Lawmakers are hoping to put Louisiana on the map for leading cybersecurity efforts and tightening security loopholes. Members of the House Commerce committee on Monday advanced a host of bills that would curb cyber attacks and provide businesses w…
Louisiana House lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposal to streamline local approval of tax breaks under the state’s controversial, decades-old Industrial Tax Exemption Program on Monday.
After much discussion about the appropriateness of legalizing sports betting, a Louisiana House panel Monday narrowly approved legislation that would tax the activity should lawmakers allow it.
The drug rehab Cenikor, recently hit with allegations it made patients work at private companies with no pay, has become an increasingly accepted alternative to jail in recent years all while public officials and state agencies have supported the …
House lawmakers unanimously agreed Monday to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program to include more children with developmental disabilities whose parents make too much money to qualify under current eligibility rules.
Voting along party lines, the House Appropriations Committee advanced Monday legislation that would slowly rollback of a sales tax increase that was the basis of last year’s compromise to stabilize the state’s finances for the next six years.
The Louisiana House Transportation Committee advanced two bills on Monday that would permit drug testing in severe traffic accidents and waive penalties for uninsured drivers under special circumstances.
A proposal to exempt manufacturers from paying sales taxes on utilities like steam and electric power--a move that would eventually cost the state about $60 million--won the backing of the Louisiana House Monday.
In an election year move panned by economists, a state Senate panel Monday approved a sales tax holiday in July for the purchase of guns, school supplies and hurricane preparations at retail stores.
A long-running dispute between Baton Rouge City Hall and the state Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System over the amount of retirement benefits owed to the city’s police officers could finally be nearing an end.
The effort to raise millions of dollars to help pay for New Orleans’ drainage and road needs moved one step closer to becoming law on Monday.
The companies that manage care for Louisiana’s Medicaid recipients say they have fixed an issue that state auditors found resulted in the payment of $10 million in claims that didn’t adhere to a new state law requiring certain tracking numbers.
Despite repeated comments on the value of early childhood education, advocates are bracing for what they view as a paltry allocation likely coming from the Legislature to trim a key waiting list for services.
What was called the "most important bill" of the session — one promoters said would lower Louisiana’s high auto insurance rates — fell apart after members of a Senate committee showed that the legislation was what opponents contended all along: an…
While asking state lawmakers to grant an early extension of their monopoly license to operate a land casino in New Orleans, the owners of Harrah’s are challenging in court the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s contention that the casino owes tens …
Louisiana's Ethics Board opened the door Friday for legislators to immediately take jobs at the state Capitol once their terms end, despite ethics provisions that mandate that other public servants wait two years before working for the agencies wh…
Gov. John Bel Edwards is opposing legislation being pushed by Treasurer John Schroder that would create a fund for unclaimed property aimed at helping localities pay for infrastructure projects.
In a move to address mental illness among firefighters and police officers, a House committee advanced a bill Thursday that would add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of injuries eligible for public employee benefits.
A proposal pushed by Louisiana’s oil and gas industry to let refineries and other industrial plants to keep secret some environmental violations — and be immune from penalties for them — failed to clear the state House Thursday after a lengthy debate.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he would be inclined to sign legislation to finance a major road project in West Baton Rouge Parish if it wins final approval.
A state Senate committee gave the green light to create Team Gleason Foundation license plates to help former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason raise money to fight the neuromuscular disease ALS.
An effort to raise taxes on short-term rentals to pay for New Orleans’ drainage needs moved one step closer to becoming law on Thursday.
An effort backed by labor leaders and nonprofits that would let cities in Louisiana set their own minimum wage was shot down Thursday after a lengthy debate over whether the state is overreaching by preempting locals on wage and paid leave issues.
It’s been nine years since the Louisiana Ethics Board first took up what its former chairman called “the most egregious case” to ever come before him.
Of the six lawmakers who have been charged by the Ethics Board or entered into consent opinions since the reforms championed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal, former state Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr.’s case has gone on the longest.
State senators grilled Louisiana Physical Therapy Board officials for more than a hour on Wednesday over their handling of sexual assault allegations against licensed physical therapists.
State House and Senate committees advanced bills that would address the opioid crisis by creating new treatment facilities in Louisiana and allowing alternative treatment methods.
Long-simmering tensions surrounding the proposed city of St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish boiled over into the state Senate Wednesday, with the chair of the state Democratic party decrying the “racial implications” of the effort during debate…
After a lengthy debate, the state House on Wednesday approved a bill that would use some proceeds from the 2010 Gulf oil spill to build the Louisiana Highway 415 connector in West Baton Rouge Parish to ease traffic problems.
As lawmakers across the South and Midwest go on an anti-abortion legislating spree — led by an Alabama law that would represent a near-total ban on abortions — Louisiana lawmakers are advancing their own slate of restrictions that could create som…
Setting up a clash with the state House, the Louisiana Senate approved a $39 million increase for public schools Wednesday in a plan that also includes $1,000 teacher pay raises.
Special education classrooms in Louisiana public schools might be monitored by cameras under a bill advanced Tuesday without objection by the House Education Committee.
A state Senate panel Tuesday rejected what a business group called the most important bill of the session after senators complained that despite its hype the legislation wouldn’t lower auto insurance rates as promised.
An effort to loosen some regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program and let patients inhale the drug easily cleared the Louisiana House Tuesday.
A bid to establish new penalties when unruly parents threaten or harass referees at school sporting events has stalled in the Louisiana Senate.
State Rep. Terry Landry, a New Iberia Democrat and retired superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, isn't running for re-election this fall after serving two terms in the Louisiana Legislature.
A bill aimed at making it easier for mid-career professionals to become teachers cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the measure cleared the House Education Committee.
A bid to abolish the death penalty for future crimes in Louisiana is headed for a vote from the full Louisiana House after narrowly clearing the House Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday morning.
State residents with past felony convictions will remain barred from jury duty for life after the Louisiana House decisively rejected a proposal on Monday that would’ve added them back to the jury pool five years after completing their sentences.
A Baton Rouge area road project faces a crucial vote Wednesday in the Louisiana House, nearly half a century after it went on the drawing boards.
State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon ruled in February that thousands of bail bond clients in Orleans Parish are entitled to refunds from bondsmen he contends illegally overcharged them for well over a decade.
A few minutes after the Louisiana Senate on Monday overwhelmingly rejected allowing a statewide vote to abolish the death penalty, senators ran through their “sanctity of life” speeches again then approved one of the strictest bans on abortion.
A bid to allow all voters in East Baton Rouge Parish to decide whether St. George becomes a city – not just those in neighborhoods that make up St. George – was shelved Thursday in a Senate committee.
Around this time last year, a divided Louisiana House was wrestling with a state budget that threatened to shutter hospitals, cut popular scholarships for college students and raised fears of tossing the elderly out of nursing homes.