Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana governor agrees to let some felons on jury service

Jun. 12, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a measure that allows some people convicted of felonies in Louisiana to be able to serve on juries for civil and criminal cases. The bill by Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Denise...

'Southern Nights' designated Louisiana's state cultural song

Jun. 12, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is reshuffling its official state songs list. Lawmakers voted to add “Southern Nights” by New Orleans native Allen Toussaint as the state's official cultural song, while keeping “You Are My Sunshine," co-written by former Gov....

Lawmakers rewrite rules for Louisiana's voting system search

Jun. 11, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the final minutes of their legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to change the way the state shops for voting systems, to include more public vetting and require an auditable paper trail, after two recent efforts to replace the state’s voting machines...

Lawmaker seeks State Police investigation after gun threat

Jun. 11, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Shreveport lawmaker has asked Louisiana State Police to investigate whether a colleague's threat of gun violence against him on the House floor warrants criminal charges. Republican Rep. Alan Seabaugh told The Advocate on Friday that he filed...

Louisiana session ends in flurry of tax and financial votes

Jun. 10, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers Thursday completed a nine-week legislative session where they spent hefty sums of coronavirus recovery money, worked to overhaul the state's tax structure and found themselves battling over social issues that nearly derailed the financial debates....

Louisiana tax swap plans win final passage to reach ballot

Jun. 10, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A long-recommended proposal to untie Louisiana's income tax collections from federal tax payments won passage Thursday from lawmakers on the legislative session's last day, sending the concept to voters for a decision on the October ballot. The...

Louisiana lawmakers OK sports betting rules, send to Edwards

Jun. 10, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Months after most Louisiana voters agreed to legalize sports betting, lawmakers Thursday gave final passage to rules that will allow wagering through sports book sites, mobile apps and kiosk locations in parishes where voters supported the activity. ...

La. lawmakers agree to give assessors hefty car allowance

Jun. 10, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's parish tax assessors should be able to give themselves hefty car allowances up to 15% of their annual six-figure salaries, lawmakers have agreed, giving final passage Thursday to the proposal. A 38-0 Senate vote and a 76-25 House...

Louisiana session enters final stretch, with taxes unsettled

Jun. 09, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers head into the final day of the legislative session Thursday still negotiating over roadwork spending and other financial issues, while preparing to give final passage to a package of tax changes that will face voters on the fall ballot. ...

$1.6M from US for project using vessels to gather river data

Jun. 09, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

The federal government is putting up $1.6 million to help Louisiana develop “smart ports” that will gather data about Mississippi River conditions and traffic from tugs, barges and other vessels, officials said Wednesday. The SmartPort project is a national first,...