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.
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.
Kyle Ardoin has been elected Secretary of State in Louisiana during a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16. Ardoin defeated the lesser-known Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup for the second time.
Vice President Mike Pence visited Baton Rouge Monday, Oct. 28, surprising guests at Dearman’s Diner & Soda Fountain and fundraising at the Country Club of Louisiana for Republican gubernatorial candidate, Eddie Rispone.
A well-known Republican says he’s resigning from the Republican party because it’s his “duty to oppose illegal activities and corruption,” making reference to a growing controversy over a push to resolve a tie in the Senate District 16 race.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s press secretary was arrested last week on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with strangulation and a charge of domestic abuse battery with a pregnant victim, records show. He resigned Monday afternoon
Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become a vital resource for travelers. However, those services aren’t available to everyone in Louisiana. Lawmakers are now discussing a bill that could expand services and regulations statewide.
The Senate Finance Committee will work through the weekend to determine how they’d like to change the state’s $30 billion operating budget before amending the bill and advancing it to the senate floor on Memorial Day.
The House’s criminal justice committee approved a bill Tuesday, May 21 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legal in their parishes during the October election. Most revenue from any expansion would be dedicated to early childhood education.
On Tuesday, May 21, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order launching the Protecting Health Coverage in Louisiana Task Force after efforts to have protections offered to Louisianans with preexisting conditions repealed.
The House’s judiciary committee did not approve or kill a bill that would allow for recreational marijuana use in Louisiana. Instead, lawmakers essentially sent it to the House’s criminal justice committee, where the concept faces opposition.
The House’s education committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 15 that would require campus organizations and university officials to contact law enforcement as soon as they learn of any hazing allegations.
The Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs approved a bill Monday, April 22 that would allow Louisiana voters to decide if diapers and feminine hygiene products should be exempt from state sales tax collections.
The House Education Committee returned the state’s K-12 budget to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Tuesday, April 16, recommending BESE redo its calculation to remove a per-pupil funding increase for Louisiana students.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill Monday, April 15 that would restore Louisiana’s three sales tax holidays, which lawmakers accidentally suspended during a scurry to fix the budget last special session.
The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) formally recognized $110 million in additional revenue Wednesday, April 10 for this year’s budget, easing tensions and effectively ending a battle between Republicans and Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration.
The Revenue Estimating Conference must unanimously agree on revenue forecasts, for the legislature to then appropriate. Representative Cameron Henry, stand-in for speaker Taylor Barras, was the only “no vote” in the committee.
Louisiana's senators have agreed to allow the state's riverboat casinos to move on land. The Senate voted 22-14 Tuesday for the proposal by Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican. The measure would allow Louisiana's 15 riverboat casinos to conduct gambling activities within 1,200 feet on land from where the riverboat is berthed and remove the requirement the riverboats have an operable paddlewheel. It also would redefine the limits on gambling space.