Briefs

State health department to stress the importance of flu shots in series of virtual town hall events

BY: - October 26, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Public Health Institute will host three virtual town halls over the next few weeks “to educate the community about the importance of getting the flu vaccine this year, especially given the similarities between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.” The virtual town halls, titled “Protecting our Communities from the […]

Virtual school discipline bill sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk

BY: - October 21, 2020

A bill that would require school districts to write disciplinary policies for online learning and to give families more options to appeal expulsion recommendations was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk Wednesday. The “Ku’Mauri Harrison Act” would give students who’ve been recommended for expulsion, even if the punishment is later was reduced to a […]

Federal aid for Delta approved for 5 Louisiana parishes

BY: - October 20, 2020

Federal help is on the way for five Louisiana parishes that suffered damage in Hurricane Delta, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has announced. Edwards asked President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a major disaster declaration on Oct. 14. Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes qualify for aid.  “I want […]

Legislator defers bill that would prohibit schools from giving names of contagious students to health department

BY: - October 20, 2020

Rep. Beryl Amedée, R-Houma, withdrew a bill that would have blocked schools from sending the names of students with infectious diseases to the Louisiana Department of Health.  Amedée voluntarily deferred her bill after it was brought up by the House Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday morning. “At this time, because of the shortness and quickness […]

Louisiana families could receive a tax break for COVID-19 tutors

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing a tax break for families that hired tutors to help their students with virtual schooling supplied by a public or accredited private school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tutor would have to have been hired between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020. The tax break […]

Louisiana likely to have sales tax holiday Nov. 20-21

BY: - October 19, 2020

Louisiana is close to establishing a new sales tax holiday for Nov. 20-21 of this year — the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.  If approved, the tax holiday will give patrons a sales tax break on purchases up to $2,500 during those two days.  The tax holiday does not apply to vehicle purchases or restaurant […]

Hurricane Delta will make landfall as a Category 2

BY: - October 8, 2020

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southwest Louisiana Friday evening, very close to where Hurricane Laura made landfall six weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “Warning and watches across much of […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 until Nov. 6

BY: - October 8, 2020

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan, which means there will be a statewide mask mandate and restrictions on bars for at least another 28 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “All the mitigation measures that […]

Bill that would shield the eviction records of people who can’t pay rent during pandemic stalls in committee

BY: - October 6, 2020

A Louisiana Senate committee deferred action on a bill that would seal the records of tenants evicted for nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Regina Barrow, a Democrat from Baton Rouge who introduced the bill, said the measure would only apply to evictions due to nonpayment during COVID-19. Opponents of the bill, including the Apartment […]

Oct. 5 is the last day for Louisianians to register in person for November elections

BY: - October 5, 2020

Louisianians who plan to vote in next month’s presidential election must register by today in order to cast a ballot. Louisianians who prefer to register online have until Oct. 13 to do so. According to the Louisiana secretary of state’s website, residents who want to register in person can go to the registrar of voters […]

LHC announces improvements to emergency rental assistance program

BY: - October 2, 2020

After only paying out $400,000 of the $24 million pledged so far in rental assistance, the Louisiana Housing Corporation announced they’re making improvements to their emergency rental assistance program. These improvements include reducing the program’s application length, allowing E-signatures and scheduling in-person outreach events to serve residents who have limited internet access. “The program modifications […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Lawmakers will favorably report bills serving Hurricane Laura-affected parishes

BY: - October 2, 2020

The Senate education committee will favorably report a bill that would prevent parishes affected by Hurricane Laura from losing any money from the state education funding formula called the Minimum Foundation Program. This bill would prevent financial deductions based on decreases in student enrollment because of Hurricane Laura. The committee also will favorably report a […]