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Updated August 2020
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On Thursday, state senators quietly granted final legislative approval on a measure establishing a task force to study policing practices and excessive uses of force against people of color. The results of the study will lay the groundwork for broader police reform legislation next year. The resolution was a direct response to the police killing of…
 
The Senate Finance Committee rolled out its version of the state budget Wednesday and proposed temporarily halting pay raises for state employees to prepare for possible mid-year budget adjustments. Holding off on pay raises until October would save the state $60 million. Senate Finance Chairman Bodi White says if the economy improves by then-- or …
 
With less than a week left in the special session, the Senate Finance Committee is to vote on the state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. They’re expected to amend the spending plan to account for a slew of House-passed tax breaks and business incentives aimed at stimulating the struggling economy. Cuts for casinos, oil and gas produce…
 
State Treasurer John Schroder briefed members of the Joint Budget Committee Monday morning on his plan for doling out $300 million of CARES Act money to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. Schroder says as many as 450,000 Louisiana businesses could qualify for the relief grants through the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program. The maxim…
 
Gov. John Bel Edwards has a press conference scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon. He is expected to announce whether the state is ready to move into the third phase of reopening. The last time he addressed the public, the outlook was not good. Cases and hospitalizations were trending upward several regions of the state—mostly from community spread. S…
 
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a GOP backed bill that would funnel $300 million of coronavirus relief money to Louisiana small businesses through the new Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program. The state received $1.8 billion through the federal CARES Act. Lawmakers and Edwards agreed to use about $1 billion to balance the state operating bud…
 
Governor John Bel Edwards is approaching the final deadline to sign or veto legislation passed in the regular session that ended last Monday and he’s got a stack of controversial bills waiting on his desk. Among them is the tort reform bill prized by Republicans and opposed by Edwards. Another would direct $300 million of federal COVID-19 relief mo…
 
On Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved the capital outlay bill -- the list of state construction projects to be funded in the coming year-- then minutes later voted down the bill that would pay for it . It required a two-thirds vote-- 70 yeas. It got 65 . The failure gives outnumbered Democratic lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edw…
 
On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards praised protesters and law enforcement officers across the state for avoiding the violent altercations that have marked demonstrations elsewhere in the country. Thousands of Louisianans have taken to the streets to protest the police killing of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died of asphyxiation after a white …
 
Coronavirus may have taken root in New Orleans, but now it is branching out across the state. East Baton Rouge Parish and Ascension got their first cases earlier this week. Reporter Paul Braun spoke with Dr. Catherine O’Neal, Chief Medical Officer and infectious disease specialist for Our Lady of the Lake, about how hospitals in the capital region …
 
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