Louisiana

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...

Potpourri - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

LA Approves HB 539 The LOUISIANA House unanimously approves HB 539 , which would allow coroners to donate tissue or biological samples from abandoned or unclaimed bodies to people who train dogs for search and rescue missions. It moves to the Senate...

Governors In Brief - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

Edwards Issues LGBT Order LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) issued Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 , which protects LGBT state employees and contractors from being fired, discriminated against or harassed based on their gender identity or sexual...

Potpourri - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

SB 468 Approved in LA The LOUISIANA Senate approves SB 468 , which would require all exotic dancers in the Pelican State to be at least 21. The bill moves to the House (TIMES-PICAYUNE [NEW ORLEANS]). SB 5949 Signed in NY NEW YORK Gov. Andrew...

Flurry of Remote Sales Tax Bills in States This Year | 04-08-2016

At least a dozen states have introduced legislation in 2016 related to out-of-state, or remote, sales taxes, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. Most of the bills have been aimed at expanding the definition of a state...

Student Debt Varies by State | 04-01-2016

Sixty-nine percent of graduating college seniors nationwide in 2014 had some amount of student loan debt, averaging about $28,950, according to the Institute for College Access & Success. But some states had more 4-year college graduates in more debt...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

Edwards Lays Out Agenda | 03-18-2016

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) laid out his agenda for the year to lawmakers last week, a vision that includes narrowing eligibility standards for the Pelican State voucher program, making it harder to launch charter schools, increasing the minimum...

Budgets In Brief - March 14 2016 | 03-11-2016

LA Passes Liquor Tax Increase The LOUISIANA Legislature passed a bill in extraordinary session last week that would raise taxes on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. The measure (HB 27 a) was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who pushed for...

Majority of States Have Good Samaritan Laws | 03-04-2016

States have enacted numerous laws to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths plaguing much of the United States. Most common are so-called “Good Samaritan” laws that generally give a person civil or criminal immunity for seeking help...

Edwards Throws Hail Mary for Raising Revenue | 02-19-2016

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is proposing deep cuts in the state budget, a hiring freeze, a temporary one-cent sales tax increase and higher alcohol and cigarette taxes to close a looming budget shortfall of nearly $1 billion. The increased...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Crime & Punishment - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

Crime & Punishment in LA & PA The Supreme Court of the United States rules that people sentenced to life in prison as juveniles should be allowed to petition for a review of their sentence in order to seek parole. The High Court ruled that...

Budgets In Brief - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

MD Lawmakers Overturn Hotel Tax Change MARYLAND’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly overturned five of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes from last year, including two measures requiring online hotel booking services like Travelocity...

Edwards Expands Medicaid in LA | 01-15-2016

On his first day in office, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed Executive Order NO. JBE 16-01, expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 300,000 Pelican State residents. Louisiana became the 31 st state overall – and the first in the deep...

Suicides Up Significantly In Many States | 12-04-2015

Between 2007 and 2012, the number of annual suicide deaths rose by more than 30 percent in eight states, according to analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Governing . The largest increase, 69.3 percent, was in Wyoming...