Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

State Rep. Ted James to resign, to take federal position

Dec. 30, 2021 14:14 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state lawmaker is leaving office after being appointed by President Joe Biden to a federal position. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Wednesday that state Rep. Ted James will take over as regional administrator for the agency's...

Louisiana widening Medicaid to cover more disabled children

Dec. 30, 2021 11:38 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will expand its Medicaid program in January to provide coverage to more children with developmental disabilities whose parents made too much money to qualify for the taxpayer-financed insurance under prior eligibility rules. Federal officials...

Louisiana governor supports 2nd minority US House district

Dec. 16, 2021 17:09 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he backs the creation of a second majority-minority U.S. House district among Louisiana's six congressional districts, his first detailed comments about what maps he'd like to see lawmakers draw in next year's redistricting session. ...

Edwards, lawmakers reach deal on Superdome renovation plan

Dec. 15, 2021 01:15 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration and Louisiana's legislative leaders appear to have struck a deal to use $27 million in federal pandemic aid to help pay for a portion of the renovations to the New Orleans Superdome, two months after lawmakers stalled a prior financing...

Mom demands answers in Black man's deadly Louisiana arrest

Dec. 13, 2021 18:38 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ronald Greene’s mother chastised Louisiana lawmakers Monday for not acting quickly enough to hold state troopers accountable for her son's deadly 2019 arrest, saying the Black motorist’s death at the end of a high-speed chase was a “murder” that's been covered up,...

Lawmakers try to block vaccine requirement for La. students

Dec. 06, 2021 17:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Louisiana lawmakers Monday voted against Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus vaccine requirement for some students, but the Democratic governor intends to overrule the rejection and add the shot to the immunization schedule starting next school year. ...

Analysis: Money flows slowly to La. water system upgrades

Dec. 05, 2021 16:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When lawmakers set aside $300 million in federal pandemic aid in June to help upgrade Louisiana's antiquated water and sewer systems, they talked about the urgent need for improvements and maintenance. But the dollars have taken longer than expected to divvy up. ...

Lawmakers outline insurance complaints after Hurricane Ida

Dec. 01, 2021 15:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Slow responses to damage claims. Constant switch-ups of insurance adjusters assessing the destruction. Low payment offers forcing people unnecessarily into litigation to get a fair deal. Louisiana lawmakers and others said Wednesday that those...

Ida temporary housing program slammed by Louisiana lawmakers

Nov. 19, 2021 15:41 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers on Friday lambasted the state’s temporary housing program enacted after Hurricane Ida, saying it continues to move too slowly to help people living in damaged homes and tents since late August. “We're moving at a snail's...

Louisiana lawmakers: Strain too slow on medical marijuana

Nov. 18, 2021 14:43 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain came under fire Thursday from state lawmakers who complained his regulatory agency was moving too slowly in expanding the medical marijuana products available to patients. The...