Troy Carter elected to U.S. Congress

BY: and - April 24, 2021

Louisiana State Sen. Troy Carter won Saturday’s runoff election for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating opponent state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s unofficial results, with 100% of precincts reporting, Carter won with 55 percent of the vote to Carter Peterson’s 45 percent. Saturday’s special election to fill the seat […]

Louisiana Legislature considers reducing time in jail for people arrested

BY: - April 24, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers may limit the amount of time people who’ve been arrested can sit in jail without being charged with a crime. Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, is hoping his legislation will reduce the number of people who are detained in jails without being convicted of a crime across the state. Louisiana is infamous for […]

Louisiana lawmakers consider letting people convicted of felonies serve on juries

BY: - April 23, 2021

The Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice voted 6-4 Thursday to allow some people convicted of felonies to serve on juries. The legislation has now been forwarded to the full House for consideration. Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, is sponsoring the bill. If passed, people who were convicted of felonies would be […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Federal health regulators urge states to restart use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Friday recommended that states return to using the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but also hand out updated fact sheets that will warn about the rare blood clots in women that paused the vaccine’s use. Top U.S. health officials swiftly acted on the recommendation by the panel, […]

Donald Remy, LSU grad, nominated for deputy Veteran Affairs position

BY: - April 23, 2021

President Joe Biden announced Friday that he’d nominate for deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy, a military veteran who spent much of his childhood in New Orleans and graduated from LSU. If confirmed to the position, Remy would be second-in-command at the department, which is in charge of veterans’ health care, benefits and national […]

Winner of Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District to be determined in Saturday’s runoff

BY: - April 23, 2021

Karen Carter-Peterson and Troy Carter, two veteran state lawmakers — both from New Orleans and both Democrats — go head-to-head Saturday in a runoff to fill the open seat for representative of Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. The seat was left open when Cedric Richmond, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, took a role […]

A bill that gives students a grace period for TOPS eligibility due to COVID-19 goes to Senate floor

BY: - April 23, 2021

A bill approved by the Louisiana Senate Education Committee this week provides a grace period for TOPS applicants to take college entrance exams.  Authored by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), SB 99 would allow high school graduates  who can prove they couldn’t take the ACT by April because of COVID-19 concerns to submit those test […]

U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — For the second time, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, sending the historic bill to the Senate on a party-line vote. “We look forward to a swift vote in the Senate on this essential legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), said ahead […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Pipeline companies want to change the law to avoid fines from Louisiana State Police

BY: - April 22, 2021

A Louisiana State Police commander told a Louisiana House committee Thursday that a bill to cut the state police out of notifications concerning small gas leaks would be a danger to public health. HB 549, introduced by Rep. Danny McCormick (R-Oil City), would stop Louisiana State Police from being able to ticket pipeline companies for […]

Another bill requiring the reporting of sexual misconduct is passed by a Louisiana House committee

BY: - April 22, 2021

A bill by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans) that would require the termination of higher education employees who don’t report known Title IX violations and clarifies where higher education employees should report those violations was moved forward without objection from the Louisiana House Education Committee Thursday. Freeman said that HB 409 is a response to […]

Louisiana lawmaker seeks to end automatic euthanization for dogs found at dog fighting events

BY: - April 22, 2021

Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, is seeking to end a state law that requires dogs to be killed automatically if they are found at a dog fighting event. The state currently requires law enforcement to euthanize the dogs, even if they are not involved in the fighting. Under Marcelle’s legislation, dogs seized at a dog […]

Literacy bill named for former Louisiana state representative is moved forward by House Education committee

BY: - April 22, 2021

About 160,000 Louisiana students struggling with reading or writing could get extra help if a bill by Rep. Steve McKnight (R-Baton Rouge) that funds tutoring, reading materials and summer programs becomes law. The Louisiana House Education Committee moved along HB 85 Thursday morning. The bill would create the “Steve Carter Literacy Program,” named for the […]