Baton Rouge Judge Chip Moore signs qualifying papers from hospital

19th Judicial District Court Judge Richard “Chip” Moore, who is currently in the hospital battling the coronavirus, signed his qualifying forms to run for re-election Thursday, Aug. 6.

Judge rules Wicker can run for mayor

Lawsuit seeks to block Wicker from running for mayor

  Here’s the nearly 200 Louisiana laws that take effect Saturday

  2 Baton Rouge area judges drop re-election bids; state law says they are too old to run

Sen. John Kennedy shares his thoughts on next coronavirus relief bill

Sens. Kennedy, Feinstein propose additional funding for states to eradicate nutria

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  Number of coronavirus cases in La. starting to plateau, Gov. Edwards says

  Judge in ICU with COVID-19 can qualify for re-election, La. Supreme Court decides

  As qualifying ends, 8 candidates are in the race for EBR mayor-president

Another candidate joins the race to become next mayor-president of EBR Parish

Jeff Perilloux qualifies for re-election despite indictment

  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

  US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

The U.S. Mint is asking for the public to make purchases using exact change.

  Mayor Sharon Weston Broome officially kicks off reelection campaign

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome officially begun her campaign for re-election Wednesday, July 22.

  State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle will run for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish

State Representative C. Denise Marcelle announced Tuesday, July 14 that she will run for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish.

  AG Landry calls statewide mask mandate, bar restrictions unconstitutional; Gov. Edwards says ‘put politics aside’

In Landry’s statement, he says the mandate is “likely unconstitutional and unenforceable”.

  Vice President Mike Pence visits Baton Rouge to meet with state officials

EBR election results delayed

  ELECTION RESULTS: Presidential primary, parish races

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

Karen Carter Peterson, first female leader of La. Democrats won’t seek reelection as state party chair

  Baton Rouge businessman announces mayoral campaign

Gov. Edwards signs new bills into law

On Wednesday, July 8, Governor John Bel Edwards signed four new bills in law.

La. governor signs budget, directs state agency heads to be ready for possible mid-year cuts

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed the state’s budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

Haven’t received an absentee ballot? Check here before deadline Tuesday

Louisiana voters have just a few more hours to request an absentee ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary elections.

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.

Louisiana’s cap on lobbyist wining and dining edges up a bit

The lobbying limit on food and drink for a public official edged up $1 per person, per occasion when the new budget year began Wednesday.

President of BR branch NAACP announces intent to run for District 10 metro council seat

The president of the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP has announced his intention to run for a seat on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council.

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

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, July 2 one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 1.

  Lawmakers pass budget, car insurance bill as session ends

Similar to the regular session, there are two major things left to resolve: the budget and a plan that aims to lower car insurance premiums.

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

A compromise bill that aims to lower Louisiana drivers’ car insurance rates is headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk after intense negotiations.

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

History was made Tuesday as Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1796 into law.

Louisiana lawmakers winding down coronavirus special session

Louisiana lawmakers have reached the final hours of a coronavirus response special session that must end Tuesday.

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

Mayor Flaggs said the new flag “will bring our state together like never before.”

How to absentee vote by mail in Louisiana

The Secretary of State’s Office has released a helpful video explaining how to properly fill out an absentee by mail ballot.

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

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed four bills from the 2020 Special Legislative Session into law Monday, June 29.

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

Monday afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus discussed the bill to remove the state flag.

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

Sunday’s historic vote to retire Mississippi’s state flag after 126 years would not have happened without a much more difficult hurdle that had to be overcome the day before: a two-thirds majority in both Mississippi chambers to suspend the rules of the the session.

The flag bill passed lawmakers. What’s next?

Sunday evening, Mississippi lawmakers in the House and Senate both approved a bill that will change the state flag.

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

After pushing back the presidential primary election and extending early voting by a week, the La. Secretary of State's office is making it easier for voters to cast a ballot during the pandemic

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

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to the taxing rate for fantasy sports betting.

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

Louisiana plans to throw $300 million to small businesses over the next few months as part of its economic recovery plan.

  Early voting for Presidential Preference Primary begins June 20

Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary begins Saturday, June 20. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is encouraging all eligible Louisianans to consider voting early.

State House Committee approves JPSO body cam resolution

A state house committee this afternoon approved resolutions designed to reform police departments in the wake of recent killings.

Lawmakers move resolution for Jefferson Parish body cameras forward

A Louisiana House of Representatives resolution calling for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to adopt policies relative to the use of body worn cameras has just passed through committee.

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

A proposed bill that would end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers in Louisiana who are sued for wrongful death or injury will not move forward.

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.