Politics

  Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Governor releases statement after federal judge temporarily blocks Mississippi abortion law

State budget expected to advance Monday with education amendments

LETTER TO DEVOS: La. AG Landry wants student loan debt automatically forgiven for injured veterans

ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit challenging Ala. near-total abortion ban

Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

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

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Bill that would have raised smoking age to 21 in La. killed

  Pro-choice forces rally and block traffic in the CBD

Sports betting bill advances in state capitol

Those for and against abortion speak out as Senate passes bill to ban procedure in La.

Proposed bill could reduce incarcerated children across state

Bill to exempt diapers, feminine hygiene products from sales tax one step from law

  Debates intensify as La. abortion bills near final passage

As two bills restriction abortions in Louisiana near the end of the legislative process, both sides of the debate are ramping up efforts for their cause.

Gas tax hike dead in state legislature

Baton Rouge Republican Rep. Steve Carter shelved his bill that would have raised the gas tax by 18 cents over the next 12 years on Monday, May 20.

Lawmakers aim to raise smoking age in La., but with exception for military, first responders, law enforcement

At the capitol Monday, May 20, a House committee approved a plan that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Louisiana’s per capita debt dips for first time in a decade

Louisiana’s debt load has declined for the first time in a decade, a notable benchmark in a state trying to get a handle on its finances after years of budget gaps and record borrowing. But the amount Louisiana owes for every man, woman, and child still outstrips the national average.

Report: Trump urged Scalise to run for governor

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

  President Trump announces new immigration plan and locals react

Governor Edwards weighs in on ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

Recreational marijuana bill not dead in Louisiana Legislature

  Zurik: State official’s companies sanctioned in two separate investigations

Bill would make prosecuting hazing cases easier

The House’s education committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 15 that would require campus organizations and university officials to contact law enforcement as soon as they learn of any hazing allegations.

  FCC and Louisiana lawmakers push legislation targeting robocallers

FCC and state lawmakers propose methods to fight robocallers.

Louisiana soybean farmers caught up in new round of tariffs

According to the chief economist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 27 million tons of soybeans could go unsold this year.

Protesters pour fake blood in Capital Building as La. lawmakers debate Fetal Heartbeat Bill

A bill banning abortions in Louisiana after a heartbeat can be detected is one step closer to becoming law.

#MakeSocksGreatAgain: La. lieutenant governor sports Trump socks during president’s visit to Louisiana

President Donald Trump toured Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish Tuesday, May 14, and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was sure to show off his choice of socks to the president.

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

  Trump’s Louisiana visit to promote industry, economic growth excites residents

Air Force One made a couple stops in Louisiana today and many residents said they were excited by the visit.

Senate advances bill to establish legal marriage age in Louisiana

The bill would establish 18 as the youngest possible age for marriage in Louisiana.

Beer to your front door? Alcohol delivery bills advance in legislature.

Two bills that would allow retailers to deliver alcohol to doorsteps are now headed to the Senate floor after a judiciary committee approved the bill Tuesday, May 14.

  President Trump praises oil and gas industry workers during visit to Louisiana

With dozens of workers positioned at his back, the president robustly touted activity in Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, crediting it with helping America become energy independent.

Keith Conley named interim Jefferson Parish councilman

Jefferson Parish Councilmembers appointed Keith Conley to take the seat vacated after Chris Roberts resigned Conley was the only nominee for the interim post after two others dropped out.

  President Donald Trump lands in New Orleans for campaign event

President Donald Trump has arrived in New Orleans for a private campaign event.

WATCH: Interview with Sen. John Kennedy on Presidential Visit

US Senator John Kennedy speaks on the President's trip to Southwest Louisiana today

Could inspection stickers be a thing of the past?

The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Monday, May 13 that would eliminate inspection stickers in Louisiana.

House committee approves bill to put up ‘Home of the Who Dat Nation’ signs on I-10

A bill to place the phrase “Home of the Who Dat Nation Highway” on signs along I-10 is a step away from becoming law.

Sen. Bill Cassidy looks ahead to Trump’s Louisiana visit

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is proud the president is visiting his state.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

Louisiana’s unspent cash proposed for roads, colleges, coast

More than $400 million in unspent cash from Louisiana’s better-than-expected tax collections would pay for roadwork, coastal protection projects and public college programs, among a long list of spending plans under debate by lawmakers.

  Wire fraud, tax evasion, diamonds and drones part of Chris Roberts federal indictment

A federal grand jury handed up an indictment charging former Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts on 29 counts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  Debate continues over ‘self-reporting’ environmental bill

Environmentalists fear House Bill 615 would allow companies to handle incidents outside the public eye.

Senate kills bills that would exempt feminine hygiene products from taxes, ratify equal rights amendment

The Louisiana Senate killed a bill Wednesday, May 8 that would have allowed voters to decide if feminine hygiene products and diapers should be exempt from state sales tax.

Amazon partners with Louisiana community colleges to offer new degree

The partnership is the first step in a broader push to try to increase the workforce for high-paying tech jobs in the state, the governor said.

Few issues settled at Louisiana legislative session midpoint

Expectations remain intact that legislators will head home without a special session.

  Bill to ensure La. constitution doesn’t protect abortion rights advances in the legislature

Louisiana’s legislature is one step closer to amending the state constitution not to protect abortion rights in the event Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

State education board refuses to back down from $39 million budget proposal

A state education board defied House leaders Tuesday (May 7) and refused to back down from its budget proposal, even though it could put a teacher pay raise in jeopardy.

‘Fetal heartbeat’ bill passes Louisiana Senate, heads to House

A bid to ban abortions after six weeks in Louisiana moved one step closer to being placed on the governor’s desk.

Louisiana Senate backs abortion ban, tied to Mississippi law

A proposal to enact tougher abortion prohibitions in Louisiana, banning the procedure as early as five or six weeks of pregnancy, has won the support of state senators.

Bid to ban death penalty in Louisiana rejected by senators

Louisiana's senators overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to end the state's use of capital punishment.

State budget advances with increased teacher pay raises, no per-pupil bump

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the first iteration of the state operating budget without objection Monday, May 6.

Mayor Cantrell, Gov. Edwards reach deal to help fund infrastructure needs

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Monday that a deal has been reached between state, city and tourism officials to address draining infrastructure needs.

Parks & Rec. millage approved by Orleans Parish voters

More than 75 percent of New Orleans voters approved the 20-year millage.

Jefferson Parish votes in favor of teacher pay raise

The annual starting salary for a public school teacher could increase by $6,000.

Vice President Pence tours burned church in St. Landry Parish

Vice President Mike Pence toured the burned remains of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas Friday, May 3.

Budget office: $177B in added costs from Trump drug plan

The Trump administration’s plan to ease the financial hit of prescription drugs prices for Medicare beneficiaries will cost taxpayers another $177 billion over 10 years, congressional budget experts said on Thursday.

  Bill to allow medical marijuana to be inhaled moves forward in La. House

Medical marijuana patients testified that smoking medical marijuana is more effective than other methods.

  VP Pence to visit black church burned by arsonist

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Louisiana to show his support for members of three black churches burned by an arsonist.

  Trump administration rolls back some oil industry regulations put in place after BP spill; environmentalists react

The Trump administration is easing some safety rules put in place by the Obama administration after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

Senate approves ‘Who Dat Nation’ interstate bill, moves back to House

A bill to create a New Orleans Saints inspired stretch of Interstate 10 that runs from Mississippi to Texas was passed by the state Senate. Bill 134 now heads back to the House.

Louisiana Congressional delegation announces fix to ‘duplication of benefits’ for 2016 flood victims

Louisiana residents affected by flooding in 2016 will be eligible to receive Restore Louisiana grants even if they took out SBA loans, according to a delegation of the state’s congressional leaders.

Medical marijuana inhalers could become treatment option for Louisiana’s sickest patients

The Louisiana House’s health committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 1 that would loosen regulations on the state’s medical marijuana program so certain patients could use medical marijuana inhalers.

  Gov. Edwards, Mayor Cantrell meet to finalize infrastructure funding deal

The mayor and governor were scheduled to announce the deal Wednesday afternoon, but it was postponed.

Gov. Edwards and Mayor Cantrell meet with lawmakers over infrastructure needs

A deal to divert money from tourism into New Orleans infrastructure projects may be faltering.

  State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

A state senator’s controversial comments linking vaccines to abortion fetuses and autism had medical professionals reassuring the public that vaccines are safe.

  Sports betting bill approved by Louisiana Senate, now moves to the House

Sports betting is a step closer to becoming legal in Louisiana. The State Senate approved a bill that would allow bets at Louisiana casinos and race tracks.

  Inspector General Takes councilman Chris Roberts’ computers on day of resignation

The attorney for former Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts is disputing reports that Roberts stepped down as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

  Jefferson Parish Council Member Chris Roberts abruptly resigns

An unexpected resignation amid an ongoing federal investigation shakes things up in Jefferson Parish. Council Chairman Chris Roberts' sudden departure comes after almost 2 years of the feds looking into his financial dealings.

  Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts resigns, feds look into taxes

Jefferson Parish councilman resigns

  Bill to outlaw handheld cellphone use by drivers advances in the La. legislature

A bill that would prohibit drivers in Louisiana from holding a cellphone while behind the wheel advanced to the full Louisiana House of Representatives on Monday.

Bill to ban cell phone use while driving advances

The House Transportation Committee overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday, April 29 that would ban drivers from holding their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Mississippi flag ordered out of park near Statue of Liberty

New Jersey, he said, is rooted in diversity, and the flag doesn’t fit.

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

Reproductive rights attorneys say a Mississippi law banning most abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional and will make the procedure "virtually unavailable" in the state.

  Louisiana seafood labeling bill clears hurdle

Louisiana seafood processors are claiming victory after an early win for a measure they’ve sought for years. They say in many Louisiana restaurants, you’re eating at your own risk, and they hope state lawmakers are going to pass laws to change that.

Minimum wage hike, equal pay legislation advance in Louisiana legislature

The Senate’s labor committee advanced a bill Thursday, April 25 that would allow voters to decide whether the state should adopt a $9 per hour minimum wage.

Bill to raise smoking age to 21 advances in Louisiana House

The House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill Wednesday, April 24 that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 in Louisiana.

  Governor pushes plan to make sure pre-existing conditions are covered

Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled from Baton Rouge to St. Bernard Wednesday, speaking out on a bill designed to keep health insurance coverage intact for thousands of people in case a court rules to shut down Obamacare.

Sports betting legalization bill clears first hurdle

A Senate judiciary committee approved a bill Tuesday, April 23 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legalized in their parishes during the October election.

Louisiana Senate backs requiring doctor info before abortion

Some say the bill a health safety measure for women, but opponents during a committee debate said the proposal aims to create difficulties for abortion access.

Food labeling restrictions win Louisiana Senate support

The Senate voted 34-0 Monday (April 22) for a “truth in labeling” measure that adds protections for meat, rice and sugar producers.