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Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Louisiana Due to COVID-19

President Donald Trump has granted a federal disaster declaration in Louisiana and ordered assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by COVID-19. Louisiana’s governor asked the White House to declare a major disaster in his state to free …

Louisiana Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration for State

Louisiana’s governor has asked the White House to declare a major disaster in his state to free up more direct federal aid to cope with the surging coronavirus outbreak, warning that the New Orleans area could run out of hospital …

Louisiana Governor Requests Federal Small Business Disaster Loans for 2 Parishes

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has requested that the Small Business Administration (SBA) provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Orleans and Jefferson parishes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this request is specific to the two parishes with …

Auto Insurance Reform, Minimum Wage Hike on Louisiana Governor’s Legislative Agenda

Gov. John Bel Edwards said on March 2 that he would renew his fight to raise Louisiana’s minimum wage in the upcoming legislative session, but he offered little insight into whether he would agree to Republican demands to rewrite the …

Louisiana Governor: Tariffs Stifling State’s Ag, Petrochemical Industries

Even as he touted Louisiana’s economic picture, Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Dec. 20 that President Donald Trump’s tariffs are causing “pain” for agricultural and petrochemical industries and stifling the state’s growth. The Democratic governor typically refrains from criticizing …

Louisiana Governor Declares Emergency Involving State’s Water System

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a water emergency involving an east-central Louisiana water system after finding out that the system’s contracted operator is no longer running the system because it hasn’t been paid. The order involves the Clayton …

Governor Vetoes Bills That Would Change Louisiana Insurance Laws

Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed three bills that would have changed Louisiana’s insurance laws, including two sought by the state’s insurance commissioner. The Republican-sponsored measures are the first bills struck by the Democratic governor from this year’s regular session. …

Louisiana Governor Seeking Homeowner Flood Grant Expansion

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he wants to broaden Louisiana’s flood aid program to include homeowners whose flood insurance proceeds didn’t cover their rebuilding costs and to boost grant amounts. Initial limits setting homeowner eligibility for the rebuilding aid granted …

Bills Meant to Curb Opioid Abuse in Louisiana Signed by Governor

Obtaining prescriptions for highly addictive opioid drugs in Louisiana will soon be more difficult under bills signed into law on June 12 by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is hoping to turn the state into a leader in battling the …

3 Named to Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has reappointed one and appointed two others to the three to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. The council monitors and reports to the governor and the legislature on the implementation and administration of laws pertaining …