2018 legislative session

Wallis Watkins

On Tuesday the Legislature starts its second special session this year. Lawmakers will attempt to address the state's nearly $650-million budget shortfall. The question is: How will they agree to raise revenue?

Wallis Watkins

"Members, we have reported to the Senate that the House is prepared to Sine Die," Rep. Bob Hensgens (R-Abbeville) announced on the House floor Friday.  With that, the Louisiana Legislature ended the regular session two weeks ahead of schedule. They'll be back to work Tuesday for a special session on the budget and taxes. 

Wallis Watkins

The Louisiana Legislature has sent a state budget for next year to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. But, as of Wednesday, the Governor said he doesn’t support the bill with nearly $650 million in cuts. 

Chance McNeely, Executive Director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, on the plight of truck drivers in Louisiana. Mark Ballard of the Advocate comments on the final stretch of the Regular Session with lawmakers duking it out in bar rooms over legislative disputes. Tracy Fessenden, professor at Arizona State University, on her book about jazz singer Billie Holiday and her connection to religion in her music.


Lafayette Lawmaker Apologizes For Fist Fight With Fellow Legislator

May 16, 2018
Sarah Gamard / LaPolitics

State Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, issued an apology to his fellow lawmakers Wednesday morning for engaging in a fist fight with another state legislator after a report from The News Star surfaced about the incident.

Wallis Watkins

With just a few days left in this regular session, the Senate has passed a budget that funds health-care services, but makes cuts to most other departments in state government. 

Wallis Watkins

Despite the recent controversy over an extension of the state’s contract with Harrah’s Casino, a Senate committee narrowly agreed Monday to keep the negotiations moving. 

Wallis Watkins

Lawmakers in the Senate are ready to consider the state's budget, now that it has passed the Senate Finance committee.

Wallis Watkins / WRKF

On the same day thousands of letters were sent to Medicaid recipients across Louisiana warning them of potential cuts to the program, Gov. John Bel Edwards tried to address concerns at University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette, one of the state's hospital partners threatening to shut down if they aren’t fully funded in next year's budget.

Wallis Watkins

The state is sending out 37,000 letters to Medicaid recipients across Louisiana today, warning them their coverage could run out July 1 if cuts to the state budget aren’t restored. 

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