Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, the state’s second longest serving public official and an early supporter of Gov. John Bel Edwards, wrote the governor Friday asking that he veto pay day loan legislation that has been sitting on his de…
A state panel Friday endorsed three sites in Iberville Parish just south of Plaquemine on the west side and St. Gabriel on the east as finalists for a new bridge across the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.
The 1,500 or so inmates still serving time in prison on nonunanimous jury verdict convictions, which the U.S. Supreme Court found unconstitutional, will have to wait longer as the legislation setting up how to manage those cases was withdrawn Thur…
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The former head of Louisiana State Police struck a deal with state lawmakers Thursday to hand over a journal in which he documented the fallout from Ronald Greene's in-custody death, amid backlash from legislators over his handling of the case and…
The day after the mass shooting of 19 children in Texas, feelings remained raw at a Louisiana Legislature still juggling about two dozen gun bills during the remaining 12 days of session.
The Louisiana House on Wednesday voted to ban spanking and other forms of corporal punishment in public schools but would allow parents to provide written consent if they want school officials to discipline their child.
Shocked to learn that while typical electricity bills soon will jump $20 a month, and Entergy’s top executive received a $1 million pay raise and spent Hurricane Ida in Colorado, the state’s regulators Wednesday floated the notion that the owners …
A Louisiana Senate committee on Wednesday backed a bill pushed by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder that would put several historic state buildings under the lieutenant governor’s oversight, despite fierce objections from the state official who prese…
A House-passed bill that would require aspiring teachers to take a three-hour course in dyslexia breezed through the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday without objection.
The nation’s Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm made her first visit to Louisiana on Tuesday and used a tour of an Iberville Parish oil storage facility to tout the Biden administration's effort to lower energy costs and shift the country to cl…
A proposal that would allow adoptees in Louisiana to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate at the age of 24 advanced out of the state Senate Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday.
State lawmakers advanced four bills Tuesday that are aimed at curbing penalties for marijuana possession, the latest effort to soften Louisiana’s historically harsh stance on the drug.
The Louisiana House on Tuesday rejected a bill that would prohibit public or private schools from recommending vaccines or medical procedures for students.
All but one of the Republican members present Tuesday on a House committee voted to end the “Raise the Age” law that keeps 17-year-old arrestees from being imprisoned with adult convicts.
Despite renewed charges of racism, a revamped bill to adjust the boundaries of the Central school district cleared a House committee Tuesday 5-4, setting up a late-session showdown in the full Louisiana House.
After several attempts, legislation that would turn driving while using a handheld cellphone from an arrestable offense to a traffic violation punishable by a fine, finally cleared the Louisiana House Monday.
With a coalition of lawmakers not normally on the same side, the Louisiana House on Monday shot down an effort to ask statewide voters to end future governors’ ability to line-item vetoes in future budget bills.
For the second consecutive year the Louisiana Legislature on Monday approved and sent to the governor a bill that would bar transgender athletes from competing in girls and women's sports.
In less than a minute, the Louisiana House approved previously controversial legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles.
Tenure, which protects college and university professors from being fired, will be studied by a legislative task force that is charged to make a report on recommended changes under a resolution to which the Louisiana House gave final approval Monday.
Staffers sprint back and forth across Memorial Hall seeking signatures as the clock ticks. Legislators storm the podium demanding a vote in the minutes before the legislative session adjourns.
There were handshakes and claps on the back all around when Democrats gathered in a celebratory mood in a State Capitol conference room in July.
The nation’s courts are slipping back into the “state rights” philosophy that had historically isolated minority communities and the poor from having their political needs heard and addressed, civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. told the …
Jay Dardenne, who oversees the state Division of Administration, on Thursday accused House Speaker Clay Schexnayder of cutting his agency’s budget by $3.3 million because the division refused to pay Schexnayder’s stepsons for renovating his two ap…
In record time and with little pushback, the Louisiana Legislature approved and sent to the governor’s desk Thursday a $39 billion annual operating budget along with a variety of other fiscal bills that authorized spending and the movement of taxp…
A House-passed bill that would bar third graders with reading problems from moving to the fourth grade breezed through the Senate Education Committee on Thursday without objection.
When a pipe burst at the Pentagon Barracks in February 2021, the state agency that oversees the historic structure across from the State Capitol moved forward in normal fashion to fix the three damaged apartments.
An Ascension Parish judge rejected the self-defense claims of Ascension Parish Councilman Corey Orgeron and a former client on Wednesday over a fight in the councilman's law office last October, finding both men guilty of misdemeanor simple battery.
The state Senate unanimously approved Wednesday Louisiana’s nearly $39 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
The Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice Wednesday advanced two bills without objection that relate to juvenile justice.
Louisiana students won’t be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to attend school next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday, backtracking on a plan that faced steep opposition from Republican state lawmakers.
The Louisiana House on Tuesday backed a measure that would prohibit transgender girls from competing on K-12 and college sports teams that match their gender identity.
The Louisiana House Committee on Health and Welfare Tuesday advanced two anti-abortion bills in bipartisan votes.
The Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would raise the limit on the amount of money that individuals and political committees can contribute to candidates.
Legislation that would increase prison terms for felons convicted of four or more nonviolent offenses advanced Tuesday on a party-line vote setting up what soon could be final legislative approval in the state Senate.
A bill by the deposed chairman of the House Education Committee touted as a way to end the "indoctrination" of public school students on race and other issues was killed Tuesday by the committee.
Louisiana would prohibit discrimination based on "natural, protective or cultural" hairstyles, under legislation that advanced Monday out of the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.
After the Louisiana House killed his proposal last week to charge women who terminate their pregnancies with murder, state Rep. Danny McCormick on Monday opted to resign from a committee assignment, rather than present a watered-down version of a …
A plan to gradually reduce a temporary state sales tax prior to it ending in mid-2025 was sidelined Monday by the Senate tax committee.
The Louisiana House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure advanced a bill Monday that would prohibit discrimination over vaccination or immunity status.
Senate President Page Cortez’s bill to install speed cameras and double fines on the 18-mile bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin cleared a House committee Monday and is now one step from a final vote by the Louisiana Legislature.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and teacher leaders Monday criticized the decision of the Legislature to limit pay raises for teachers to $1,500, not the $2,000 hike backed by Edwards and others.
Resolving one of the key issues of the legislative session, state Senate leaders Sunday endorsed spending $300 million for a new bridge across the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge and the House is expected to go along with the plan.
After about an hour last week of reviewing U.S. Supreme Court decisions that stated the bill was unconstitutional, the Republican majority on the Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice advanced the legislation for a fu…
Republicans in the House called timeout mid-afternoon Thursday as a showdown loomed over a controversial bill that divided Louisiana’s powerful anti-abortion forces.
In a late-session surprise, the Louisiana House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would bar third graders with reading problems from moving to the fourth grade.
Legislators stripped the parts of a bill that could have sent women to prison for terminating a pregnancy or taking the wrong birth control, then set aside the anti-abortion measure without a vote.
For the second time in less than a week the Louisiana House rejected a bill that would ban spanking, paddling and other forms of corporal punishment in public schools.