Latest John Bel Edwards News

Retired judge gets formal apology for 1963 attack

May. 22, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Retired Judge Calvin Johnson can still smell the tear gas. He was 16 years old, marching with other Black teenagers to integrate their high school in Iberville Parish, when a mob of White lawmen and civilians attacked with billy clubs, fire hoses, cattle prods...

House vote sends $39 billion 2022-23 budget to Edwards

May. 19, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — The Louisiana House granted final legislative passage Thursday to a $39 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The vote to accept various Senate changes to the bill was 88-7. The House vote came despite...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...

COVID-19 vaccine no longer required, for Louisiana students

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has agreed to remove the COVID-19 vaccine from the list of vaccines students are required to get to enroll in school in the state, officials said Wednesday. The state health department said in a news release that it...

Louisiana bill limiting trans athletes nears governor's desk

May. 17, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls' athletic teams was approved Tuesday 72-21 by the state House, moving the bill closer to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who vetoed similar legislation last year. ...

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

May. 13, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court threw out charges Friday against a pastor who flouted restrictions on gatherings early in the coronavirus pandemic, ruling 5-2 that the governor's executive orders violated freedom of religion. “This is a tremendous win for religious...

No more murder charge for women in Louisiana abortion bill

May. 12, 2022 21:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sponsor of a bill that would have subjected Louisiana women to murder charges for having abortions abruptly pulled the proposal from debate Thursday night after House members voted 65-26 to totally revamp the legislation, eliminating the criminal penalties. ...

More than 1,400 seniors get graduation exemption due to Ida

May. 11, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top school board has voted to make more than 1,400 students eligible for waivers from traditional high school graduation rules. The policy approved by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education without discussion came at the end of a...

Louisiana gov slams bill that could jail women for abortion

May. 11, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat with a history of opposing abortion rights, came out Wednesday emphatically against legislation that could subject women to prosecution and prison for getting abortions. Edwards told a Baton Rouge civic club he...

Former La. police boss faces contempt in Ronald Greene probe

May. 11, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene voted unanimously Wednesday to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for defying a subpoena and refusing to turn over the handwritten journals he kept while leading the...