Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana lawmakers advance sales tax collection overhaul

Apr. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A business-backed effort to centralize Louisiana's sales tax collections began Tuesday working its way through the state House, where Republican leaders are pushing to get rid of the state's unusual system of letting a hodgepodge of local government agencies do the...

Louisiana pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department told the state’s vaccine providers Tuesday to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine immediately, after federal officials announced they are investigating possible links between the one-shot vaccine and severe...

Louisiana's latest legislative session moves past pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Louisiana Legislature opened a regular session Monday that seems more like those of pre-pandemic times, with debates planned on taxes, sports betting, transgender rights and other issues far beyond the virus' aftermath. ...

Recall against Louisiana House speaker doesn't gain traction

Apr. 12, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attempt to recall Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder has failed, passing the deadline without signatures submitted. The petition seeking to recall the Republican was filed Sept. 18, citing “failure to support constituents” and...

Analysis: Louisiana lawmakers plan return to old tax debates

Apr. 11, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Talk of “tax reform” has returned to the Louisiana Capitol, with the House and Senate’s Republican leaders making it their central push for the two-month legislative session starting Monday. But reform means different things to different people, and reaching a...

Louisiana to take orders for oyster larvae beginning Monday

Apr. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it will start taking orders for oyster larvae through its online portal on Monday morning. The Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery typically gets about 20 to 30 orders a year for oyster...

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

Early voting beginning for Louisiana's congressional runoff

Apr. 09, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters across New Orleans, Baton Rouge and several southeastern parishes can begin casting early ballots Saturday in the April 24 runoff election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat that will remain firmly in Democratic hands. Two...

Lawmaker seeks to end Louisiana's 'slavery exception' clause

Apr. 08, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Louisiana lawmaker has put forward legislation to amend the state’s Constitution to abolish forced labor as punishment for those convicted of a crime. Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Brusly, said Wednesday that language effectively protecting the...

Louisiana launches statewide COVID-19 vaccine call center

Apr. 08, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana on Thursday opened a coronavirus vaccine hotline to help people schedule immunization appointments and to connect those reluctant about getting the shot to medical professionals who can answer questions. The hotline, reachable at...