Legislative

Black Caucus asks feds to launch full-scale investigation of Louisiana State Police

BY: - July 6, 2021

Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus leaders announced Tuesday that they will be sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to request a “top-to-bottom” investigation of Louisiana State Police following a series of high-profile beatings of Black motorists and alleged coverups within the state’s top law enforcement agency, Rep. Ted James, the Baton Rouge Democrat […]

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Louisiana has three new abortion laws: Here’s what they do

BY: - July 6, 2021

Louisiana has three new laws aimed at restricting and deterring abortion. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who opposes abortion, announced last week he signed the measures. Here’s a rundown of what they do: Medical professionals will be required to suggest ‘abortion reversal’ may be possible  Act 483 — which will take effect Aug. 1 […]

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 […]

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LSU posted bad information about restraining orders on its website. Why did it take the university almost six weeks to change it?

BY: - July 2, 2021

On April 19, about a month after LSU unveiled its new website on sexual assault and dating violence, Morgan Lamandre told the university about a problem with it. The guidance on how to seek a restraining order on the new website was wrong, she said. “A restraining order is a court order that prohibits someone […]

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 […]

Louisiana considers solar farm regulations

Louisiana considers solar farm regulations as crop farmers voice concerns

BY: - June 30, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing Tuesday to design new regulations governing the solar energy industry and the leasing of private land for solar farms — tracts of land filled with solar panels for electricity production.    Tuesday’s hearing, the first of several hearings anticipated, was the result of recently-passed […]

Pay raises for Southern and UL system’s faculty and staff coming this year

BY: - June 29, 2021

Faculty and staff in the Southern University System will soon receive a 4 percent raise, Janene Tate, a spokesperson for the system said Monday. Raises will go into effect starting Thursday for Southern University at Baton Rouge, but Tate said she isn’t sure when raises will go into effect at the other Southern University campuses. […]

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Louisiana Governor, Legislature remove PAC contribution limits for political campaigns

BY: - June 28, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards approved a new law last week that will make it easier for special interest groups to give unlimited amounts of money to political candidates running for office in Louisiana. The governor and state lawmakers removed the current caps on donations from political action committees over the objections of the Louisiana Board […]

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, […]

Grambling State University

UL System college athletes will soon be allowed to enter into sponsorship deals

BY: - June 24, 2021

Despite being the only basketball player in NCAA history to record multiple games with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in her college career, Grambling State University alumna Shakyla Hill made nothing in endorsements or advertisement deals due to the NCAA’s amateur-status rules forbidding it. “That young woman deserved the […]

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 […]

Governor signs orphan well tax exemption into law

John Bel Edwards signs ‘orphan’ well tax exemption into law

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed into law a program to help fix “orphan” oil wells by offering a tax exemption on oil produced from abandoned wells that are reworked to produce again. Lawmakers passed the bill in hopes of resolving the ongoing problem of leaky unsealed oil wells across Louisiana, but one critic […]