Briefs

Absentee voters urged to check their ballot status

BY: - November 2, 2020

Louisiana voters who mailed in their ballots can see if their ballots have been received by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office. In order to be counted for Tuesday’s election, ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 2. An exception is made for military personnel and other […]

Nov. 27 deadline to apply for Hurricane Laura FEMA assistance

BY: - October 27, 2020

People who suffered damage from Hurricane Laura now have until Nov. 27 to register for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency has announced. Federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance and repair or replacement of damaged property. FEMA can also provide grants to cover costs of medical and dental […]

Voters exit a precinct at the Lake Charles Civic Center

Governor vetoes bill that sought to prohibit election grant money

BY: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited local election officials from using nonprofit grant money to pay for election-related expenses.  House Bill 51, introduced by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sought to prohibit registrars of voters and clerks of court from accepting grant money from private individuals […]

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 […]