Latest Louisiana state government News

New mediation option set up for Ida home insurance disputes

Oct. 19, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Homeowners and insurance companies haggling over Hurricane Ida damage claims can take advantage of a new mediation program announced Tuesday by Louisiana’s Department of Insurance. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon detailed the program at a...

"Celebration Gator:" Louisiana float to be in Macy's parade

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will introduce an alligator-themed float celebrating the state's music, food and culture at the 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who oversees state tourism efforts, announced the float...

Louisiana House leader: Ida housing help moving too slowly

Oct. 18, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House leader offered blistering criticism Monday of Gov. John Bel Edwards' temporary housing program for people with severe home damage from Hurricane Ida, slamming the effort as moving too slowly to assist suffering residents. Though...

$205M is first deposit in Louisiana fund aimed at stability

Oct. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana collected enough business taxes during the last budget year to deposit the first $205 million into a never-used, five-year-old trust fund created to curb the state's boom-and-bust cycles of budgeting. The money may not be spent for...

Fishing pier condemned: former bridge section unstable

Oct. 18, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities have condemned and will remove a section of a Louisiana bridge used for nearly two decades as a fishing pier, officials said Monday. Work at the Lake Bistineau spillway fishing pier will begin Oct. 25 and is expected to take 90...

University of Louisiana board chairman resigning for new job

Oct. 18, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Louisiana System's governing board announced Monday he's stepping down after the governor named him to another position. Chairman James Carter was named to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans...

Analysis: Lawmakers travel Louisiana to talk redistricting

Oct. 17, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are moving behind-the-scenes conversations about redrawing state political maps to public hearings around the state over the next three months, to discuss the once-a-decade process that decides how people are represented in government. ...

New oyster reef in Caillou Lake, Louisiana

Oct. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

CAILLOU LAKE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has built a new 200- acre (81-hectare) oyster reef in south Louisiana. The 200-acre reef in Caillou Lake will be closed to all oystering for at least two years to let tiny oyster larvae latch...

Louisiana Senate workers getting 8% pay raise, costing $625K

Oct. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Employees in the Louisiana Senate will get an 8% pay raise starting this month, a move Senate President Page Cortez described Friday as a “little bit of a makeup” because he said the workers have gone more than two years without salary hikes. ...

$4.5B clean energy complex planned for southeast Louisiana

Oct. 14, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Air Products announced Thursday it will build a $4.5 billion clean energy facility in Louisiana's capital region, a project that Gov. John Bel Edwards said will help the state's work to reduce carbon emissions in the heart of the petrochemical...