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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, […]

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Louisiana Legislature votes to decriminalize possession of modest amounts of marijuana

BY: - June 7, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature voted to decriminalize the possession of modest amounts of marijuana across the state, removing the possibility of facing jail or prison time for people caught with 14 grams or fewer of the drug. Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t said whether he will sign the legislation yet. If he vetoes the bill, it […]

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Sheriffs oppose marijuana legalization because sheriffs profit from marijuana’s prohibition | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 21, 2021

During that embarrassingly brief moment when Louisiana moved from the world’s most prolific incarcerator to the world’s second most prolific incarcerator, the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association went running to the Legislature for more money. While the general public likely interpreted fewer people locked up as a good thing, the sheriffs saw it as a problem that […]

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Louisiana won’t legalize recreational marijuana this year

BY: - May 18, 2021

The push to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Louisiana died Tuesday, when the Louisiana House rejected legislation to tax recreational marijuana. The proposed tax needed 70 House votes — two-thirds of the chamber — to pass. It only got 47 votes.  After the tax bill failed, Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville, shelved a second, separate […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Louisiana House votes to decriminalize marijuana statewide

BY: - May 11, 2021

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 68-25 to decriminalize the possession of modest amounts of marijuana across the state, removing the possibility of facing jail or prison time for people caught with 14 grams or fewer of the drug.  The Louisiana Senate and Gov. John Bel Edwards would have to approve the legislation before it […]

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Louisiana should not only legalize marijuana; it should also wipe clean the records of those convicted of marijuana crimes | Daniel Schwalm

BY: - May 6, 2021

While a bill in the  Louisiana House that would legalize recreational marijuana is still a long shot to become law, the fact that three House Republicans voted in favor of it in committee is a big step forward for a policy change that’s widely viewed as inevitable. The bill made it  through the committee in […]

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Louisiana Legislative Session 2021: What to expect

BY: - April 12, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s 2021 lawmaking session kicks off Monday, after a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated state policy and politics. Some COVID-19 restrictions will still remain in the Capitol during the lawmaking session. Visitors will be required to wear masks in the building. Seating in committee rooms for votes and debate on […]