- Governor sets May 15 target for tax study recommendations Updated: Apr-29-16 7:04 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards urged a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps, according to a letter released Friday.
- House votes to ban sex offenders as door-to-door salesmen Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Convicted sex offenders would be barred from working as door-to-door salesmen in Louisiana under a proposal that sailed through the House.
- House votes to ban second-trimester abortion procedure Updated: Apr-28-16 6:16 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An effort to prohibit a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure received overwhelming support Thursday from lawmakers in the Louisiana House.
- LGBT anti-discrimination employment bill advances in Senate Updated: Apr-28-16 3:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee.
- Edwards rebuts criticism about proposed $6M cut to vouchers Updated: Apr-28-16 3:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards pushed back Thursday against criticism he is ousting children from Louisiana's voucher program, telling pro-voucher pastors who unexpectedly showed up at the governor's regular press briefing that they are being misled about proposed program cuts.
- Bid to cut legislative agency costs wins Senate support Updated: Apr-28-16 12:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State senators have overwhelmingly backed a bill seeking to cut the spending of a legislative agency whose meetings cost thousands of dollars each year.
- Senate passes cursive writing mandate for public schools Updated: Apr-28-16 4:18 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - With rallying cries of what it means to be American, Louisiana senators unanimously passed a bill requiring Louisiana's public schools to teach cursive writing.
- Bid to end open burning of chemical waste advances in House Updated: Apr-28-16 4:17 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bid to end the open burning of hazardous waste and waste explosives in Louisiana narrowly advanced out of a House committee.
- House rejects bill to ease voting restrictions for felons Updated: Apr-27-16 7:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House refused Wednesday to give felons the right to vote as soon as they exit prison.
- Louisiana House supports Planned Parenthood defunding bill Updated: Apr-27-16 6:23 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An effort to strip Medicaid financing from Planned Parenthood if the organization starts performing abortions at its New Orleans clinic won the backing Wednesday of the Louisiana House.
- Movie theater metal detector mandate fails to win support Updated: Apr-27-16 4:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A Shreveport lawmaker's bid to require movie theaters across Louisiana to install metal detectors has been rejected by the House criminal justice committee.
- Industrial hemp pilot program backed by House lawmakers Updated: Apr-27-16 7:53 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn't creating a path toward legalizing marijuana.
- Bill giving teen killers chance at parole advances in Senate Updated: Apr-26-16 7:07 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Under pressure from a Supreme Court ruling, Louisiana senators are advancing a proposal that would give teenagers who have committed homicide a chance at parole after serving 35 years of a life sentence.
- Reworked police body camera footage bill advances in Senate Updated: Apr-26-16 2:20 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Senators have rewritten a proposal to exempt police body camera footage from Louisiana's public records laws to instead allow members of the public to access some recordings.
- Lawmakers look to regulate drone use with handful of bills Updated: Apr-26-16 8:41 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns.
- La. Senate advances bill to allow separate courtroom seating Updated: Apr-26-16 4:01 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's Senate has approved a proposal allowing crime victims, crime witnesses or their family members to request courtroom seating separate from defendants, defendants' family members or defense witnesses.
- Senate seeks to limit eleventh-hour pay hikes from governors Updated: Apr-25-16 5:51 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's state senators are taking aim at last-minute pay raises by exiting governors.
- Don't like orange? Hunters will be able to wear pink instead Updated: Apr-25-16 5:45 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Hunting in fluorescent pink could soon become a Louisiana trend.
- Budget the top worry as legislative session reaches midpoint Updated: Apr-22-16 1:55 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - As Louisiana lawmakers reach the halfway mark of their regular session, new abortion restrictions are advancing, the governor's main agenda items are questionable for passage and budget decisions are in limbo.
- Bill to punish 'sanctuary cities' advances in La. House Updated: Apr-21-16 4:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bid to punish jurisdictions that don't follow federal immigration law has advanced in the Louisiana House, and turned lawmakers' attention to New Orleans.
- Bill to punish sanctuary cities advances in Louisiana Huse Updated: Apr-21-16 4:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bill that would punish so-called "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration matters without a court order has advanced in the Louisiana House.
- Plastic bag tax? Decision to remain with La. local officials Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Decisions on whether to ban or tax disposable plastic bags will remain with Louisiana's local government leaders.
- Stop ticketing lemonade stands, Louisiana's senators say Updated: Apr-21-16 7:12 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Looking for someone to ticket? Louisiana legislators say to steer clear of neighborhood children selling lemonade.
- Motorcycle helmet repeal bill fails to win House support Updated: Apr-20-16 8:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bid to repeal Louisiana's motorcycle helmet requirement narrowly failed in the state House.
- On second try, Senate backs medical marijuana expansion bill Updated: Apr-20-16 7:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A day after falling one vote short, backers of a proposal to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law to cover more diseases found success Wednesday in the state Senate.