WASHINGTON — Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins more than quadrupled the cash in his campaign war chest during the first three months of 2018, raising substantial donations after posting anemic fundraising figures last year.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
More than 100 Louisiana-based banks could be freed from a range of federal regulations if Congress passes a major rollback of banking rules put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, who was badly wounded by a gunman at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago, was undergoing a planned follow-up surgery on Monday.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
WASHINGTON — Among the bluntest questions for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a congressional hearing Tuesday came from Louisiana's Sen. John Kennedy, who took shots at the company's privacy protections in his brief, 5-minute window.
Monday, April 09, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is consolidating three Acadiana offices into a building it recently purchased on Dulles Drive in Lafayette, despite some local opposition.
Friday, April 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making a handful of tweaks to the National Flood Insurance Program to inject more private money into the government-dominated flood insurance market.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — The federal government will be sending more than $1.2 billion in grant money to pay for flood-control and prevention projects in the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves announced Thursday.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
WASHINGTON — Among the items tucked into the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion federal budget deal passed by Congress on March 22 are several provisions that will directly affect Louisiana.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A district attorney’s office that can prosecute only murder cases. State judges suing the parish governing authority. A prisoner wresting a gun from a guard in a courthouse hallway.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — The sudden and mysterious death of whole tracts of a marsh grass along the Louisiana coast have raised alarm among scientists and prompted fears of speeding erosion of the state's already shrinking coast.
WASHINGTON — The hallways of the U.S. Capitol, the White House and federal agency headquarters are lined with paintings of presidents, major lawmakers, past committee chairs and Cabinet secretaries.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Emergency dispatchers may soon be able to help save lives over the phone with the advancement Tuesday of one senator’s life-or-death bill.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A bill to overhaul the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students was narrowly rejected Tuesday by a state Senate committee after the plan sparked heavy criticism from leaders of LSU and others.
A bid to let voters in East Baton Rouge and four other parishes enact their own gas tax narrowly failed Tuesday in a Louisiana House committee.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Louisiana lawmakers have jettisoned legislation to ban employers from requiring their workers to sign contracts that keep them from filing sexual harassment lawsuits in civil court.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Louisiana senators refused Monday to eliminate gender-specific terms from state marriage laws in response to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, amid opposition to the law changes from Christian conservatives.
Beer, wine and hard liquor could be delivered to homes under legislation that advanced Monday by a state Senate committee.
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s criminal trial on seven felonies was pushed back indefinitely as Pope’s attorneys on Monday sparred with prosecutors over evidence, the proper trial venue and whether Pope should be tried on all the charges at o…
WASHINGTON — Comments by a Nevada congressman on Monday touched off the latest round of speculation that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan might hang up his gavel and retire, with Louisiana's Steve Scalise a possible successor.
An effort to raise the age of retirement and include a 401(k)-style component to the pension plan for many newly hired rank-and-file state workers took its first step Monday when a state Senate panel backed the legislation.
Louisiana's social services agency is improving efforts to keep food stamp rolls current and shrink improper payments, but still has paid out benefits after recipients have died, according to an audit released Monday.
Flooded homeowners and businesses who could take advantage of recently passed federal tax relief won’t have to pay more in state taxes after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Monday legislation that forgave whatever taxes the state was owed.
Bulletproof backpacks would be allowed in Louisiana public schools under a bill that breezed through a Senate committee Monday.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
After yet another year where Louisiana's nursing homes ranked among the worst in the nation, a group of legislators are taking aim at the powerful nursing home industry in an attempt to radically change the way the state takes care of its elderly …
Friday, March 23, 2018
The push to offer a tax break for the families of private school students and others has hit a major snag in the Legislature.
A split Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday shot down Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order that bans companies contracting with the state from discriminating against LGBT employees.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins on Friday slammed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package that Congress passed and President Trump signed earlier in the day, along with the process by which Congress produced it.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
A Louisiana House Republican leader said he's found a way to lower Louisiana's budget gap next year, but Gov. John Bel Edwards calls it a gimmick similar to the short-term fixes that has left the state struggling with financial problems for a decade.
A legislator recalled his wife's suicide during a hearing Thursday about legislation that seeks to establish a statewide plan to prevent people from killing themselves.
A Louisiana Senate panel recommended Thursday stricter standards before the City of New Orleans boots vehicles for not paying parking tickets.
WASHINGTON — A career federal prosecutor tapped by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. attorney for Louisiana's sprawling Western District is headed for a U.S. Senate confirmation vote after receiving a committee nod Thursday morning.
WASHINGTON — The National Flood Insurance Program would get a four-month reprieve as part of a massive $1.3 trillion federal spending deal making its way through Congress, the fourth temporary extension of the program since September.
The state would launch pilot projects to improve affordable early childhood education from birth to age 4 under a bill that breezed through a House committee Thursday morning.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Concerned citizens filled the State Capitol in 1992 when the Legislature was deciding whether to legalize a single land casino in New Orleans under Gov. Edwin Edwards, and conservative legislators vowed to use every means available to stop it.
Pharmacists would be allowed to tell their customers how much prescriptions actually cost – and if the drugs could be found cheaper – under a bill that took its first legislative step Wednesday.
The Louisiana House approved Wednesday evening a bill that sets up how the state and local government would handle sexual harassment claims.
A bill aimed at ensuring that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are prepared for kindergarten cleared its first hurdle Wednesday.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The Senate Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday approved two floating casino measures: one would allow the casinos to move onto land and have more room for their slot machines, and the other would allow a Bossier City boat to move to rural Tangipahoa Parish.
A Senate committee voted Tuesday to move to the full Senate a bill that would put before Louisiana voters a constitutional amendment to junk the state’s unusual and long-standing allowance for non-unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Riverboat casinos would move onto land and get more space for their slot machines. Racetracks would offer more slot machines and betting on sports.
Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy joined a Democratic colleague Monday in calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress to explain reports that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately harvested da…
If you're thinking about calling Louisiana's revenue department to check on an income tax refund, you might want to try the agency's website instead.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
A crowd of mostly Louisiana businessmen and businesswomen audibly “ohh”-ed at a recent demonstration of the “Ohio Checkbook” — a user-friendly website that tracks checks written by government agencies, detailing where the money came from and where…
Friday, March 16, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s announcement of new tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum caused concern and some alarm among Louisiana’s largely Republican congressional delegation, who worry about the plan’s effect on the state’s mass…
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare committee was in a hospitable mood Wednesday, advancing 16 bills to the House floor, including seven handling child welfare and two involving veterans and their families.