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Gene Mills

After overturning Roe, what’s next for anti-abortion groups?

BY: - June 30, 2022

After 50 years of organizing from the bottom to the top of the ballot to put their preferred candidates in office, America’s anti-abortion movement has become the dog that caught the car: Roe v. Wade has been overturned.  While anti-abortion groups rejoiced at the news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing abortion bans in […]

President Joe Biden

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […]

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

What Louisiana elected officials are saying about abortion after the Supreme Court’s ruling

BY: - June 24, 2022

Elected officials have weighed in with their opinions Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the right to an abortion, and paved the way for a new statewide ban on the procedure in Louisiana. Here is some of what they had to say: Gov. John Bel Edwards, Democrat: “I […]

Lucy McBath

U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill

BY: and - June 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]

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First Jan. 6 hearing to reveal new evidence of Trump conspiracy, panel aides say

BY: - June 9, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol will use its first public hearing to tie the violent attempt to overturn the election directly to former President Donald Trump, committee aides told reporters Wednesday. In addition to live witnesses — a U.S. Capitol Police officer injured by rioters during the […]

Royce Duplessis

Louisiana aims to limit release of mug shots for nonviolent criminal arrests

BY: - June 7, 2022

Louisiana will start to limit the release of police mug shots when people are arrested, but not prosecuted, for nonviolent crimes under a new law state lawmakers approved. The statute is scheduled to take effect by the end of the month. House Bill 729 contains several exceptions to that general prohibition. Under the upcoming statute, […]

Derrius Guice

Crime victims could get more access to police reports in Louisiana under approved bill

BY: - June 6, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature has approved a bill meant to guarantee crime victims’ access to copies of police reports related to their own cases, though some advocates for crime survivors said the legislation doesn’t go far enough to ensure that right. House Bill 615, sponsored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, will require law enforcement to […]

microscopic view of in-vitro fertilization

Louisiana lawmakers kill an insurance mandate to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients

BY: - June 5, 2022

A powerful Louisiana Senate committee scuttled a proposal that would have required insurance companies to cover fertility preservation procedures for cancer patients about to undergo radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments that will render them sterile.  The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee last week deemed House Bill 537 too expensive for the state, which would have had […]

President Biden delivers remarks on mass shootings and gun legislation

Biden urges assault weapons ban, as U.S. House Democrats advance gun control bills

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass gun control legislation in a speech at the White House Thursday evening, following mass shootings in New York, Texas and Oklahoma during the last three weeks. “This isn’t about taking away anyone’s rights. This is about protecting children,” Biden said. “How much more carnage are […]

John Bel Edwards

Louisiana governor pushes university faculty pay higher with veto pen

BY: - June 2, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has used his veto power to give higher education faculty a larger pay raise than the one legislators approved last month. Edwards restored funding for the LSU, Southern University and the University of Louisiana systems by a total of $8.7 million. The extra money is supposed to be used to pay […]

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Louisiana’s ‘constitutional carry’ bill turned into ‘school protection officers’ proposal

BY: - June 2, 2022

A bill that would have allowed Louisiana residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit or training was transformed Wednesday into a proposal to arm teachers in classrooms. A Senate committee amendment to Rep. Danny McCormick’s so-called “constitutional carry” legislation appears to have derailed his pro-gun campaign for the second straight year. Gov. John Bel […]

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Lamar Davis and deputy superintendent Chris Eskew

Ronald Greene committee asks Gov. Edwards to testify on what he knew and when

BY: - June 1, 2022

After the Ronald Greene Special Committee heard testimony Wednesday from another high-ranking Louisiana State Police administrator, Gov. John Bel Edwards and two of his legal advisers were formally asked to testify before state lawmakers.  The committee, which is investigating all aspects of Greene’s May 10, 2019, deadly beating in the custody of state troopers and […]