- New Jersey's Gov. Christie heading to Mississippi, Louisiana Updated: May-05-15 1:11 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading south for a handful of events on behalf of his political action committee.
- Louisiana Senate passes bill allowing medical marijuana Updated: May-04-15 8:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Roughly a year after a medical marijuana bill was shot down in committee, the Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a similar proposal that could get medical-grade pot to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy.
- Casinos against bill requiring them to pay for rape exams Updated: May-04-15 4:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's multibillion-dollar casino industry objects to a bill being pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that would use roughly $1.2 million in unclaimed gambling money to cover the cost of administering medical exams to rape victims.
- Vitter picks up backing from treasurer in governor's race Updated: May-04-15 2:52 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Treasurer John Kennedy, a popular state politician who once considered running for governor, is instead supporting U.S. Sen. David Vitter for the job in this fall's election.
- Financing plan for Medicaid expansion wins committee support Updated: May-04-15 12:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal in opposition. But on Monday, they started advancing a proposal that would help pay for an expansion if Louisiana's next governor has any interest.
- Louisiana AG: 4 arrested in Medicaid fraud scheme Updated: May-01-15 11:05 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Authorities say four people are facing charges after investigators say the state's Medicaid program was billed for in-home care of Medicaid recipients who were actually on a Caribbean cruise.
- Baton Rouge woman arrested in insurance fraud case Updated: May-01-15 7:10 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Police say insurance fraud investigators have concluded a three-year probe and arrested a 41-year-old Baton Rouge woman for filing three bogus insurance or disability claims that netted her $42,355 since October 2011.
- House committee OKs anti-union bill to strip dues deduction Updated: Apr-30-15 8:49 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An anti-union bill approved by a House committee Thursday sets the stage for a high-profile legislative fight between business and organized labor, even as many lawmakers have said they'd rather focus on the state's $1.6 billion budget shortfall.
- LSU students march in protest of possible deep college cuts Updated: Apr-30-15 5:47 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Chanting "No Funds, No Future," hundreds of LSU students and university supporters converged Thursday on the Louisiana Capitol to protest budget cuts that threaten to shutter programs, eliminate classes and force widespread layoffs on their campus.
- Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in legislature Updated: Apr-30-15 4:17 pm
BATNO ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers remain undecided on how to close next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal.
- House gets bill to let state agents enforce sea turtle law Updated: Apr-30-15 10:37 am
NEW ORLEANS - The state House has been sent a bill that would reverse a 1987 law forbidding the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce federal laws requiring shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles.
- Proposal to limit TOPS program wins Louisiana Senate support Updated: Apr-29-15 4:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal, state senators have agreed to put cost controls on Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program.
- Proposal to scale back governor's records exemption advances Updated: Apr-29-15 12:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers are considering whether to restrict the broad public records exemptions granted to the governor's office.
- State police arrest ex-Orleans school official for theft Updated: Apr-28-15 4:07 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A former Orleans Parish School Board member has been arrested for allegedly stealing an iPad and other items from the State Capitol.
- La. House votes to limit diversions on gasoline tax spending Updated: Apr-28-15 4:06 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana House wants to put the brakes on spending state gasoline tax money for items other than roadwork.
- Landry in the fundraising lead for attorney general's race Updated: Apr-27-15 8:47 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Former Congressman Jeff Landry is outpacing incumbent Buddy Caldwell in fundraising for this fall's attorney general's race, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed Monday.
- Jindal blasts companies opposed to religious objections bill Updated: Apr-23-15 7:59 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and "demonize" profit-making.
- Lawmakers on House labor committee kill pay equity bill Updated: Apr-22-15 7:47 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two bills aimed at making sure women earn pay equal to their male peers were shot down Wednesday by lawmakers - ensuring, advocates say, that Louisiana will continue to have the worst pay gap between men and women in the nation.
- Louisiana moves ahead with abortion regulation rewrite Updated: Apr-21-15 4:49 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has rewritten the state's abortion clinic regulations, a move that abortion-rights supporters say was unnecessary and intended to hinder the operation of clinics.
- Legislative leaders propose standstill budget for themselves Updated: Apr-20-15 5:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Despite the state's $1.6 billion shortfall, the Louisiana Legislature's spending isn't on the chopping block.
- Gov. Jindal vehemently defends religious objections bill Updated: Apr-16-15 7:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of a divisive religious objections bill that critics say could sanction discrimination against same-sex couples in Louisiana
- Cigarette tax increase looks like a possibility this session Updated: Apr-16-15 1:44 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's health advocacy groups see an opportunity this legislative session to get a long-sought cigarette tax hike in a state that has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country.
- Briefs from the Louisiana Legislature's regular session Updated: Apr-15-15 5:57 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Legislative displeasure over diverted roadwork money showed up Wednesday in a transportation department request to spend $2 million from the highway fund for overtime and supplies responding to icy weather in north Louisiana earlier this year.
- Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers Updated: Apr-14-15 4:44 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The stories were heartbreaking, and the list of budget requests expensive as parents, health care providers and advocacy groups asked lawmakers Tuesday to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget.
- State to operate another ferry at Plaquemine landing Updated: Apr-14-15 4:08 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says starting April 20, an additional ferry will be operational during afternoon peak travel times at the Plaquemine landing.