Charles Lancaster Jr., a former longtime state legislator from Metairie who colleagues said was feisty and fervently Republican but never mean-spirited during 32 years in the state House, died early Friday of a heart attack, according to his famil…
Friday, August 17, 2018
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday welcomed state legislators from around the country to New Orleans for the annual meeting of ALEC -- a lobbying group known for pushing mostly conservative, business-friendly legislation in state capitols.
Friday, August 03, 2018
A state lawmaker is raising concerns that a deal to transfer management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could cost the state an extra $40 million a year.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Louisiana is taking a stab at reining in all those unwanted phone solicitations with a new law that goes into effect Wednesday.
Louisiana's hazing penalties will toughen, the marriage waiting period will shorten, and the types of records shielded from public view will grow, as more than 430 new laws take effect Wednesday.
Monday, July 30, 2018
An aggressive campaign is ramping up to educate Louisiana voters about a proposed constitutional amendment that will be decided this fall — potentially reversing a Jim Crow-era law that allows felony convictions without unanimous agreement from jurors.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Louisiana health and legal officials have failed to properly manage a fund that pays for investigations and prosecutions of health care providers accused of bilking the state Medicaid program, according to an audit released Monday, the latest of s…
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Friday, Aug. 3, was supposed to be the start of a tax-free weekend for Louisiana consumers colloquially dubbed the “back-to-school” state sales tax holiday.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The spat between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over Louisiana's long-stalled use of capital punishment continued to play out on Thursday, as Edwards accused Landry of "deliberately misrepresent(ing) the facts" about why th…
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018
After teetering on the brink of more bad news, Louisiana's credit rating outlook is trending more positively because lawmakers agreed to extend part of an expiring sales tax hike to shore up the state's finances.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Landry is no stranger as a guest on conservative radio and television shows, but on Wednesday he slipped into the role of host and took over an Acadiana airwaves for two hours.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
While many high-profile national issues have taken the spotlight since President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, any shift in the makeup of the nation's high court also will have an imp…
Barely changed from last year, about one out of three public school students in 2018 reached Louisiana's latest target for educational achievement, according to results released Tuesday.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
In the two years since Louisiana expanded its Medicaid health care program, more than 400 women enrolled have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving treatment.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Abortions could be banned immediately in Louisiana if the U.S. Supreme Court one day overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision — a previously distant possibility that has become tangible now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the court.
With the fiscal cliff under control for at least a few years, legislators and the governor took off on vacation leaving the State Capitol quiet, at least as far as governing issues go.
First, the good news for consumers in Louisiana: Since July 1, you’ve been paying slightly lower sales taxes than you had been for the past two-plus years.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
During the waning weeks of the regular legislative session, a bill sought by owners of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino ran into headwinds in the state Senate over growing concerns that it favored Harrah’s at the expense of state taxpayers.
Louisiana consumers should get another Christmas where taxes aren't collected on many internet purchases. But after the beginning of the new year, the state hopes to charge taxes for all direct website sales by vendors in other states.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Louisiana’s credit outlook improved Monday for one of the big Wall Street rating firms in the wake of a legislative session that extended nearly half of an expiring sales tax for seven years.
Louisiana upgraded its website to track government spending, gave it a new name and user-friendly, graphics-focused look that lawmakers hope will draw more people to review how the state use taxpayer dollars.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
When the Louisiana Legislature left the State Capitol on June 25 with an agreement to continue nine-twentieths, or 0.45 percent, of an expiring 1-cent sales tax set to expire, lawmakers were relieved.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Louisiana voters have a long history of electing fix-it governors to handle tough situations, then turning them out after a single term.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Small businesses and the self-employed in Louisiana could soon have access to new health insurance plans as a result of a Trump administration order expanding access to Association Health Plans.
A state board gave final approval Wednesday to changes in the handling of a controversial 80-year-old tax break for manufacturers.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Louisiana's health department is sloppy in monitoring billions of dollars in payments to private companies that manage care for 1.5 million of the state's Medicaid patients, according to a new audit.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Louisiana lawmakers not only passed a tax deal to avert immediate and deep budget cuts, they backed an agreement in the latest special session that gives the state more financial certainty than it's had in years.
Faced with the potential of yet another frustrating legislative meltdown, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican factions in the Louisiana House met Thursday afternoon in the members’ lounge, just off the chamber floor.
The resolution of Louisiana's latest budget crisis spared two key education programs that earlier faced drastic cuts, officials said Monday.
Today in The Rundown: The Legislature has wrapped up another special session — this time agreeing to renew a sales tax hike to prop up the state's perpetually distressed budget until at least 2025.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
With just days to spare, the Louisiana Legislature has voted to extend a sales tax hike through 2025 to narrowly avoid a revenue shortfall that threatened deep cuts to state services when the new budget takes effect July 1.
The people who won lawsuits against the state didn’t share in last week’s fretting over whether they would get paid like those who worried about funding for TOPS, prosecutors, prisons and other vital government services.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was in quite a jovial mood Sunday night during a news conference in which he touted the Legislature passing a budget for 2019 that fully funds the state's enormously popular TOPS scholarship program.
It didn't take long for news to spread Sunday that the Louisiana Legislature passed a budget that fully funds the state's mega popular TOPS scholarship program.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
In the 1980s, baseball fans started mimicking team owners by gathering with friends to pick players from any active roster to create their own teams in an activity known as rotisserie baseball.
A last-ditch effort to shore up the state's finances has crossed another hurdle, setting the stage for the Senate to take up a sales tax measure and budget bill on the floor Sunday afternoon.
Friday, June 22, 2018
After years of special sessions and temporary budget patches, the Louisiana Legislature appears to be on track to shore up the state's finances through at least 2025, with the House passage Friday of a sales tax deal that has eluded the chamber in…
A Democratic state senator from New Orleans has proposed legislation calling on Gov. John Bel Edwards to recall Louisiana National Guard troops and other assets from the Texas-Mexico border until issues are resolved related to the Trump administra…
Today in The Rundown: The latest in the Legislature's special session; a possible but still uncertain revenue boost thanks to SCOTUS; a senator heads to Russia; a congressman gets a Trump endorsement; and everything else you need to know in Louisi…
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Louisiana House members find themselves in a familiar position with just days to go in the third special session of the year.
Louisiana is one of the states that can begin collecting taxes on retail sales over the internet after a Thursday ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today in The Rundown: The House has three tax measures to consider as it attempts again to address the fiscal cliff; Louisiana loses its incarceration crown; College students rally at the Capitol; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana …
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Students held a rally outside the State Capitol on Wednesday evening to demand that legislators provide adequate state aid for colleges and universities.
After many years as the nation’s leading jailer, Louisiana has ceded that ignominious title to Oklahoma.