Changed TOPS eligibility rules approved by Louisiana House

BY: - May 26, 2021

High school graduates applying for TOPS could have a grace period to take and submit scores from their college entrance exams and high school students who began homeschool relatively late could also become eligible for the scholarship. SB 99, sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), would allow high school graduates who can prove they […]

Ray Garofalo attempts to chair education committee meeting, but committee doesn’t show

BY: - May 26, 2021

A week after he said he was unfairly stripped of his position as chair of the Louisiana House Education Committee, Rep. Ray Garofalo (R-Chalmette) said he’s still chair and tried to preside over a Wednesday morning meeting of the committee.  However, no meeting happened because only one other member of the 15-member committee showed up. […]

Pink tax bill passes Louisiana Legislature

‘Pink tax’ exemption on tampons and diapers passes House

BY: - May 26, 2021

The so-called “pink tax” exemption bill, which would establish a state sales tax exemption on feminine hygiene products and diapers, passed the Louisiana House on Tuesday and was ordered to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 7, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans), passed in a 62-32 vote with no debate on the House […]

Legislature names 4 to Louisiana Ethics Board

How Louisiana’s legislative leaders want to use the state’s latest round of federal COVID-19 funding

BY: - May 26, 2021

Louisiana elected officials intend to spend most of the $1.6 billion the state has received in federal support this year on roads, bridges, the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, sewage, drainage and water systems. In total, Louisiana is expected to get $3.01 billion from President Joe Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” — with approximately half the […]

Resolution asking education department to study use of corporal punishment has passed in both chambers

BY: - May 25, 2021

The Louisana House voted 60-34 Tuesday in favor of a resolution introduced by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) that asks the Louisiana Department of Education “to study the feasibility of banning the use of corporal punishment in public schools.” The House’s support of the resolution follows its May 4 rejection of a bill by Metairie […]

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws.  Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Louisiana Senate committee passes resolution that would protect clergy who defy emergency orders

BY: - May 25, 2021

Clarification: The story and headline of this story have been edited to reflect that the proposed resolution may not benefit Pastor Tony Spell as his attorney asserted in a previous committee meeting.The resolution does not have a retroactivity clause and its sponsor says he doesn’t intend it to be retroactive.  A resolution that would suspend […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s COVID-19 indoor capacity restrictions end Wednesday

BY: - May 25, 2021

There will be no more COVID-19 related restrictions on indoor capacities, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference Tuesday. Masks will still be required on public transit, in prisons and in hospitals, but Louisiana’s private businesses and its local governments can choose whether to require masks for their residents and customers. But, starting Wednesday, […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Senate committee supports expanded definition of domestic abuse

BY: - May 25, 2021

A bill that explicitly states Louisiana’s definition of domestic abuse includes coercion and other forms of control advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without objection Tuesday after the bill’s sponsor satisfied concerns expressed by the NRA. Rep. Malinda White (D-Bogalusa), an outspoken survivor of domestic abuse, is the sponsor of HB 159, which if […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana’s 1983 flood victims may not get money owed to them after all

BY: - May 25, 2021

The Louisiana Senate leadership may be nixing a deal to finally pay hundreds of Tangipahoa Parish families and business owners who won an enormous legal judgment against the state over flooding in their community nearly 40 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration had been hoping to settle the $300 million judgment by paying out […]

Bill requiring lessons about World War II reignites tensions in Louisiana House

BY: - May 25, 2021

Fallout from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus’ fight with Rep. Ray Garofalo (R-Chalmette) is to blame for the tense debate on the Louisiana House floor Monday over a bill requiring that high schoolers learn about World War II and the Holocaust, Rep. Tammy Phelps (D-Shreveport) said Monday evening. Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) got HB […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Group of attorneys general demands review of Formosa facility in ‘Cancer Alley’

BY: - May 24, 2021

A group of attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday demanding a deeper analysis of the climate, wildlife and environmental justice impacts of Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish. Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex would include 10 chemical manufacturing plants and numerous support facilities. The […]