Louisiana Legislature

Medical Marijuana Commission holds first meeting

Steve Gleason says medical marijuana saved him from a ‘downward spiral’

BY: - August 27, 2021

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason said Friday that medical marijuana saved him from a “downward spiral” he after his ALS diagnosis. Friday marked the first time Gleason has ever spoken publicly about his use of  the drug. He was testifying before the Medical Marijuana Commission set up by Louisiana Legislature.  A former special […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana will increase COVID-19 restrictions on state workers, but questions remain

BY: - August 24, 2021

A lot remains up in the air about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to require thousands of state workers to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular, mandatory testing. It’s not clear when those additional requirements for unvaccinated state employees will go into effect or how many people they will impact. Employees won’t […]

Louisiana turns to redrawing political maps

With Census figures in, Louisiana turns to redrawing political maps

BY: - August 23, 2021

With the legislature’s first redistricting meeting approaching, some lawmakers and interested citizens are hoping to make critical changes to the maps that define Louisiana’s political boundaries. Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau released its long-awaited, updated population numbers from around the country, showing Louisiana experienced sluggish growth of just 2.5% over the last decade […]

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Republicans stall millions of dollars of funding for New Orleans construction projects

BY: - August 20, 2021

The Louisiana State Bond Commission voted 12-2 Thursday to withhold financing for over $30 million worth of construction projects in New Orleans that affect both public and private facilities. The board said it will take up the projects at its meeting in September instead.  The surprise vote fell along partisan lines, with Republicans deciding to […]

Louisiana mask mandate remains in schools (for now) after state school board ends meeting early

BY: - August 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate will remain in place for K-12 schools  after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adjourned its meeting early Wednesday and declined to vote on its own school masking policy.  BESE voted 8-2 to end the meeting abruptly after most people in it saudience refused to […]

Louisiana lawmakers COVID-19 hearing punctuated with outbursts, doubt

BY: - August 16, 2021

The Louisiana lawmakers vaccine information meeting Monday got off to a rocky start when members of the audience refused to abide by the state’s indoor mask mandate. The meeting, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. at the state Capitol, began 20 minutes late while attendants tried to settle the audience and distribute masks to members […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

63 Louisiana House members ask state school board to sidestep K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 16, 2021

Sixty-three House members signed a letter asking the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to direct local K-12 school districts to adopt their own mask protocols — in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. All 63 House members who signed the letter are Republicans. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-French Settlement, and […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Louisiana Senate leaders want local school districts to decide K-12 mask mandate

BY: - August 12, 2021

Louisiana’s top two Senate leaders want local school districts to decide whether face masks will be required in K-12 schools — not the governor of Louisiana. Senate President Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) and President Pro Tempore Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday asking that he rescind his statewide indoor […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

19 Louisiana House Republicans want school mask mandate rescinded

BY: and - August 11, 2021

Despite an unprecedented number of coronavirus infections in children, 19 Louisiana House Republicans sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards Monday, asking him to rescind the face mask mandate for K-12 schools and allow local school districts to decide their own mitigation measures. “We believe this is a blatant disregard of [state education] Superintendent […]

Solar jobs want Louisiana, but the feeling isn't mutual

University of Louisiana at Lafayette studies solar farming despite pushback to renewable energy

BY: - August 11, 2021

LAFAYETTE — Just over a mile northwest of the Cajundome is a 5-acre plot of land flanked by neighborhoods of single-family homes and a commercial area to the north — not the type of zone one would normally expect to see a power plant — yet there one is, silently generating enough electricity to run […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards announces $34M will be used in statewide flood mitigation projects

BY: - August 5, 2021

Around $34 million in federal funds will be used on flood mitigation projects throughout the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Thursday news release.  The Council on Watershed Management approved13 flood risk reduction projects that were recommended by steering committees for Louisiana watershed regions. The total includes $3.43 million for East Natchitoches drainage […]

Louisiana’s water districts can now apply for funding to carry out repairs and upgrades

BY: - August 3, 2021

With applications now open, Louisiana communities will have until Sept. 24 to apply for funding to fix their community water and sewer systems.  Water  systems that apply can receive up to $5 million in funding, using money allocated from federal pandemic aid, with potentially more funding available for water systems that consolidate with others. The […]