Govt + Politics

Big uptick in vaccine supplies for states expected soon

BY: - February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Executives from five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers told Congress Tuesday that they expect to significantly boost the number of shots delivered to states in the coming weeks. Pfizer will increase weekly shipments to more than 13 million doses by mid-March, an increase from the 4 to 5 million doses shipped weekly in early February, […]

Special redistricting session appears on after 5th Circuit removes stay

Subcommittee supports reform measure to dismantle ‘qualified immunity’ shield for bad police officers

BY: - February 23, 2021

A Louisiana House subcommittee on Tuesday voted to support a police-reform recommendation that would dismantle the qualified immunity that blocks lawsuits against police officers who wrongfully kill or injure citizens. It is perhaps the most critical of the 18 recommendations being submitted by the legislature’s Police Training, Screening and De-escalation Task Force chaired by Sen. […]

Reform measure would dismantle ‘qualified immunity’ that shields bad police officers

BY: - February 22, 2021

A Louisiana House subcommittee will meet Tuesday to review a police reform recommendation that would dismantle the qualified immunity that blocks lawsuits against police officers who wrongfully kill or injure citizens. It is perhaps the most critical of the 18 recommendations being submitted by the legislature’s Police Training, Screening and De-escalation Task Force. The House […]

White House amends Louisiana’s Hurricane Laura disaster declaration

BY: - February 22, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that President Joe Biden has “made additional disaster assistance available” to Louisiana by “authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken in the State of Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Laura during the period of August 22 to August 27, 2020.” […]

Louisianians encouraged to report winter storm damage to state

BY: - February 21, 2021

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced Saturday that it is seeking information from residents who sustained damage to their homes or businesses during last week’s storm. GOHSEP has placed a self-reporting survey at damage.la.gov. According to the office, the survey “will help local and state emergency managers collect data to move […]

Water problems cause lingering state office closures

BY: - February 21, 2021

State offices in Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River and Webster parishes will remain closed one week after a destructive winter storm passed through Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced Sunday evening. State offices in those northwest Louisiana parishes will be closed Monday, February 22 “due to continuing water pressure problems caused by the severe […]

Teacher unions ‘thrilled’ about teachers and school staff getting vaccinated

BY: - February 20, 2021

Teachers unions across Louisiana are “thrilled” now that Gov. John Edwards’ administration is making teachers and staff in K-12 schools eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but one union leader said it’s no less important that school leaders keep proper mitigation measures and social distancing in place for the safety of schools’ staff and students. […]

Louisiana state government offices to be closed in 29 of 64 parishes Saturday

BY: - February 19, 2021

State offices in 29 parishes across Louisiana will remain closed Saturday, Feb. 20 due to potentially dangerous road conditions due to severe winter weather. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced office closures for Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red […]

Teachers and staff in K-12 schools added to vaccine eligibility list

BY: - February 18, 2021

Teachers and staff at K-12 schools and daycare facilities will be added to the list of people in Louisiana eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday at a press conference. “We’ve always prioritized teachers as a group,” Edwards said. “Now is the right time to do this.” Edwards said distance […]

Feds ramp up emergency help for states hit by extreme weather

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON—White House officials said Thursday that they have been in close touch with governors in storm-stricken states including Louisiana and Kansas to extend emergency assistance—but they also stressed the role of climate change in the weather crisis that has gripped large swaths of the nation. “The extreme weather events that we’re experiencing this week across […]

As Louisiana continues freezing Gov. Edwards asks Biden for emergency declaration

BY: - February 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards asked President Joe Biden to declare an emergency in Louisiana in response to a winter storm that has caused multiple deaths, power outages and water shortages across the state. In a letter the governor sent Wednesday evening, Edwards writes, “Extreme winter weather, including record low temperatures, snow, sleet and freezing rain, has […]

Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON—The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by the House […]