After decades of public school students attending school for nine months followed by a summer break, state education leaders are urging Louisiana school districts to try a new calendar.
Louisiana legislators have always known that when their ideas are a bridge too far for their colleagues, they can save face by turning their bill into a “study resolution” — gather facts, see what other states do, regroup to fight another day.
Louisiana is adding utility payment assistance to its state-administered, federally funded program established to help renters and landlords impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the governor's office announced Friday.
For more than two centuries, Black soldiers have fought and died in battle to preserve the freedoms treasured by so many in the United States — even when, by the mere color of their skin, they were denied those freedoms themselves.
With little debate, Louisiana's House on Thursday greenlit a multibillion-dollar spending plan for next year, advancing a series of budget bills that would begin carving up the latest federal coronavirus aid, give teachers a higher-than-expected p…
The sponsor of a bill that would divide the parks and recreation system for East Baton Rouge Parish said Thursday he is confident his proposal will win Senate approval.
President Joe Biden pledged help with hurricane recovery and argued in favor of replacing Lake Charles’s dilapidated and nearly 70-year-old Interstate 10 bridge as he visited the city on Thursday to promote his massive plan to rebuild the nation’s…
LAKE CHARLES -- President Joe Biden visits this hurricane-wracked city on Thursday, and the location of his speech along its waterfront leaves little doubt about at least one issue he plans to address.
A bill by a Senate leader that would divide the parks and recreation system for East Baton Rouge Parish and create new ones in Zachary and Central was approved Wednesday night by a state Senate committee.
The Louisiana Senate approved Wednesday evening legislation nearly identical to a bill restricting transgender youth from participating in public school athletics that a House committee rejected on Tuesday.
Five more women have come forward to speak out about unresolved sexual harassment complaints at the LSU medical school in Shreveport, offering accounts that are strikingly similar to allegations made last month by four women in federal complaints …
A bill that would allow citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit breezed through the Louisiana House on Wednesday.
Since the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out began, Louisiana has left one out of every five doses made available by the federal government on the table – and starting next week, any doses not drawn down will be steered towards states with higher demand.
LAKE CHARLES — Standing near the empty lot where his house once stood, Ron Thomas said his message for President Joe Biden when he arrives for a visit on Thursday is a simple one: Send help.
Having gotten what they wanted last fall — expanded early voting and mail balloting in the last presidential election — voting rights advocates in Louisiana are trying to dismiss the lawsuit they filed seeking safe voting opportunities during the …
A state senator has dropped a bid to change Louisiana’s unique jungle primary system for congressional races in favor of closed party primaries, shelving an issue that has created sharp public divisions between some of the state’s leading Republicans.
A woman who chooses to undergo a two-pill regime to trigger a chemically-induced abortion would have to be notified of options to reverse her decision under a legislative proposal that advanced Wednesday through Louisiana's House Committee on Heal…
Louisiana state agencies and public colleges would be unable to require coronavirus vaccines for entry into their facilities, if House lawmakers agree to a bill that won overwhelming support Tuesday from the Senate.
The effort to detail how Louisiana residents will wager on sporting events in the future begins in earnest Wednesday when the House votes on the taxes and fees attached with sports betting.
Legislation that would have kept transgender youth from participating in women’s K-12 sports was rejected Tuesday by the Louisiana House Education Committee.
A legislative proposal to decriminalize prostitution in Louisiana was shelved Tuesday after hours of public testimony from sex workers and amid concerns the measure could exacerbate human trafficking.
School buses put into operation after Jan. 1, 2023 would be required to have seat belts under a bill that won approval Tuesday in the House Education Committee.
The Louisiana Senate unanimously voted to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against someone because of their hairstyle, a measure striking at tactics that have targeted Black people who wear their hair naturally.
Construction on a number of new taxpayer-funded school athletics facilities in Denham Springs will begin later this year.
The state would stop sending checks to private businesses if legislation forwarded Monday by a Senate makes it through the process.
A legislative proposal that would make it easier for victims of domestic violence to apply for a temporary restraining order has come under fire from Louisiana's powerful gun lobby — though its proponents aren't exactly sure why.
The Louisiana speaker’s House-passed bill to centralize the collection of sales taxes attracted a lot of questions and some trepidation – as it has all through the process – but after a wording change, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committ…
A legislative panel on Monday advanced a hotly contested proposal backed by the oil and petrochemical industries to rework the oversight of river pilots who guide ships up and down the Mississippi River, a bill that represents the latest power str…
Lawmakers in the state House want New Orleans and four neighboring parishes to come up with a plan to help the state pay off a hefty debt to the federal government for upgrades made to the region's flood protection system after Hurricane Katrina.
The Louisiana House has backed proposals to legalize and tax the raw, smokable form of medical marijuana, a key expansion of the state’s medical program as lawmakers debate looser rules for the drug.
Louisiana House lawmakers Monday released their multibillion-dollar spending plans for next year, advancing budget bills that would start earmarking the latest federal coronavirus aid, give teachers a pay raise and spend millions on local pet projects.
Ochsner Health System lost the first round of a legislative battle with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, physicians groups and other hospitals over the use of non-compete provisions in doctors’ contracts Monday, with a Louisiana House…
The petrochemical industry has long battled with the river pilots who help steer ships up and down the Mississippi River, mostly over the large fees the pilots charge industrial firms for their services.
Starting Sunday night the three finalists for LSU’s top job will start rotating through a gauntlet of meetings with faculty, students, and alumni as the search for a new president draws closer to a final decision.
Interest in working for the Tangipahoa Parish School System is already on the rise after voters approved a sales tax increase to fund $10 million in raises for all system employees.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday made public his plan for spending nearly $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus aid in a proposal that pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into widening interstates, propping up the tourism industry, modernizing mu…
Republican state Rep. Scott McKnight, a conservative 40-year-old Baton Rouge businessman, was torn over the proposal in the Louisiana Legislature to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Several hundred seniors, mostly African American, gathered in Baton Rouge back in 2014 to visit with their elected officials.
Troy Carter is headed to Washington on May 11 to represent the 2nd Congressional District after being elected with 55% of the vote on April 24.
A month ago, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was asked whether he had been vaccinated against COVID, amidst numerous reports that Republicans are less likely to seek the protection.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond worked together on issues important for metro New Orleans and Louisiana during their 10 years together in the House, even though they hold sharply different views on national issues.
A law that would bar transgender athletes from participating on sports teams that match their gender identity advanced out of the Senate Committee on Education Thursday, though its author couldn't cite an example locally of the problem it purports…
Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled his plan Thursday for how to spend $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus relief with a proposal that focuses on kickstarting tourism, investing in infrastructure and replenishing Louisiana's depleted unemployment fund.
Louisiana lawmakers intend to give K-12 public school teachers a $1,000 pay raise next year, more than double the amount proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, the leader of the Senate Education Committee said Thursday.
Amid rising tensions that threaten to disrupt the legislative session in its third week, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that controversy surrounding House Education Committee Chairman Ray Garofalo is enough to justify his removal as leader of…
A bill that would allow student athletes at LSU and elsewhere to make money from their name and likeness won approval Thursday in the Senate Education Committee.
The Metro Council is taking two additional weeks to decide whether to form a commission that would tackle the possibility of renaming streets with ties to the Confederacy or historical figures with divisive viewpoints and actions.