Paul Braun

Capitol Reporter

Paul Braun is WRKF's reporter for Capitol Access, our series of reporting on state politics, government, and the people shaping Louisiana's state policy.

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not meet with Mike Pence when the vice president visits Baton Rouge Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.

Mark Ballard of The Advocate reports that Landry notified his staff of his diagnosis with an email Tuesday.

“Out of an overabundance of caution with the Vice President coming to our state, I was tested for Cornavirus,” Landry wrote. “Though experiencing no symptoms, I tested positive for COVID-19.”

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has imposed a statewide mask mandate and new social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards and higher education leaders in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, according to a report from WBRZ.

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After three months of delays, Louisiana's presidential primary election is underway. It's coming in the midst of a resurgence of the coronavirus and public reckoning around racial inequity.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that a member of his staff has tested positive for COVID-19.  

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Face coverings will now be mandatory in East Baton Rouge Parish businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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The first special legislative session of 2020 is in the books. In the final day, state lawmakers passed bills that would shield schools from civil liability during the coronavirus pandemic, expand business tax breaks, and enact “historic” tort reform legislation.

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Louisiana lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement on tort reform, passed extensive tax breaks for businesses, voted to shield schools from civil liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, and passed the $34 billion state operating budget just one day before the start of the new fiscal year.

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Louisiana lawmakers spent the penultimate day of the special session ducking in an out of backroom negotiations as they finalized the language of tort reform legislation, proposed tax breaks, coronavirus response measures and the state operating budget. 

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 On Thursday, state senators quietly granted final legislative approval on a measure establishing a task force to study policing practices and excessive uses of force against people of color. 

The results of the study will lay the groundwork for broader police reform legislation next year.

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