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House passes new pandemic relief bill, but wide gap remains between Democrats and Republicans

BY: - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on Thursday night narrowly passed a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus relief bill that retains hundreds of billions in aid for states and local governments, boosts unemployment benefits and extends another round of $1,200 checks for each taxpayer. But the package, passed on a 214-207 vote, with 18 Democrats splitting from their […]

Clay Schexnayder

Legislators may sit on LHSAA’s executive committee

BY: - October 1, 2020

The Senate education committee approved a bill that would put four legislators on the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s executive committee. SB 11 states that if any school athletic organization receives funds from the government, the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House, and the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on […]

Bill reducing governor’s say on emergency election plans passes Louisiana Senate

BY: - October 1, 2020

The Louisiana Senate passed a bill Thursday that greatly reduces the say the governor has in approving an emergency election plan. The legislation passed the bill introduced by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, with a 22-12 vote. The vote follows a contentious battle over the current COVID-19 emergency election plan  with Gov. John Bel Edwards on […]

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Louisiana Lawmakers may undo law that helps ‘juvenile lifers’

BY: - October 1, 2020

Louisiana legislators said they made a mistake earlier this year when they passed a new law making it easier for some people given lifetime prison sentences for crimes they committed as minors to be released. They are looking to undo the part of the new statute that just took effect in August and helps so-called […]

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Louisiana legislative leaders diverge on how much power they want over COVID-19 response

BY: - September 30, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature’s two Republican leaders — Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder — have both said they want to curb the governor’s powers during emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. But they have put forward radically different approaches toward doing so. Cortez, of Lafayette, is sponsoring legislation that keeps the governor squarely […]

Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions too onerous, Republican lawmakers tell state health officials

BY: - September 30, 2020

Pushing back against Louisiana lawmakers who believe that the state’s continuing COVID-19 restrictions are disproportionate to the threat, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, state health officer for the Louisiana Department of Health spoke ominously Wednesday of infections yet to come:  “I predict there’s going to be another spike, and it’s going to be in flu season,  and […]

Sharon Hewitt

Bill that would block governor’s ability to veto emergency election plan passes committee

BY: - September 30, 2020

A state senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would eliminate the governor’s veto power on proposed emergency election plans. Senate Bill 20, introduced by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, would establish an “Emergency Election Commission” made up of eight legislators (at least two Republicans and two Democrats), the secretary of state, and the governor. Each […]

Census deadline extension means Louisiana has more time to be counted

BY: - September 30, 2020

Louisiana residents and residents throughout the country will have at least until Monday to respond to the 2020 Census — and maybe longer.  A federal judge in Northern California ruled last week that the U.S. Census Bureau must continue its counting operation through the end of October, but U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — who […]

Biden pledges to accept election result; Trump hedges

BY: - September 30, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Tuesday night to accept the outcome of the election, while President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “watch very carefully” what happens as voters cast their general-election ballots. Those comments were in response to a question at the first presidential debate from debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris […]

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana Republicans want power during health emergencies, but haven’t agreed on how much

BY: - September 29, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature’s Republican leadership came into their month-long special session this week in part to wrestle more control over the COVID-19 health crisis from the Democratic governor. But there isn’t consensus among them over how much of that power they actually want. Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, presented […]

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Louisiana legislators postpone revenue estimating deadline to squeeze out another of unemployment benefits

BY: - September 29, 2020

Louisiana’s lawmakers are faced with a nearly-depleted unemployment trust fund and laws that trigger automatic tax hikes to replenish the fund. They’re also staring at a looming statutory deadline to estimate next year’s revenue. Faced with that dilemma, state legislators on Tuesday chose to move that statutory deadline to buy themselves more time and to maintain […]