Louisiana State Legislature

A bill meant to shield schools from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards for final approval, but late changes made by a conference committee raised concerns on the House floor and almost killed the legislation.

As school systems continue to weigh their options for the fall, a new bill may help provide schools with increased legal protection and encourage some to resume in-person learning despite the associated risks.

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $30 billion state budget and supplemental spending bills that utilize nearly $1 billion in federal funds to make up for revenues lost because of the coronavirus, sparing most state agencies and programs from deep cuts.

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An effort to nullify lawsuits filed by coastal parishes against oil and gas companies suffered a setback in the Louisiana legislature this week, but some state lawmakers say the issue is likely to reemerge in the final days of the session.

A bill working its way through the Louisiana legislature would hand more control of coastal issues to the state, and potentially nullify a handful of lawsuits against oil and gas companies.

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Louisiana lawmakers considered a wide range of bills in the first full day of committee hearings since they returned to the capitol.

Here's what stood out.

State Rep. Reggie Bagala, who represented portions of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, died Thursday after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

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The Louisiana Legislature met briefly on the last day bills could be introduced for the 2020 Regular Session.

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State Rep. Ted James of Baton Rouge has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized as he fights pneumonia and COVID-19.

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Just one week into the 2020 Regular Session, Louisiana lawmakers voted to adjourn until the end of the month over growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the state.

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