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Misclassification of Employees Task Force may need more time

BY: - March 18, 2021

The members of Louisiana’s Misclassification of Employees Task Force, who are researching employer payroll fraud, feel they will not be able to submit some proposed legislation in time for state lawmakers’ regular session beginning April 12. At Wednesday’s meeting, the members agreed with task force Chairman Luke Morris when he suggested tabling one of their […]

John Bel Edwards

‘Every single one’ of Louisiana’s hospitals at risk of overflow

BY: - November 19, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed deep concern Thursday about the continuous increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across Louisiana, which have climbed by nearly 30 percent over the last seven days and are bringing hospitals to the brink of patient overflow.  At a press conference Thursday, the governor reported 929 patients in hospitals due to COVID-19, an […]

What does the new anti-abortion amendment really mean for Louisiana?

BY: - November 6, 2020

Far from being a mere symbolic gesture, the passage of Louisiana’s anti-abortion constitutional amendment on Tuesday cements any future abortion prohibitions in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever weakened or overturned.   The amendment, which passed by an overwhelming 62 percent, adds Article I, Section 20.1 to declare that “to protect human life, nothing […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

To preserve COVID-19 emergency powers, Gov. Edwards goes to court

BY: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards filed a motion in court Monday against the Louisiana House of Representatives in response to a petition signed by House Republicans who are determined to overturn the governor’s public health emergency declaration.The state’s COVID-19 Phase 3 restrictions remain “in full force and effect,” Edwards said, despite statements from Attorney General Jeff […]

Governor vetoes bill that sought to prohibit election grant money

BY: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited local election officials from using nonprofit grant money to pay for election-related expenses.  House Bill 51, introduced by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sought to prohibit registrars of voters and clerks of court from accepting grant money from private individuals […]

Louisiana bill meant to prevent ‘Defund the Police’ efforts dies in the Louisiana Senate

BY: - October 24, 2020

The Louisiana Senate killed a bill meant to prevent local governments from “defunding the police” by not taking it up for a vote before the legislature ended its special session Friday. Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, stymied the proposal by conducting a short, 20-minute filibuster. “Sen. Luneau: Are you going to have the floor — are […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Gov. Edwards is sent a bill that creates a new way of crafting emergency election plans and doesn’t diminish his power

BY: - October 23, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Friday that changes the way the state adopts an emergency election plan and allows for some extra accommodations for early voting during such emergencies. Senate Bill 20, introduced by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, allows the secretary of state to present multiple versions of an emergency election plan to a […]

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The ongoing pandemic requires a strong government response, not platitudes about personal freedoms

BY: - October 23, 2020

Wednesday evening, during a meeting of one of the three state Senate judiciary committees, Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, made remarks that demonstrated once again that even now — as almost 5,600 people in Louisiana are known to have succumbed to COVID-19 — not enough members of his party are taking the pandemic seriously. DeVillier was […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Bill passes offering $48 million in tax breaks to oil and gas industry

BY: - October 22, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would give an estimated $48 million in tax exemptions to the oil and gas industry. House Bill 29, introduced by Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, would suspend a 12.5 percent severance tax that companies pay on oil and gas extracted from abandoned orphan wells, newly-drilled wells, or old […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Bill that would have protected defiant Louisiana pastor dies in committee

BY: - October 21, 2020

A bill meant to defend a Louisiana pastor who defiantly flouted the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size died in a Louisiana Senate committee Wednesday evening.  Tony Spell, a Pentecostal pastor in Central, was given summonses after deliberately holding church services with more worshipers than the state’s pandemic emergency regulations allowed. He was eventually booked […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

House passes bill that would codify clergy’s right to visit nursing homes

BY: and - October 21, 2020

The Louisiana House passed a bill Wednesday morning that would prevent the state health department from restricting members of the clergy from visiting patients in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the clergy have been able to visit nursing homes since the early days […]

Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

Legislation approved to stop drops in unemployment benefits

BY: - October 20, 2020

Thanks to new legislation that passed both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature, weekly unemployment benefits for laid-off workers will remain at current rates, and businesses will not be subjected to a tax hike to replenish the state’s depleted unemployment trust fund. Lawmakers approved Senate Concurrent Resolutions 5 and 9, which stop unemployment benefits from decreasing […]