Political bickering between Louisiana's governor and attorney general over potential fallout from a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act spilled into a House committee.
In a wild hearing that had opponents backing a 100-fold expansion of gambling, the House Criminal Justice committee Tuesday advanced legislation that would legalize sports betting in Louisiana.
Short of the two-thirds support needed in the state Senate, a proposal pushed by the governor to let Louisianans vote on a $9-an-hour minimum wage was pulled from consideration Tuesday after a line of Democratic Senators delivered impassioned spee…
Amid criticism, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he will push to increase spending for early childhood education so that a key waiting list for services can be reduced.
A proposal to legalize the growth of hemp in Louisiana cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, but not before lawmakers added a long list of regulations and conditions to the industry and the sale of popular CBD products that are already widely available.
A House-passed bill aimed at expanding Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services statewide won approval Tuesday in a key Senate committee after dying in the same panel in 2017 and 2018.
A year ago, a state Senate committee approved a bill to extend Harrah’s state license, which gives it the right to be the only land-based casino in New Orleans, but only after demanding hundreds of millions of dollars more from the casino company …
Legislation that allows a way for law enforcement to take the guns of a person who poses imminent personal injury to himself or others was rejected by a Louisiana House committee on arguments that it violated 2nd amendment.
Congress is advancing legislation that aims to fix an inadvertent impact of sweeping federal tax legislation passed in 2017 that has created a new burden for Gold Star Families.
Lawmakers are hoping to put Louisiana on the map for leading cybersecurity efforts and tightening security loopholes. Members of the House Commerce committee on Monday advanced a host of bills that would curb cyber attacks and provide businesses w…
Louisiana House lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposal to streamline local approval of tax breaks under the state’s controversial, decades-old Industrial Tax Exemption Program on Monday.
After much discussion about the appropriateness of legalizing sports betting, a Louisiana House panel Monday narrowly approved legislation that would tax the activity should lawmakers allow it.
The drug rehab Cenikor, recently hit with allegations it made patients work at private companies with no pay, has become an increasingly accepted alternative to jail in recent years all while public officials and state agencies have supported the …
House lawmakers unanimously agreed Monday to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program to include more children with developmental disabilities whose parents make too much money to qualify under current eligibility rules.
Voting along party lines, the House Appropriations Committee advanced Monday legislation that would slowly rollback of a sales tax increase that was the basis of last year’s compromise to stabilize the state’s finances for the next six years.
The Louisiana House Transportation Committee advanced two bills on Monday that would permit drug testing in severe traffic accidents and waive penalties for uninsured drivers under special circumstances.
A proposal to exempt manufacturers from paying sales taxes on utilities like steam and electric power--a move that would eventually cost the state about $60 million--won the backing of the Louisiana House Monday.
In an election year move panned by economists, a state Senate panel Monday approved a sales tax holiday in July for the purchase of guns, school supplies and hurricane preparations at retail stores.
A long-running dispute between Baton Rouge City Hall and the state Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System over the amount of retirement benefits owed to the city’s police officers could finally be nearing an end.
The effort to raise millions of dollars to help pay for New Orleans’ drainage and road needs moved one step closer to becoming law on Monday.
The companies that manage care for Louisiana’s Medicaid recipients say they have fixed an issue that state auditors found resulted in the payment of $10 million in claims that didn’t adhere to a new state law requiring certain tracking numbers.
Today in The Rundown: Harrah's is pushing back on its tax bill; Gov. Edwards and Congressman Scalise attended a party honoring LSU's new athletic director; the new American Idol is from Louisiana; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana …
Despite repeated comments on the value of early childhood education, advocates are bracing for what they view as a paltry allocation likely coming from the Legislature to trim a key waiting list for services.
A contractor working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to start clearing land next month for the long-planned 18.5-mile West Shore levee project headed through St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes and part of St. James.
What was called the "most important bill" of the session — one promoters said would lower Louisiana’s high auto insurance rates — fell apart after members of a Senate committee showed that the legislation was what opponents contended all along: an…
While asking state lawmakers to grant an early extension of their monopoly license to operate a land casino in New Orleans, the owners of Harrah’s are challenging in court the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s contention that the casino owes tens …
President Donald Trump encouraged U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise to run for governor this week during a flight aboard Air Force One en route to Louisiana, according to a news report from Axios.
Louisiana's delegation split along party lines when the Democrat-controlled U.S. House voted Friday in favor of a sweeping ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Louisiana's Ethics Board opened the door Friday for legislators to immediately take jobs at the state Capitol once their terms end, despite ethics provisions that mandate that other public servants wait two years before working for the agencies wh…
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Gov. John Bel Edwards is opposing legislation being pushed by Treasurer John Schroder that would create a fund for unclaimed property aimed at helping localities pay for infrastructure projects.
In a move to address mental illness among firefighters and police officers, a House committee advanced a bill Thursday that would add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of injuries eligible for public employee benefits.
A proposal pushed by Louisiana’s oil and gas industry to let refineries and other industrial plants to keep secret some environmental violations — and be immune from penalties for them — failed to clear the state House Thursday after a lengthy debate.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he would be inclined to sign legislation to finance a major road project in West Baton Rouge Parish if it wins final approval.
A state Senate committee gave the green light to create Team Gleason Foundation license plates to help former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason raise money to fight the neuromuscular disease ALS.
WASHINGTON — Amid a raging national debate over the future of abortion in the country, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said during a Fox News appearance on Thursday that it would make sense for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade …
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is leading a bipartisan effort to introduce legislation meant to prevent people from receiving “surprise medical bills” when they inadvertently receive treatment out of their insurance networks — a frustrating h…
WASHINGTON — Wendy Vitter, the Louisiana native who set aside an ambitious legal career to stand by her husband through a scandal and an unsuccessful run for governor, is now a federal judge for life.
An effort to raise taxes on short-term rentals to pay for New Orleans’ drainage needs moved one step closer to becoming law on Thursday.
An effort backed by labor leaders and nonprofits that would let cities in Louisiana set their own minimum wage was shot down Thursday after a lengthy debate over whether the state is overreaching by preempting locals on wage and paid leave issues.
It’s been nine years since the Louisiana Ethics Board first took up what its former chairman called “the most egregious case” to ever come before him.
Of the six lawmakers who have been charged by the Ethics Board or entered into consent opinions since the reforms championed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal, former state Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr.’s case has gone on the longest.
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State senators grilled Louisiana Physical Therapy Board officials for more than a hour on Wednesday over their handling of sexual assault allegations against licensed physical therapists.
After a lengthy debate, the state House on Wednesday approved a bill that would use some proceeds from the 2010 Gulf oil spill to build the Louisiana Highway 415 connector in West Baton Rouge Parish to ease traffic problems.
As lawmakers across the South and Midwest go on an anti-abortion legislating spree — led by an Alabama law that would represent a near-total ban on abortions — Louisiana lawmakers are advancing their own slate of restrictions that could create som…
Setting up a clash with the state House, the Louisiana Senate approved a $39 million increase for public schools Wednesday in a plan that also includes $1,000 teacher pay raises.