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Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Gun rights group ‘denounces’ La. senators who didn’t vote to override veto

BY: - July 21, 2021

The National Association for Gun Rights, a proponent of a Louisiana bill that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without obtaining permits or being trained, had harsh words Tuesday for the Louisiana lawmakers who supported the bill during the regular session but declined to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto. The bill was sponsored […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana lawmakers veto override efforts coming down to one bill — a transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s historic veto override session appears to be coming down mostly to one piece of legislation — a transgender women and girls athlete ban. Republican lawmakers entered the state’s first ever veto override session angling to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision on more than one measure. Edwards vetoed 28 bills and removed […]

Transgender rights activists kicked out of Louisiana Capitol for protesting

BY: - July 20, 2021

BATON ROUGE — A group of transgender rights protesters was forced out of the Louisiana House of Representatives at the start of the veto override session Tuesday after shouting their opposition to Senate Bill 156, which would prevent transgender girls and women from playing girls’ and women’s sports. The six protesters on the balcony were […]

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Louisiana Senate votes to override Governor John Bel Edwards on transgender women and girls athlete ban

BY: - July 20, 2021

The Louisiana Senate has voted again to prohibit transgender women and girls from participating in women and girls sports — overriding Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of  Senate Bill 156. The House will have to vote to override the governor, too, in order for the bill to become law. The Senate vote was 26-12 Tuesday, […]

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Senate fails to override veto of bill allowing concealed guns without permit

BY: - July 20, 2021

In an unprecedented veto-override session Tuesday, the Louisiana Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of a bill that allows residents to carry concealed guns without any permits or training — a policy referred to as “constitutional carry.”  Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris (R-West Monroe), received overwhelming support in the Senate with […]

Republicans rally at the Louisiana State Capitol ahead of unprecedented veto override session

BY: - July 19, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Guns, God and a bill banning transgender athletes from sports competition were the main topics at Monday’s veto override rally as Louisiana Republicans tried to rev up support ahead of the historic veto override session starting Tuesday.  The 5:30 p.m. rally at the State Capitol featured multiple Louisiana lawmakers who had their […]

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Louisiana Legislature’s veto override session: 6 things to know

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature will hold a session to override the governor’s vetoes for the first time in the state’s modern history. It’s set to start Tuesday and must end by Saturday at midnight, though lawmakers could vote to adjourn early. Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed 28 bills and several lawmakers’ pet construction projects from three […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

House petition case: Gov. asks court to stop GOP opponents from interfering with orders

BY: - July 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards scored an early victory last week in the second round of the Edwards v. House petition case in which his Republican opponents tried to employ a never-before-used statute to temporarily suspend the state’s COVID-19 restrictions last year. At the July 12 hearing, Judge William Morvant in the 19th Judicial District Court […]

Charges dropped against activists protesting Louisiana pipeline

BY: - July 13, 2021

Environmental groups celebrated Tuesday as they announced that District Attorney Bofill “Bo” Duhé, chief prosecutor in St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes, rejected all charges against 17 people who were charged with crimes in 2018 for violating a law making it a felony to be at or near pipelines or construction sites without permission. […]

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Police coalition urges Louisiana lawmakers to accept veto of concealed gun bill

BY: - July 8, 2021

A coalition of law enforcement officers from across Louisiana, including parish sheriffs and chiefs of police, gathered for a news conference Thursday in Baton Rouge where they urged state legislators to accept Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed gun without a permit or training.  The […]

New police reforms coming to Louisiana

BY: - July 7, 2021

Law enforcement agencies in Louisiana will soon implement several police reforms Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law after the 2021 regular session. However, during that same session, the Louisiana Legislature killed the most significant piece of legislation proposed by the Legislature’s police reform task force: a bill that would have limited qualified immunity. That […]

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 […]