NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill to keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams won final legislative passage Monday in the state Senate, meaning Gov.
BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — The Louisiana House granted final legislative passage Thursday to a $39 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The vote to accept various Senate changes to the bill was 88-7.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has agreed to remove the COVID-19 vaccine from the list of vaccines students are required to get to enroll in school in the state, officials said Wednesday.
A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls' athletic teams was approved Tuesday 72-21 by the state House, moving the bill closer to the desk of Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court threw out charges Friday against a pastor who flouted restrictions on gatherings early in the coronavirus pandemic, ruling 5-2 that the governor's executive orders violated freedom of religion.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat with a history of opposing abortion rights, came out Wednesday emphatically against legislation that could subject women to prosecution and prison for getting abortions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Higher tax revenue is helping add nearly $350 million to Louisiana’s general fund budget for the fiscal year that ends at the end of next month and $104 million in projected revenue for the year that starts July 1.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Funeral services will be held Tuesday for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was shot in the head and stomach during a July 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers during protests over the police killing of a Black man.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dog will do the honors at the “ribbon cutting” for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s new pet clinic.
A toy will be attached to a ribbon held by VIPs at the Stephenson Pet Clinic on Monday afternoon, and a Belgian Malinois named Mac will pull it away from them, veterinary school spokeswoman Ginger Guttner said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s longest-serving state fire marshal is stepping down.
Butch Browning is leaving office to become executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals later this month, according to Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nick Tullier, a Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the head and stomach during a July 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers during a summer of protests over the police killing of a Black man, died Thursday at age 47.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged state residents to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as hurricane season approaches, saying at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he was about to get his second booster — his fourth COVID-19 shot overall.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams moved a step closer to passage Wednesday, despite opposition from Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene are preparing to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for refusing to turn over his journals after talks broke down Monday in a dispute over an entry mentioning police brutality and Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Competing ideas on what to do about the impending end of a 0.45% state sales tax — and the more than $420 million it generates annually — are on the way to the Louisiana House of Representatives.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bills to limit actions state and local governments can take to control COVID-19 continue to advance in the 2022 legislative session.
The full House voted 70-28 on Tuesday for a bill by Metairie Republican Stephanie Hilferty that would exempt state-owned buildings — such as the Superdome in New Orleans — from local government emergency provisions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — State House members in Louisiana voted Monday to fine-tune a law enabling either the House or the Senate to end or alter a governor’s emergency declarations.
The bill by Abita Springs Republican Lawrence Frieman follows clashes between Democratic Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Legislature will likely be able to raise state teacher pay by $2,000 a year before the current session ends in June, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday.
Edwards spoke at a livestreamed news conference at the Capitol in Baton Rouge as the state House wrapped up work on a $38 billion 2022-2023 operating budget that already has $1,500 raises for teachers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that he remains opposed to a bill what would keep transgender athletes in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ sport teams, but he stopped short of saying he would veto a bill that passed the Senate hours earlier.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House panel advanced a proposed state operating budget Monday that includes $148 million for pay raises for teachers and school support staff and $104 million for increases for higher education, but strips a proposed $100-per-month increase in state supplemental pay for local police and firefighters.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The state Legislature could end public health emergency declarations by future governors under legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee in Baton Rouge.
A 6-5 vote by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee sent the bill by Republican state Rep.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation to keep transgender athletes in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ sport teams has been unanimously approved Thursday by a state Senate committee.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A coalition of civil rights groups is suing to block Louisiana's new congressional map, saying the new boundaries violate the Voting Rights Act.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature voted Wednesday mainly along party lines to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' veto of a congressional redistricting bill, marking the first time in nearly three decades that lawmakers refused to accept a governor's refusal of a bill they had passed.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Republican-led Louisiana Legislature has voted to hold a rare “veto session” to consider overriding Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a new congressional district map.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards trusted Louisiana State Police to “do the right thing” and took a hands-off approach in police matters, even after Black motorist Ronald Greene died in a violent confrontation with troopers following a high-speed chase, the former head of the agency told state lawmakers Tuesday.
A public health emergency declaration in effect since March of 2020 will end Wednesday in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards told state lawmakers in a wide-ranging speech on the first day of the 2022 regular legislative session.
Louisiana's Legislature opens its 2022 regular session Monday with a welcome dilemma: how best to spend an influx of money the likes of which the state hasn't seen in years, while again debating familiar “culture war” issues involving transgender athletes, race, vaccine mandates and abortion.
JENNINGS, La. (AP) — A company based in Washington state is turning a closed southwest Louisiana shipyard into a plant to make equipment for heavy industry.
Greenberry Industrial LLC, of Vancouver, has begun $500,000 worth of work near Jennings and expects to begin hiring late this month, according to a news release from Louisiana’s governor and economic development agency.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas are banding together in hopes of becoming one of four “hydrogen hubs” supported by $8 billion in last year’s federal infrastructure bill, their governors announced Thursday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A special session of the Louisiana Legislature ended Friday in Baton Rouge with new boundary lines drawn for the state’s six-member congressional delegation and the state House and Senate.
(AP) — Voting rights advocates have praised Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards decision to veto a congressional redistricting plan that didn’t create a second majority-Black district, but they've also criticized the Democratic governor for allowing legislative district maps that don’t increase minority representation to become law.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The former head of the Louisiana State Police has agreed to appear before the legislative committee investigating the fatal arrest of Ronald Greene — an in-custody death one lawmaker described Tuesday as “a modern-day lynching.”
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of Louisiana's new task force to fight a persistent litter problem says he saw mattress, rolls of shrink-wrap and cans along the highway as he drove to the group's first meeting.
GEISMAR, La. (AP) — A sustainable materials company plans to spend at least $750 million to build a biomass manufacturing facility in Louisiana that will turn wood residue into a chemical used in plastic, state officials said Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the state heading into the peak of Carnival season, Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Louisiana's COVID-19 health emergency declaration Wednesday, but did not reinstitute long-expired mask mandates or gathering restrictions.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A planned expansion of a graphite processing facility near the Mississippi River will give Louisiana an important role in the supply chain for electric vehicle batteries, state economic officials said Tuesday.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A plan to expand business at a central Louisiana assembly facility will create 78 new jobs, officials said.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has approved a bill shifting boundary lines for the state’s six congressional districts Thursday — without creating a second majority Black district sought by civil rights organizations.
Declaring “no cover-up will be tolerated,” Louisiana’s House speaker announced a bipartisan legislative investigation Thursday into the deadly 2019 arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene, an inquiry that will examine the state's response at “all levels," from troopers to the governor.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defiantly denied Tuesday that he delayed or interfered with investigations into the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene — and for the first time he characterized the actions of the troopers seen on video stunning, punching and dragging the Black man as racist.
Louisiana’s top GOP lawmaker weighed taking legislative action Monday against Gov. John Bel Edwards for “gross misconduct and the highest level of deceit” in his response to the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat in a deep-red state, was immersed in a difficult reelection campaign when he received a text message from the head of the state police: Troopers had engaged in “a violent, lengthy struggle” with a Black motorist, ending with the man’s death.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University has hired the state revenue secretary as its chief administrative officer, starting Tuesday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards congratulated Kimberly Lewis, saying she has done outstanding work in six years as his revenue secretary and as a trusted advisor on issues related to business, the COVID-19 pandemic and health equity.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than $148 million for Louisiana teacher pay raises, $500 million toward construction of a new Mississippi River bridge at Baton Rouge, and a $550 million replenishment of the state's pandemic-battered unemployment trust fund are part of the new state budget proposal outlined Monday by Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The percentage of hospital emergency room patients showing up with COVID-19-like symptoms in Louisiana has dropped for the second week in a row and the weekly percentage of positive tests also has dropped, state officials said Thursday.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A major electric utility company plans to develop a $100 million transmission center in north Louisiana, state officials said Thursday.
Ohio-based American Electric Power’s new Shreveport Transmission Control Center is projected to create 20 new jobs with average salaries of $115,000.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A third-term state House member from Lafayette has been elected chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.
Rep. Vincent Pierre was elected by fellow caucus members during a retreat Wednesday afternoon, The Advocate reported.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $2.6 billion for Louisiana under the infrastructure and supplemental disaster acts, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.
The disaster bill to help recovery from Hurricane Ida includes over $2 billion for flood prevention in Louisiana, he said.