Latest Louisiana State Legislature News

Louisiana House leader: Ida housing help moving too slowly

Oct. 18, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House leader offered blistering criticism Monday of Gov. John Bel Edwards' temporary housing program for people with severe home damage from Hurricane Ida, slamming the effort as moving too slowly to assist suffering residents. Though...

Analysis: Lawmakers travel Louisiana to talk redistricting

Oct. 17, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are moving behind-the-scenes conversations about redrawing state political maps to public hearings around the state over the next three months, to discuss the once-a-decade process that decides how people are represented in government. ...

Louisiana Senate workers getting 8% pay raise, costing $625K

Oct. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Employees in the Louisiana Senate will get an 8% pay raise starting this month, a move Senate President Page Cortez described Friday as a “little bit of a makeup” because he said the workers have gone more than two years without salary hikes. ...

Court tosses suit seeking to end now-expired virus rules

Oct. 07, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit in Louisiana over Republican lawmakers’ efforts to block coronavirus restrictions imposed last year by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has been dismissed by a state appeals court. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal court in Baton Rouge...

Louisiana sports betting begins; 1st bets at tribal casino

Oct. 07, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — Legalized sports betting has started in Louisiana with the first wagering parlor opened at a tribal casino, as the state readies for its largest gambling expansion in decades. The Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville partnered with Betfred Sports...

Louisiana's US Sen. John Kennedy draws Democratic opponent

Oct. 05, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A commercial airline pilot and military veteran announced Tuesday that he'll try to unseat U.S. Sen. John Kennedy in Louisiana's 2022 election. Luke Mixon, a 42-year-old Democrat who lives in Baton Rouge, said he's trying to keep Kennedy from a...

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...