Gov. John Bel Edwards News

Judge: Louisiana Governor Can Renew Virus Restrictions, for Now

A Louisiana judge has declined to stop Gov. John Bel Edwards from renewing his COVID-19 restrictions amid a legal feud with House Republicans over the rules. Baton Rouge-based state district Judge William Morvant refused on Nov. 4 to issue a …

Louisiana Gov. Edwards Rejects Legislation Giving Lawmakers More Emergency Power

Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed the centerpiece bill of Louisiana’s just-ended special session, a measure seeking to give lawmakers more authority in a governor’s emergency decisions, including the ability to jettison individual coronavirus restrictions. The Democratic governor’s decision was …

Louisiana Governor Rejects Car Accident Tort Reform Bill

Gov. John Bel Edwards on June 12 vetoed eight bills passed by Louisiana lawmakers in their recently ended regular session, including the business lobby’s top priority, a measure to scale back damage claims against insurance companies in car accident lawsuits. …

Mistake in Louisiana Auto Crash Bill Could Cause Higher Damage Awards

After a last-minute scramble to pass the business lobby’s top priority for the regular session, Republican legislators quickly realized they mangled the language of the bill aimed at limiting damage claims against insurance companies in car wreck lawsuits. Now, GOP …

Louisiana Legislature Passes Auto Accident ‘Tort Reform’ Bill

Wrapping up a regular session shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana’s Legislature gave the state’s business lobby a long-desired goal and one that Republicans made their signature push for the session: passage of a bill to change the rules for …

Louisiana Governor Declares Emergency After Severe Weather, Tornadoes

Louisiana is under a state of emergency after an outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes swept through the region. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the order on Dec. 18, after a line of storms associated with a cold front moved …

Louisiana Attorney General Wants Control of Governor’s Opioid Lawsuit

Louisiana’s attorney general is trying to take control of a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration accusing pharmaceutical companies of worsening opioid abuse in the state. The Advocate reports that Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to expand the …

Left Out of Disaster Tax Relief Program, Louisiana Offers Bigger Flood Aid Loans for Small Businesses

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is boosting the size of loans available to small businesses damaged by last year’s flooding in Louisiana and is extending the deadline for applications. The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program offers interest-free, partially forgivable loans …

Recovery Task Force Backs $1.2B Louisiana Flood Aid Plan

Louisiana’s flood recovery task force has agreed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to spend $1.2 billion in federal aid allocated by Congress, with most of the money targeted for homeowners. Under the plan approved on Jan. 20, $938 million …

Louisiana’s Flooding Response Costs Could Reach $81M

Louisiana’s share of response costs to the August flooding could reach $81 million or more. That’s the estimate lawmakers received on Sept. 16, in a first accounting by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration about the possible exposure for a state …