- Senate kills LGBT anti-discrimination hiring bill Updated: May-24-16 8:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A New Orleans senator's bid to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was killed Tuesday by the Louisiana Senate, with no debate from senators against the bill.
- Louisiana lawmakers again pass surrogate birth rights bill Updated: May-24-16 6:57 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - After two years of vetoes, Louisiana lawmakers are again sending the governor a bill to create regulations governing surrogacy births in the state.
- Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police Updated: May-24-16 5:36 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews - a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.
- Senate committee stalls bill to penalize 'sanctuary cities' Updated: May-24-16 4:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana senators halted a bid to penalize so-called "sanctuary cities" that don't enforce federal immigration law, after two days of testy debate and late moves to rewrite the bill to salvage it.
- Ban on abortions for genetic abnormality nears final passage Updated: May-24-16 2:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An effort to ban abortions performed in cases where the fetus is determined to have a genetic abnormality is steps from final passage.
- Newest member, Edmond Jordan, sworn into the Louisiana House Updated: May-24-16 5:07 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana House has a new member.
- Planned Parenthood defunding measure wins final passage Updated: May-23-16 8:21 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Planned Parenthood should lose its Medicaid financing if the organization starts performing abortions in Louisiana, state lawmakers have agreed.
- Bill to raise stripping age to 21 sent to governor's desk Updated: May-23-16 7:50 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Legislature sent to the governor a proposal to block strip clubs from hiring dancers under the age of 21, days after of House discussion of a "joke amendment" to the bill sparked outrage from female lawmakers.
- Agency would get cut of medical marijuana sales under bill Updated: May-23-16 6:46 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have agreed to give the agriculture department up to 7 percent of the revenue from sales of medical marijuana, to pay for agency costs of regulating the drug.
- Bill to require pet store record-keeping nears final passage Updated: May-23-16 3:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - People buying dogs and cats in Louisiana pet stores often don't know where the animals were bred.
- Uncertain how many La. students will get vouchers next year Updated: May-20-16 8:05 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Parents relying on Louisiana's voucher program to put their children through private schools are in the same predicament as others who depend on state services, uncertain where next year's budget will leave them.
- Louisiana lawmaker's stripper weight 'joke' draws rebukes Updated: May-19-16 6:14 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana lawmaker called it a joke, a commentary on government overregulation when he suggested on the floor of the state House that strippers should be in their 20s and no more than 160 pounds. But the joke misfired, with calls Thursday for an apology and lamentations that the incident was an embarrassment to Louisiana.
- House committee defeats equal pay bill supported by governor Updated: May-19-16 4:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House handed Gov. John Bel Edwards a significant defeat for his legislative agenda Thursday, rejecting an equal pay bill that had been a cornerstone of Edwards' campaign for governor.
- Senate sends bid to ban sex offender salesmen to governor Updated: May-19-16 3:59 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A proposal to bar convicted sex offenders from working as door-to-door salesmen in Louisiana is headed to the governor's desk.
- Senate halts bill to include drones in criminal statutes Updated: May-18-16 7:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana senators have rejected a Baton Rouge lawmaker's bid to regulate drones by adding them to Louisiana criminal statutes.
- Senate approves bid to raise human trafficking threshold age Updated: May-18-16 7:08 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bid to raise the threshold age for human trafficking victims by three years has earned the unanimous support of the Louisiana Legislature.
- Health department withdraws ethics request on Medicaid plan Updated: May-18-16 4:54 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's health department is withdrawing a request for the ethics board to determine if donations helping to pay for the rollout of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Medicaid expansion comply with state ethics laws.
- Air monitoring measure rejected by the Louisiana House Updated: May-18-16 4:16 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have rejected a proposal that would require facilities that break state and federal environmental guidelines to line their fences with air monitors to detect leaked pollutants.
- Senate sends 'Blue Lives Matter' bill to governor's desk Updated: May-17-16 8:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A proposal to protect police and firefighters under Louisiana hate crime laws is headed to the governor's desk.
- The Latest: Gov. Edwards backs ban on abortion procedure Updated: May-17-16 7:46 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Latest on legislative action on bills seeking to add new restrictions on abortion in Louisiana (all times local):
- 2 Jefferson Parish lawmakers leaving the Louisiana House Updated: May-17-16 5:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers will soon end their tenure in the Louisiana House.
- La. Senate to consider reworking indigent defense spending Updated: May-17-16 3:38 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An effort to reshuffle how Louisiana spends its money on defending the poor edged closer Tuesday to final legislative passage.
- House wants to divert fee money to help pay for TOPS Updated: May-16-16 1:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - To come up with another $100 million to help pay for the TOPS college tuition program next year, House leaders decided to divert money that people pay for some services away from the agencies providing those services.
- Senators hear about health care cuts proposed for next year Updated: May-15-16 8:24 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - While the House steered more dollars to Louisiana's safety net hospitals, health care services remain short of the financing needed in next year's budget to keep from shuttering services and threatening medical training, state senators were told Sunday.
- Drivers seek relief for insurance lapse fines owed to OMV Updated: May-13-16 5:56 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State lawmakers hope to offer relief to thousands of Louisiana drivers who collectively owe millions of dollars to the Office of Motor Vehicles in unpaid fines from lapsed insurance coverage.