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John Bel Edwards says Jeff Landry is undermining Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Landry is undermining the state’s efforts to get the COVID-19 crisis under control by assisting anti-vaccine and anti-masking campaigns.  “Quite frankly, I don’t believe he’s consulting with any public health experts and what he’s doing has no basis in the law,” Edwards, a Democrat, said […]

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John Bel Edwards on vaccine mandates: 6 things to know

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards repeatedly said Wednesday that he won’t be issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for the public sector — including for K-12 schools, universities and state employees — until a vaccine receives full approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration and not just emergency use authorization. “I do look forward to the day […]

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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 […]

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Louisiana Legislature fails to overturn governor’s veto of transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

Louisiana will not ban transgender women and girls from participating in women and girls sports — despite efforts of the conservative Christian organizations and the House Republican leadership to push through a new law to do so. The Louisiana Legislature failed to overturn Edwards’ veto of a transgender athlete ban (Senate Bill 156) Wednesday after […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana lawmakers veto override efforts coming down to one bill — a transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s historic veto override session appears to be coming down mostly to one piece of legislation — a transgender women and girls athlete ban. Republican lawmakers entered the state’s first ever veto override session angling to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision on more than one measure. Edwards vetoed 28 bills and removed […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana Legislature’s veto override session: 6 things to know

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature will hold a session to override the governor’s vetoes for the first time in the state’s modern history. It’s set to start Tuesday and must end by Saturday at midnight, though lawmakers could vote to adjourn early. Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed 28 bills and several lawmakers’ pet construction projects from three […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana Governor, Legislature remove PAC contribution limits for political campaigns

BY: - June 28, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards approved a new law last week that will make it easier for special interest groups to give unlimited amounts of money to political candidates running for office in Louisiana. The governor and state lawmakers removed the current caps on donations from political action committees over the objections of the Louisiana Board […]

Louisiana state workers, teachers will have access to weight-loss surgery

BY: - June 28, 2021

Louisiana’s health insurance plans that cover state workers and public school teachers will now help pay for weight-loss surgeries that people had previously had to cover out of their own pockets. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Senate Bill 150, sponsored by Sen. Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge), to provide weight-loss surgery coverage to people […]

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, […]

Pink tax bill passes Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana governor signs law to eliminate state sales tax on menstrual products, diapers

BY: - June 24, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a new law Thursday that will eliminate the state sales tax from feminine hygiene products and diapers. The tax break will take effect July 1, 2022. The so-called “pink tax” removal, sponsored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, is expected to cost the state $11.1 million annually for the next […]

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes ban on transgender women and girls in women’s sports

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a ban on transgender women and girls participating in women and girls sporting events. The veto didn’t come as a surprise. The governor, a Democrat, had said in April that he intended to reject the legislation if it passed.  “As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination […]

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Louisiana Governor signs bill to eliminate jail, prison time for modest marijuana possession

BY: - June 15, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a new law that eliminates jail and prison time for the possession of modest amounts of marijuana — something typically defined as “decriminalizing” the drug. It takes effect Aug. 1. “This is not a decision I took lightly,” Edwards said in a written statement Tuesday. “In addition to carefully reviewing […]