Legislation to raise the minimum wage dies on the Senate floor
An effort to give voters a chance to decide if the minimum wage should be raised to nine dollars an hour has died in the Louisiana Senate.
The Louisiana Senate approves legislation to allow voters to declare abortions unconstitut…
The full Senate approves legislation that would give voters a chance to declare that abortions are unconstitutional.
Legislation to keep secret the drugs used in a legal injection receives House approval
Hammond Representative Nicky Muscarello’s bill that would conceal the identity of the drug supplier for death penalty lethal injections passes the House floor.
Bill to set Louisiana’s minimum age for marriage to 16 advances out of the Senate
The Senate has advanced a bill to set a minimum age on marriage to 16, so long as there is not an age gap of four years or greater between the two parties when one is under 18.
Hemp/CBD legalization passes key committee
Legislation to legalize industrial hemp production and CBD oil in Louisiana cleared the Senate Ag Committee on a 5-2 vote, but with a catch.
Louisiana senior citizens becoming more active, new research finds
A recent report from the United Health Foundation shows in the past six years, physical inactivity among those 65 and older has decreased by 18% in Louisiana.
Harrah’s Renewal Up For Final Passage
A 30-year extension for the Harrah’s Casino license in New Orleans Is headed to the Senate floor for final passage after clearing committee.
Advocates push for early childhood education at the Capitol
Its Early Childhood Education Day at the Capitol, and proponents are hoping to convince lawmakers to pump 31-million dollars more into a program that subsidizes early childhood programs for working-class families.
Gary Landrieu jumps into the governor’s race
The fall ballot will feature at least four names in the gubernatorial jungle primary. Independent Gary Landrieu is a cousin of former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu but holds starkly conservative views.
Louisiana seeks federal assistance in tornado outbreak recovery in Ruston
Governor Edwards is seeking federal assistance to help pay for the nearly $6 million in preliminary uninsured damages to Ruston from an EF-3 tornado. Edwards says unfortunately because of bureaucratic rules, it might be a while before the federal dollars arrive.
With gas tax dead, Carter calls for an infrastructure special session
Legislation to raise the gas tax to fund infrastructure projects gets shelved due to a lack of support, prompting bill author, Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter, to request the winner of the fall gubernatorial election call a special “infrastructure” session next year.
Bill to include PTSD as an injury eligible for public employee benefits advances to House …
The House Labor Committee advances a Senate-approved bill to address PTSD and mental health among firefighters and police, adding the mental illness to the list of injuries eligible for public employee benefits