Gov. John Bel Edwards signed legislation that will increase the state’s unemployment benefits by $28 a week starting next year in return for agreeing to be the first Democratic chief executive to withdraw from the federal program that bumps the pa…
Dr. Ghali E. Ghali was reinstated by LSU late Wednesday as chancellor of the university’s medical school in Shreveport.
The embattled head of the Louisiana Housing Corp. and a member of the Superdome Commission are among the officials who were ousted from their posts by state senators in closed-door deliberations at the end of the legislative session.
Louisiana has created a framework for self-driving delivery robots to drop off packages on the state's streets, under a bill backed by lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana, who ordered that plans be resumed for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of M…
Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill that takes away the possibility of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana, the latest shift away from Louisiana’s historically punitive stance on the drug.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said Tuesday he's supportive of a bipartisan proposal to raise the federal gas tax at the rate of inflation to help fund more than half-a-trillion dollars in new infrastructure spending, though the idea is facing headwinds f…
Voters will be asked in October to extend a property tax that generates millions of dollars a year for Baton Rouge's bus system.
Bare-knuckled fights over taxes, gambling and what schools should teach have ended with the conclusion of the 80-day legislative session. The circus has left Baton Rouge.
Though the nine-week legislative session that ended Thursday was punctuated by sharp racial divisions and occasional altercations, the 2021 Louisiana Legislature passed a remarkable number of bills on issues that have been put off for years.
A lot of the television and social media coverage last week centered on state Rep. Malinda White being hustled into a side room after losing her temper at a colleague in the center aisle of the Louisiana House chamber. Not as much publicity surrou…
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a measure that allows some people convicted of felonies in Louisiana to be able to serve on juries for civil and criminal cases.
As Louisiana's first legislative session of 2021 comes to a close, here are a few of the biggest bills that did and did not pass through the house and senate.
Louisiana's State Police are investigating whether a lawmaker's alleged threat of gun violence against a colleague on the House floor earlier this week warrants criminal charges.
The Legislature approved a sweeping bill Thursday that would gradually boost state aid for roads and bridges by about $300 million per year, which would be the biggest investment in Louisiana's troubled transportation system in nearly four decades.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a press conference Thursday evening as the Louisiana Legislature ends its session, which saw the passage of laws on sports betting, marijuana decriminalization and more.
State legislators and Gov. John Bel Edwards are giving up what could amount to tens of millions of dollars over the next 32 years while agreeing to a tax settlement offer from the Harrah’s New Orleans casino.
Louisiana will be moving to elections using paper ballots under legislation finally approved about 90 minutes before the Legislature adjourned Thursday at 6 p.m.
Louisiana is poised to soon stop accepting the federal $300-a-week boost to jobless benefits a month early under a deal passed by lawmakers in the waning hours of the legislative session Thursday, a move that would make the state the latest to end…
A bill that would overhaul the duties of the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy after a state audit blasted the board won final approval Thursday in the Legislature.
Legislation to increase the amount paid to people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes in Louisiana cleared the Legislature Thursday.
A proposal to expand Louisiana's definition of domestic abuse to include controlling behaviors like coercion and intimidation was shelved on Thursday ahead of adjournment, spelling the end to legislation that faced unexpected opposition from the s…
Legislation detailing the framework of how Louisiana adults will be able to wager on sporting events – perhaps as early as football season – cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday and is on its way to the governor.
Are you willing to give up a popular deduction on your state taxes in exchange for being assessed at lower income tax rates?
Gov. John Bel Edwards scoffed at lawmaker's efforts to reign in his spending powers and killed a handful of pet projects in conservative legislators' districts in a dozen vetoes to Louisiana's budget blueprint Wednesday night.
Legislation that would expand Louisiana's definition of domestic abuse to include behaviors like coercion and control was temporarily sidelined Wednesday after an emotional outburst on the House floor between the bill's chief sponsor and an opposi…
Gov. John Bel Edwards can jettison Louisiana’s official state song and replace it with two better-known tunes under legislation that will reach his desk Thursday.
The chairman of the state board that oversees gambling in Louisiana abruptly resigned from his position Wednesday, the same day he was likely to face questions from a legislative committee about actions he took as a State Police commander in 2019 …
A statewide network of walk-in clinics has agreed to pony up $36 million to resolve a contract dispute with the insurance agency covering state employees after officials last year discovered the vendor wasn't providing the return on investment pre…
Off-track betting parlors are eligible to get hundreds of a new type of slot-like machine under legislation that won final passage Tuesday and now goes to the governor for his consideration.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, for a second year in a row, vetoed Tuesday legislation by the House Republican majority leader that would have forbidden private contributions from defraying election costs.
Louisiana lawmakers gave final passage Tuesday to a proposal requiring doctors to suggest to women taking the abortion pill that the drug-induced effort to terminate a pregnancy could be stopped midway through the process, a scientifically questio…
With the Legislative session entering its final hours, Black lawmakers joined social justice advocates Tuesday to decry what they say is a "double standard" at the State Capitol where wealthy corporate interests win big while everyday citizens get…
Late session legislative action moves things along Monday June 7, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. as the session comes to a close on Thursday.
The Harrah’s casino in New Orleans would get a major tax break under legislation approved by the state Senate on Monday.
Louisiana senators Monday put the brakes on a bill that would have required motorists to use a handsfree device or speaker mode to talk on a cellphone while driving.
Student athletes at LSU and other schools would be able to profit from their name and likeness under a bill that won final legislative approval Tuesday morning.
An expansive effort to restructure Louisiana's fishing and hunting licenses and increase fees on commercial and recreational license-holders for the first time in more than two decades won easy approval from the Senate Monday.
Off-track betting parlors around Louisiana could get hundreds of slot machine-like devices under legislation approved by the House Monday.
Republican Louisiana lawmakers have taken aim at the coronavirus vaccine, sending Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards two bills that would keep state and local government agencies from mandating the immunization in order to receive certain services.
A House-passed bill that would revamp operations of the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy after a critical state audit won Senate approval Monday 38-0.
The Legislative Auditor has cited several concerns about the administration of the state's unemployment program during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, including the allocation of federal jobless benefits, state worker overtime and the …
Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to eliminate the possibility of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana, a sharp change in the state’s historically hard stance against the drug and the latest indication of shifting attitudes surroun…
Twice during the current legislative session, Senate President Page Cortez has taken extraordinary steps to help certain gambling companies that are represented by a former colleague who is close to Cortez.
High school students will be allowed to take African-American history courses to complete their TOPS curriculum requirements if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs legislation that passed both the Louisiana House and Senate with single vote against.
Four decades ago, more than a thousand residents in Tangipahoa Parish flooded – many for the first time – after Louisiana constructed Interstate 12 across a nearby watershed. Hundreds of homes washed away, dozens of small businesses went under and…
A House-passed bill that would gradually free up nearly $400 million per year for roads and bridges won approval Sunday in the Senate Finance Committee.