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.

Representative Gabe Firment speaks in the Louisiana House of Representatives Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Louisiana House passes ban on gender affirming healthcare for minors 

By: - May 17, 2023

The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would ban gender affirming healthcare for transgender youth.  House Bill 463, by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock, passed on a 71-24 vote. Rep. Joe Stagni, R-Kenner opposed the bill, while several Democratic lawmakers supported it.  The bill was passed with enough votes to withstand a potential […]

State Representative Mandie Landry

Gov. Foster’s ballot initiative dream gets another shot with Rep. Mandie Landry

By: - May 16, 2023

What do former U.S. Sen. David Vitter and state Rep. Mandie Landry have in common?  It’s something the pair shares with former Gov. Mike Foster, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Grambling State University President Rick Gallot, former Public Service Commissioner Charles DeWitt and former state Sen. Norby Chabert.  Every member of this bipartisan group was […]

Senator Health Cloud speaks about a bill she introduced as Representative Julie Emerson and Attorney General Jeff Landry listen.

Louisiana Senate approves restrictions on children’s library access 

By: - May 15, 2023

The Louisiana Senate approved a proposal Monday that would limit children’s access to library material. The vote took place without any lawmakers voicing opposition to what up until now has been a controversial proposal. Senate Bill 7, by Sen. Heather Cloud, R-Turkey Creek, would require libraries to create a card system so parents could prevent […]

Louisiana House advances bill to prohibit COVID-19 vaccine requirement for schools

By: - May 12, 2023

The Louisiana House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill that would prohibit schools from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a requirement for attendance. House Bill 182, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Edmonston, R-Gonzales, would apply to both public and private schools from the K-12 to university level. No public K-12 schools […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses an audience at the Andrew P. Sanchez Multi-Service Center in New Orleans

Louisiana governor says anti-LGBTQ+ bills will increase trans suicides

By: - May 11, 2023

Gov. John Bel Edwards raised concerns that a recent onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation would have a negative impact on the already high suicide rate for transgender Louisianians.  “Members of this community believe they’re being attacked for who they are,” Edwards said. “Members of the the trans community are much more likely than other young people […]

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Bill to allow library board members to be fired without cause killed in committee

By: - May 11, 2023

A Louisiana legislative committee killed a controversial bill that would have allowed parish library board members to be dismissed without cause.  House Bill 25, sponsored by Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, sought to codify an opinion Attorney General Jeff Landry issued that posited members of parish library boards could be fired at the will of the […]

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TikTok could soon be banned on college campus WiFi in Louisiana

By: - May 9, 2023

TikTok could soon be expelled from Louisiana’s colleges and universities under a bill advancing through the legislature.  House Bill 361, sponsored by Rep. Daryl Deshotel, R-Marksville, would ban the app on all state-owned devices and state administered networks, meaning the popular video sharing app could soon be inaccessible on university WiFi.  Deshotel has pitched the […]

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Book highlights Huey Long’s patronage of LSU, legacy of purple & gold politics 

By: - May 8, 2023

Huey Long’s presence is palpable at LSU.  An average Saturday night during football season will tell you as much. A stroll across campus will take you past the fieldhouse named in his honor and to the Greek theater, where the marching band he led so often rehearses the songs he helped write on the stage […]

Senator Health Cloud speaks about a bill she introduced as Representative Julie Emerson and Attorney General Jeff Landry listen.

Controversial library bill advances from Louisiana Senate committee – again 

By: - May 4, 2023

After approving a bill without hearing from the opposition a week ago – a violation of the Louisiana Legislature’s norms – the Senate Education Committee was required to reconsider the proposal Thursday to restrict children’s access to content deemed sexually explicit. Once again, members advanced it. Senate Bill 7, by Sen. Heather Cloud, R-Turkey Creek, […]

The Memorial Tower on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge

Higher ed leaders fight back on attempts to curb diversity measures on campus

By: - May 2, 2023

Louisiana higher education leaders are preparing to go on defense to protect diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) measures opposed by Republicans.  Discussion of such diversity measures on campus received renewed attention when the Republican State Central Committee met last month to pass a resolution calling for the legislature to ban on DEI measures on college […]

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 healthcare for minors advances from Louisiana House committee 

By: - May 2, 2023

After nearly five hours of emotional testimony, a Louisiana legislative committee advanced a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors Tuesday.  The House Health and Welfare Committee advanced House Bill 463, by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock, on a 14-3 vote.  Democratic Reps. Jason Hughes of New Orleans and Larry Selders of Baton Rouge and Republican […]

Head coach Kim Mulkey of the LSU Tigers holds the Invesco QQQ WBCA Coaches’ Trophy after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 102-85 during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament championship game at American Airlines Center on April 2, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

Kim Mulkey scores again: State funds may be on the way for PMAC renovation

By: - May 1, 2023

LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey’s wish for a stadium renovation may be coming true this year, legislative leaders said Monday.  House Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, confirmed in an interview that lawmakers are considering appropriating state funds for renovations to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, saying there’s a “50-50 chance” the money […]