Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

March 20 election set to fill vacant Louisiana House seat

Jan. 15, 2021 3:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder has set a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives. Republican Charles Henry of Jefferson Parish abruptly resigned Monday from the 105-member chamber, only a year into his four-year term, saying his...

Jefferson Parish Republican abruptly resigns from La. House

Jan. 12, 2021 12:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana lawmaker from Jefferson Parish has abruptly resigned from his elected position only a year after taking office. The House of Representatives clerk's office confirmed Tuesday that Republican Rep. Charles Henry submitted his resignation to House Speaker Clay Schexnayder on...

Former lawmaker only candidate to run for vacant House seat

Jan. 10, 2021 1:34 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former state lawmaker appears to be returning to the Louisiana House without an election after no one else signed up to run against him for the vacant seat. Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles was the only contender to sign up for the special election for the District 35...

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin speaks to the House and Governmental Affairs Committee about his proposed emergency plan for the fall Louisiana elections, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers back COVID-19 rules for next elections

Jan. 5, 2021 6:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana appears on track to broaden the mail-in balloting options for spring municipal elections and two upcoming special congressional elections because of the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency plan easily won bipartisan support Tuesday from two key legislative committees, and...

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, right, talks with Dr. Mona Moghareh, a pharmacist with Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson, La., as she sets up a station to administer the first vials of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: New Louisiana political year, with repeat debates

Jan. 3, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature's 2021 political debates will center on the same terrain that fixated lawmakers around the country last year: the coronavirus pandemic, budget concerns and issues of racial bias in policing. Some new twists will be added to the mix, including the redrawing...

File-In this Nov. 5, 2002 file photo, Rep. Vic Stelly, R-Moss Bluff, speaks in his office in Moss Bluff, La., to a constituent. Victor “Vic” Stelly, a former Louisiana lawmaker who served 16 years in the state House and later as a member of Louisiana’s higher education policy board, has died. He was 79. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Stelly's death in a tweet Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. He did not say how or when Stelly died.
(Sonny Marks/American Press via AP)

Former Louisiana state Rep. Vic Stelly dies at age 79

Dec. 26, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Victor “Vic” Stelly, a former Louisiana lawmaker who served 16 years in the state House and later as a member of Louisiana’s higher education policy board, has died. He was 79. Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Stelly's death in a tweet Saturday. He did not say...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about a chart as Attorney General Jeff Landry listens, while addressing steps being taken to fight the coronavirus and the status of cases in the state during a press conference at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Monday April 6, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

La. high court returns virus rules dispute to lower court

Dec. 21, 2020 6:03 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday sent a legal feud between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans over coronavirus restrictions back to district court, saying the judge ruled too quickly that the state law the GOP used to try to nullify the restrictions was...

Louisiana seeks private firm to build Lake Charles bridge

Dec. 20, 2020 5:30 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana legislative committee has approved a plan to seek private operators to build and maintain a new bridge over the Calcasieu River in Lake Charles in exchange for toll revenues. The new Interstate 10 bridge, estimated to cost between $600 million and $800 million, would...

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Louisiana reshuffles federal virus aid to avoid losing it

Dec. 18, 2020 6:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers Friday reshuffled $16 million in federal coronavirus aid to unemployment payments and mobile devices for schoolchildren, in a rush to spend all the dollars before an end-of-year congressional deadline. The money comes from $1.8 billion in direct coronavirus ...

Louisiana lawmakers OK fantasy sports betting regulations

Dec. 17, 2020 6:28 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers agreed Wednesday to regulations governing fantasy sports betting in the 47 parishes that approved it two years ago, setting in motion the process for approving operators so the competitions for online cash prizes can begin. The rules devised by the Louisiana...