Latest Louisiana state government News

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Dec. 08, 2021 14:48 PM EST

The Advocate. December 8, 2021. Editorial: Don’t let mob mentality block sensible rules to protect children The State Capitol is once again the scene of crowds of people agitated by disinformation about vaccines and lily-livered legislators afraid to say “no” to...

Louisiana Medicaid contractor search slower than planned

Dec. 07, 2021 20:35 PM EST

Louisiana’s latest search for contractors to manage the health care services of nearly 1.6 million Medicaid patients is taking longer than expected, blowing past an early November timeline for announcing the contract awards. The last bid process started by Gov. John Bel Edwards’...

Lawmakers try to block vaccine requirement for La. students

Dec. 06, 2021 17:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Louisiana lawmakers Monday voted against Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus vaccine requirement for some students, but the Democratic governor intends to overrule the rejection and add the shot to the immunization schedule starting next school year. ...

Analysis: Money flows slowly to La. water system upgrades

Dec. 05, 2021 16:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When lawmakers set aside $300 million in federal pandemic aid in June to help upgrade Louisiana's antiquated water and sewer systems, they talked about the urgent need for improvements and maintenance. But the dollars have taken longer than expected to divvy up. ...

Louisiana historic site hosting French singing event

Dec. 05, 2021 10:42 AM EST

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana's state historic sites will host a traditional French sing-along event on Dec. 11. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office, which oversees tourism marketing and state parks in Louisiana, announced that the Longfellow-Evangeline...

Survey: Louisiana teacher pay among the lowest in the South

Dec. 05, 2021 10:20 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's average teacher salary continues to lag most states in the South, according to a new survey updating the latest figures. Teachers in the state were paid an average of $51,566 during the 2019-20 school year — 12th among 16 states in...

Officials urge Louisiana residents to prepare for omicron

Dec. 03, 2021 16:35 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The new coronavirus omicron variant has not been found in Louisiana, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t arrived — and people should get ready, Louisiana’s governor and chief health officer said Friday. Dr. Joseph Kanter compared the situation to...

Lawmakers outline insurance complaints after Hurricane Ida

Dec. 01, 2021 15:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Slow responses to damage claims. Constant switch-ups of insurance adjusters assessing the destruction. Low payment offers forcing people unnecessarily into litigation to get a fair deal. Louisiana lawmakers and others said Wednesday that those...

Louisiana again extends "Shot for $100" vaccine incentive

Nov. 30, 2021 16:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is extending its “Shot for $100” coronavirus vaccine incentive campaign for another month, in a continuing effort to try to boost the number of people who have gotten the shot. The new deadline to get a $100 Visa cash card for...

Louisiana Supreme Court OKs St. Tammany casino referendum

Nov. 30, 2021 12:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum on a proposed casino can be put to a vote in St. Tammany Parish as planned, overturning an appeals court ruling that could have jeopardized the election. Monday’s decision means parish voters...