Latest Louisiana state government News

Bills to loosen Louisiana gun limits nearing final passage

May. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana would ban municipalities from enacting gun restrictions beyond those in state law and loosen restrictions on carrying guns in church, under two measures that moved closer to final legislative passage Thursday. A Senate judiciary committee voted 4-1 to send those proposals...

FILE - In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana GOP legislative leaders create political nonprofit

May. 28, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders Thursday announced they created an outside organization to promote their agenda, months after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' allies formed a similar type of group. Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder launched...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to speed toward final passage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

May. 28, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are one step from removing most restrictions on which medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana, allowing doctors to recommend the treatment for any patient they believe it would help. The Senate voted 28-6 Wednesday for the expansion proposal from...

Path to legalized sports betting heads to Louisiana governor

May. 28, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal that paves the way for legalized sports betting in some Louisiana parishes is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. If the Democratic governor agrees to the measure as expected, voters in each of the state's 64 parishes will decide in the Nov. 3 election whether to...

La. lawmakers refuse to shield incentive recipient details

May. 27, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposal pushed by Louisiana business groups to shield from the public information reported by companies receiving state tax incentives. Opponents said the measure would hide crucial details about those businesses that are benefiting from...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, Cindy Morris, left, and Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepare RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Where political divides marred early recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Louisiana is showing rare political unity in the fight against the new coronavirus.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

13 Louisiana children have developed illness tied to virus

May. 27, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thirteen Louisiana children have developed a rare inflammatory disease related to the new coronavirus and one has died, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. Details on the young person who died were not provided out of respect for the privacy of the family, Edwards said. The disease is...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

May. 27, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ May 26 The Advocate on keeping state budget talks simple: The most practical advice that legislators can get was provided by Jan Moller, head of the Louisiana Budget Project: If you’re in a hole, stop digging. He spoke about the tax-cut bills at the State...

$30B-plus Louisiana operating budget receives House support

May. 26, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House on Tuesday backed a $30 billion-plus spending plan for next year that uses federal coronavirus aid to keep programs and services on an even keel despite the pandemic. The package of budget bills — approved in a quick afternoon of House votes rather than...

$285K salary set for new Louisiana education superintendent

May. 26, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's new state education superintendent will receive a $285,000 salary, under a pay plan approved Tuesday by state lawmakers. Cade Brumley, who has worked as superintendent of Jefferson Parish schools, was chosen last week by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary...

A photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows Trooper George Baker, 33, who died Sunday, May 24, 2020, days after he was struck by another law enforcement vehicle as he aided in a pursuit of two suspects. (Louisiana State Police via AP)

Trooper dies of injuries suffered in on-duty death

May. 24, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper injured last week during a vehicle pursuit died Sunday morning, state police and the governor's office said. Trooper George Baker, 33, was assisting the Hammond Police Department with the pursuit around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. State police said Baker and another...