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Bond commission makes largely symbolic vote to protest New Orleans’ abortion law stance

BY: - July 21, 2022

Before voting to withhold potential financing in years to come, the Louisiana Bond Commission approved a $32 million cash line of credit for the same Sewerage and Water Board project.

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Gov. Edwards finishes bill signings, vetoes for the 2022 session

BY: - June 28, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed his last batch of bills from the 2022 legislative session into law and used his veto pen on six proposals Monday.  The governor announced this week his signing of bills related to infrastructure, education, criminal law and civil liability, among others. He also rejected measures on elections, charter schools and […]

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In Louisiana, an abortion clinic anxiously waits for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling

BY: and - June 23, 2022

SHREVEPORT – On a Thursday morning in mid-June, every parking space in the Hope Medical Group for Women parking lot was claimed by a car with either a Louisiana or Texas license plate. A brown fence surrounding the abortion clinic provides some privacy, obscuring the faces of people going in and out of the building. […]

How fake a Trump elector, Ginni Thomas and an email platform for activism are connected

BY: - June 21, 2022

PHOENIX – When Virginia “Ginni” Thomas sent an email to Arizona lawmakers in November 2020 asking them to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state, she did so using an advocacy platform that a Republican legislator-elect would go on to own, the Arizona Mirror has discovered.  FreeRoots, the email campaign service that makes it easy […]

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Governor signs Sen. Katrina Jackson’s bill upping criminal penalties for abortion providers

BY: - June 21, 2022

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed some of the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions into law, increasing the criminal penalties for abortion providers under the state’s trigger laws.  Louisiana is one of 13 states with trigger laws, which go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Under a law signed by […]

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John Bel Edwards travels to California for Louisiana trial lawyers meeting

BY: - June 20, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards left Sunday for a five-day trip to Carmel, California, to attend a conference put on by the Louisiana Association for Justice, a trial lawyers organization. Edwards’ office said the excursion is a “personal trip” and the state is not covering the cost of the governor’s travel. His political action committee, John […]

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Gov. Edwards vetoes education savings account, anti-vaccine bills

BY: - June 20, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday he has vetoed 17 bills from the regular legislative session, his most extensive list of rejections to date. The spurned proposals include two that would have redirected state education money for struggling public school students and others that took aim at the governor’s pandemic policy.  Notably not on the […]

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Former Louisiana House speaker part of $9 million swampland deal at taxpayer expense

BY: - June 20, 2022

The state of Louisiana has set aside $9 million to buy 2,000 acres of swampland in St. James and Lafourche parishes that is partly owned by Charles DeWitt, a former House speaker and Public Service Commissioner.  State government is making the purchase for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which intends to use the property […]

Louisiana governor says background checks would complement red flag gun law

BY: - June 14, 2022

As the U.S. Senate moves closer to crafting and approving a bipartisan bill that would fund states that establish red flag laws, Louisiana’s governor said he believes the state can go one better. Red flag laws allow courts and police to temporarily take firearms from someone deemed a threat to themselves or others. Gov. John […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Edwards: Lean State Police numbers limit more local law enforcement help

BY: - June 14, 2022

HARVEY – The ability for Louisiana State Police to help supplement local law enforcement in areas seeing spikes in violent crime is limited because the agency is about 300 troopers short of ideal numbers, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday. After a speaking engagement in the New Orleans area, reporters asked the governor about whether […]

Industry overpumping of Baton Rouge groundwater could pollute the supply for residents

BY: - June 8, 2022

The pristine Baton Rouge water source is facing a serious and worsening threat from over pumping: saltwater intrusion. Much of it can be attributed to unchecked water use by the industrial sector.

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Louisiana governor opts not to veto transgender athlete ban

BY: - June 6, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards chose not to block a new law banning transgender athletes from participating in women and girls sports competitions in Louisiana, although he successfully vetoed a similar measure last year. “That bill was going to become law regardless of what I did,” Edwards said Monday at a press conference. “Acknowledging that reality […]