Legislative

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Louisiana lawmakers still don’t know why phone service went out during Hurricane Ida

BY: - October 18, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Rick Ward, a Port Allen Republican and chair of the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee, said Monday that AT&T still hasn’t gotten back to lawmakers about what went wrong during Hurricane Ida and what preventative measures against outages the telecommunications company can take in advance of another storm. Phone services provided by AT&T went […]

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Sen. Rick Ward considering potential bid for Louisiana governor in 2023

BY: - October 18, 2021

Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, is considering running for governor in 2023.  Ward isn’t a declared candidate “as of today,” but is having ongoing discussions with his family about potentially running for Louisiana’s highest office, he said. “If I were to become a candidate, I would certainly hope to have not just one particular group […]

Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Quality Jobs program shows poor return-on-investment even after excluding Pelicans

BY: - October 15, 2021

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s most recent analysis that painted a lackluster picture of the state’s Quality Jobs incentive program specifically excluded the New Orleans Pelicans from the study because, the auditors said, the extremely large salaries being reported by the team would have likely skewed the results. “They were such an anomaly from the rest […]

New Orleans Pelicans get millions in incentives for creating ‘quality jobs’ for NBA players

New Orleans Pelicans get millions in incentives for creating ‘quality jobs’ for NBA players

BY: - October 13, 2021

The New Orleans Pelicans receive a $3.65 million cash rebate every year from Louisiana — more than any other company — by counting its professional basketball players’ positions as newly-created direct jobs under the state’s Quality Jobs program, an economic incentive that’s supposed to encourage companies to create well-paid, full-time jobs for residents.   In 2020, […]

Louisiana schools superintendent ‘has some concerns’ about new social studies standards

BY: - October 12, 2021

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley said Tuesday he couldn’t endorse the state’s newly proposed social studies standards as currently written, even though his department’s steering committee approved the same proposed standards last month. Brumley said he hasn’t done the due diligence of fully going through the standards yet, but that there are parts of the […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds—or whether they even decide to accept the cash, […]

Louisiana foster kids relocated to Nebraska for weeks after Hurricane Ida

BY: - October 4, 2021

Teenagers from group homes in New Orleans and Gretna returned to Louisiana Sept. 28, after weeks spent in Nebraska following Hurricane Ida.  Before Ida hit, the teenagers, who ranged in age from 13-18, were evacuated from the New Orleans Boys Town group homes to Lake Claiborne State Park in Homer, Louisiana, staying there from Aug. […]

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers:  What […]

Legislators question LSU on implementation of new sexual harassment policies

BY: - September 28, 2021

After months of working on recommendations given by the Husch Blackwell reports and lawmakers, LSU still doesn’t have a a full, permanent staff in the office that handles sexual assault allegations and lawmakers also voiced concerns about the accessibility of LSU’s online sexual assault resources at a Tuesday meeting.  Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, asked LSU […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Southwest Louisiana schools’ hurricane restoration projects halted due to lack of money

BY: - September 28, 2021

Restoration to schools in South Louisiana damaged after Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Ida struck has been halted due to slow disaster relief payouts from FEMA and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  Louisiana Senate Education Committee Chair Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, told state emergency officials that it’s “unacceptable, unreasonable and unconscionable” that […]

Louisiana education department releases proposed social studies standards for K-8 schools

BY: - September 25, 2021

A Louisiana Department of Education steering committee Saturday released a new version of the standards for Louisiana students learning social studies, updating the content and timeline of what history is taught in public schools. Under the proposed new standards, kindergarten through second grade students will be taught Louisiana and world history at an introductory level.  By […]

Louisiana residents are sleeping in tents because of damaged housing, lawmaker says

BY: - September 20, 2021

Lafourche and Terrebonne parish residents displaced by Hurricane Ida have been sleeping in tents and “using the rubble to build their own sort of makeshift structure” since the storm made landfall last month, said Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee during a legislative hearing Monday.  “And when I say tent, I’m not talking about like some […]