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Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.

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Lawmakers loosen limitations on police mug shots proposal

By: - May 18, 2022

A Louisiana Senate committee has loosened proposed restrictions to limit the public release of mug shots of police suspects before they are convicted. Changes made Wednesday would allow photos of violent criminal suspects to be issued to the news media, the chief opponent of the legislation. The original version of House Bill 729 would have only […]

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McCormick quits House committee that defers his Roe v. Wade bill

By: - May 17, 2022

It came on the same day the committee was scheduled to hear his bill that would prohibit the enforcement of any Supreme Court decision or judgment regarding the landmark abortion case.

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Lawmakers, grieving parents differ on how tough to get on fentanyl

By: - May 14, 2022

There’s broad agreement that Louisiana’s fentanyl crisis has reached acute levels, with overdose deaths attributed to manmade opioids up 119% according to state health officials. But consensus on an approach to curb these numbers and discourage abuse of the drug remains elusive, even as state lawmakers advance a proposed law to make penalties harsher. Sen. […]

Voters will decide on giving Senate power over governor's nominees to State Police, Civil Service commissions

Louisiana Senate rejects permanent local say for industrial tax breaks

By: - May 10, 2022

The relatively new voice local taxing bodies have over whether industrial projects receive major tax breaks could soon fade after the Louisiana Senate rejected an attempt Tuesday to make their say permanent. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order six years ago that gave locals the right to approve or reject their share of […]

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Louisiana House revives ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill with rare procedural move

By: - May 10, 2022

Conservatives in the Louisiana House of Representatives turned to a seldom used procedure Tuesday to bring a controversial education proposal back from the dead. With just two votes to spare, members revived a bill that would prohibit public school teachers and employees from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with students. The so-called “Don’t Say […]

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Attempt to boost Louisiana State Police leader’s accountability dies in committee

By: - May 10, 2022

A proposal to insert accountability into the close-knit relationship between the leader of Louisiana State Police and the governor died Tuesday in the Legislature, despite overwhelming bipartisan support for the idea amid multiple investigations into the law enforcement agency. Democrat Cleo Fields, lead author for Senate Bill 400, wants to create a deputy secretary of public […]

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Louisiana lawmakers take a step back on police accountability

By: - May 9, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers have been at the forefront recently when it comes to seeking accountability from police. A special House investigative committee continues to peel back shrouds of an apparent coverup in the death of Ronald Greene when he was in State Police custody, and a Senate oversight panel is moving toward fashioning policy changes to […]

Governor: Some lawmakers focused on ‘non-issues’

Bill that weans Louisiana off temporary sales tax advances from House

By: - May 9, 2022

A tax cut that would take a huge bite out of Louisiana’s budgets in upcoming fiscal years is advancing through the Legislature, perhaps curtailing big-spending plans for a huge cash surplus lawmakers are tasked with allocating. The House of Representatives approved House Bill 438 in a 67-30 vote Monday. It pares back a temporary 0.45% portion […]

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Abortion would be punishable as murder under new Louisiana proposal

By: - May 4, 2022

The House Committee for the Administration of Criminal Justice advanced a bill Wednesday that would treat anyone who undergoes or administers an abortion as a murderer. The potential penalty for someone convicted could be life in prison. 

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Louisiana’s formerly incarcerated struggle to secure housing

By: - May 3, 2022

Advocates for the formerly incarcerated consider the denial of housing outright discrimination that should be banned by law. Their hopes are that cultural pressure leads to the changes they seek, much in the way the civil rights movement cracked through generations of Jim Crow policy.

With leaked draft overturning Roe v. Wade, let’s look at Louisiana’s abortion law

By: - May 3, 2022

If the leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on a Mississippi abortion law overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, laws in place in several states will take effect. More legal challenges are expected, but Louisiana’s 16-year-old abortion law would go into effect immediately and include only limited exceptions. The Louisiana Legislature approved […]

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Bill advances to reduce Louisiana’s temporary sales tax, but not right away

By: - May 2, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers want to address the so-called fiscal cliff that arrives in mid-2025 when a temporary portion of the state sales tax expires.