|Attorney generalís budget faces hurdles
May 19 at 11:00 am
The Louisiana House took a possibly unprecedented stance last week when it approved a standalone appropriations bill, apart from the state budget, for the attorney generalís Justice Department.
|Budget changes set stage for political brawl
May 12 at 9:00 am
In a dramatic shift away from the Edwards Administrationís priorities, the House Appropriations Committee advanced a state budget on Monday that gives the attorney general autonomous spending control, eliminates the office of inspector general, reverses cuts to a free college tuition program and reallocates funding reductions for safety-net hospitals.
|Should online retailers track your Louisiana purchases?
May 06 at 10:37 am
The state House of Representatives will soon hear a bill that would require online retailers like Amazon to track purchases made by Louisiana residents and report to the state how much in sales taxes they owe.
|Lawmakers taking deep dive on immigration issues
April 28 at 5:27 pm
Two bills that have been moved to the House floor in Louisiana could put pressure on law enforcement agencies in major metropolitan areas to cooperate with federal officials when policing undocumented immigrants.
|Fallout over revised budget with less revenue begins
April 22 at 8:00 am
Hinting at a second special session that may start the day after the ongoing regular session ends, on June 7, Gov. John Bel Edwards made a personal appearance before the House Appropriations Committee last week to reveal his proposed budget changes to address $750 million in less revenue for next fiscal year.
|Legislature to consider fantasy gaming wagers
April 15 at 8:00 am
Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, is already facing opposition to his HB 676 to legalize fantasy gaming ó think football, basketball and baseball ó before the bill has even had its first hearing.
|Opposition surfaces for governorís juvenile justice bills
April 08 at 12:03 pm
District attorneys are expected to oppose a move to include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system, one of Gov. John Bel Edwardsí centerpiece proposals for this legislative session.
|State tax giveaways on long-term legislative table
April 01 at 8:00 am
The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee has been reviewing dozens of tax credits, exemptions and rebates at its meetings during the ongoing regular session, but any legislation to change them may have to wait until the 2017 session or a possible second special session this year, whichever come first.
|Polls show grim political outlook for state government
March 25 at 10:00 am
Two new polls out from the University of New Orleansí Survey Research Center and LSUís Public Policy Research Lab reveal that the public has serious concerns about the budget and the direction the state is heading as the Legislature launches into its second session of the year.
|U.S. Senate forum offers preview of campaign points
March 18 at 6:23 am
The Police Jury Association hosted a U.S. Senate forum earlier this month and it offered an early preview of what the leading candidates will be talking about on the campaign trail and which ones are likely to bump heads first.
|Legislative task force targets reforms lawmakers
March 09 at 4:34 pm
Legislators managed to pass tax increases and budget cuts during the first, and maybe last, special session of the year but they admittedly fell short of making any structural changes.
|Lawmakers gearing up for their other session
March 04 at 10:00 am
While political eyes and ears are tuned into the ongoing special session, which was called to address a historic set of budget shortfalls, lawmakers are having to juggle their responsibilities to make time for the upcoming regular session that promises to host its own variety of policy debates.
|Tax chair at center of special session
February 26 at 5:58 am
The special session has been dominated so far by tax issues, which can only originate in the House of Representatives, which in turn has allowed the lower chamber to set the pace over the past week or so.
|Caucus chair: Stop vote switching in House
February 17 at 3:44 pm
The chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the Legislatureís lower chamber has introduced a resolution that would remove the provision in House rules that allows representatives to switch, or correct, their votes.
|Felons issue could surface in regular session
February 12 at 6:07 pm
With the Louisiana Supreme Court siding with former state legislator Derrick Shepherd and ruling unconstitutional the provision barring convicted felons from running for office for 15 years after their sentences end, the question now becomes whatís next.
|Louisiana House politics are under a microscope
February 05 at 5:41 pm
Never before have the Louisiana House of Representativeís politics been under so much much scrutiny.
|Edwards administration met with surprise pay raises
January 29 at 2:39 pm
During the final weeks and months of former Gov. Bobby Jindalís tenure, leading up to his last regular workday on Jan. 8, his office and cabinet heads implemented millions of dollars worth of pay raises for state employees and made nearly two dozen board and commission appointments that were not publicized.
|Speaker election adds to legislative politics
January 22 at 2:32 pm
Roughly an hour before he was sworn into office last week, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, the first Louisiana governor ever elected directly from the state House, saw the limits of his power tested when representatives selected a Republican speaker.
|Bills being filed ahead of regular session
January 15 at 3:56 pm
Although the regular session doesnít convene until March 14, and the new Legislature was just fully sworn in on Monday, lawmakers are already requesting and filing bills.
|Louisiana Dems preparing for internal elections
January 08 at 1:00 pm
The March elections for the Democratic State Central Committee and the subsequent vote, if needed, for the next chairman, arenít necessarily being guided by Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, the first Democratic governor elected in Louisiana in 12 years.
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