Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-19

Jun. 24, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a press release from his office. Edwards says that he does not currently have symptoms and will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for...

Louisiana Gov. Edwards vetoes 17 recently passed bills

Jun. 20, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday vetoed 17 recently passed bills, including legislation that would toughen criminal sentences and ban government entities from denying building entry based on a person’s COVID-19 vaccine status. In total, the Democrat...

Louisiana session ends: No new map with a 2nd Black district

Jun. 18, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers ended a special session Saturday saying they were unable to agree on a new congressional map that includes a second majority Black district as ordered by a federal judge, prompting an angry blast from the governor. U.S. District Judge...

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to delay mostly Black district

Jun. 17, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

Louisiana’s secretary of state and attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to put a hold on a federal judge’s order for the state to create a second majority Black congressional district by Monday. Judge Shelly Dick’s ruling “throws the election process into...

Judge denies extension for Louisiana redistricting deadline

Jun. 16, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A request by Louisiana legislative leaders to extend the deadline of completing a new congressional map — that must include a second majority-Black district — was rejected by a federal judge Thursday. During the morning hearing, U.S. District Judge Shelly...

Heat, storms, cause fish kills in south, central Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Heat and storms are contributing to “a rash of fish kills” in south and central Louisiana, and more are likely, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday. “While fish kills are shocking to experience and can appear...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 15, 2022. Editorial: Legislators may feel they’re in bondage, but it’s their fault Nobody even had time to unpack, aggrieved Louisiana legislators complain, before Gov. John Bel Edwards — and, most relevantly, a U.S. District Court judge —...

Louisiana lawmakers resume work on remapping House districts

Jun. 15, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Wednesday to redesign congressional maps that a federal judge threw out for violating the Voting Rights Act, resuming their work amid growing frustrations under a looming court deadline. The Republican-dominated...

Legislators ask more time to comply with redistricting order

Jun. 14, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

Louisiana’s legislative leaders are asking for at least 10 more days to comply with a federal judge’s order to redraw congressional districts so two have Black majorities. On Tuesday, the judge scheduled a hearing on that request, to be held Thursday. Also Tuesday, a federal...

Body of missing boater recovered from Mississippi River

Jun. 13, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The body of a boater who was missing since last week has been recovered from the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday. Howard Brown, 54, was reported missing near Baton Rouge after his boat sank Wednesday, The...