NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell reinstituted a citywide indoor masking mandate Friday and said all city employees and contract workers will be required to get COVID-19 vaccinations as Louisiana deals with skyrocketing numbers of new infections and hospitalizations.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For all the hype, Louisiana's first veto override session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution turned out to be a bit of a dud.
Republican lawmakers got the votes to hold the unprecedented session and can point to that as a continued expansion of their recent flexing of constitutional authority.
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 Board.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With more than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday encouraged everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors if they can't stay distanced from others.
Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday in a sign that the summer surge is getting the attention of vaccine-hesitant Americans as hospitals in the South are being overrun with patients.
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.
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 50-year-old constitution.
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.
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.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bagpipes played as an honor guard carried the flag-draped casket bearing the body of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards down the steps of Louisiana's towering state Capitol Sunday and loaded it onto a horse-drawn carriage for transport to his funeral site.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers will hold a tradition-busting veto session as Republicans push to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of bills that would ban transgender girls from school sports and remove restrictions on concealed handguns.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin and Republican lawmakers have agreed to rework Louisiana's method for selecting its next voting system, but the new law isn't likely to end disputes over what technology to select and how to do the shopping.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday will relaunch the council of governors, an advisory board of governors and a number of key Cabinet secretaries and top administration officials focused on strengthening federal and state collaboration on major national security issues.
SAREPTA, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana automotive and industrial plastics plant is planning a $13 million expansion, the state and company announced Wednesday.
Continental Structural Plastics will invest $12.1 million and the North Webster Parish Industrial District is contributing $1.2 million, Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana appears headed to a veto override session, marking another tradition-busting moment of Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Special School District, which includes the state-run schools for the deaf and visually impaired, will be reorganized under a bill unanimously backed by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jimmy Fitzmorris, the affable two-time lieutenant governor who narrowly lost his long-sought-after bids for New Orleans mayor and Louisiana governor, has died. He was 99.
Fitzmorris died Wednesday night, his son-in-law Bruce Clement announced on his Facebook page Thursday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed legislation creating the framework for Louisiana college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship agreements, as players on some campuses already have started inking such deals.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Momentum is building for Louisiana lawmakers to hold an historic veto override session, with Senate President Page Cortez announcing Wednesday that senators are likely to support the effort to try to overturn Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Spurred by recent hurricanes and a rare winter storm that demonstrated the frailty of Louisiana's public water supply, lawmakers have set their attention on improving the state's troubled water systems.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of legislation banning transgender athletes from participating on school sports teams is spurring talk that Republican lawmakers may try to hold Louisiana's first veto session under the decades-old constitution.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday struck down a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on girls’ sports teams in Louisiana schools, pushing back against legislation that has passed several Southern states.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidates for office in Louisiana will soon be able to take unlimited sums directly from political action committees, under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed key pieces of a complicated tax swap plan to disentangle Louisiana's income tax collections from federal tax payments, but it still needs voter approval this fall to take effect.
MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast.
The warning extends from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will offer residents who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win a share of $2.3 million in cash prizes and college scholarships, joining the ranks of states hoping financial incentives will persuade those reluctant to get the shots to change their minds.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to Louisiana's jobless benefits, announcing Wednesday that he's signed a bill that makes the trade.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's college administrators will start receiving training this summer on new requirements for how sexual misconduct claims must be handled and what safety measures must be enacted, the state's higher education chief said Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers wrangled their votes, worked out their deals and wrapped up their session. But they still have two hurdles to getting their most significant measures enacted: persuading the voters and surviving the governor's veto pen.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the final minutes of their legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to change the way the state shops for voting systems, to include more public vetting and require an auditable paper trail, after two recent efforts to replace the state’s voting machines failed amid controversy.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A long-recommended proposal to untie Louisiana's income tax collections from federal tax payments won passage Thursday from lawmakers on the legislative session's last day, sending the concept to voters for a decision on the October ballot.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Months after most Louisiana voters agreed to legalize sports betting, lawmakers Thursday gave final passage to rules that will allow wagering through sports book sites, mobile apps and kiosk locations in parishes where voters supported the activity.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's parish tax assessors should be able to give themselves hefty car allowances up to 15% of their annual six-figure salaries, lawmakers have agreed, giving final passage Thursday to the proposal.
The federal government is putting up $1.6 million to help Louisiana develop “smart ports” that will gather data about Mississippi River conditions and traffic from tugs, barges and other vessels, officials said Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's gambling regulatory chief Mike Noel told the governor Wednesday that he's resigning, preempting a Senate confirmation hearing where Noel could have been questioned about his State Police work during the fatal arrest of a Black man whose death remains under investigation.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana hunting and fishing license charges will rise next year across an array of commercial and recreational categories, under a bill that lawmakers sent to the governor Tuesday to help shore up the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' budget.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is poised to join more than a dozen other states allowing college athletes to earn cash from endorsements and sponsorship deals under an effort gaining steam across the country because of the NCAA's inaction on a national policy.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Louisiana lawmakers have taken aim at the coronavirus vaccine, sending Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards two bills that would keep state and local government agencies from mandating the immunization in order to receive certain services.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 100 supporters of a Louisiana minister gathered outside a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday to show support as his lawyers asked to revive a lawsuit he filed last year challenging the state's coronavirus restrictions.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana legislative session enters its last week with Republican leaders' main tax overhaul proposals unfinished, but most other major issues settled in a rare year where lawmakers likely won't be scrambling to finish their workload in the session's waning hours.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has created a new award to commemorate Louisiana's only Black governor and to acknowledge the contributions of African American leaders in the state.
The Democratic governor and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus held the first P.B.S.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is giving a cost-of-living boost to certain retired state workers and teachers whose current pension benefits give them earnings below the poverty line.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is adding free entry to all 21 state parks as a perk for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday.
Unlike the free drinks available this month at some bars and restaurants around the state, the free admission runs through July for anyone who can prove full vaccination, no matter when, he said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-area animation studio will add six permanent jobs in a planned expansion, Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said Thursday.
Swaybox Studios in Jefferson Parish will add six new permanent jobs with an average annual salary of $62,800 plus benefits.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has approved Louisiana’s request for a major disaster declaration after flash flooding in mid-May damaged several thousand homes and left five people dead, Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's medical marijuana program will be able to offer raw, smokable cannabis to its patients within months under a bill passed Wednesday by lawmakers trying to give the state's residents cheaper marijuana options to alleviate their medical conditions.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate gave quick final passage Tuesday to a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit, a measure expected to provoke a veto from Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With a surprising post-pandemic surge in tax collections, Louisiana lawmakers packed the state's budget with tens of millions of dollars in pet projects decided by legislative leaders in closed-door negotiations.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House overwhelmingly gave final passage Thursday to legislation prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on girls’ sports teams in schools, sending the measure to Gov.