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Religious employers can exclude HIV preventative drugs in their health plans, federal judge rules

BY: and - September 7, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge in Fort Worth agreed Wednesday with a group of Christian conservatives that Affordable Care Act requirements to cover HIV prevention drugs violate their religious freedom. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor also agreed that aspects of the federal government’s system for deciding what preventive care is covered by the ACA […]

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With a court ruling looming, young Texas immigrants prepare for the possible end of DACA

BY: - September 1, 2022

EL PASO, Texas — When Katia Escobar finally got the money to pay her application fee for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal program that provides some undocumented immigrants work permits and temporarily protects them from deportation, it was a moment of relief for the 18-year-old, who has lived as an undocumented immigrant in […]

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AG Jeff Landry’s motion in NAACP lawsuit raises curiosity in political circles

BY: - July 15, 2022

In a case that has sparked curiosity within political circles, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer can run for reelection against the wishes of the NAACP and, strangely, Attorney General Jeff Landry. U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles, for the Middle District of Louisiana, lifted a stay that had […]

Baton Rouge residents speak out against Louisiana abortion ban

BY: - June 24, 2022

Ten years ago, Jennifer McMorris, a Louisiana resident from Mobile, Alabama, was pressured by her boyfriend at the time to drink until she blacked out. “I just remember passing out and waking up in the morning and thinking, ‘Why am I naked?’” she said. “Six weeks later, after he had been deployed, I was pregnant […]

7 maps the Louisiana Legislature will consider for new congressional districts

BY: - June 17, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers have so far filed seven maps to consider in a special session brought about after a federal court rejected a congressional redistricting proposal they approved earlier this year. The judge in the case has given legislators until Monday to submit a map with two majority-Black districts in order to comply with the Voting Rights […]

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Crime victims could get more access to police reports in Louisiana under approved bill

BY: - June 6, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature has approved a bill meant to guarantee crime victims’ access to copies of police reports related to their own cases, though some advocates for crime survivors said the legislation doesn’t go far enough to ensure that right. House Bill 615, sponsored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, will require law enforcement to […]

Louisiana to ensure sexual assault survivors get access to medical records

BY: - June 6, 2022

Louisiana will guarantee sexual assault victims access to written medical records following years of law enforcement and medical providers refusing to release such documents.  The Louisiana Legislature overwhelmingly approved two bills, Senate Bill 147 and House Bill 313, that work together to create this entitlement. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed one piece of legislation […]

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COVID lawsuits push doctors to provide substandard care

BY: - June 2, 2022

An appeals court ruling last week blocked a court order that could have required a hospital to go against its own protocols and provide a COVID-19 patient with a widely discredited and ineffective treatment. But the fact that the original order was ever issued points to a remarkable development at the crossroads of law, medicine […]

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Louisiana Legislature passes ‘fix’ to make it easier for sex abuse victims to sue

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature approved Tuesday an update to a law it passed just last year that was supposed to make it easier for adult victims of childhood sex abuse to sue institutions such as the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America.  The Louisiana House and Senate voted without objection to pass House Bill 402, […]

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Residents without housing sue city over its camping and tent bans

BY: - May 29, 2022

BOULDER, Colo. — Three unhoused Boulder residents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado are suing the city of Boulder over its camping and tent bans. Multiple letters sent from the ACLU requesting the city stop enforcing the laws were met with no changes, which prompted the organization to sue the city Thursday.  […]

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Their prison sentences are unconstitutional – but they’re still in prison

BY: - May 10, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that non-unanimous jury verdicts in criminal trials were unconstitutional, but it didn't make the decision retroactive. That left it up to Louisiana and Oregon to decide if it would apply the ruling to people incarcerated by split juries.

Speaker gives Louisiana House day off while asking judge for more redistricting time

Louisiana House Speaker gives lawmakers who voted with him plum committee assignments

BY: - May 2, 2022

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, has given two political independents desirable committee assignments after they sided with him in a March standoff with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over a veto of Louisiana’s congressional map. Schexnayder appointed Rep. Joe Marino of Gretna chairman of the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice last week. […]