Clay Schexnayder

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 […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana’s historic veto override session: Winners and losers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature ended the first veto override session in the history of the state Wednesday, three days earlier than the session had to end, when it became obvious the Republican leadership didn’t have enough votes to override any of the governor’s vetoes. They had the option of staying until Saturday at […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without a permit

Louisiana governor vetoes bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit

BY: and - June 25, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed legislation this week that would have allowed residents over the age of 21 to carry concealed guns without a permit and without training — a move that has heightened calls from Republican lawmakers for an unprecedented veto override session in July. “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, […]

Louisiana Legislature 2021 pet projects

Louisiana legislative leaders send over half of $85 million in ‘pet projects’ to their own parishes

BY: - June 18, 2021

A million dollars for Pointe Aux-Chenes Elementary in Terrebonne Parish. Two million dollars for the Central Athletic Foundation in East Baton Rouge. Two and a half million dollars for Johnston Street lighting in Lafayette. One hundred and ten thousand dollars to upgrade the computer system for the 23rd state judicial district attorney’s office.  Louisiana lawmakers […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana Legislative Session 2021: Winners and Losers

BY: - June 15, 2021

Lawmakers approved a business-friendly tax policy overhaul and prioritized transportation funding over most other budget items in the 2021 regular lawmaking session that ended last week.  The Republican-dominated Legislature executed a conservative, business-oriented agenda, the likes of which the corporate community hasn’t been able to get passed in years. Democrats, despite holding the governor’s office, […]

Legislation to slow down solar development advances in Louisiana Legislature

BY: - May 27, 2021

Two pieces of legislation that could slow solar development in Louisiana moved forward at the State Capitol Wednesday. A House resolution and Senate bill both advanced out of committees without opposition. House Concurrent Resolution 40 by Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) will block solar projects from being eligible for industrial tax breaks until July 10, and […]

For slavery remark, Rep. Ray Garofalo is removed as Louisiana House Education chair

BY: - May 18, 2021

After calls from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus that he be removed as chair of the Louisiana House Education Committee, Rep. Ray Garofalo (R-Chalmette) has finally been removed from that position. Even so, Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat who serves as chair of the Black Caucus, told the Illuminator Tuesday evening that tensions […]

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana House Speaker to host holiday gathering during pandemic

BY: - December 15, 2020

Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder is hosting a holiday open house for House members and their spouses on state property, even though Gov. John Bel Edwards has repeatedly discouraged the public — and state employees specifically — from throwing parties and potlucks over the past several weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, invited […]

Louisiana likely to have sales tax holiday Nov. 20-21

BY: - October 19, 2020

Louisiana is close to establishing a new sales tax holiday for Nov. 20-21 of this year — the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.  If approved, the tax holiday will give patrons a sales tax break on purchases up to $2,500 during those two days.  The tax holiday does not apply to vehicle purchases or restaurant […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

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 […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Republicans vie to take over state’s COVID-19 response

BY: - September 25, 2020

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has recently traveled to multiple college campuses in the South and praised the leadership of campus or state officials who she says have been helping keep the public safe. On Monday, Birx visited Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and on Tuesday she […]