Monday, May 21, 2018
One by one, efforts to revamp the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students were killed in the Legislature, and usually by lopsided margins.
Chanting “We demand a moral budget,” three dozen protesters with the Poor People’s Campaign blocked a downtown Baton Rouge intersection for about 15 minutes Monday afternoon.
Today in The Rundown: Everything you need to know heading into the special session this week.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Amid the push to rid Louisiana of a Jim Crow-era law that allows for convictions even if juries are not unanimous, Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a law that will make it harder to see how individual jurors voted in cases that end in split verdicts.
The grand jury that indicted a former LSU student on negligent homicide and three others on hazing in the September alcohol-related death of freshman fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver heard inconsistent testimony from witnesses, a prosecutor has di…
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Back in March, about 500 protesters marched on the State Capitol shouting, “No rollback!” after a dozen bills were filed that essentially would have gutted a sweeping revamp, passed just last year, that fundamentally changed the way the world’s le…
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” in the words of William Shakespeare’s Henry V, as the Louisiana Legislature charges into its sixth special session to cover the gap between promised services and the money available.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed the Legislature's spending plan for the coming year, calling the version of House Bill 1 that passed both the House and Senate "catastrophic."
Friday, May 18, 2018
An aggressive effort by Caesars Entertainment to extend the state operating license for the Harrah’s New Orleans casino died Friday night, minutes before the Legislature ended the regular legislative session.
Louisiana legislators ended the 2018 regular session on Friday — more than two weeks ahead of schedule, giving lawmakers about a three-day break before they begin yet another special session to try to sort out the state's finances.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Breayana Bradley, a Tulane student who went through the state’s foster care system, arrived at the Capitol Friday to speak up for state funding for foster care programs when she had a chance meeting with Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Legislation aimed at improving access to affordable early childhood education and care from birth to age 4 won final legislative approval Friday.
A bid on the final day of the session to expand access to ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft was killed Friday by Senate President John Alario.
Today in The Rundown: One last day of regular session and then special session begins; Here is all you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — Sugar growers scored a sweet victory on Capitol Hill over big candy and soda manufacturers on Thursday as Louisiana lawmakers and other opponents easily sent a proposal to gut sugar subsidies down to a bitter defeat.
After failed attempts to pass a law that would ban smoking in casinos, bars and sports arenas statewide, an Acadiana legislator settled Thursday for a study on efforts to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.
Louisiana could soon restore voting rights to thousands of people convicted of felonies who remain on probation or parole, after a years-long effort at the State Capitol triumphed on Thursday.
The so-called "granny cam" bill, which allows residents of nursing homes to position surveillance cameras in their rooms, received its final required legislative approval on Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk to become law.
The House and Senate appear headed toward a showdown on the Harrah’s casino bill on Friday in what could be the final day of the regular legislative session.
Career diplomat and Louisiana native Maxwell J. Hamilton went home recently to answer this question: Louisiana depends on foreign trade, so why did voters elect Trump?
More people could soon be eligible for Louisiana's nascent medical marijuana program to treat their ailments, if Gov. John Bel Edwards agrees to bills that have received the backing of state lawmakers.
The Louisiana Legislature is sending a budget proposal to Gov. John Bel Edwards that nearly no one believes is adequate to fund state services in the coming year.
Basic state aid for public schools will be frozen for the 10th time in 11 years under legislation that won final approval Thursday in the Louisiana Legislature.
Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers brawl at the bar as session winds down; construction budget advances; Harrah's deal moves forward; bills on hazing, abortion and school prayer close to becoming law; and more news in Louisiana politics today.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Louisiana will likely soon have harsher criminal penalties for those convicted of hazing, following last fall's death of an LSU freshman fraternity pledge.
The Louisiana House refused to require convicted felons to wait five years after serving their sentences before they can run for office in Louisiana.
Louisiana is one step closer to restoring voting rights to thousands of people convicted of felonies who are on probation or parole, after a years-long effort at the State Capitol got a jolt of momentum last week.
WASHINGTON — After weighing the decision for months, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy joined U.S. Senate Democrats in passing a measure Wednesday to restore Obama-era “net neutrality” internet rules aimed at ensuring equal treatment for all web traffic.
Family members or friends will be able to keep an eye on their loved ones who live in nursing homes by watching them on surveillance cameras, under a new law that is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature.
A Louisiana Senate-passed bill aimed at allowing public school teachers to join student-led prayer cleared the House Wednesday 99-0 after a change to fend off a possible legal challenge.
Owners of the Harrah’s casino would get another 30 years to operate in Louisiana and would have to pay an additional $20 million per year to the state in minimum taxes, under major legislation approved by the Louisiana Senate Wednesday night.
Homeowners must complete an initial survey by July 20 to qualify for grant funding through the federally-funded Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance program that was created after historic floods swept much of the state in 2016.
Louisiana state Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, took the House floor on Wednesday morning to address a reported fist fight he had with Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, at a Baton Rouge bar on Tuesday night.
Two state lawmakers got into a fist fight in a downtown Baton Rouge bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, both admitted hours later in their respective chambers, apologizing to other members, their constituents and each other.
A final push to make major changes in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students was derailed Wednesday in a key House committee.
Louisiana senators approved Wednesday morning legislation that should theoretically be able to fund the vast majority, if not all, of the highest priority construction projects for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Legislation that would criminalize abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is going to the governor’s desk after the Senate approved Wednesday morning changes made to the bill in the House.
Louisiana often has too much, while Arizona frequently has too little, but water is a major concern for all the Sunbelt states.
Today in The Rundown: The Senate has passed a budget as lawmakers work toward a Friday end to the regular session; Casinos likely heading from the water to land; unanimous verdicts bill heads to voters; and everything else you need to know in Loui…
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The fate of a controversial bill that would give Harrah’s a no-bid, 30-year extension of its state casino operating license is now in the hands of the full Senate after a Senate committee approved the measure Tuesday.
Louisiana could have up to 15 more land casinos filled with thousands of new slot machines and table games under a bill given final legislative approval Tuesday by the House that will allow the state’s riverboat casino industry to move ashore.