More than 160,000 sign up for $1 million vaccine lottery after first day

BY: - June 21, 2021

More than 160,000 vaccinated Louisianians entered for the chance to win $1 million Monday as the Louisiana Department of Health launched “Shot at a Million,” a lottery for vaccinated Louisiana residents and the state’s latest vaccine incentive program. Fourteen Louisiana residents who enter the vaccine lottery will win cash prizes — including four prizes of […]

South Louisianians should expect a storm event this weekend, John Bel Edwards said

BY: - June 17, 2021

Residents along the Louisiana coast “need to be paying attention” to a storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news conference Thursday. Storm trackers can’t predict where the storm will land or if it will cause damage. “We can’t tell yet how bad or exactly where (the storm […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards expresses support for Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis

BY: - June 16, 2021

On his first radio show after the 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he had signed a bill increasing the number of days Louisianians will have to vote in presidential elections.  The governor also said the delay in Census numbers means that a special legislative session for congressional redistricting won’t happen […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana Legislative Session 2021: Winners and Losers

BY: - June 15, 2021

Lawmakers approved a business-friendly tax policy overhaul and prioritized transportation funding over most other budget items in the 2021 regular lawmaking session that ended last week.  The Republican-dominated Legislature executed a conservative, business-oriented agenda, the likes of which the corporate community hasn’t been able to get passed in years. Democrats, despite holding the governor’s office, […]

Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement came as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification. “We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to […]

Sports betting bill clears committee

Sports betting is coming to Louisiana: 9 things you need to know

BY: - June 10, 2021

Louisiana residents may be placing bets on sports as early as fall, now that the Louisiana Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a framework for legal sports wagering.  Gov. John Bel Edwards has been supportive of sports betting and is expected to sign legislation associated with it.  The following are some facts that you should know about […]

In five years, 786 people died in Louisiana’s jails and prisons, a new report finds

BY: - June 2, 2021

As a law professor in Louisiana, the state that leads the country and world in the percentage of residents it incarcerates, Andrea Armstrong of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law had a question: How many people are dying in Louisiana’s jails and prisons?  Armstrong, a national expert on prison and jail conditions, couldn’t answer […]

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Louisiana’s COVID-19 indoor capacity restrictions end Wednesday

BY: - May 25, 2021

There will be no more COVID-19 related restrictions on indoor capacities, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference Tuesday. Masks will still be required on public transit, in prisons and in hospitals, but Louisiana’s private businesses and its local governments can choose whether to require masks for their residents and customers. But, starting Wednesday, […]

Biden allocates $1B to prepare for hurricane, wildfire season

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is doubling the amount of federal funding to help states prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, he announced Monday. His administration is directing $1 billion to the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, which sends resources to communities, states, and tribal governments to prepare for extreme weather events. […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Jeff Landry joins Republican AGs who object to U.S. Department of Education proposal on teaching about racism

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen Republican attorneys general are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. The state attorneys general argue in a […]

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Louisiana Governor looks at attaching financial incentives to COVID-19 vaccine participation

BY: - May 20, 2021

Louisiana may soon offer incentives to residents who are willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to boost the state’s dismal vaccination rate.  Gov. John Bel Edwards said his administration is discussing sweetening the pot for people who take the vaccine, but he wouldn’t go into details about what type of incentive might be […]

Gov. Edwards speaks on unemployment benefits, legalizing marijuana and election reform

BY: - May 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced several coastal restoration projects along Southeast Louisiana Wednesday afternoon, which he said would “make our coastal communities and our land more resilient.” And in a separate radio show later that afternoon, Edwards discussed his opinions on some of the more controversial bills moving through the Louisiana Legislature, including bills addressing […]