Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

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. ...

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...

Revenue forecasts improve; House voted to phase out tax

May. 09, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Higher tax revenue is helping add nearly $350 million to Louisiana’s general fund budget for the fiscal year that ends at the end of next month and $104 million in projected revenue for the year that starts July 1. The state Revenue Estimating Conference...

Lawyer: Abortion bill could subject women to homicide charge

May. 04, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana House committee voted Wednesday to make abortion a crime of homicide for which a woman ending her pregnancy could be charged, along with anyone helping her. The bill also declares that any federal law, regulation or court ruling that allows abortion...

Bill limiting transgender athletes in Louisiana advances

May. 04, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams moved a step closer to passage Wednesday, despite opposition from Gov. John Bel Edwards. Baton Rouge news outlets report...

Measure called 'Don't Say Gay' bill dies in House hearing

May. 03, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Legislation forbidding teachers from discussing their gender identity or sexual orientation in Louisiana public schools was rejected Tuesday in a state House committee in Baton Rouge. Rep. Dodie Horton's bill would have prohibited a teacher or school employee...

Lawmakers seek police boss' journals in Ronald Greene probe

May. 02, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene are preparing to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for refusing to turn over his journals after talks broke down Monday in a dispute over an entry mentioning police brutality...

Louisiana House votes to end days honoring Lee, Confederates

May. 02, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted Monday to officially remove Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day from a list of state holidays. The bill by Rep. Matthew Willard, a New Orleans Democrat, goes next to the state Senate. ...

Bill imposes road maintenance fee on EV and hybrid owners

May. 02, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana owners of electric or hybrid vehicles would be charged an annual state road usage fee under legislation that cleared the House Transportation Committee on Monday. The Advertiser reports that the bill's supporters argued that the bill is needed...

Competing bills deal with 2025 sales tax expiration

May. 02, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Competing ideas on what to do about the impending end of a 0.45% state sales tax — and the more than $420 million it generates annually — are on the way to the Louisiana House of Representatives. The seven-year tax was approved in 2018, ending a decade...