Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

Edwards faces 2nd term with more conservative Legislature

Nov. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards spent his first four years in office tangling with conservative House Republicans who regularly fought his agenda. As Edwards heads to his second term starting in January, those tensions are likely to worsen and expand into the Senate. Many of the Democratic...

Audit: 18 Louisiana towns may face financial failure

Nov. 13, 2019 3:23 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana legislative auditor says 18 cities, towns and villages may be close to reaching bankruptcy or may have the inability to provide basic services to residents in the future based on the municipalities’ most recent financial information. The Monroe News Star reports...

Sobering center open near New Orleans' French Quarter

Nov. 10, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has a 25-bed facility where people found seriously drunk in public can sober up under the care of trained staffers. "This will be a place where people can be safe and have access to a compassionate place to sober up for a few hours - whether you are a one-time visitor to this...

Louisiana senator charged with making false statements

Nov. 8, 2019 4:42 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana state senator who is under investigation for possible payroll fraud is now being accused of making false statements about his rental property. News outlets report Democratic Sen. Wesley Bishop of New Orleans was charged Friday with making a false statement to a federal...

Rispone slams ad linking him to David Duke in Louisiana race

Nov. 4, 2019 6:28 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone said Monday that a radio ad linking him and President Donald Trump to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is "disgusting," and he's using it to rally support from pro-Trump voters. In response to the Duke-themed...

GOP reaching for supermajority in Louisiana House runoffs

Oct. 31, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The partisan frontline of Louisiana's legislative runoff elections centers on the state House of Representatives, where Republicans are within striking distance of gaining a veto-proof, two-thirds supermajority. The GOP already has reached that benchmark in the Senate for the new...

Audit: Corrections Dept. fails to track inmate release dates

Oct. 29, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana legislative audit says the Department of Public Safety and Corrections is failing to properly track inmate release dates, leading to many errors including miscalculating parole eligibility. The Advocate reports the audit, released last week, says the department has an...

Recount sets two-candidate runoff for Louisiana Senate seat

Oct. 17, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A vote recount has pushed one Republican candidate out of the runoff for a Louisiana state Senate seat. News media report that a hand count of paper absentee and early voting ballots Thursday determined Franklin Foil narrowly edged Steve Carter out of the second-place spot. Both men...

Donor offers judgeship backing if Senate candidate left race

Oct. 16, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Republican donor trying to keep a three-way Louisiana Senate runoff from giving Democrats an advantage offered to help a GOP candidate run for judge if he dropped out of the Senate race. GOP businessman Lane Grigsby, a high-spender on political campaigns, confirmed Wednesday to...

Louisiana Senate race candidate asks for vote recount

Oct. 15, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One Republican candidate headed to an unusual three-person Louisiana state Senate runoff election is asking for a vote recount. State Rep. Franklin Foil filed the request Tuesday with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court. Foil initially had an eight-vote lead over Republican...