Nearly all of Louisiana’s law enforcement agencies are not in compliance with a new law trumpeted by police and advocates as the best way to decrease the number of people wrongfully convicted by faulty eyewitness testimony.
Gov. John Bel Edwards approved borrowing for renovations to the LSU Memorial Tower and to the New Orleans City Park in signing the two bills that authorize spending for construction projects.
Just weeks after Louisiana lawmakers voted to increase early education funding, state Department of Education officials said that 1,400 more babies and toddlers will now receive funds through a sought-after child care program for low-income families.
This year the state took the first step towards taking over the administration of more financially troubled towns than ever before.
Regulators have handed out the first permits to allow businesses to sell legal CBD products in Louisiana, as the state's new laws on hemp and CBD products take hold.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed a bill that would have dictated how Baton Rouge and the proposed city of St. George would handle their transition if voters in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish vote this fall to create a new municipality.
After calling the bill a “fig leaf” aimed at saving Louisiana’s attorney general from embarrassment, Gov. John Bel Edwards quietly signed into a law a measure pushed by one of his political rivals that aims to eventually offer some protections to …
Louisiana is moving toward entering a complex deal with a company controlled partly by Baton Rouge-based Bernhard Energy Solutions that could lead to the widespread privatization of energy systems at state buildings.
A Louisiana resident is suing the state Bond Commission over the panel’s controversial decision last spring to exclude two large banks from underwriting contracts because of the banks’ corporate gun policies.
For years, Tim Hitt sold CBD products at Fiesta Nutrition Center, a health foods store he manages in north Louisiana, without issue. Not only did the authorities in the area not care he was selling CBD, he said, “they didn’t even know what it was.”
A long-running lawsuit over who should get the coveted single marijuana pharmacy license for the New Orleans region was recently tossed out by a Baton Rouge judge, as the original winner prepares to begin selling the drug to patients once the prod…
This being an election year, advocates began the legislative session worried that lawmakers would shy from adjusting the sweeping Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act of 2017 that has let some convicts leave prison early.
The Louisiana Legislature’s inability to address the high cost of auto insurance is sure to be a potent issue in this fall’s elections.
Louisiana's Medicaid program will spend about $400 million less than expected in the nearly ended budget year, largely because tens of thousands of people were booted from Medicaid rolls amid bolstered computer checks of eligibility.
Louisiana judges will receive a pay raise this year – and potentially a 12.5% salary hike over the next several years – under a new measure signed into law by the governor that is also expected to boost pay for sheriffs and other local officials.
Putting together the software necessary to collect taxes on internet sales is taking longer than expected, so legislation sitting on the governor’s desk would extend by a year the drop-dead date for the state commission to gather the exact local t…
The gains in health insurance coverage Louisiana experienced after expanding Medicaid three years ago — leading to about half a million people getting coverage — made the state an exception to a national trend of stalling or even eroding insurance…
A quirk in Louisiana’s election laws has caused political leaders to change the date of the state’s presidential primary election in 2020 to April 4, nearly a month later than originally planned.
The iconic image of this class of legislators who finished their last session Thursday evening was how they finished their first: charging the podium in a scrum to pass $1 billion of temporary taxes that would expire and set up another crisis in 2018.
A nearly $700 million roads bill that breezed through the Louisiana Legislature was one of the biggest surprises of the two-month session.
Four to five inches of water from Thursday’s heavy rainstorm started coming into her home as Baton Rouge state Sen. Yvonne Colomb prepared for her last day in legislative session. But she needed to be at the State Capitol because her last bill, wh…
When lawmakers rushed to pass several important bills in the waning minutes of the legislative session that ended Thursday evening, they approved a slate of funding measures that spend the state’s extra money on a wide range of areas including coa…
In the final minutes of the legislative session that ended Thursday, Louisiana lawmakers approved a $30 billion state budget deal that funded teacher pay raises and delivered new money for early childhood education, colleges, and people with disab…
After a day of hard negotiating, the Louisiana Legislature agreed Thursday to ban marriage for teens under the age 16.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' bid to ensure that public high school juniors and seniors have access to two courses for college credit without charge was shelved in favor of task force to study the issue, including how to pay for the classes.
Last year, the Legislature set out to revamp state law and government policies on sexual harassment, as a national movement exposing sexual misconduct made its way to Louisiana and brought down two high-profile political leaders.
Lawmakers have backed several changes to the state’s taxes and fees on medical marijuana, passing a bill that excludes the drug from sales taxes and redirects fees to disability services.
The future of legislation that would set a minimum age for children to marry basically will be decided at the beginning of the last day of the session.
When Louisianans go to the polls in November 2020 to vote for president, they will also be faced with a ballot measure asking them to decide whether to enshrine anti-abortion language in the state Constitution.
New Orleans residents who are tired of seeing their property taxes rise might want to pay attention to the Oct. 12 ballot.
Louisiana medical marijuana patients may soon be able to use inhalers to ingest the drug, after lawmakers approved a bill to allow for the use of “metered-dose inhalers."
Louisiana’s Crime Victims Reparations Board offers a financial lifeline to victims of violent crime. It cuts checks to help victims with medical bills, pays for counseling for those traumatized by assaults, covers moving expenses for those beaten …
After a tumultuous spring semester for LSU Greek Life that saw the ejection of two fraternities from campus and arrests or citations for 16 fraternity members over alleged hazing, the Legislature could soon further tighten Louisiana laws governing frats.
The largest transportation bill in the past 30 years won final approval Tuesday when the Louisiana House approved a $690 million spending plan, including a long-sought project near the Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge.
Changes are in store for the Baton Rouge Police Department’s promotion system after state lawmakers approved an overhaul that’ll give the chief more discretion in deciding which officers to tap to leadership positions.
Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to legalize the growth of hemp and allow the sale of some CBD products, sending two pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk that would lay out a highly-regulated program in line with the federal farm bill.
The state Senate breathed new life into the effort to legalize sports betting by allowing a hitchhiker amendment, then approving Monday the newly revamped legislation.
Louisiana lawmakers have backed an expansion of the Medicaid program to cover people who make too much money to qualify but who have children with disabilities, after changing the measure to have no effect on the state budget for the upcoming fisc…
Ending a nearly two-month stalemate, the Louisiana Legislature on Monday approved legislation that authorizes $1,000 teacher pay raises and a rare $39 million increase in state aid for public schools.
Louisiana lawmakers in the coming days will meet behind closed doors to try to work out the differences between the House and Senate-passed plans for how the state should spend about $30 billion in its annual budget.
Much work needs to be done in the final four days of Louisiana’s 2019 Regular Session of the Legislature, which so far has been defined by issues sidelined and anti-abortion.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' bid to boost teacher pay by $1,000 per year, and ensure the increases are recurring, cleared a pivotal hurdle Sunday when the previously skeptical Louisiana House Appropriations Committee endorsed the plan without objection.