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Jeff Landry challenges John Bel Edwards’ authority on K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 7, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry believes that only Louisiana’s state school board — not Gov. John Bel Edwards — can put a mask mandate in place in K-12 schools this coming school year. Landry, a Republican, issued a legal opinion stating as much Friday, three days after the governor’s mask mandate for all indoor spaces, including […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards on vaccine mandates: 6 things to know

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards repeatedly said Wednesday that he won’t be issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for the public sector — including for K-12 schools, universities and state employees — until a vaccine receives full approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration and not just emergency use authorization. “I do look forward to the day […]

Gov. Edwards reinstates statewide mask mandate for Louisiana

BY: and - August 2, 2021

Facing some of the worst COVID-19 statistics the state has seen and flanked by doctors from across Louisiana who said their hospitals are filled to capacity, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he is reinstating a statewide face mask mandate. The mandate will include everyone 5 and up, and will be in effect in all […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana House Speaker punishes lawmakers over failed veto override

BY: - July 30, 2021

Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, has punished Democrats and independent legislators who sided with Gov. John Bel Edwards over Schexnayder in the state’s veto override session earlier this month. The Speaker has removed two Democrats — Reps. Chad Brown of Plaquemine and Vincent Pierre of Lafayette – from their positions as chairmen of the […]

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. […]

Bipartisan senators and Biden strike a deal on $550B in new infrastructure spending

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators […]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards picks Senator Ronnie Johns to run gambling board

BY: - July 23, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur, to lead the state’s Gaming Control Board, which creates and oversees gambling industry regulations in Louisiana. Johns is one of the biggest boosters of the gambling industry in the Louisiana Legislature. He’s sponsored several pieces of legislation to ease restrictions on gambling companies– including the […]

Louisiana Superdome

Louisiana lawmakers sign off on ‘Caesars Superdome’ name

BY: - July 22, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers agreed Thursday (July 22) to let the New Orleans Saints change the name of the Superdome to “Ceasars Superdome” — after the Caesars Entertainment casinos and gambling company — for the next 20 years. The new name will be on the building before the Saints first preseason game Aug. 23, according to documents […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that allows […]

Transgender

Louisiana Legislature fails to overturn governor’s veto of transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

Louisiana will not ban transgender women and girls from participating in women and girls sports — despite efforts of the conservative Christian organizations and the House Republican leadership to push through a new law to do so. The Louisiana Legislature failed to overturn Edwards’ veto of a transgender athlete ban (Senate Bill 156) Wednesday after […]

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

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, […]