Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana lawmaker proposes adding nitrogen gas and electrocution to the state's execution methods

Feb. 14, 2024 21:08 PM EST

BATON ROGUE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's infamous electric chair — dubbed by death row inmates as “Gruesome Gertie” — was last used for an execution in 1991, when the state moved to lethal injections as the sole method to carry out capital punishment. However, like other...

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry calls for special session, focused on tough-on-crime policies

Feb. 08, 2024 19:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry on Thursday officially called for a highly anticipated crime-focused special legislative session that could overhaul the state's current criminal justice system, reversing hard-fought and historic reforms that happened under Landry's Democratic...

Louisiana's GOP governor plans to deploy 150 National Guard members to US-Mexico border

Feb. 08, 2024 15:07 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Following the extraordinary collapse of a border security dea l in Congress, Gov. Jeff Landry said Thursday that he will deploy Louisiana National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. Landry announced the plan at a news conference at Louisiana's...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Feb. 01, 2024 07:18 AM EST

The Advocate. January 30, 2024. Editorial: Louisiana abortion laws have real-world effects we cannot ignore When the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was handed down on June 24, 2022, activists on both sides of the...

Louisiana reshapes primary system for congressional elections

Jan. 19, 2024 19:30 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have passed a bill that will change the state's election process for certain primary races, including Congress and the state Supreme Court. Candidates will now participate in a party primary with the winner of the Democratic primary and...

LGBTQ+ advocates' lawsuit says Louisiana transgender care ban violates the state constitution

Jan. 08, 2024 20:47 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit to block enforcement of Louisiana's new ban on transgender health care procedures for anyone under 18 was announced Monday by LGBTQ+ advocates. The lawsuit was prepared by Lambda Legal and others on behalf of five Louisiana minors and their parents,...

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry officially takes office, as GOP-dominated legislature elects new leaders

Jan. 08, 2024 15:24 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Monday marked a new era of conservative leadership in Louisiana, as Republican Gov. Jeff Landry, other statewide elected officials and a GOP-dominated legislature took office. While Landry, previously the state's attorney general, was inaugurated Sunday...

Suit challenges required minority appointments to Louisiana medical licensing board

Jan. 05, 2024 17:44 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A law requiring that some members appointed to the board that licenses and regulates physicians in Louisiana be from minority groups is being challenged in federal court as an unconstitutional racial mandate. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the conservative group...

Louisiana governor-elect names former gubernatorial candidate to lead state's department of revenue

Dec. 06, 2023 18:32 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov.-elect Jeff Landry named Richard Nelson, a Republican state lawmaker who spearheaded proposals to eliminate Louisiana's income tax, as the next revenue secretary. Nelson, who has served as a state representative since 2020, had campaigned for...

Louisiana's tough-on-crime governor-elect announces new leaders of state police, national guard

Nov. 29, 2023 20:33 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Throughout his election campaign, Republican Gov.-elect Jeff Landry promised to prioritize fighting crime in Louisiana, a state that in recent years has had one of the highest homicide rates in the country. On Wednesday, he took steps that he said would...