Monday, June 19, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature paid lip service this summer to improving services for the elderly and physically disabled -- but it did almost nothing to actually change a system that disproportionately institutionalizes the state's most vulnerable peo…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne waxed poetic Monday about legislators finally getting down to doing in overtime what they should have done in the regular session.
Friday, June 16, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise faced an "imminent risk of death" after a high-velocity rifle shot struck his left hip, his doctor said Friday, leaving him "as critical as you can be" when he arrived at the hospital this week.
Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill promoted as a way to make colleges and universities more efficient, a measure the governor called duplicative.
Friday, June 16, 2017
In approving the Senate’s version of the budget last week, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Louisiana House dealt the chamber’s conservative leadership its first major defeat since it took power 18 months ago.
The governor and legislators are about equally to blame for having to come back in special session to pass a state operating budget, at least that’s one of the more interesting findings in John Couvillon’s Friday poll of an overwhelmingly white an…
Friday, June 16, 2017
Louisiana lawmakers wrapped up their fourth special session in less than two years on Friday with a nearly $29 billion budget plan for the coming year but little to address a looming $1.2 billion shortfall that they face after that.
Today in The Rundown: Congressional Baseball Game serves as tribute to Scalise; state budget bill may be on the horizon; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana Politics today.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
With many supporters calling it an "historic achievement" for Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed 10 bills into law overhauling the state's criminal justice system, with an eye on shedding the state's undesired title of the world's incarcerati…
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature is potentially one step away from having a final budget plan, after a breakdown between the House and Senate sent lawmakers into a special session to finish negotiations.
Today in The Rundown: House approves budget plan favored by the Senate and governor; updates on Steve Scalise following shooting, including President Trump's hospital visit; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
With a majority of Louisiana's GOP-controlled House voting against the chamber's conservative leaders, the Legislature appears close to approving a budget that will use all of the $29 billion expected to be available in the coming year.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Today in The Rundown: The special session nears its midway point with House taking up bill and no compromise reached; Gas tax could be years from reconsideration; New Orleans claims victory in session; and everything else you need to know in Louis…
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
In the bitter battle over Louisiana's budget and taxes, Republicans who control the House are led by an Alexandria lawmaker who has emerged as a key player in what passes and what fails in the Legislature.
In the ongoing effort to hash out a nearly $29 billion state budget for the coming year, House Republican leaders are again suggesting that the state spend $100 million less than is projected to be available.
Monday, June 12, 2017
At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, his colleagues gave Speaker Taylor Barras the coveted “gentleman of the House” award.
A legislative bill that originally sought to "clean up" a controversial 2016 state law banning strippers younger than 21 — but that was revised in recent weeks to quash the age restriction entirely — died quietly in the regular session last week a…
Leaders from Louisiana colleges and universities, the state Department of Health, prisons and social services programs got another chance Monday to plead for their budgets to be protected from dramatic cuts in the coming year.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne remains optimistic that the state budget impasse in the Louisiana Legislature will be resolved soon.
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law on Monday a slate of bills to combat the state's opioid addiction crisis, to limit prescriptions and to prevent the practice of "doctor shopping."
The Legislature is taking a “fresh start” with the budget, House Speaker Taylor Barras told reporters Monday morning, on the first day of activity during the special session, and said he expected the full House to vote on the bill Wednesday.
The Legislative Auditor found Monday that if the Louisiana Tax Commission altered the way it calculates how much public service companies, like privately owned nuclear power plants, are worth then local governments could receive an additional $249…
Sunday, June 11, 2017
The gridlocked legislative session that ended last week may have had few winners, but officials in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration are claiming victory for blocking a number of measures that would have allowed the state to overri…
Saturday, June 10, 2017
During floor debate in the final week of the regular legislative session, Democratic Rep. Barbara Norton, of Shreveport, apparently had enough of Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges from Denham Springs.
Traditionally, it's been Louisiana's Democrats and liberal social justice advocates who have pushed for reforms in the state's criminal justice system — asking for more lenient drug sentences, programs to rehabilitate criminals and softer penaltie…
Friday, June 09, 2017
A day after the Louisiana House dramatically ended the legislative session with no budget in place for the coming fiscal year, leaders were still processing what had happened in the final minutes of the session and how they will move forward in an…
A three-line amendment on a three-page bill added nearly 46,000 students to Gov. John Bel Edwards' measure to ban the paddling of public school students with disabilities.
House Republicans on Friday accused a New Orleans Democratic senator of verbally assaulting a House member in the final chaotic moments of the regular legislative session and said the senator should be censured.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Lawmakers filed more than 900 bills for consideration in the legislative session that ended Thursday, with the heaviest debate focused on state spending and tax policy. But other measures dealing with criminal sentencing laws, public education, Co…
A bid to let voters decide whether to ban the use of state road and bridge dollars for State Police died in the Louisiana Legislature Thursday.
After two years of haggling, lawmakers have finally passed a bill to change rules for sentencing juveniles to life without parole.
A week ago, a Lafayette newspaper called on House Speaker Taylor Barras to resign from his leadership post and the leader of a powerful trade association leader circulated a memo that derided Barras' influence.
A House bill intended to create a safety net for the mentally ill got an unexpected rider attached to it late last week — one that would limit competition for Louisiana nursing homes.
After a dramatic breakdown in budget negotiations, the Louisiana Legislature finds itself in a familiar place: Addressing the state's finances in a special session.
Today in The Rundown: Session ends in hours but still no budget deal reached and everything else you need to know today in Louisiana politics.
The Louisiana Legislature, unable to break the budget impasse during the regular session, headed into a special session Thursday night.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Lawmakers have reached a compromise, that neither side is fully happy with, on a contentious bill that will curb life without parole sentences for juveniles.
Civil rights groups, advocates for open government and criminal defense attorneys, who represent the accused, may no longer have a voice on a task force created to make recommendations about how police body camera laws should be used and enforced.
Despite charges that it will spawn politically driven road and bridge projects, the Louisiana House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill aimed at improving voter confidence in transportation spending.
Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Wednesday accused a group of their House Republican counterparts of launching personal attacks on Louisiana's transportation chief.
Today in The Rundown: Budget negotiations begin in earnest; LSMSA name battle boils over with board step-down; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana Politics today.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Louisiana legislators spent much of Wednesday – the penultimate day of the legislative session – locked in a behind-the-scenes battle over who would blink first in negotiations on the state budget for the coming year.
Public colleges and universities can’t ask most applicants about their criminal past under legislation the Louisiana House gave final approval on Tuesday.