Louisiana Legislature

DEBERRY: Louisiana voters may not get a chance to trust the post office with their ballots

BY: - August 20, 2020

It quickly becomes clear when talking with Mary Frances Berry about voting that the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights doesn’t do talking points.  Four years ago, as we spoke about her book on the lingering practice of vote-buying — she calls it “Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich” — Berry […]

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Louisiana has sent out 69,000 ‘frontline worker’ payments

BY: - August 15, 2020

Louisiana has sent out $250 payments to 69,000 “frontline” workers since the middle of July. The state has spent $17 million of the $50 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside for this program, said Kimberly Robinson, the head of the state department of revenue.  The state only has enough money to assist about 200,000 workers. […]

Louisiana’s police training task force holds first meeting

BY: - August 6, 2020

The Louisiana Senate’s police training task force held its first meeting Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol. The 25-member panel, officially dubbed the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force, is the brainchild of Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, who introduced he idea in the wake of national outcry at the killing of George Floyd […]

Louisiana small businesses can now seek reimbursement for pandemic-related costs

BY: - July 28, 2020

Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder announced Tuesday that Louisiana’s small businesses can now apply for grants that the Louisiana Legislature established to help them survive the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Main Street Recovery Program is funded with $275 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside during this year’s regular session to help the state’s small businesses.  Republicans […]

Sharon Weston Broome

Local government coronavirus relief will mostly go to public safety, criminal justice

BY: - July 24, 2020

The bulk of Louisiana’s approximately $500 million in coronavirus relief funding for local governments will go to public safety and criminal justice system costs, unless Congress and President Donald Trump expand the way the money can be used.  Louisiana received a total of $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief money, and the federal government required that […]

Louisiana’s $250 front-line worker payment may run out by the end of the week

BY: - July 16, 2020

Louisiana’s supplemental $250 payments for front-line workers looks likely to run out in the next day or so. Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged people who qualify to file their applications in a matter of hours if they want to receive a payment.  The state has already received 125,000 applications for the $250 payment since the […]

Louisiana’s front-line workers can apply for $250 COVID-19 rebates Wednesday

BY: - July 14, 2020

During the recently concluded special session, Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill introduced by Rep. Sam Jenkins (D-Shreveport) that allows essential employees who kept working through the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for  $250 in aid.  The application process, the Louisiana Department of Revenue has announced, begins Wednesday. Louisianians who earn less than $50,000 annually and who worked […]

COMMENTARY

Money wasted on abortion fights could help struggling Louisianians

BY: - July 2, 2020

By Pearl Ricks, Reproductive Justice Action Collective On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court  voted 5-4  to strike down  Louisiana’s admitting privileges law. The majority ruled that Louisiana’s law was essentially identical to a Texas law the court struck down in 2016. The court also ruled that Louisiana providers can go to court to defend the […]

COMMENTARY

Stories of hardship ignored by Republicans on Louisiana House labor committee

BY: - June 29, 2020

William Kenneth Walker, a bartender at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, told the Louisiana House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee Friday that the decision to convert the convention center into a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients means that he doesn’t think he’ll be going back to work “no time soon.” “And […]

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Local public defenders budget reduced in Louisiana Senate proposal

BY: - June 26, 2020

Update: The Louisiana Senate reversed its initial reduction to local public defender offices when it approved the budget Friday afternoon. It moved back to the original public defender funding breakdown drawn up by the Louisiana House. The Legislature is expect to approve the final version of the total state operating budget by Tuesday. The new […]

Ted James

Louisiana Lawmakers support police study – as long as it doesn’t talk about George Floyd

BY: - June 25, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature overwhelmingly supports the study of policing tactics. Lawmakers appear likely to set up a new task force to examine law enforcement practices over the next year — with the goal of recommending legislation to change state policing laws in 2021. But White Republican lawmakers in the House haven’t wanted to link that […]

COMMENTARY

We want to focus the Louisiana Illuminator on those who are often overlooked

BY: - June 23, 2020

There’s never a good time for Louisianians to ignore what’s happening at the Louisiana State Capitol. Whoever the governor is and whoever the lawmakers are, those elected officials are always making decisions that have an impact on residents’ quality of life. Those officials can set healthcare policy that determines whether poor residents can see doctors […]