Gov. John Bel Edwards

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Senator’s concealed gun bill advances in House

BY: - May 19, 2021

The Louisiana Senate’s “constitutional carry” bill, which would allow the carrying of a concealed gun without a permit, cleared the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. Sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris, R-West Monroe, Senate Bill 118 would allow people to freely carry a hidden gun without […]

New law keeps some industrial pollution accidents hidden from the public

Gov. Edwards wants feds to end suspension against oil and gas leases in Gulf

BY: - May 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Congress to lift the pause on oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico at a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing Thursday. “If this pause turns into something longer than the word ‘pause’ suggests, we know that it will have a tremendously adverse impact on […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

House passes second version of vetoed elections bill

BY: - May 5, 2021

For the second consecutive legislative session, on Tuesday the Louisiana House passed an elections bill that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sponsored last year’s legislation, which Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed, and is sponsoring this year’s bill, […]

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LGBTQ protections are already scarce in Louisiana; Legislature seeks to make things even worse | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - April 21, 2021

Louisiana is a state of “no” when it comes to protecting the LGBTQ community. No ban on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity No ban on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. No ban on discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. No law that […]

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Losing mothers and their babies remains a big problem in Louisiana | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 16, 2021

Motorists in Baton Rouge may have seen a billboard on I-12 depicting a balding White man holding open his shirt to reveal a long surgical scar down his chest.  “THIS IS WHAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE LOOKS LIKE,” the sign reads, as it shows a blood pressure measurement of 145/90. Yes, a scar from open heart […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

One bill would reform tax incentives while another would undo tax incentive reforms

BY: - April 15, 2021

Louisiana’s House Ways and Means Committee advanced a bill Thursday that would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to enact any new tax incentives. However, a separate bill that threatens to remove the authority that local governments have over corporate property tax exemptions was proposed and ultimately deferred. House Bill 202, sponsored by Rep. […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Bills adjusting Louisiana corporate tax advance in House committee

BY: - April 14, 2021

The Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee advanced a pair of bills Wednesday that would adjust Louisiana’s corporate tax structure by repealing the state-allowed deduction for federal income taxes paid by businesses and establish a flat corporate tax rate of 6%. House Bills 292 and 293, sponsored by Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, are companion bills […]

Clay Schexnayder

Bill to streamline sales tax collections in Louisiana clears first hurdle

BY: - April 13, 2021

The Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would create a centralized state agency to streamline sales tax collections in the state and replace the currently fragmented system of collections by individual cities, parishes and other agencies. House Bill 199, sponsored by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, would create the State […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

La. residents believe police treat Black people worse, LSU survey finds

BY: - April 9, 2021

Most Louisiana residents believe police treat Black people worse and less fairly than they treat White people, and an overwhelming majority approve of the state’s 2016 expansion of Medicaid and last year’s expansion of unemployment benefits, according to the fourth of five reports of the 2021 Louisiana Survey released Thursday by LSU’s Public Policy Research […]

Voting machine bill passes Senate committee

Secretary Kyle Ardoin forms non-elected commission to oversee Louisiana elections

BY: - April 8, 2021

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has formed a commission of non-elected officials to provide an overview of the state’s election processes. The Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting will hold its first meeting after the conclusion of the 2021 regular legislative session, which ends June 10. “Despite the challenges brought on by natural […]

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Governor John Bel Edwards

The novel coronavirus has no politics, but people threatened by it obviously do | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 2, 2021

It is accepted as a truism in the public health world that health information should be communicated to the public by someone other than elected officials — lest that information be rejected by everybody who doesn’t care for those officials or their party. However, people elect mayors, governors and presidents whom they expect to be […]

LSU

Gov. Edwards adds Laurie Lipsey Aronson to LSU board, bringing the number of women to 3

BY: - March 31, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Laurie Lipsey Aronson to the LSU Board of Supervisors Wednesday, bringing the total of women on the 16-member board up to three.   Earlier this month, a reporter asked Edwards if an investigative report detailing LSU’s systemic indifference to violence and sexual violence against women made him regret not having appointed […]