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Louisiana drivers can still hold cell phones while driving

BY: - June 6, 2022

Louisiana drivers will still be allowed to hold their cellphone while driving for now. An effort to change state law to require hands-free use of phones behind the wheel failed in the Legislature  House Bill 376 from Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, would have prohibited drivers from “holding or physically supporting a wireless telecommunications device […]

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

Louisiana schools that require COVID vaccine could soon face lawsuits

BY: - June 6, 2022

Public schools and government agencies that require COVID-19 vaccinations could face lawsuits from anyone barred entry for failing to comply, according to a proposal the Louisiana Legislature approved Monday. House Bill 54, authored by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, passed the House and Senate after multiple rounds of amendments. Bagley, a retired educator, chairs the House […]

Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops

Louisiana Legislature agrees to get rid of Confederate state holidays

BY: - June 5, 2022

Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day haven’t been celebrated in Louisiana in decades, but they still exist on the state’s calendar of official holidays. That will change after House Bill 248, authored by Rep. Matthew Willard, received Senate approval. It removes Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day from the state’s legal […]

TOPS recipients could soon keep family income private

BY: - June 5, 2022

Louisiana might soon remove the requirement that recipients of the state’s popular merit-based college scholarship provide information on their family income. The proposal to keep income private in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) was included in Senate Bill 81, authored by Sen. Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge. It passed unanimously in the Louisiana House […]

Housing shortage is 'single greatest concern' in Louisiana, governor says

TOPS eligibility eased for students affected by Hurricane Ida

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill that would modify eligibility requirements for Louisiana’s free college tuition program. Senate Bill 178, authored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, would waive certain GPA requirements for the state’s TOPS program and extend deadlines for turning in ACT scores to universities. The bill would also prevent students who transferred […]

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Off-label uses of prescription drugs could be allowed in Louisiana, with a fail-safe

BY: - June 1, 2022

A proposal in the Louisiana Legislature seeks to clear prescription drugs for uses that federal authorities have not approved. But an amendment to the measure gives state officials the right to step in if any such prescription stands to harm the public. In legislatures and state assemblies around the country, lawmakers have attempted to clear […]

Louisiana Legislature passes ban on Russian imports

Louisiana Legislature passes ban on Russian imports

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature passed legislation to ban imports of natural resources from Russia, condemning its invasion of Ukraine. Senate Bill 196, sponsored by Sen. Stewart Cathey, R-Monroe, received a final Senate vote last week and awaits the signature of Gov. John Bel Edwards. The prohibition would include imports of oil, gas, iron, steel, precious metals […]

Louisiana lawmakers want to know why there are more people without housing

BY: - May 31, 2022

Lawmakers may soon get a more comprehensive look at the rise in people without roofs over their heads in Louisiana. House Resolution 194, authored by Jason Hughes, D-New Orleans, asks the Louisiana Housing Corp., the state’s public housing agency, to look into “the lack of affordable housing and to identify potential funding sources to address […]

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Attempt to raise retirement age for judges in Louisiana fails

BY: - May 31, 2022

A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory retirement age for Louisiana judges won’t go before voters after legislation to put it on the ballot failed Tuesday in a state Senate committee. Rep. Larry Frieman, R-Abita Springs, sponsored the bill because he said there are very competent judges who are approaching 70 and “are being aged […]

Louisiana close to updating name, image, likeness law to pay college athletes

BY: - May 26, 2022

Legislation that would allow Louisiana universities and their deep-pocketed supporters to pay student-athletes directly was approved Thursday in House of Representatives with a 93-4 vote. All that is left is Senate concurrence on amendments before the governor will consider an update to the state’s name, image and likeness (NIL) law Senate Bill 250, authored by Sen. […]

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Louisiana lawmakers encouraged to serve as substitute teachers

BY: - May 26, 2022

Louisiana students may soon see their local state representative as their new substitute teacher. The state House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 99 Thursday. It requests each House member to volunteer as a substitute teacher in a public school. “Most of us have been sitting on the bench, and now’s the time when the […]

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Bill to prevent vaccine status discrimination shelved by author

BY: - May 25, 2022

A bill that would have protected unvaccinated Louisiana residents from discrimination was voluntarily shelved by its author on the Louisiana House floor Wednesday. House Bill 253, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Edmonston, R-Gonzales, would amend several existing discrimination statutes, adding vaccination or immunity status as a protected class. Edmonston said to the House that she is […]