Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

Louisiana lawmakers hold contentious hearing on COVID-19

Aug. 16, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards doesn't currently have plans to enact broad coronavirus vaccine mandates across Louisiana despite low immunization rates and a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelming hospitals, the Democratic governor's chief attorney told lawmakers Monday. ...

Louisiana Democratic leader still backs GOP House speaker

Aug. 09, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A key Democratic leader in the Louisiana House said Monday he continues to support Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, despite increased partisan tensions stemming from the GOP's failed veto session and Schexnayder's decision to remove two Democrats from...

Louisiana House speaker ousts Democrats after veto session

Jul. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder on Friday said he removed two Democrats from their leadership positions, fallout from Louisiana's failed veto session in which Democrats blocked GOP efforts to overturn any of the governor's bill rejections. ...

Louisiana senator resigns to lead gambling regulatory board

Jul. 23, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A longtime state lawmaker from the Lake Charles area resigned Friday from the Senate to take the helm of Louisiana's gambling regulatory board. Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Republican Ronnie Johns, of Sulphur, as chairman of the Gaming Control...

Louisiana lawmakers agree to add Caesars name to Superdome

Jul. 22, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome may soon bear the Caesars Entertainment name and logo, under a 20-year naming rights deal with the Saints that is nearing completion and won required legislative backing Thursday. Terms of the contract are still...

Louisiana veto session ends with no bill rejections reversed

Jul. 21, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers ended their historic veto session Wednesday after two days in which Republicans failed to overturn any of Gov. John Bel Edwards' bill rejections, a significant blow to GOP efforts to assert independence from the Democratic governor. ...

Louisiana lawmakers fail to override Democratic governor’s veto of bill banning transgender girls from school sports

Jul. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers fail to override Democratic governor’s veto of bill banning transgender girls from school sports.

Louisiana Senate backs transgender sports ban veto override

Jul. 20, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican state senators Tuesday narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports, on the opening day of the first veto session under the state's nearly...

Louisiana heads into historic veto session with uncertainty

Jul. 19, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ahead of the opening of an unprecedented veto override session, Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said Monday he's “comfortable 100%” that his chamber has the votes to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill to ban transgender girls from school...

Glenn Koepp, former secretary of the Louisiana Senate, dies

Jul. 19, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp, a lawyer who worked in the Senate for decades before rising to the chief administrative officer's position, has died. He was 76 years old. Koepp's death was confirmed Monday by Gov. John Bel Edwards...