Gov. John Bel Edwards

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoes bills related to vaccines, emergency powers and elections

BY: and - July 2, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday that he vetoed 28 of the 505 bills the Louisiana Legislature sent him during the 2021 legislative session.  That number includes the construction bill because Edwards used a line-item veto for some projects lawmakers approved. The Legislature can override any of the governor’s vetoes with a two-thirds vote in […]

Southern University in Baton Rouge is ‘falling into the river’ and needs $32 million to stop erosion

BY: - June 30, 2021

Maurice Pitts, the director of facilities at Southern University in Baton Rouge wanted to make it clear Monday that what he was saying about the campus’ worsening erosion problem is “no exaggeration.”  The campus, situated on the Mississippi River is “falling into the river,” Pitts said. “It has become a safety hazard.” Much of the […]

Sugar cane waste can be converted to clean biofuel

Louisiana courts energy startup that converts sugar cane waste to biofuel

BY: - June 28, 2021

A company that turns sugar cane waste into a green biofuel is considering building a $70 million renewable energy facility in Iberia Parish, and the state is offering tax breaks and other perks to seal the deal. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced that his administration has reached a preliminary agreement with Delta Biofuels, […]

Gov. Edwards gets bill that doubles maximum punishment for flying drones over critical infrastructure

BY: - June 9, 2021

A bill that would increase penalties for flying drones above petrochemical facilities, pipelines and grain elevators is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk  for his signature.  HB265, by Rep. Ken Brass (D-Vacherie), increases the maximum fine for the second offense of flying a drone above critical infrastructure from $2,000 to $4,000 and increases the […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Gov. Edwards vetoes La. Legislature’s bill opposing election grants — again

BY: - June 8, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill Monday that would have prohibited state and local election officials from receiving grants or donations from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), was Republican lawmakers’ second attempt in as many legislative sessions to prohibit local officials […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Applications for disaster unemployment assistance being accepted in Louisiana

BY: - June 4, 2021

As a result of President Joe Biden’s disaster declaration for the mid-May storms in Louisiana, the state Workforce Commission is offering disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) available to businesses and residents. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for DUA until the deadline of July 6 from individuals and businesses in the parishes of Ascension, Calcasieu, […]

President declares major disaster for mid-May storms in Louisiana

Federal disaster declared for mid-May storms in Louisiana

BY: - June 2, 2021

President Joe Biden on Wednesday declared a major disaster and ordered federal assistance for the areas of Louisiana affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in mid-May that damaged thousands of homes and left five people dead. Biden’s action, at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards, makes federal disaster funding available to residents […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

La. Republicans block qualified immunity bill, setting aside months of bipartisan work

BY: - June 1, 2021

Republicans in a Louisiana Senate committee on Tuesday blocked Rep. Edmond Jordan’s bill to limit qualified immunity for police officers whose conduct is deemed unreasonable — the legislature’s most critical police reform measure and one that was crafted over the last year by a bipartisan panel that included dozens of experts across multiple fields.  House […]

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Bill to allow concealed guns without permit passes legislature

BY: - June 1, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature on Tuesday passed a so-called “constitutional carry” or “permit-less carry” bill that would allow residents to carry concealed guns without a permit and without any training. Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris (R-West Monroe), cleared the Senate for a final concurrence in a 27-9 vote. It will head to the […]

Ronald Greene’s family will ‘not stop fighting for justice,’ advocate says

BY: - May 27, 2021

Surviving family members and other advocates for Ronald Greene, who died in the custody of Louisiana State Police officers in May 2019, rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge Thursday. They demanded that authorities take immediate action against the officers involved in Greene’s death now that a video showing some of […]

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 […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

Legislature passes second attempt to prohibit election donations

BY: - May 20, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses — a measure that Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed last year. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), is the second attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]