Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana high court leaves abortion bans on hold

Jul. 06, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected the state attorney general’s request to allow immediate enforcement of state laws against most abortions in a 4-to-2 ruling late Wednesday. The majority said only that the court declined to get involved “at this...

Judge won’t block law banning most Mississippi abortions

Jul. 05, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As attorneys argued about abortion laws across the South on Tuesday, a Mississippi judge rejected a request by the state’s only abortion clinic to temporarily block a law that would ban most abortions. Without other developments in the Mississippi lawsuit,...

Louisiana asks court to allow abortion ban enforcement

Jul. 05, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has been asked to allow enforcement of Louisiana's ban on most abortions, Attorney General Jeff Landry's office said Tuesday. A north Louisiana abortion clinic and other abortion rights advocates are arguing against Landry's request. ...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 30, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 28, 2022. Editorial: When lawmakers thumb their noses at the law The Louisiana Legislature makes laws, so one would presume that its leaders do not consider themselves above the law. You wouldn’t know it from the bad faith they...

Arizona, Louisiana among states grappling over abortion bans

Jun. 30, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general says a total abortion ban that has been on the books since before statehood can be enforced and Louisiana's attorney general is warning doctors against performing abortions even while a ban there is temporarily blocked, as states grapple with...

Justices nix 2nd mostly Black district in Louisiana for 2022

Jun. 28, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana’s November congressional elections will be held using a...

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...