards signs bill to ban vaping in cars with children

Vaping with a child in the car soon will be illegal in Louisiana.

  La. state treasurer urges governor to sign Main Street Recovery Program bill

The Louisiana state treasurer is pushing to get money to the state’s small businesses.

  Plan to save money, prevent midyear cuts advances at La. capitol

Without objection Tuesday, June 9, a House committee advanced a plan that aims to prevent the legislature from giving more money to state agencies than they actually need to operate.

Gov. Edwards signs 62 bills into law from 2020 Regular Legislative Session

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, June 9 has signed 62 bills into law from the 2020 Regular Legislative Session.

Former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano arrested

Kenner Police say Capitano was involved in a disturbance at an apartment in the 300 block of Clemson Street

Gov. Edwards signs 48 bills into law

On Friday, June 5, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 48 bills into law.

  Lawmakers advance tax breaks for small businesses

The Senate’s tax committee on Friday advanced a handful of bills designed to reduce the tax burden on small businesses while they recover from the coronavirus recession.

Gov. Edwards renames bill in memory of April Dunn, staffer who passed away from COVID-19

On Wednesday, June 3, Governor John Bel Edwards signed HB 848 into law; the bill renames Act 833 of 2014 the April Dunn Act.

  $300M small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to Gov. Edwards’ desk

Lawmakers created a new fund for small businesses that have been left out of prior coronavirus aid by diverting $300 million away from local governments in the final minutes of the regular legislative session Monday.

  Head of La. Gaming Control Board ousted

The head of Louisiana’s gambling regulatory board has been ousted by state senators who refused to confirm his reappointment on the final day of the regular legislative session.

  Bill that aims to lower car insurance rates headed to governor’s desk

Lawmakers sent a bill that aims to lower Louisiana drivers’ car insurance rates to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk in the final minutes of the 2020 regular legislative session Monday, June 1.

  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.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  Bill to give entering freshmen another shot at ACT, SAT tests sailing through capitol

A plan that could help some entering college freshmen earn a higher TOPS award is a step away from Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk, having so far cleared each step of the legislative process without a single ‘no’ vote.

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers are one step from removing most restrictions on which medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana.

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

Dozens of big-rig trucks rallied together outside of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge Thursday, May 28 in support of a new proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates in the state.

Bills to loosen Louisiana gun limits nearing final passage

Louisiana would loosen gun restrictions under two measures moving closer to final legislative passage.

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

A House committee Wednesday, May 27 killed a plan that sought to protect personal information belonging to people employed by a company that receives a state tax break, primarily over concerns politicians might be able to use the loophole to pass out tax incentives to their friends unchecked.

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

Lawmakers advanced Tuesday, May 26 the temporary governmental framework that would allow services to continue for St. George residents while the municipality transitions from an unincorporated area to a bona fide city.

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

A bill that aims to lower car insurance premiums in Louisiana by at least 10% advanced at the state capitol Tuesday, May 26.

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

Lawmakers in Louisiana have called themselves into a special legislative session. It is set to begin one minute after the current, regular session ends.

  House further cuts healthcare in first rewrite of state budget proposal

The House’s budget committee Thursday, May 21 approved a modest rewrite of Governor John Bel Edwards’ proposal for state spending.

  Lawmakers urge state to protect privacy while contact tracing

A House committee on Wednesday, May 20 urged the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to limit how it acquires information from COVID-19 patients through contact tracing, a process where state workers conduct interviews to identify people who’ve been exposed to the virus.

Louisiana sports betting bill near final legislative passage

A bid to help legalize sports betting in Louisiana is steps from final legislative passage, though the wagering still would be a year or more away.

  State lawmakers kill vote-by-mail expansion

A House committee will consider Tuesday whether Louisiana should provide absentee ballots to any registered voter who requests one.

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

At the capitol Wednesday, May 13, Louisiana lawmakers moved ahead with a proposal to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana for people who suffer from fibromyalgia.

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

Louisianans pay roughly $2,300 each year to insure their cars, second only to Michigan.

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

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined an 18-state effort calling on Congress to investigate the communist Chinese government’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

State economists are projecting Louisiana’s budget will have a nearly $1 billion deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to WAFB’s Matt Houston.

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

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District area was provided $2,378,507 to expand COVID-19 testing health centers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Bill would ban refusing college transcripts because of debt

Louisiana lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban public colleges from withholding a student’s transcript, grades or diplomas because of outstanding debts.

  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.