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Republicans block 'Jim Crow jury' reform

How Louisiana prisons have handled COVID-19: 9 Things to Know

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has no information on whether nearly half the state’s prison population was screened for COVID-19 or has been offered a COVID-19 vaccine yet, according to a report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor released Monday.  Louisiana houses 46 percent of the people it imprisons — 13,051 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 […]

Governor signs orphan well tax exemption into law

John Bel Edwards signs ‘orphan’ well tax exemption into law

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed into law a program to help fix “orphan” oil wells by offering a tax exemption on oil produced from abandoned wells that are reworked to produce again. Lawmakers passed the bill in hopes of resolving the ongoing problem of leaky unsealed oil wells across Louisiana, but one critic […]

Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

Tax-swap is now left to Louisiana voters as John Bel Edwards signs legislation

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed the tax-swap package of bills that, if approved by Louisiana voters, will repeal the federal tax payment deduction allowed on state income tax returns in exchange for lower state tax rates for individuals and corporations. The legislation will only take effect if residents vote in favor of a […]

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Louisiana lawmakers rejected proposal to deter euthanasia of dogs from dog fights

BY: - June 22, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers killed a bill during the legislative session that was intended to deter the euthanization of dogs seized at dog fights. Supporters of House Bill 231 pulled the proposal once it became clear it wouldn’t get through the Senate Agriculture, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee. Veterinarian associations opposed the legislation, though they didn’t explain […]

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What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June? | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - June 18, 2021

The headline above pays homage to one of the most powerful and brilliant speeches in American history. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century’s most eloquent abolitionist, was asked to speak at an Independence Day celebration in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852, and he asked his White audience a most provocative question: “What, to the […]

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We who wear natural hairstyles shouldn’t have to change it for employment | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 16, 2021

A White manager was concerned when my best friend — like me, a Black woman — came to work with her hair in tiny twists. “So tell me about your hair,” she said. “It’s just twisted, right?” My friend, looking perplexed, answered, “No, it’s locked.” “Well, we’re going to say that it’s twisted,” the manager […]

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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 […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana Legislative Session 2021: Winners and Losers

BY: - June 15, 2021

Lawmakers approved a business-friendly tax policy overhaul and prioritized transportation funding over most other budget items in the 2021 regular lawmaking session that ended last week.  The Republican-dominated Legislature executed a conservative, business-oriented agenda, the likes of which the corporate community hasn’t been able to get passed in years. Democrats, despite holding the governor’s office, […]

Amid oil and gas buildout, Louisiana industry pushes for less oversight

BY: - June 15, 2021

When a natural gas pipeline fire in Paradis killed one worker and burned three others in 2017, the Louisiana State Police ordered Phillips 66 to pay a $22,000 fine for failing to immediately report the incident. The fire burned for four days before first responders could put it out. But the company ultimately didn’t pay […]

Louisiana Legislature passed chemical recycling bill, but critics say it may worsen environment

BY: - June 14, 2021

A bill passed by the Louisiana Legislature this session would usher in a new kind of plastic recycling in the state, but environmental advocates warn that the process is unproven at best and could bring more pollution to communities already breathing in toxic emissions. Senate Bill 97 by Sen. Eddie Lambert (R-Gonzales) paves the way […]