On the morning of January 13th at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana lawmakers will be sworn into office for the start of their four-year terms.
The secret balloting process the Louisiana Senate intends to use next month would hide members’ votes for Senate president and is unconstitutional and should be repealed, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana said in a new commentary.
Three weeks after winning a tight reelection, Gov. John Bel Edwards was in a playful mood as LSU prepared Thursday to head for Atlanta to contest the SEC championship — a position that five months ago most fans thought improbable.
Football has won out over politics in Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ inauguration festivities, with the newly-reelected governor scrapping the traditional inaugural ball because the college football national championship game is slated for the s…
More than two dozen of Louisiana’s motor vehicle offices remained closed Monday as state workers continued to respond to the lingering effects of a cyber attack that hit state servers two weeks ago.
Newly elected state Rep. Danny McCormick ran on many issues, but his main one is protecting his way of life.
The redistricting that will take place after the 2020 census, determining the shapes of the congressional and state legislative districts in Louisiana, was not a staple issue on the campaign trail for governor in the race that ended earlier this month.
State Sen. Page Cortez, a Republican from Lafayette, has secured enough votes among his colleagues to become the next state Senate president, three senators confirmed Friday.
Monday’s ransomware attack, which crippled about 10% of the state’s computer network servers just hours after votes were tallied in statewide elections for governor, legislative seats and other positions prompted many to look for intrigue, a legis…
Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed to the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy Sajal Roy, who earlier this year was simultaneously suing the board over his lost bid for the coveted exclusive medical marijuana pharmacy permit in New Orleans as well as a bo…
The Office of Motor Vehicles will remain closed, perhaps through much of Thursday, but state employees will get paid on time Friday as state technical workers continue to repair the computer system after a ransomware attack early Monday morning.
The effects of a ransomware attack on Louisiana’s state government Monday that crippled some public-facing agencies stretched through Tuesday, as motor vehicle offices throughout the state remained closed and workers scrambled to reboot computer systems.
Louisiana has its first confirmed death from a vaping illness that has swept across the country in recent months, one of more than 40 deaths reported nationwide as officials continue to investigate the causes.
Louisiana's state government came under a ransomware attack Monday that caused internet and website problems at a host of agencies, disrupting motor vehicles offices and other public-facing departments statewide.
Insurance businessman Scott McKnight won a seat in the Louisiana Legislature during Saturday's election, claiming the Baton Rouge-based House District 68 seat that Rep. Steve Carter had held since 2007, according to complete but unofficial returns.
Family grocer Roy Daryl Adams was re-elected Saturday as representative for the Felicianas-based District 62 in the Louisiana House of Representatives, defeating technical college administrator Johnny Arceneaux.
Democrat Larry Selders, a longtime healthcare professional and current BREC commissioner, will succeed Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith representing House District 67.
Longtime Republican Rep. Franklin Foil won election to the state Senate during Saturday's runoff, defeating Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson following a contentious race whose unexpected twists included a hand recount in the general and attempted …
Kathy Edmonston, an outgoing state education panel member who said she can do more for schools in the Legislature but was attacked for taking campaign donations from trial lawyers, won the open state House 88 seat in Ascension Parish, complete but…
GONZALES — In the final days of the Republican-on-Republican runoff in the state House 88 election, the battle to establish in voters' minds who would make the more conservative and trustworthy candidate is reaching a fever pitch.
Barely six months since winning the job, state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe successfully defended his District 18 seat, defeating former Pointe Coupee Parish School Board President Brandon Bergeron.
Barbara West Carpenter had strong showing Saturday, staving off a challenge from Dalton Honoré Sr., the man she replaced four years ago, to return as representative for House District 63.
Mack “Bodi” White won a third term Saturday as senator for Senate District 6, defeating Rufus Craig, Baton Rouge attorney and state chairman of the Libertarian Party, who made a longshot bid for the seat.
Just two years after triumphing in convincing fashion in a four-person field, Ken Brass is asking House District 58 voters to come out once again on Oct. 12, this time to elect him to a full term representing the River Parish legislative district.
GREENSBURG — State Rep. "Robby" Carter of Greensburg has drawn one challenger for the legislative seat he has held for 16 years over split terms. His opponent for the post, which covers St. Helena and parts of East Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishe…
Louisiana's $500 million budget surplus stems mainly from federal tax changes, the Legislature's chief economist said Wednesday, contradicting suggestions from Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration that a booming economy has swollen tax collections.
A school administrator, two lawyers, a banker and an insurance businessman are competing for the state House District 68 seat that term-limited Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, has occupied since 2007.
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.