Executive

Gov. John Bel Edwards

‘We’re in a new normal,’ Gov. Edwards says about coronavirus restrictions

BY: - July 31, 2020

Though statewide mandates and closures have changed relatively frequently over the past couple months, Gov. Edwards said the current restrictions and order should not change anytime soon. Undeterred by a lawsuit filed against him by bar owners who accuse him of overreach, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday press conference that the White […]

Bar owners file federal lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order shutting bars down

BY: - July 30, 2020

An attorney who served as executive counsel in former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of eleven bar owners who claim that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ July 11 emergency order limiting bars to takeout and delivery service is unlawful and overly harsh.  The lawsuit names Edwards and Fire Marshal Butch […]

Louisiana lags behind in Census response

BY: - July 30, 2020

Only about 57 percent of Louisiana residents have responded to the 2020 Census, which means the state has one of the lowest response rates in the country. As of Wednesday, Louisiana ranked 45th in the nation for the Census Bureau’s self-response ratings.  The census, which occurs every 10 years, was written into the U.S. Constitution […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana: 5 numbers that explain our coronavirus outbreak right now

BY: - July 29, 2020

There’s a lot of data getting released about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak each day. It can be overwhelming. Here’s a few numbers we’ve cherry picked to help give you a better understanding of what’s going on during this pandemic — or at least what’s going on this week.  Number one in the country for coronavirus cases […]

Louisiana small businesses can now seek reimbursement for pandemic-related costs

BY: - July 28, 2020

Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder announced Tuesday that Louisiana’s small businesses can now apply for grants that the Louisiana Legislature established to help them survive the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Main Street Recovery Program is funded with $275 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside during this year’s regular session to help the state’s small businesses.  Republicans […]

Sharon Weston Broome

Local government coronavirus relief will mostly go to public safety, criminal justice

BY: - July 24, 2020

The bulk of Louisiana’s approximately $500 million in coronavirus relief funding for local governments will go to public safety and criminal justice system costs, unless Congress and President Donald Trump expand the way the money can be used.  Louisiana received a total of $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief money, and the federal government required that […]

COVID-19 cases are straining the state’s healthcare capacity, Gov. Edwards warns

BY: - July 24, 2020

As the state of Louisiana reached a grim milestone of more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials from the two biggest hospitals in Acadiana said Thursday that the surging number of cases, including among health-care workers, is putting Louisiana at risk of running out of staff to treat incoming […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana sets a daily coronavirus case record

BY: - July 22, 2020

Louisiana set a new record Wednesday when it reported 2,802 new COVID-19 cases, that is, cases that cannot be significantly attributed to a backlog of old tests. The previous high point had been on April 2, when Louisiana reported 2,726 new COVID-19 cases.  The number backs up what Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extends coronavirus restrictions

BY: - July 22, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards will extend the state’s current coronavirus restrictions — including its face covering mandate, 50-person gathering cap and bar closures — for an additional two weeks Friday. The limitations, commonly referred to as “Phase 2”, will now go until Aug. 7, the day after Louisiana’s public school students are scheduled to resume […]

Louisiana Republicans don’t plan to sue over mask order, leader says

BY: - July 17, 2020

State Rep. Blake Miguez, chairman of the House Republican caucus, said Friday that there are no plans for Louisiana House Republicans to take legal action against the governor’s mandatory mask requirement after an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that says the order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

BY: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry says governor’s face-mask mandate can’t be enforced

BY: - July 16, 2020

Two days after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order that shuts down bars and mandates face coverings went into effect, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has often clashed with Edwards,  issued an official opinion that the governor’s order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with criminal or financial sanctions.” In a […]