Govt + Politics

Juneteenth expected to become a state holiday in Louisiana

BY: - June 7, 2021

Juneteenth, a day celebrating the delayed news of freedom finally reaching those who’d been enslaved in the United States, will soon be a state holiday in Louisiana if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs legislation that passed Monday. House Bill 554, sponsored by Larry Selders (D-Baton Rouge), would designate the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Louisiana Senate votes to dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to roads projects

BY: - June 7, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted unanimously Monday to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that currently goes to higher education, health care services, prisons and child welfare to transportation projects.  The Senate revamped House Bill 514, originally sponsored by Republican House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee, to take most of the state’s vehicle sales […]

Filibusted: Experts say the time has come to end Senate practice

BY: - June 7, 2021

Even the stuffy, florid name of the procedure, “filibuster” sounds like something conceived around a table of wig-wearing Founding Fathers. While the name has its roots in the 18th Century (with pirates nonetheless), the concept and practice in the United States Senate is much younger, not being implemented in a modern form until 1917. Known […]

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images.  It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image— a practice that’s commonplace […]

Louisiana Legislature approves Black history courses for TOPS qualification

BY: - June 6, 2021

High school students will be allowed to take African-American history courses to complete their TOPS curriculum requirements if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs a bill that won unanimous support in the Louisiana House and Senate. Currently, high school students looking to complete the social studies requirement for TOPS must take two of either: Western Civilization, […]

Recreational fishers want Louisiana’s biggest commercial fishery to back off nearshore waters

BY: - June 4, 2021

A small silver fish was the topic of a nearly three hour discussion among fishers, environmental advocates and lawmakers at the Louisiana Capitol this week. At issue was House Bill 535, which would not allow menhaden fishing within a quarter mile of Louisiana’s shore. Menhaden, also called pogies, are small bait fish caught in the […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Mandatory kindergarten in Louisiana passes in House

BY: - June 3, 2021

A bill that would make kindergarten mandatory for Louisiana 5-year-olds passed in the House of Representatives by a 59-31 vote.  Rep. Jason Hughes (D-New Orleans), who brought Senate Bill 10 to the House for author Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) Thursday, said the bill is “good for our children and good for our state.” “We […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Louisiana lawmakers approve centralized sales tax commission

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a tax reform bill Thursday that could eventually lead to the establishment of a centralized sales tax commission to replace the state’s currently fragmented system of collections. The Senate voted 37-0 to adopt House Bill 199, sponsored by Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder. The legislation is a proposed constitutional amendment, […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays.  And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

President declares major disaster for mid-May storms in Louisiana

Federal disaster declared for mid-May storms in Louisiana

BY: - June 2, 2021

President Joe Biden on Wednesday declared a major disaster and ordered federal assistance for the areas of Louisiana affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in mid-May that damaged thousands of homes and left five people dead. Biden’s action, at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards, makes federal disaster funding available to residents […]

Bills responding to sexual misconduct scandal at LSU move closer to governor’s desk

BY: - June 2, 2021

In response to reports of inaction and negligence from LSU officials in the face of TItle IX violations, the both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature passed several bills Tuesday that, among other things, clarifies to whom higher education employees should report Title IX violations and requires the termination of higher education employees who don’t report […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana Senate committee votes to make higher sales tax rate permanent, adds business tax break

BY: - June 2, 2021

Louisiana’s Senate Finance Committee voted 7-4 for a proposal that would make a higher state sales tax rate permanent while phasing in a business tax break that was eliminated five years ago. House Bill 514 was initially focused on applying the state sales tax to smokable medical marijuana if that product becomes legal, but the […]