BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The amount lobbyists can spend on wining and dining state lawmakers and other public officials is going up July 1. The Advocate reports that the rate will go up from $56 to $57 per occasion, based on the law that sets the limit. The 2008... more »
Depending what happens in the legislature, tuition could rise for thousands of students at universities across the state.
Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on a proposed bill which would allow universities to raise tuition without legislative approval.
"We're trying desperately to maintain quality and performance... more »
Governor Bobby Jindal made his endorsements for House and Senate leaders, giving the snub to one Acadiana law maker.
The Governor's endorsements came early this year, with one-fifth of the legislature still undecided because of runoff elections.
"The timing of this seems very odd. One would think Jindal... more »
With the regular legislative session just coming to a close, cities and towns across Louisiana will have a few changes coming their way.
There's been a lot of talk about budget cuts, higher education and redistricting at the State capitol. But there were also those in Baton Rouge fighting... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Weary lawmakers still smarting from angry battles over the drawing of their political districts return to the Louisiana Capitol on Monday to take up the difficult task of balancing next year's budget. The two-month regular session will be jam-packed with tough decisions on whether to... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Elections are set Saturday to replace a New Orleans legislator who went to Congress and an Acadiana legislator who took a state regulatory post. Democrats Errol Bailey, Roland Barthe, Wesley Bishop and Willie Jones are in a race for the state House seat Cedric Richmond vacated... more »
The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is distributing its initial legislative scorecard, which records key votes by state legislators during the 2010 regular session. "This scorecard is an objective method of tracking how the local delegation voted on issues important to the business community in particular, and the area in... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal stripped millions of dollars in lawmakers' pet projects from the budget, scuttled a spending plan to help cash-strapped coastal communities responding to the oil spill and rejected several bills overwhelmingly approved by legislators. But none of that was enough to persuade lawmakers... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Five people have applied to be the state's new legislative auditor, to lead the office that reviews the financial books of state and local government agencies. Among the applicants is Daryl Purpera, who is working as the interim legislative auditor, since Steve Theriot retired in... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers should consider requiring "tax clearances" for individuals and businesses that contract with the state, a new audit report concludes. The Legislative Auditor's Office made the recommendation in a report released to the public Monday. The office looked at the state revenue department's methods for... more »