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Louisiana House Passes Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Patients in Louisiana’s medical marijuana program would be able to smoke raw cannabis, rather than rely on the more processed forms of marijuana currently available, if the Senate agrees to a bill that easily won House passage on May 3. …

Update: Louisiana Bill Would Ban Insurance Rates Based on Gender, Race, More

A bill currently before the Louisiana Senate Insurance Committee and backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards would ban certain discriminatory practices in auto insurance rate determinations. Senate Bill 55, introduced by Sen. Jay Luneau, would prohibit based on risks classified …

Louisiana Bills Promote Private Flood Insurance, Target Staged Accidents

Louisiana insurance regulators have proposed separate pieces of legislation that would promote the writing of private flood insurance in the state and increase penalties associated with staged auto accidents. A third bill would expand the authority of the insurance commissioner …

Tougher Rules for Louisiana Car Accident Lawsuits Now in Place

Louisiana motorists filing car accident lawsuits will encounter tougher rules to win damage awards, under a new law championed by the state’s business lobby that took effect Jan. 1, and that backers hope will lower the state’s hefty insurance premiums. …

Louisiana Governor Signs Law Protecting Schools from Most Virus Lawsuits

Louisiana’s K-12 schools and colleges will be shielded from most civil lawsuits if a student or teacher contracts the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus under a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law on July 8. Lawmakers …

Governor Signs Louisiana Bills Shielding Businesses from Virus Lawsuits

Louisiana businesses are receiving state protection from most lawsuits involving COVID-19 deaths or injuries, after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a package of measures that provides the sweeping liability limitations. Three Republican-sponsored bills offering the lawsuit shields won …

Louisiana Lawmakers Block Bill Allowing Lawsuits Against Officers

A Louisiana lawmaker’s effort to eliminate police officers’ wide immunity from lawsuits and allow people injured by law enforcement to sue for damages in civil court was shelved by Republicans on a state House committee. The House civil law committee …

Louisiana Lawmakers OK Bills to Limit Virus Lawsuits Against Businesses

Louisiana lawmakers want to give protections from most lawsuits for coronavirus deaths and injuries to businesses that never closed during the outbreak and those that are newly reopening. The Republican-led bills by Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Sen. Patrick McMath …

Bid to Force Interruption Insurance to Cover Virus Pulled from Louisiana Bill

Louisiana lawmakers won’t try to force business interruption insurance policies to cover the widespread closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Rick Ward, a Port Allen Republican, shelved the proposal amid concerns it could crater the state’s insurance industry and …

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 …