Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

State Rep. Paula Davis, R-Dist. 69, holds a mask to her face as legislators convene in a limited number while exercising social distancing, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, March 31, 2020. They assembled briefly on the last day bills cold be introduced during the legislative session. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana waits on ventilator shipment as virus deaths spike

Mar. 31, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana saw its deadliest day of the coronavirus epidemic Tuesday, as the state awaited a promised shipment of ventilators from the national stockpile to help care for its most fragile COVID-19 patients and braced for a looming weekend deadline when New Orleans hospitals are...

The Louisiana Capitol is limiting access to the public because of the coronavirus epidemic, taking temperatures to ensure people entering the building don't have a fever and asking questions about symptoms, on Monday, March 16, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: Louisiana lawmakers face budget tumult amid virus

Mar. 27, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana lawmakers who choose to show up Tuesday for a workday at the state Capitol will return to a political landscape reshaped by the coronavirus and to budget plans left in tatters by the state's worsening outbreak. And they'll only be returning briefly. With public health...

Disagreements on need for change in tax incentive program

Mar. 22, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Legislative Auditor's Office is suggesting changes to a popular tax break aimed at encouraging businesses to locate or expand in the state. But the state's economic development department disagrees with the findings. The Advocate reports that the auditor's office recommends...

Among other announcements, Gov. John Bel Edwards banned gatherings of 50 or more in another dramatic step to limit the spread of the Coronavirus during a news conference at GOHSEP Monday March 16, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. He also announced the legislative session is suspended until March 31st. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Jazz Festival postponed as virus reaches Louisiana capital

Mar. 17, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people for eight days of music, food and culture, has been postponed over coronavirus concerns, officials announced Tuesday. The announcement about one of the city’s premier events is the latest...

The Louisiana Capitol is limiting access to the public because of the coronavirus epidemic, taking temperatures to ensure people entering the building don't have a fever and asking questions about symptoms, on Monday, March 16, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana to close bars, limit eateries; virus deaths at 3

Mar. 17, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An 84-year-old New Orleans man has become the third person in Louisiana to die from the new coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday as he discussed new statewide restrictions to stop the disease's spread. The governor ordered bars, gyms and movie theaters to close and...

Louisiana lawmakers on the House health care and homeland security committees met jointly to get an update on the new coronavirus, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: Coronavirus may upend Louisiana lawmaking session

Mar. 15, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers entered a three-month legislative session that seemed like it might be a pretty routine affair without the budget problems of years past and with fewer bills than are often introduced. But just as in other states and other countries, the new coronavirus is...

Louisiana lawmakers on the House health care and homeland security committees met jointly to get an update on the new coronavirus, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana declares public health emergency for coronavirus

Mar. 11, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency in Louisiana on Wednesday as the number of new coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow. The state's first positive test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, was announced Monday. Twelve more people...

FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, then-interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, R-Baton Rouge, talks to reporters about his last-minute decision to run in the special election for secretary of state, in Baton Rouge, La. Ardoin said Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the state is restarting its stalled effort to replace its voting machines. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana restarting bid process for new voting machines

Mar. 10, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is restarting its stalled effort to replace its voting machines, with the solicitation for bidders expected to go out shortly, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Tuesday. New machines, however, won't be in place quickly. Louisiana will continue casting ballots this fall...

Louisiana education board splits with governor on financing

Mar. 10, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top school board Tuesday backed a nearly $4 billion K-12 financing plan that would boost spending next year beyond Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget proposal, but steer only a portion of the new dollars to teacher pay raises. The formula sought by the state Board of...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, center, bumps elbows with state Rep. Patrick Jefferson, D-Homer, instead of his traditional handshake, as a precaution against the COVID-9 Coronavirus, as he walks down the aisle of the House Chambers for the opening of the 2020 general legislative session in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 9, 2020. Edwards subsequently announced to the legislature that Louisiana today had its first confirmed case of the virus in Jefferson Parish. Right is Edwards wife Donna Edwards. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Edwards urges calm as coronavirus case reported in Louisiana

Mar. 9, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana resident has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is being kept in isolation in a New Orleans hospital, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday, as the state joins nearly three dozen others reporting cases of the disease caused by the virus. Edwards said the patient is...