Louisiana

Which ‘Lives Matter’ Movement Will Prevail In Statehouses? | 06-09-2017

Last year Louisiana became the first state to pass a law extending hate crime protections, like those granted to people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, to law enforcement officers. And four other states have enacted such “Blue Lives...

Budgets In Brief - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Tax Swap In Works In LA The LOUISIANA House passed a pair of bills last week ( HB 359 and HB 360 ) that would establish flat tax rates for individuals of 3.95 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, while eliminating the state deduction for federal...

Potpourri - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

Louisiana Approves HB 71 The LOUISIANA House approves HB 71 , which would prohibit the removal of any military monument from any war without approval from a majority of voters. The measure, which is aimed at preventing the removal of Civil War monuments...

Edwards LA Criminal Justice Reform Moves Forward | 05-19-2017

The Louisiana Senate approved a trio of bills last week that form the backbone of Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) effort to reduce the Pelican State’s highest-in-the-world incarceration rate. Those measures – SBs 220 , 221 and 139 – would...

Education - May 8 2017 | 05-04-2017

Louisiana Approves HB 79 The LOUISIANA House unanimously approves HB 79 , which would ban the paddling of disabled students at Pelican State public schools. The bill moves to the Senate (ADVOCATE [BATON ROUGE]). Arizona Signs SB 1042 ARIZONA...

Nursing Home Industry Flexes Muscle In LA | 05-04-2017

In August 2015, after spending over two years working on a plan that would have reduced Louisiana’s reliance on nursing homes and saved the state $77 million a year, the administration of then-Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) abruptly announced that any effort...

States Delaying Payment of Income Tax Refunds | 03-31-2017

A lot of taxpayers are going to be waiting longer than usual for their state tax refunds this year. At least 21 states, including Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina and Wisconsin, say refunds could be delayed...

Representative Batman | 02-10-2017

If things around you go south all of a sudden, it would be good if you are somewhere near U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana. Abraham is a former veterinarian who later became a medical doctor, and as such he likes to say he can treat anything on two...

Budgets In Brief - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Edwards Pitches LA Budget Fix LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) proposed a wide range of fixes aimed at closing the Pelican State’s $304 million budget deficit, including tapping into the state’s rainy day fund. Other proposals include...

Budgets In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

Indian Gaming Boosting OK Economy Native American tribes have paid the state of OKLAHOMA over $1 billion in exclusivity fees since 2006, according to a report from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. The report also indicated that tribal gaming...

Governors In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

LA Seeking Private Help for Roads Transportation officials in LOUSIANA said last week they will for the first time seek help from private firms in fast tracking road congestion mitigation projects in the Pelican State. The work would take place along...

Governors In Brief - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Board Denies Funds for OR Women’s Prison The OREGON Emergency Board rejected a plea by state correction officials for $3.8 million to help re-open the Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum in Salem to augment the state’s only current women’s...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Autonomous Vehicle Laws Accelerating in States | 12-09-2016

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles in 2011. In the years since then, seven other states - California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah - and the District of Columbia...

Budgets in Brief - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Big budget cuts expected in LA LOUISIANA is facing over $600 million in mid-year budget cuts - likely to higher education, hospitals that treat the poor and uninsured, and services for those with disabilities - in spite of passing over $1.5 billion...

Budgets In Brief - November 14 2016 | 11-11-2016

AR Gov Outlines State Budget ARKANSAS Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) outlined a budget proposal for state lawmakers last week that includes a $50 million tax cut and increased funding for education and foster care but no money for executive and legislative...

States Reject Russian Request To Monitor Election | 11-04-2016

Back in September Alexander K. Zakharov, the Russian consul general in Houston, wrote letters to officials in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, requesting permission to monitor polling locations in those states on Nov. 8 “for a short period of time...

Governors In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

LA Judge Rejects Edwards LGBT Directive Saying the law was unclear, a LOUISIANA judge rejected an attempt by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) to force the state Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) to okay legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language...

Governors In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

LePage Wants Local Schools to Fund Themselves Saying that schools spend too much money on superintendents, MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) said on his weekly radio show that he will push to have Pine Tree State school districts consolidate administrations...

States Sue To Block Federal Overtime Rule | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one predominantly Republican-governed states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Obama administration rule extending mandatory overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which was finalized in May and takes effect in December...

LA Secures Higher Federal Cost Share For Flood Relief | 09-16-2016

The White House said last week that Louisiana has qualified for 90-percent federal funding of its recovery efforts related to the severe flooding in the state last month. Officials said the state was bumped up from the 75-percent funding level as soon...

LA Flood Damage In Billions | 09-09-2016

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said this month that the catastrophic flooding in the state last month caused over $8.7 billion in damage. More than 6,000 businesses were flooded and over 55,000 homes, more than 80 percent of which were uninsured...

LA Considering Loan To Pay For Historic Flooding | 09-02-2016

Last month when prolonged rainfall had just begun submerging homes and businesses in southern Louisiana, the state spent about $12 million in under a week dealing with the flooding. Local National Guard troops cost the state $800,000 per day alone. ...

‘Financial Cliff' Looming In LA | 08-19-2016

Louisiana lawmakers passed a budget in June that is expected to keep the state in the black for the rest of the current fiscal year, which began July 1, as well as next year. But because that spending plan relies heavily on temporary tax increases, including...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Budgets In Brief - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Leaner Sales Tax Holiday Season This Year Seventeen states are holding annual “back to school” sales tax holidays this year, but many of them are scaling back those events to reduce the revenue hit. FLORIDA is cutting the length of its...

Solar Tax Caps Leave Louisianans In Lurch | 08-05-2016

A year ago Louisiana lawmakers, faced with worsening budget troubles, decided to cap the amount of solar tax credits the state issues each year through that program’s 2017 sunset date. Making matters worse for some solar-adopting residents, the...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...

Governors In Brief - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

NH Gov Bans Gender Discrimination NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) issued EO 2016-04, which bars discrimination against transgender workers in state government. The policy covers state government employment, administration of state programs, and...

Texas Abortion Ruling Reverberates In Other States | 07-01-2016

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a 2013 Texas law requiring doctors and clinics that perform abortions to meet hospital-like standards resulted in the almost immediate effective invalidation of similar laws facing legal challenge...

Crime & Punishment - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1260 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1260 , which doubles the statute of limitations on sexual assault to 20 years (DENVER POST). LA Gov Signs SB 324 LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signs SB 324 , which requires...

Business - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Approves AB 1676 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1676 , which bars employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories. The measure is now in the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). PA Gov Signs HB 1690 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf...

Crime & Punishment - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

LA Gov Signs SB 357 & SB 180 LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signs SB 357 , which requires local municipalities to post clear signs that indicate an intersection red light camera within 500 feet of each camera. It will take effect Aug. 1 (TIMES...

Governors In Brief - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

NY Gov. Cuomo Cuts Off Groups Boycotting Israel Saying “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you,” NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) directed state agencies under his control to divest themselves of companies and organizations...

Health & Science - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

RI Approves HB 7866 The RHODE ISLAND Senate approves HB 7866 , which would allow Ocean State health-care providers with their patients’ permission to access up-to-date information from a centralized electronic health exchange to improve coordination...

Potpourri - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

Concealed In CA The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that CALIFORNIA counties may restrict permits for carrying concealed firearms in public. The ruling overturns a 2014 decision that tossed out a Golden State requiring people to show cause...

Business - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

LA Approves HB 266 The LOUISIANA Senate approves HB 266 , so-called “ban the box” legislation that would ban government agencies from asking job applicants about their criminal history until they have been granted an interview for an open...

States Consider Host of Pro- and Anti-LGBT Bills | 06-03-2016

Thirty-eight states have considered legislation this year aimed at either protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination or denying such protection, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The majority of the...

Crime & Punishment - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

Crime & Punishment in CT The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court upholds its own earlier ruling that it would be unconstitutional to execute inmates on the state’s death row given the state abolished the death penalty in 2012. The court’s decision...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Crime & Punishment - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

AZ, OH, OK Delay Executions Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer announces it will enact protocols to ensure states are no longer able to use drugs it provides as part of carrying out a lethal injection execution. At least 20 other U.S. and European...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

Social Policy - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

MA Approves SB 735 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 735 , a bill that would ban discrimination in public accommodations or businesses. The measure moves to the House (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON]). CA Approves AB 1732 The CALIFORNIA...

Crime & Punishment - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

CT Approves HB 5054 The CONNECTICUT Senate approves HB 5054 , legislation that would require which would require alleged domestic abusers to immediately give up their guns and ammunition if their partners seek restraining orders. It moves to Gov. Dannel...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

Thank God I'm A County Boy | 04-29-2016

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards makes no bones about being a country boy at heart. Which is why it should come as no surprise that he recently installed a chicken coop on the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion. As Edwards told WWTV in New Orleans...

Business - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

LA Approves HB 266 The LOUISIANA House approves, HB 266 so-called “ban the box” legislation that bars government job applications from requiring job seekers to disclose a felony conviction. Employers could still require that information...

Budgets In Brief - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

Internet Tax Bill Advances in OK The OKLAHOMA Senate passed an amended version of HB 2531 last month that will require out-of-state companies to provide Oklahoma customers a statement at the end of the year indicating the amount of their purchases...

Governors In Brief - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

AL Lawmakers Set Up Impeachment Process ALABAMA lawmakers set up the process by which the House will attempt to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley (R). House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a resolution that requires at least 21 signatures by House members...