State Politics

  BILL WATCH 2019: What’s what during the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session

Louisiana’s lawmakers return to the capitol Monday, April 8 as their annual regular legislative session gets underway.

  Abortion rights could go before Louisiana voters

  House committee rejects K-12 budget, removing per pupil funding boost

New bill would create crime of aggressive driving in Louisiana

  Bill would restore sales tax holidays lawmakers accidentally suspended

  Budget battle simmers as lawmakers recognize additional tax revenue

TOPS expected to be fully funded this year; governor asks students to stay in La.

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Impasse over state government’s revenue forecast ends

  State panel will consider higher revenue projections for state government

  Gov. Edwards calls for teacher pay raise, minimum wage hike as legislative session begins

  Governor talks optimistic future for La. as session kicks off

  State legislator to propose bill reforming Sewerage & Water Board operations

  State lawmaker aims to require background checks for all youth coaches

What’s next for LA residents booted from Medicaid

LDH encourages people booted from Medicaid to contact the Federal Insurance Marketplace for coverage alternatives.

  Gov. Edwards to visit New Orleans ahead of Legislative Session

Governor John Bel Edwards will be in New Orleans Thursday to speak about the future of tourism in New Orleans.

  Dueling bills aim to protect La. residents with pre-existing illnesses

Two separate healthcare bills are headed to the Louisiana senate -- each backed by opposing sides.

Lawmakers push for a smoke-free Louisiana

A legislative committee is working on a smoke-free plan for the State of Louisiana.

  Healthcare reform battle shaping up in Baton Rouge

Louisiana budget hearings open Monday amid partisan conflict

Election required: Felon barred as mayor of Louisiana town

Louisiana medical marijuana backers demand product by May 15

  Louisiana representatives react to Mueller report

Louisiana state senator admits to gambling problem after being escorted out of Baton Rouge casino

GB Sciences approved to grow medical marijuana at LSU facility

A company has been approved to grow medical marijuana at Louisiana State University facility.

Louisiana flood victims sue Trump administration over aid

Two Louisiana homeowners are suing the administration for policy change delays that have kept thousands of flood victims from receiving federal aid.

  Medical marijuana delayed after LSU accused of illegally moving into growing facility

Louisiana's medical marijuana program is facing yet another delay.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

La. Senators take new action to force progress on distribution of $230 million in flood aid

HUD's delay in distributing around $230 million in 2016 flood aid has prompted action from two U.S. senators.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy unsure about congressional effort to block national emergency

While Cassidy supports the boarder wall, he said he is weary how the declaration could set a precedent for the future.

Louisiana governor releases his new budget proposal Friday

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is releasing its budget proposal for next year amid muddier-than-usual circumstances

TOPS among dedicated funds protected by state committee

A state committee tasked with reviewing dedicated funds chose to protect a significant portion of money that helps provide TOPS assistance for Louisiana students Wednesday, Feb. 20.

New push to legalize sports betting, use revenue to fund early childhood education expansion

There’s a push at the state capitol to link sports betting revenue to early childhood education expansion, according to Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie.

La. State Ethics Board reverses decision on using campaign funds for child care

Women’s rights advocates claim victory after the Louisiana State Ethics Board reverses itself on child care expenses. They say today’s decision may clear the way for more women to seek public office.

Mayor Cantrell scheduled to give first State of the City address

Mayor LaToya Cantrell will speak about her accomplishments so far in office, and hat she hopes to achieve in the coming year.

Report: Bill to create Louisiana’s ‘do-not-sell’ gun self-registry gains bipartisan sponsors

The bill would allow people to put their names on a do not sell list.

Attorney General Jeff Landry pushing for stronger cyber security

Technology can help make day-to-day living easier, however, it can also be extremely dangerous if not handled with care.

Louisiana grocery store receives online backlash over ad mailer referencing border wall

According to a report by KLFY, the ad from Mac’s Fresh Market read, “Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.”

Sheriff Randy Smith expected to announce decision for re-election

Sheriff Randy Smith beat former sheriff Jack Strain by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent in November 2015.

‘Excellent chance’ for duplication of benefits lawsuit, Rep. Garret Graves says

There’s an “excellent chance" local attorneys and U.S. Representative Garret Graves will file a lawsuit in the coming weeks against the federal agencies blocking distribution of around $230 million in 2016 flood aid, Graves told WAFB Thursday.

  Louisiana senators Cassidy, Kennedy react to SOTU address

Louisiana's two senators say they hope bipartisanship can be reached in Washington, especially after President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

  Supreme Court puts Louisiana abortion regulation law on hold for now

The law was set to take effect Monday (Feb. 4).

  U.S. Supreme Court asked to keep La. abortion law from taking effect

Pro-life and pro-choice forces have their eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court as Louisiana fights to have a years-old abortion law finally take effect next week, and opponents ask the high court to delay it.

JP councilman seeking council-at-large seat

Councilman Paul Johnston announced he would seek the seat after Councilwoman-at-large Cynthia Lee-Sheng confirmed she would be running for parish president.

  Gov. Edwards tours N.O. tech company during campaign stop

Edwards, who is seeking a second-term as governor, has been highlighting economic development gains since he took office in 2016.

Thousands of La. residents in Section 8 housing, USDA rental programs could be at risk of eviction as government shutdown continues

The longest government shutdown in history threatens to leave Louisiana’s at-risk residents scrambling to scrape together money for rent normally paid for by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including more than 1,100 residents who are elderly, disabled, or both.

New law could close some abortion clinics in Louisiana

A 2014 law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is set to take effect Jan. 28 after years of legal hangups.

Cynthia Lee-Sheng announces run for JP parish president

Sheng confirmed that she sent out invitations to family and friends about her event in February where she plans to officially kick off her campaign.

  Gov. Edwards’ reelection announcement is no surprise, political analysts say

Gov. John Bel Edwards officially announced his reelection bid in a video released to Twitter Monday (Jan. 21), but it was no secret that Edwards planned to seek a second term.

Gov. Edwards formally announces re-election run

Although there was never a doubt that he would, Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially announced his re-election campaign.

Gov. Edwards plans to work with Israeli company to boost cyber security in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards is making good on a proposal to work with international groups to boost cyber security.

  U.S. Agriculture Secretary discusses Trump visit, SNAP funding during shut down

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the importance of President Donald Trump’s attendance at the meeting, citing specifically his support among farmers.

Gov. announces new grant that aims to prevent human trafficking

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded Louisiana a $1.2 million grant that will fund a new Louisiana Child Trafficking Collaborative, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.

US appeals court set to hear New Orleans abortion case

A fight over abortion access in New Orleans is going before a federal appeals court

Rental assistance concerns grow as government shutdown continues; officials unable to speak on impact to La.

As a stalemate continues between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats, Americans who rely on rental assistance from HUD will potentially bear the brunt of the consequences.

La. governor has big goals for 2019; confident in re-election bid

Governor John Bel Edwards laid out big goals for himself at Press Club Monday.

Rehearing denied in Louisiana stripper age limit lawsuit

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its decision allowing Louisiana to enforce an age limit of 21 for erotic dancers in bars and nightclubs

US Sen. Bill Cassidy: “There can be common ground on border wall”

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy says lawmakers are at an impasse as the government shutdown enters it’s 14th day.

Two dozen new La. laws take effect New Year’s Day

Two dozen new Louisiana laws are taking effect as the new year begins.

  Federal shutdown closes park service facilities in New Orleans

Tourists in New Orleans disappointed by shutdown, and park facilities closure.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards lays out successes and challenges for LA

Governor John Bel Edwards lays out successes for 2018 and challenges in their reelection year ahead.

  Rep. Scalise weighs in on shutdown, shifting politics and physical goals

House minority whip Steve Scalise weighs in on the government shutdown, the wall, shifting politics, and his own personal challenges.

Graves threatens sanctions against HUD for 2016 flood aid delays

U.S. Representative Garret Graves threatened to essentially sue the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over delays in delivering aid to 2016 flood victims who could not get their money because of the duplication of benefits problem.

House GOP leader refuses to change Louisiana income forecast

The Republican leader of the Louisiana House is refusing to budge on boosting state income projections, even after economists proposed smaller, more conservative figures

Justices won’t hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices

Stormy Daniels, other strippers protest new Louisiana law at state capitol

“Not only is the law unconstitutional, it’s f----- sexist,” Daniels said on the capitol steps.

Election results: Kyle Ardoin wins Secretary of State race

Republican Ardoin has been serving as interim secretary of state since Tom Schedler stepped down in May amid sexual harassment accusations.

‘We have a race:’ Louisiana governor election heats up

Louisiana stands alone in the deep red South as the only state with a Democrat in the governor's mansion, however, that could change ten months from now when voters decide whether or not to re-elect John Bel Edwards.

  Another Republican jumps into the governor’s race and Gov. Edwards reacts

The number of GOP candidates running against democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards grows to two.

Blanco: ‘No escape’ from her cancer

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco says there's "no escape" from the incurable cancer that has spread throughout her body.

What now? Louisiana GOP loses top contender for governor

By sidestepping the Louisiana governor's race, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy denied Republicans a popular, high-profile candidate to pit against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards

  With Sen. Kennedy not running for governor, speculation grows over GOP candidates

For now the GOP is without a candidate with statewide recognition.

Sen. John Kennedy says he will not run for governor

Sen. Kennedy makes announcement after months of speculation

Louisiana voting machine work stalls, with no date to resume

Louisiana's work to replace the voting machines it bought 13 years ago has remained stalled for months, amid bid-rigging allegations, a voided contract award and claims of political meddling

Early voting starts this weekend for Dec. 8 election

Kyle Ardoin said that early voting begins November 24, and ends on December 1.

Louisiana’s 15-week abortion ban remains unenforceable

Louisiana’s law banning abortions after 15 weeks remains on hold after a federal judge struck down a similar prohibition in neighboring Mississippi.

AG Landry to run for re-election, not governor

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says he'll run for re-election, rather than challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards in next year's governor's race.

  Cedric Richmond comfortably holds on to 2nd District seat

Cedric Richmond was re-elected as Congressman of the Second District of Louisiana

  Election 2018: See results

See election results from your area here

What happened to the ‘I Voted’ stickers?

Voters across the state are feeling naked Tuesday after walking out of their precincts without an ‘I Voted’ sticker. The Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) says it did not budget for the stickers this year.

How to report suspected voter fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and the Department of Justice say they all stand ready to review and investigate any allegations of voter fraud in Tuesday’s general election.

Pay raise for teachers a challenge for Louisiana

Danielle Couturier, an elementary teacher in suburban New Orleans, gets to school at 7 a.m. and often works on lesson plans until 10 p.m. But the 15-hour days are not enough to make ends meet. She also teaches summer school for extra pay.