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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

Bills requiring public schools teach specific aspects of American history die in Louisiana Legislature

By: - June 11, 2021

A bill from Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) that would have required public schools to teach specific aspects of American history — including the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Civics and the Holocaust — was amended by the Louisiana Senate to include lessons on the “contribution of African Americans and the history of the […]

Rep. Malinda White pulls domestic abuse bill after she reportedly threatens colleague

By: - June 10, 2021

One of the Louisiana Legislature’s most outspoken advocates for abused women withdrew her bill expanding the definition of domestic abuse a day after she reportedly threatened violence against a fellow lawmaker and had to be pulled away from an argument that occurred on the floor of the Louisiana House. “For the sake of the body, […]

Bill protecting Black hairstyles continues through legislature

Bills prohibiting natural hair discrimination fail to make it through Louisiana Legislature

By: - June 10, 2021

Black employees will not be getting protection against discrimination for wearing their natural hair to work this year. All the bills that would have prohibited race-based discrimination of natural hairstyles died in the Louisiana Legislature this session. House Bill 382, authored by Rep. Candace Newell (D-New Orleans), failed to pass in the Louisiana House last […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

By: and - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among U.S. senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Starting in 2022, most Louisiana 5-year-olds will be required to go to kindergarten

By: - June 9, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that will, with some exceptions, mandate that in 2022, the state’s 5-year-olds attend kindergarten. Senate Bill 10, introduced by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) has been sent to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature.  According to the Education Commission of the United States, 19 […]

Louisiana Legislature declines to create Office of Women’s Health

By: - June 9, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health won’t get an Office of Women’s Health anytime soon. House Bill 193, introduced by Rep. Denise Marcelle (D-Baton Rouge), which would have created within the health department an office “responsible for leading, consolidating, and coordinating efforts across the state that are intended to improve women’s health outcomes” effectively died in […]

Louisiana students will remain on buses without seat belts to and from school

By: - June 8, 2021

Many Louisiana students will still have to go to school in buses without seat belts. House Bill 130, which would have required new school buses to have seat belts failed to pass in the Louisiana Senate by a 7-30 vote Monday, effectively killing the legislation. Sen. Kirk Talbot (R-River Ridge), who brought the bill to […]

Bill allowing cameras in Louisiana’s special needs classrooms moves to governor’s desk

By: - June 7, 2021

A bill requiring schools to install cameras in special needs classrooms if requested by a child’s guardian passed unanimously in the Louisiana House of Representatives Monday. Rep. Mark Wright (R-Covington), who brought SB 86 to the House floor on behalf of Sen. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), said many special needs classrooms have about five students […]

Juneteenth expected to become a state holiday in Louisiana

By: - June 7, 2021

Juneteenth, a day celebrating the delayed news of freedom finally reaching those who’d been enslaved in the United States, will soon be a state holiday in Louisiana if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs legislation that passed Monday. House Bill 554, sponsored by Larry Selders (D-Baton Rouge), would designate the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth […]

Louisiana Legislature approves Black history courses for TOPS qualification

By: - June 6, 2021

High school students will be allowed to take African-American history courses to complete their TOPS curriculum requirements if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs a bill that won unanimous support in the Louisiana House and Senate. Currently, high school students looking to complete the social studies requirement for TOPS must take two of either: Western Civilization, […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Mandatory kindergarten in Louisiana passes in House

By: - June 3, 2021

A bill that would make kindergarten mandatory for Louisiana 5-year-olds passed in the House of Representatives by a 59-31 vote.  Rep. Jason Hughes (D-New Orleans), who brought Senate Bill 10 to the House for author Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) Thursday, said the bill is “good for our children and good for our state.” “We […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without a permit

Gov. Edwards announces first statewide vaccine incentive programs

By: - June 3, 2021

Louisiana residents can get a free drink after getting vaccinated in participating restaurants and bars, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state’s first vaccine incentive program titled, “Shot for a Shot.” “Using your vaccine card… in June, you can receive a drink, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, at certain participating restaurants and bars within seven days of […]