Page Cortez


New Orleans construction projects see funding restored — for now

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Louisiana State Bond Commission approved funding Thursday for over $30 million worth of New Orleans area construction projects and committed to spending $53 million more on city projects a month after blocking the same money over COVID-19 restrictions. Republicans on the bond commission withheld funding for New Orleans projects in August in part because […]

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 […]

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Louisiana’s historic veto override session: Winners and losers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature ended the first veto override session in the history of the state Wednesday, three days earlier than the session had to end, when it became obvious the Republican leadership didn’t have enough votes to override any of the governor’s vetoes. They had the option of staying until Saturday at […]

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LSU posted bad information about restraining orders on its website. Why did it take the university almost six weeks to change it?

BY: - July 2, 2021

On April 19, about a month after LSU unveiled its new website on sexual assault and dating violence, Morgan Lamandre told the university about a problem with it. The guidance on how to seek a restraining order on the new website was wrong, she said. “A restraining order is a court order that prohibits someone […]

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, […]

Louisiana Legislature 2021 pet projects

Louisiana legislative leaders send over half of $85 million in ‘pet projects’ to their own parishes

BY: - June 18, 2021

A million dollars for Pointe Aux-Chenes Elementary in Terrebonne Parish. Two million dollars for the Central Athletic Foundation in East Baton Rouge. Two and a half million dollars for Johnston Street lighting in Lafayette. One hundred and ten thousand dollars to upgrade the computer system for the 23rd state judicial district attorney’s office.  Louisiana lawmakers […]

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, […]

Louisiana Legislature votes to shift $300 million annually to transportation projects

BY: - June 11, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to move approximately $300 million annually from a fund that pays for higher education and health care to a fund that pays for large transportation projects. Supporters have said the spending will not only improve the state’s infrastructure system, but that it will also create construction jobs. Critics are […]

Sports betting bill clears committee

Sports betting is coming to Louisiana: 9 things you need to know

BY: - June 10, 2021

Louisiana residents may be placing bets on sports as early as fall, now that the Louisiana Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a framework for legal sports wagering.  Gov. John Bel Edwards has been supportive of sports betting and is expected to sign legislation associated with it.  The following are some facts that you should know about […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Louisiana Senate votes to dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to roads projects

BY: - June 7, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted unanimously Monday to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that currently goes to higher education, health care services, prisons and child welfare to transportation projects.  The Senate revamped House Bill 514, originally sponsored by Republican House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee, to take most of the state’s vehicle sales […]

Courtroom Gavel

Louisiana’s public defender system will stay in place

BY: - June 1, 2021

The Louisiana Senate Judiciary B Committee voted 5-1 Tuesday to scuttle legislation that would have overhauled the management of public criminal defense in Louisiana. Several people with political connections put pressure on the committee members to support and oppose the controversial legislation. The bill’s sponsor, Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee, R-Houma, is one of the […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Louisiana 2021-2022 State Budget Plan: Winners and losers

BY: - May 28, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature prioritized roads, bridges and lawmakers’ pet projects in its $43 billion dollar spending plan for the state budget cycle that starts July 1.  Lawmakers’ budget negotiations were easier this year because the state ended up having over $2 billion in unexpected money to spend. In recent years, legislators have had to negotiate […]