Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

Louisiana lawmaker quits for post with Secretary of State

Jul. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state Rep. Nancy Landry has quit her post in the House to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. The Advocate reports Landry, a Republican from Lafayette, resigned Tuesday and began work with Ardoin's office the same day. Landry was term limited in the...

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Jul. 6, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As companies work to design fleets of commercial trucks that won't need a human in the driver's seat, Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that self-driving vehicles will need to follow to truck commerce across the state. Though significant use of the vehicles may be...

Uber expanding statewide in Louisiana after law takes effect

Jul. 2, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Uber says it's expanding to every Louisiana parish after lawmakers seeking broader transportation access outside major cities created statewide regulations for ride-hailing services. The new law governing the transportation networks took effect Monday, and Uber announced that its...

Edwards completes bill decisions from Louisiana session

Jul. 2, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has made decisions on every bill from this year's legislative session that reached his desk, signing all but six of them into law. The Democratic governor's office released his final bill decisions Monday evening, announcing Edwards signed Louisiana's...

Kennedy: New Louisiana law won't solve health care problems

Jul. 1, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If federal judges overturn the Affordable Care Act, a new Louisiana law won't be the fix for replacing the health overhaul, Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said Monday. Instead, he said Congress will have to decide the new health care model that states will follow. Louisiana...

Louisiana shelters face limits on providing research animals

Jun. 29, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's rescue shelters are facing new restrictions on how and when they can give animals to facilities that use them for research. A new law recently signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards will ban shelters from taking in stray or unwanted animals solely to euthanize them for research...

Edwards signs $700M Louisiana roadwork bill paid by BP money

Jun. 28, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed one of the last outstanding bills from the legislative session, steering $700 million in oil spill recovery money to road, bridge and port projects. The Democratic governor touted the plans at a signing event Friday in West Baton Rouge Parish, near...

Louisiana passes a minimum marrying age: 16 with parents' OK

Jun. 26, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People will need to be at least 16 years old to marry in Louisiana under a new law signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Louisiana had no minimum age for marrying, although people under 18 needed parental consent and under 16 needed judicial permission. Lawmakers passed the hard-fought...

Louisiana governor rejects handful of measures from session

Jun. 25, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has rejected six measures sent to him by Louisiana lawmakers from the legislative session that ended earlier this month, with most of the vetoed bills drawing little attention. The Democratic governor refused to allow golf carts to cross state highways in the...

Louisiana governor signs law on health insurance coverage

Jun. 22, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that could eventually lead to health insurance coverage for some residents if the federal Affordable Care Act is overturned. The Advocate reports the Democratic governor once called the bill a "fig leaf" aimed at saving...