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Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

BY: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

Aggressive policing has Lafayette panhandlers caught in a cycle of jail and homelessness

BY: and - August 4, 2021

Anthony Wayne Willis sat in a cell at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for 48 days, leaving July 12 and returning to the street. His last known address was the shuttered Salvation Army shelter. And before that, the Desiard Street Shelter in Monroe. Willis is well-known to Lafayette Police. Over a period of seven months, […]

Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for murder of George Floyd

BY: - June 28, 2021

Convicted in the murder of George Floyd, ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison Friday, becoming the first white Minnesota police officer to serve prison time for a murder committed while on the job. The sentencing marks a significant milestone in the effort to get justice for Floyd, […]

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Louisiana Legislature allows for more child sex abuse lawsuits — including against the Catholic Church

BY: - June 10, 2021

The Catholic Church and other major institutions accused of mistreating children stand to lose a lot more money to lawsuits brought by victims of abuse under a bill unanimously approved by the Louisiana Legislature Thursday.  House Bill 492, sponsored by Rep. Jason Hughes, D-New Orleans, removes the time limit for civil lawsuits over child abuse. […]

Louisiana State Police tanked automated expungement meant to help thousands, lawmaker says

BY: - June 10, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers scuttled a bill last week that would have helped thousands of Louisiana residents wipe out criminal records that can prevent them from getting better-paying jobs. The Louisiana State Police and Louisiana Supreme Court raised last-minute objections to the proposal. The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee shelved House Bill 604 — which took two years […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Louisiana Supreme Court redistricting bill falls short in House

BY: - June 8, 2021

A redistricting bill that would add two Louisiana Supreme Court seats and allow lawmakers to redraw the entire district map failed to pass in the Louisiana House on Monday. Thirty Democrats, joined by one Republican and one independent, voted against the measure after GOP lawmakers struck from the bill a requirement to consider racial demographics […]

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Louisiana Legislature votes to decriminalize possession of modest amounts of marijuana

BY: - June 7, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature voted to decriminalize the possession of modest amounts of marijuana across the state, removing the possibility of facing jail or prison time for people caught with 14 grams or fewer of the drug. Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t said whether he will sign the legislation yet. If he vetoes the bill, it […]

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Louisiana’s public defender system will stay in place

BY: - June 1, 2021

The Louisiana Senate Judiciary B Committee voted 5-1 Tuesday to scuttle legislation that would have overhauled the management of public criminal defense in Louisiana. Several people with political connections put pressure on the committee members to support and oppose the controversial legislation. The bill’s sponsor, Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee, R-Houma, is one of the […]

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Louisiana lawmakers vote to allow people convicted of felonies on juries

BY: - May 28, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature has voted to allow some people convicted of felonies to serve on juries. House Bill 84 is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk for approval.  Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, sponsored the legislation. If enacted, people who were convicted of felonies would be able to serve on juries after they have […]

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Will Louisiana finally get more transparency about how the courts spend money?

BY: - May 24, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s current judicial budget proposal includes a provision it doesn’t include in most years — a requirement the court system be more transparent about where it gets its funding and how it spends that money. The Louisiana House inserted a stipulation into the courts budget bill mandating that during the next budget cycle […]

DCFS would have to make family reunification an immediate priority according to proposed bill

BY: - May 19, 2021

A bill that would require the Department of Children and Family Services to thoroughly search for adult family members of recently-fostered children within 30 days of taking custody of them advanced without objection from the House Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday. The bill follows a July 2020 story in The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Louisiana Supreme Court could gain 2 more seats

BY: - May 19, 2021

A bill that would change the number of Louisiana Supreme Court justices from seven to nine and require that each district be equal in population cleared a House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 163, co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick McMath (R-Covington) and Sen. Jimmy Harris (D-New Orleans), is a proposed constitutional amendment that […]