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Louisiana State Legislature

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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.

Paul Braun / WRKF

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.

Wallis Watkins

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

Sarah Gamard / LSU Manship School News Service

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

Paul Braun / WRKF

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.

A state board of education commission is asking the Louisiana state legislature to expand access to early childhood education to more than 100,000 children in need at a cost of more than $800 million over 10 years.

2018 In Review: Capitol Access

Dec 26, 2018
Wallis Watkins

2018 was a long year for Louisiana politics - with special sessions, a budget stalemate, elections, tariffs and more. We're looking back at some of the top stories of the past year.

Update: State Panel Rejects Increased Budget Forecast

Dec 10, 2018
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For the second time, the state Revenue Estimating Conference has rejected an increased budget forecast for this fiscal year and next.

Republican Speaker of the House Taylor Barras was the only member of the four person panel to reject economists' projections to increase the state's budget by $125 million for the current fiscal year.

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