Fresh off defeating five opponents, state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe is defending his newly won District 18 seat. This time he’s facing just one opponent: former Pointe Coupee Parish School Board President Brandon Bergeron.
With transcripts, contracts and secret reports arrayed around her, Kenner Republican Rep. Julie Stokes was drawing lines, writing out what she knows and what she doesn’t on two pads of paper.
Conservative death penalty opponents gathered in New Orleans on Friday for two days of discussions on how best to convince their political allies in Louisiana and other right-leaning states that capital punishment should be abolished.
Louisiana’s health department is moving to install emergency contracts in an effort to ensure health coverage for 1.5 million people is not disrupted in the looming open enrollment period, a day after the state procurement office blocked a new rou…
A Louisiana state health department evaluator fell asleep during the sales pitch for one of the companies trying to land a state contract worth billions.
The number of people enrolled in Medicaid expansion in Louisiana dipped again in August by about 4,300 people, continuing a months-long slide in enrollment as the state sends out the latest batch of wage verification letters that are part of a str…
The two losing bidders for Louisiana’s new round of multi-billion dollar Medicaid contracts have filed protests of the state’s decision, claiming the bid process was tainted and that officials were biased against them.
About 5,000 patients have sought out medical marijuana in Louisiana, and officials say they have enough of the medicine to meet demand, two weeks after the historic first batch of products was released to patients.
Louisiana will enter into a complex agreement that could lead to the widespread privatization of energy systems at state agencies and universities throughout the state, after lawmakers reviewed the deal for a final time Tuesday.
A new round of multi-billion-dollar contracts for managing Louisiana’s Medicaid program is drawing scrutiny from some lawmakers and a planned appeal by the losing bidder.
An acrimonious debate over car insurance rates and so-called tort reform — involving a controversial bill that a powerful business lobby dubbed its No. 1 priority — ended during the legislative session earlier this year without the passage of any …
Republican State Treasurer John Schroder filed for re-election Wednesday on the second of three days of qualifying for statewide offices.
For years, Gary Hess has used marijuana to help abate a litany of mental and physical ailments he carried back from two combat tours in Iraq, including chronic pain, PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
The Louisiana Department of Health has temporarily suspended a feature of its new eligibility system that automatically kicked people off the Medicaid rolls if they did not respond to requests for annual renewal information, a move that will keep …
After years of waiting, patients in Louisiana will finally have access to medical marijuana starting Tuesday after the first batch of tincture bottles are delivered to pharmacies across the state.
The Louisiana Department of Health has picked four companies it intends to award multi-billion dollar contracts to in exchange for managing care for 1.7 million Medicaid patients in the state.
Four years ago, the state Legislature legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, making Louisiana the first state in the Deep South to authorize a medical marijuana program. Since then, patients have been waiting for the drug to reach …
State agriculture regulators have cleared Louisiana's first batch of medical marijuana for release to pharmacies, ending months of delays getting the product cleared for patients.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday Louisiana will likely have another $300 million budget surplus when the state closes the books on the fiscal year.
People must be at least 16 years old to marry in Louisiana, medical marijuana patients can inhale cannabis, and women seeking medication for abortions face new restrictions, as more than 260 new state laws take effect Thursday.
Regulators have begun the final stage of testing of Louisiana’s first batch of medical marijuana, announcing Monday the medicine could be made available to patients in a week.
State Senate President John Alario announced Thursday that he will not seek election to his former House seat in Jefferson Parish, a decision that will conclude his remarkable career in the Louisiana Legislature nearly 50 years after it began.
After lengthy delays in Southern University’s medical marijuana program, the school and a private company it hired to run the growing operation planted its first seeds of the crop this week after winning regulatory approval from the state.
After two rounds of quarterly wage checks that are part of a new eligibility system for Louisiana’s Medicaid program, the number of people enrolled in Medicaid expansion in the state has fallen by nearly 51,000 people.
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.
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.