Latest John Bel Edwards News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 30, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 30, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 28, 2022. Editorial: When lawmakers thumb their noses at the law The Louisiana Legislature makes laws, so one would presume that its leaders do not consider themselves above the law. You wouldn’t know it from the bad faith they...

Justices nix 2nd mostly Black district in Louisiana for 2022

Jun. 28, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana’s November congressional elections will be held using a...

State launches $463 million project to elevate La. 1

Jun. 25, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) — State leaders have broken ground for a $463 million project that will elevate 8.3 miles of La. 1, one of the state's hurricane evacuation routes. The groundbreaking held Friday is for work that will be done between Golden Meadow and Leeville, The Advocate...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-19

Jun. 24, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a press release from his office. Edwards says that he does not currently have symptoms and will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 23, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 19, 2022. Editorial: With a gusher of federal funds, it’s back to the future for free-spending legislators The secret of happiness has been found at the State Capitol. Spend an extra $3 billion. “Quite frankly I am...

Abortion bill, confederate holiday removal signed by Edwards

Jun. 21, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that would make doctors who perform abortions subject to prison terms of one to 10 years — a measure that would take effect when and if the 1973 Supreme Court decision establishing abortion rights is overturned. The...

Louisiana Gov. Edwards vetoes 17 recently passed bills

Jun. 20, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday vetoed 17 recently passed bills, including legislation that would toughen criminal sentences and ban government entities from denying building entry based on a person’s COVID-19 vaccine status. In total, the Democrat...

Louisiana session ends: No new map with a 2nd Black district

Jun. 18, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers ended a special session Saturday saying they were unable to agree on a new congressional map that includes a second majority Black district as ordered by a federal judge, prompting an angry blast from the governor. U.S. District Judge...

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to delay mostly Black district

Jun. 17, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

Louisiana’s secretary of state and attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to put a hold on a federal judge’s order for the state to create a second majority Black congressional district by Monday. Judge Shelly Dick’s ruling “throws the election process into...