- Parents: 'Medically Fragile Children Matter' in Louisiana Updated: May-27-16 4:54 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Parents of disabled children chastised Louisiana lawmakers on Friday for obligating them to return year after year to plead for health care financing.
- No fireworks in hearing on Common Core standards rewrite Updated: May-27-16 4:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards has provoked passionate arguments and lengthy hearings in recent years. But revisions to those English and math standards sparked nothing similar Friday.
- House halts bid to create 3-year mandatory minimum sentences Updated: May-27-16 4:21 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have rejected a proposal to require a minimum three-year prison sentence in certain criminal cases, saying it would take too much power away from local judges.
- Louisiana man pleads guilty to defrauding illegal immigrants Updated: May-26-16 5:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to a charge that he preyed on dozens of illegal immigrants in federal detention facilities by promising them legal assistance but taking their money without providing any help.
- Louisiana adds police protections to hate-crime laws Updated: May-26-16 4:12 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews.
- Farm-to-school program bill sent to governor who supports it Updated: May-26-16 2:36 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers have sent to the governor's desk a bill to create a farm-to-school program that encourages locally-grown products in state public school cafeterias.
- House-backed cursive writing bill nears final passage Updated: May-26-16 12:56 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A proposal to require the teaching of cursive writing in Louisiana's public schools is near final legislative passage, after receiving overwhelming support from the state House.
- Charter school restriction bill heads to governor's desk Updated: May-26-16 12:06 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards has won one victory in his effort to put more limits on charter schools in Louisiana.
- Lawmakers back call for US constitutional convention Updated: May-26-16 4:35 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana is joining a call for the first U.S. constitutional convention since the nation's founding, under legislation backed by state lawmakers.
- Lawmakers vote to increase fines for not wearing seatbelts Updated: May-26-16 3:43 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to boost the fines against people caught not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle.
- Bid for REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses passes House Updated: May-25-16 10:23 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - House lawmakers have unanimously agreed to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with federal identification law.
- Lawmaker shelves Declaration of Independence in schools bill Updated: May-25-16 9:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A Denham Springs lawmaker shelved her bill requiring Louisiana public school students to recite the Declaration of Independence daily, under pressure from her African-American colleagues.
- Planned Parenthood will seek abortion license for new clinic Updated: May-25-16 6:06 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana legislation aimed at discouraging Planned Parenthood from offering abortions at its New Orleans clinic won't stop it from seeking a license to provide the procedure, the organization's national leader said Wednesday.
- The Latest: Senate gives final OK to patient caregiver bill Updated: May-25-16 4:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Latest on a bill aimed at providing more information to patient caregivers (all times local):
- Louisiana lawmakers encourage trade relations with Cuba Updated: May-25-16 4:38 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's lawmakers are pushing trade talks with Cuba, now that President Barack Obama has moved to normalize relations with the island nation.
- 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.
- 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.