Executive

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry advises his employees on how to circumvent school COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - August 3, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry sent a departmentwide email blast to his employees Monday suggesting strategies for getting students out of the mask mandate that will be imposed in K-12 schools — as well as any school vaccine requirements that could be imposed in the future. Landry’s recommendations went out to people at the Louisiana Department […]

Lt. Gov. Nungesser raises objections to Louisiana’s coastal restoration project — again

BY: - August 3, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has again raised objections to a $1.4 billion coastal restoration project that Louisiana’s state government has said for years is key to combating the state’s land loss. “I just can’t understand why more people are not outraged,” Nungesser, a Republican, said at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.  Nungesser has been […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Gov. John Bel Edwards ‘considering’ mask mandate as Louisiana hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients

BY: and - July 30, 2021

Louisiana has more people entering hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms than ever before, the most single-day deaths since March 10 and the highest number of new cases per capita in the nation as of Friday. Despite the grim numbers, Gov. John Bel Edwards has still not reinstated mitigation measures such as a face mask mandate and […]

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Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana (and every other state) needs to impose mask mandates now | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - July 26, 2021

From banning smoking in businesses to forcing drivers and passengers to wear seat belts to prohibiting texting while driving, governments have never had a problem passing laws to protect residents from themselves. Yet, even though Louisiana has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the United States, our officials refuse to do the […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana’s historic veto override session: Winners and losers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature ended the first veto override session in the history of the state Wednesday, three days earlier than the session had to end, when it became obvious the Republican leadership didn’t have enough votes to override any of the governor’s vetoes. They had the option of staying until Saturday at […]

Louisiana to receive $325M from opioid settlement case

BY: - July 21, 2021

Louisiana should receive more than $325 million as part of a settlement that multiple states and local governments reached with three drug companies and a company that manufactured and marketed opioids, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday. Landry was part of a bipartisan group of attorneys general from across the United States who accused […]

Plastics company to build $13.3M expansion in North Louisiana

BY: - July 7, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  Continental Structural Plastics is planning a $13.3 million expansion project, Gov. John Bel Edwards and CSP CEO Steve Rooney announced in a joint news release Wednesday. The expansion will take place at the company’s Sarepta facility. According to Louisiana Economic Development, the project is expected to support 200 construction jobs, create 65 […]

Grassroot groups give Louisiana lawmakers an ‘F’ on the environment

BY: - July 7, 2021

Louisiana is among the nation’s top energy producing states. It’s also among the states most vulnerable to climate change, which is driving more intense hurricanes and rising seas. That combination of energy production and geographic vulnerability means state lawmakers are in a powerful position to address the environmental impacts of energy production. So how did […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without a permit

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoes bills related to vaccines, emergency powers and elections

BY: and - July 2, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday that he vetoed 28 of the 505 bills the Louisiana Legislature sent him during the 2021 legislative session.  That number includes the construction bill because Edwards used a line-item veto for some projects lawmakers approved. The Legislature can override any of the governor’s vetoes with a two-thirds vote in […]

Southern University in Baton Rouge is ‘falling into the river’ and needs $32 million to stop erosion

BY: - June 30, 2021

Maurice Pitts, the director of facilities at Southern University in Baton Rouge wanted to make it clear Monday that what he was saying about the campus’ worsening erosion problem is “no exaggeration.”  The campus, situated on the Mississippi River is “falling into the river,” Pitts said. “It has become a safety hazard.” Much of the […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without a permit

Louisiana governor vetoes bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit

BY: and - June 25, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed legislation this week that would have allowed residents over the age of 21 to carry concealed guns without a permit and without training — a move that has heightened calls from Republican lawmakers for an unprecedented veto override session in July. “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, […]

Pink tax bill passes Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana governor signs law to eliminate state sales tax on menstrual products, diapers

BY: - June 24, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a new law Thursday that will eliminate the state sales tax from feminine hygiene products and diapers. The tax break will take effect July 1, 2022. The so-called “pink tax” removal, sponsored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, is expected to cost the state $11.1 million annually for the next […]