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Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.

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What does the Supreme Court’s Alabama redistricting decision mean for Louisiana?

By: - June 8, 2023

On the last day of a legislative session marked by loss after loss for Louisiana liberals, legislative Democrats – particularly the Black Caucus – were all smiles after the U.S. Supreme Court sent down a redistricting win for Black voters in Alabama.  The Supreme Court dropped an opinion Thursday upholding a lower federal court ruling […]

Permitless concealed firearm proposal dead in Louisiana 

By: - June 6, 2023

A bill to allow Louisiana residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit or trainig  is dead after the author agreed to defer the bill Tuesday.  House Bill 131 by Rep. Danny McCormick, R-Oil City,  is similar to one he advanced last year, which stalled in the Senate in the wake of the mass […]

Students at Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans hold gay and transgender Pride flags and signs during a walkout to mark Transgender Day of Visibility.

‘Don’t Say Gay,’ pronoun restriction bills one step away from governor’s desk 

By: - June 5, 2023

The Louisiana Senate gave final passage to two anti-LGBTQ+ bills Monday that target young transgender and queer students.  House Bill 466 by Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, prohibits discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools. House Bill 81 by Rep. Raymond Crews, R-Bossier City, would prohibit school employees from using transgender students’ preferred […]

A transgender Pride flag is covered with the words "Hands Off Trans Youth" at Washington Square Park, where hundreds people gathered for a march to mark Transgender Day of Visibility.

Ban on healthcare for trans youth one step away from final legislative approval

By: - June 5, 2023

The Louisiana Senate has approved a ban on gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth that had previously been killed in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  The Senate passed House Bill 648 by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock, on a 29-10 vote Monday. Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee chairman who was the […]

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Harsher fentanyl sentences get Louisiana Senate approval in AG candidate’s bill

By: - June 4, 2023

Giving a major win to state Rep. John Stefanski in his quest to become the “tough-on-crime” attorney general, the Louisiana Senate gave final passage Sunday to his bill to majorly increase penalties for fentanyl possession.  Stefanski’s legislation, House Bill 90, was approved on a 32-4 vote, with Democratic Sens. Gerald Boudreaux of Lafayette, Royce Duplessis […]

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Senate signs off on bill to punish porn websites that don’t verify user’s age

By: - June 4, 2023

The Louisiana Senate gave unanimous final passage Sunday to a bill that would let the state attorney general pursue civil penalties against companies that do not comply with a law that requires pornography websites to verify the age of its users.  House Bill 77, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Schlegel, R-Metairie, builds on a law that […]

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Bills to combat college costs for Louisiana veterans head to governor’s desk for approval

By: - June 4, 2023

The Louisiana Senate gave unanimous final passage to two bills Sunday to make college more affordable for military veterans.  Senators approved House Bill 485, sponsored by Rep. Ken Brass, D-Vacherie, to create the Louisiana National Guard Patriot Scholarship Program, which would cover the cost of mandatory college fees for Guard members. The bill is among […]

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On the first night of Pride month, Louisiana’s LGBTQ+ community copes with setbacks 

By: - June 4, 2023

Jeremy Longmire took a moment to stop pouring drinks at George’s Place, the popular Baton Rouge gay hangout he manages, to lean against the bar and shake his head at what the Louisiana Legislature did on the first day of Pride Month.  Earlier in the day, a mile up the road from George’s Place, the […]

A student at Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans holds a transgender Pride sign that reads My Joy equals Revolution during a walkout event at the school to mark Transgender Day of Visibility.

‘Zombie bill’ to ban trans youth healthcare advances from Louisiana Senate committee

By: - June 2, 2023

In a hurried, six-minute hearing Friday with no Democrats present, a Louisiana Senate committee advanced a ban on gender affirming healthcare for trans youth that had been shot down last week but revived in an unusual procedural move.  House Bill 648 by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock, is similar to proposals filed in at least 17 […]

A transgender Pride flag is covered with the words "Hands Off Trans Youth" at Washington Square Park, where hundreds people gathered for a march to mark Transgender Day of Visibility.

Ban on trans youth healthcare revived in Louisiana Senate

By: - June 1, 2023

On the first day of Pride month, the Louisiana Senate revived a proposed ban on gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth that was killed a week ago.  The Senate voted 26-12 to recommit House Bill 648 by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock, from the Health and Welfare Committee to the Judiciary A Committee, essentially reviving what was […]

Marchers walk through the French Quarter in New Orleans for Transgender Day of Visibility

‘Don’t Say Gay,’ pronoun restriction bills in Louisiana inch closer to final approval 

By: - June 1, 2023

A pair of anti-LGBTQ+ bills targeting young transgender and queer students were advanced Thursday from a state Senate committee, likely putting them just one step away from the governor’s desk for approval.  The Senate Education Committee passed both on party line 3-1 votes, with committee Chair Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, being the sole vote […]

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Louisiana community college leader blasts resolution requesting diversity spending report

By: - May 31, 2023

The president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System did not mince words Wednesday while testifying on a resolution that requested all public schools in the state — K-12 and colleges — submit reports on programs and activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion, critical race theory and social emotional learning.  “At its core, […]