JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa 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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TOPS recipients could soon keep family income private

By: - May 2, 2022

The disclosure of recipient family income in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) would end under a bill that received unanimous approval Monday, May 2, 2022, from the Louisiana Senate.(Photo by Julie O'Donoghue/Louisiana Illuminator)

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Republicans block multiple efforts to raise Louisiana minimum wage

By: - April 28, 2022

Republicans on a legislative committee blocked multiple bills Thursday that would have raised the minimum wage for Louisiana workers from $7.25, which ties with six other states for lowest in the country. One of the proposed bills, House Bill 311 authored by Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, would have gradually raised the minimum wage from […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Schools could be required to inform parents about vaccine exemptions

By: - April 27, 2022

A bill to require Louisiana schools include details on exemptions when sending out written information on vaccine requirements to parents advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. In Louisiana, vaccine requirements can be easily circumvented for reasons of health, religion or conscience, according to state law. Parents can exempt a child from taking a vaccine in writing […]

Anti-LGTBQ housing discrimination bill advances after second attempt

By: - April 25, 2022

Right now, Louisiana’s anti-housing discrimination laws don’t protect against discrimination against LGBTQ residents, putting the state out of sync with federal requirements. House Bill 303, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, looks to make it illegal in Louisiana to refuse to rent or sell housing to someone because of their sexual orientation and gender […]

Franklinton lawmaker proposes law to block porn on college campuses

Bill advances to restrict porn access on Louisiana college campuses

By: - April 22, 2022

Louisiana college students could be barred accessing pornography or sexually explicit content on their personal phones or computers while connected to a university’s wifi network or internet service provider. Senate Bill 131, filed by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, would require each public university to prohibit access to content that is “sexually explicit, pornographic, or sexually […]

State money could follow struggling students to private or home school

By: - April 22, 2022

Parents of students who are struggling to read in elementary school might soon have the option to pull their students out of public school and into private school or homeschooling, paid for with government subsidies taken out of the public education budget. Sen. Sharon Hewitt’s Senate Bill 203 would create the Reading Education Savings Account […]

In Louisiana, Robert E. Lee Day, Confederate Memorial Day are still legal holidays. That could change

By: - April 20, 2022

Next week may be the last time Louisiana ever marks Confederate Memorial Day. House Bill 248, authored by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans, which would remove Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day as legal state holidays, advanced Wednesday from the House Judiciary Committee unanimously. “Try to put yourself in my shoes as a […]

Disadvantaged student enrollment rules could be loosened for Louisiana charter schools

By: - April 19, 2022

Louisiana charter schools might soon be allowed to change the amount of disadvantaged students that they’re required to enroll. Right now, charter schools must match their economically disadvantaged and special needs enrollment, excluding talented and gifted students, to at least 85% of their local school district’s enrollment of the same student segment. House Bill 940, […]

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

Transgender athlete ban from women’s sports advances from Louisiana Senate

By: - April 19, 2022

Another attempt to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ high school and women’s college sports teams advanced Tuesday from the Louisiana Senate. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, authored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, was approved by a 29-6 vote. Gov. John Bel Edwards rejected a similar proposal last year, and a veto override […]

‘Hunger-free campus’ program may soon come to Louisiana colleges

By: - April 19, 2022

Louisiana college students struggling with getting enough food could soon get support from their universities. A bill to establish the “Hunger-Free Campus” program advanced Tuesday from the Louisiana House Education Committee. The proposal’s author, Rep. Barbara Freiberg, R-Baton Rouge, said she was shocked to hear so many college students reported being food insecure. According to […]

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Voters may decide if they want to eliminate appointed BESE members

By: - April 13, 2022

Louisiana voters could have full control over who serves on their state school board under a proposed constitutional amendment moving through the Louisiana Legislature. Right now, voters choose eight district representatives to the 11-member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the governor appoints three. If approved, House Bill 4, authored by Rep. Phillip Tarver, […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Bills to weaken Louisiana vaccine mandates advance in Legislature

By: - April 12, 2022

An attempt to prohibit COVID-19 vaccine mandates by Louisiana schools and all levels of government has gained momentum in the Legislature, although proponents’ arguments for doing so have been based on misinformation. Two pieces of legislation that would weaken such mandates advanced from the House Health and Welfare committee Tuesday morning. One resolution would remove […]