April 1, 2020 •

Louisiana Legislature Recesses Indefinitely As COVID-19 Concerns Grow

Only 58 House members and 21 Senate members of the Louisiana Legislature returned  briefly on March 31. Lawmakers did not set a date for their next return, opting instead to recess upon the call of the presiding officer. House Speaker […]

Only 58 House members and 21 Senate members of the Louisiana Legislature returned  briefly on March 31.

Lawmakers did not set a date for their next return, opting instead to recess upon the call of the presiding officer.

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez will decide when the session will resume.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said March 31 he is likely to extend his statewide stay-at-home order until April 30 to coincide with federal guidelines.

In the meantime, official legislative proceedings will be halted. The legislature is prohibited by statutory, constitutional, and rule requirements from meeting remotely.

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March 16, 2020 •

Lousiana Legislature Suspends Session

On March 16, the Louisiana Legislature was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. The suspension is scheduled to be in effect until 11 a.m. on March 31. Per the constitution, the legislature is still scheduled to adjourn sine die on June […]

On March 16, the Louisiana Legislature was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

The suspension is scheduled to be in effect until 11 a.m. on March 31.

Per the constitution, the legislature is still scheduled to adjourn sine die on June 1.

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March 16, 2020 •

Louisiana Prepares Spending Package for Coronavirus Concerns

Louisiana lawmakers plan to create a contingency package of spending bills in case coronavirus concerns threaten to derail the session. Under the constitution, the legislature is required to pass a balanced budget before the fiscal year ends on June 30. […]

Louisiana lawmakers plan to create a contingency package of spending bills in case coronavirus concerns threaten to derail the session.

Under the constitution, the legislature is required to pass a balanced budget before the fiscal year ends on June 30.

Ordinarily, legislators don’t pass a state budget until the final hours of the session, which must end this year by June 1.

The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference has not yet settled on an official revenue projection.

The purpose of the projection is to dictate how much a lawmaker may spend.

Both the House and Senate remain on schedule to debate the budget and all other legislation.

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March 16, 2020 •

Louisiana Capitol Building Screens Visitors for COVID-19

The Louisiana State Legislature announced that anyone planning to enter the state Capitol building will be screened for coronavirus beginning March 16. An email was sent from the Senate and House Communication Offices regarding how to prevent the spread of […]

The Louisiana State Legislature announced that anyone planning to enter the state Capitol building will be screened for coronavirus beginning March 16.

An email was sent from the Senate and House Communication Offices regarding how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Besides all legislators, the staff and members of the public who enter will be subject to COVID-19 screening.

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March 13, 2020 •

Louisiana Postpones Presidential Primary

Louisiana will postpone its presidential primary originally scheduled for April 4. The state is the first to do so in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Louisiana will push the election to June 20, from the planned date of April 4. […]

Louisiana will postpone its presidential primary originally scheduled for April 4.

The state is the first to do so in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Louisiana will push the election to June 20, from the planned date of April 4.

It has also delayed its municipal elections scheduled for May 9 to July 25.

States such as Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio, which hold primaries on March 17, have so far moved forward with their election events as planned.

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January 14, 2020 •

Louisiana Superintendent of Education Resigns

John White, Louisiana Superintendent of Education

John White, Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education, is officially vacating his position on March 11 after eight years. The announcement came just two days after Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee announced her resignation effective January 31, after four years […]

John White, Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education, is officially vacating his position on March 11 after eight years.

The announcement came just two days after Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee announced her resignation effective January 31, after four years of service.

The news of White and Gee comes ahead of the inauguration of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ second term.

Edwards and several other state officials were sworn in on January 13.

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November 18, 2019 •

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards Wins Reelection

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

On Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards defeated Republican challenger Eddie Rispone to win reelection. The election was close heading into the final week and Edwards held onto his seat with a difference of 40,300 votes. Edwards becomes the first Democrat […]

On Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards defeated Republican challenger Eddie Rispone to win reelection.

The election was close heading into the final week and Edwards held onto his seat with a difference of 40,300 votes.

Edwards becomes the first Democrat in Louisiana to win reelection since 1975.

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June 7, 2019 •

Louisiana Legislature Adjourns

The Legislature adjourned sine die on June 6. The 60-day session was overshadowed by the upcoming November gubernatorial election. However, in its final day the Legislature did pass a $30 billion budget that increased teacher pay. Gov. Jon Bel Edwards […]

The Legislature adjourned sine die on June 6.

The 60-day session was overshadowed by the upcoming November gubernatorial election.

However, in its final day the Legislature did pass a $30 billion budget that increased teacher pay.

Gov. Jon Bel Edwards is expected to sign the deal, which applies to the financial year beginning July 1.

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October 4, 2018 •

Louisiana Lawmaker to Resign

Sen. Rob Shadoin, a republican representing the state’s Ruxton area, announced he will resign his seat in the legislature and take a position with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Shadoin is currently serving the third year of his […]

Sen. Rob Shadoin, a republican representing the state’s Ruxton area, announced he will resign his seat in the legislature and take a position with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Shadoin is currently serving the third year of his second term and is known as a moderate republican lawmaker and consistent ally of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Once a resignation date has been announced, the state will likely call a special election to fill his seat.

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June 15, 2018 •

Louisiana to Convene Third Special Session

The Louisiana Legislature will convene its third special session of the year on Monday, June 18, 2018. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a call for the session on the same day he signed the skeleton operating budget passed by the […]

The Louisiana Legislature will convene its third special session of the year on Monday, June 18, 2018.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a call for the session on the same day he signed the skeleton operating budget passed by the legislature in the last special session.

Lawmakers will aim to pass legislation regarding state sales and use tax to raise money to fund state services taking deep cuts in the current budget.

Gov. Edwards and legislators have been meeting in the interim hoping to reach an effective solution before the deadline for adjournment.

The special session must adjourn no later than June 27, 2018.

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June 5, 2018 •

Louisiana Legislature Adjourns Special Session

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned a special session late Monday night after passing a skeleton budget similar to one vetoed by Gov. Jon Bel Edwards at the end of the regular session in mid-May. Lawmakers wanted a more robust budget but […]

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned a special session late Monday night after passing a skeleton budget similar to one vetoed by Gov. Jon Bel Edwards at the end of the regular session in mid-May.

Lawmakers wanted a more robust budget but were unable to pass enough tax bills to fund it. The approved budget makes deep cuts to public universities and other state agencies.

Gov. Edwards has not said whether he will veto the passed budget but announced he will call another special session before the current fiscal year ends on July 1.

If the passed budget is signed by the Governor, Lawmakers will need to fund about $500 million in expiring taxes to avoid the dramatic budget cuts currently on the table.

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May 17, 2018 •

Louisiana Legislature to Adjourn Early in Favor of Special Session

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the Louisiana Legislature will adjourn Friday, three weeks ahead of its scheduled date of adjournment. An early end to the regular legislative session will allow Legislators to convene in a special legislative […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the Louisiana Legislature will adjourn Friday, three weeks ahead of its scheduled date of adjournment.

An early end to the regular legislative session will allow Legislators to convene in a special legislative session scheduled to start on May 22.

The special session to address the state’s budget crisis will adjourn no later than June 4, the scheduled adjournment date of the regular session. At stake is $648 million in temporary taxes set to expire on July 1.

A February special session aimed at the budget failed to pass any taxes to close the budget gap.

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March 6, 2018 •

Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature Adjourns

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned a special legislative session on the state’s budget crisis on Monday night, two days before the session was scheduled end. During the session, Lawmakers were unable to reach a deal to close the state’s $994 million […]

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned a special legislative session on the state’s budget crisis on Monday night, two days before the session was scheduled end.

During the session, Lawmakers were unable to reach a deal to close the state’s $994 million budget shortfall.

State agencies who are unsure of their future funding will need to wait three to four months for a second special session to be called for a resolution, as tax bills cannot be considered during a regular session of the Legislature. Louisiana’s regularly scheduled legislative session will convene March 12 and is scheduled to end by June 4.

Gov. John Bel Edwards stated his hope for the regular session to end early to allow the Legislature to remedy the budget shortfall in a second special session in late May or early June.

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February 19, 2018 •

Louisiana Special Session Convenes

A special session of the Louisiana Legislature on the state’s budget troubles convenes February 19 at 4 p.m., and centers on closing the budget gap by replacing expiring taxes or allowing deep cuts across agencies statewide. Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

A special session of the Louisiana Legislature on the state’s budget troubles convenes February 19 at 4 p.m., and centers on closing the budget gap by replacing expiring taxes or allowing deep cuts across agencies statewide.

Gov. John Bel Edwards called the session hoping to convince the Republican led Legislature to renew expiring taxes to fix the deficit.

Taxes cannot be considered during a regular session of the legislature, requiring a special session to address and propose taxation legislation.

The special session must adjourn by March 7 at midnight, five days ahead of the regularly schedule legislative session set to convene March 12.

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