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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.

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Bill that requires school buses to have seat belt advances from House Education Committee

By: - May 4, 2021

A bill that would require school buses to have seat belts advanced without objection from the Louisiana House Education Committee Tuesday. Rep. Robert Carter (D-Amite), the author of HB 130, said to the committee, “Safety is (the) number one (priority) for our children.” Carter said he passed similar legislation in 2004, but “it’s been 17 […]

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Gov. Edwards opens ‘Restaurant Revitalization Fund’

By: - May 4, 2021

Louisiana restaurants, bars, catering companies and other food-related establishments can now register for the  U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Restaurant Revitalization Fund,” Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. The fund “allows businesses to offset losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic” and has a budget of $28.6 billion for restaurants and other food establishments across the country. […]

Bill that would bar transgender women from competing on women sports teams dies in committee

By: - May 4, 2021

The “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” anti-transgender legislation introduced by Rep. Beryl Amedee (R-Houma), was killed in the Louisiana House Education Committee Tuesday when six committee members opposed it and only five supported it. An audience made up mostly of opponents of Amedee’s bill cheered and applauded the defeat of the bill which sought to […]

House passes bill that would allow rental applicants to explain if their evictions were caused by disasters

By: - May 3, 2021

Rep. Royce Duplessis’s (D-New Orleans) HB 374, which allows rental applicants to provide the context surrounding their COVID-19-era evictions and prevents landlords from charging for an application fee unless they tell applicants their screening criteria, process and amount, passed in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a vote of 87-10.  Duplessis said to the House […]

Bill that would prevent social media websites from barring political or religious speech dies in committee

By: - May 3, 2021

State Rep. Beryl Amedee, a Houma Republican, found little support Monday for her “Social Media Free Speech Act,” legislation she proposed to prevent social media platforms from blocking political or religious speech or the people who make such speech.   “Major social media websites have engaged in the greatest bait and switch of all times by […]

Gov. Edwards announces spending proposals for first $1.6 billion of COVID-19 relief

By: - April 30, 2021

CLARIFICATION: This story has been changed to reflect that the amounts listed are what the governor has proposed spending. The Legislature will decide how much is spent. Louisiana’s unemployment trust fund would receive $400 million and the unemployment insurance loan payment system $230 million, according to a proposal Gov. John Bel Edwards has to spend […]

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House Education chair’s statement on teaching ‘good’ of slavery warrants removal, Gov. Edwards says

By: - April 29, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday Rep. Ray Garofalo’s statement that Louisiana’s public schools should be required to teach the “good” of slavery when discussing race is “egregious enough to warrant his removal” as chair of the state House Education Committee. “But I’m also the first to tell you I’m not the one who makes […]

Louisiana college athletes may soon be allowed to make money, joining California and other states in defying NCAA

By: - April 29, 2021

College athletes in Louisiana may soon be able to earn money off their name and likeness and maintain their amateur status as a student-athlete. Sen. Patrick Connick’s (R-Marrero) SB 60, which would allow college athletes to receive “compensation for the use of the athlete’s name, image, or likeness,” advanced without objection from the Senate Education […]

Education Committee advances resolution to request the governor appoint more women to higher ed boards

By: - April 28, 2021

Rep. Jason Hughes’ (D-New Orleans) resolution to request the governor appoint more women to higher ed boards advanced without objection from the Louisiana House Education Committee Wednesday. If passed, the resolution would request Gov. John Bel Edwards appoint additional women to the Board of Supervisors of LSU, the Board of Supervisors of Southern University, the […]

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In response to LSU scandal, La. House passes bill that would fire those who ignore assault

By: - April 28, 2021

A bill by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans) that would mandate the termination of higher education employees who don’t report known Title IX violations and clarifies where higher education employees should report those violations passed unanimously in the Louisiana House of Representatives. When she introduced the bill to Freeman said that HB 409 is a […]

Louisiana Black Caucus wants Ray Garofalo removed as chair of House Education Committee

By: - April 28, 2021

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus called Wednesday for Rep. Ray Garofalo to be removed as chair of the Louisiana House Education Committee after he said Tuesday public schools in the state should be required to teach the “good” of slavery when discussing race.  In support of his bill that would have banned lessons that assert […]

Louisiana House bill would ban corporal punishment in public schools

By: - April 28, 2021

A bill from Metairie Republican Rep. Stephanie Hilferty that would outlaw corporal punishment for public school students was moved forward by the Louisiana House Education Committee with a 9-2 vote Wednesday. In arguing for her bill, Hilferty told the committee that the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that children disciplined through corporal punishment become […]