Pay raises proposed for Shreveport’s mayor, City Council members

Also introduced was a proposal to penalize gun owners who fail to lock up their firearms when they leave them unattended in their vehicles

Teachers react to governor signing salary raising bills

Gov. Edwards delivers State of the State address

Shreveport Police Officers Association asks state lawmaker to withdraw proposal that could spell 12-hour shifts for officers on patrol

La. receives ‘D+’ grade for infrastructure in report card from White House

  WATCH: Sen. Hughes lays out bill to remove racist language from deeds

  Early voting for April 24 election begins April 10 in Louisiana

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Tax reform, marijuana, guns, and construction projects on state legislature’s agenda

Judge grants pretrial release for Polk County man accused in Capitol riots

  Political expert explains proposed gun bills expected to be filed in upcoming legislative session

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

  LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron issues statement to La. Senate committee, will not testify in person

Governor’s veto overridden, gender-confirming treatments for minors now banned in Ark.

Lt. Gov. Patrick has a stern message for people who label election bill as ‘suppressive’

Defending SB 7 the Election & Ballot Security Bill

  State rep. authors bill in an effort to combat illegal gun use

The bill would decrease the allowable time for ‘good behavior days’ of felons in possession of a firearm when they have previously committed a crime of violence.

  Louisiana leaders discuss the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport

A vaccine passport is a record of someone’s COVID-19 related health data. It can be digital, like a phone app, to show if someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus

La. lawmaker files bill making it potentially illegal to teach about racism & sexism

A new proposed bill in the Louisiana House of Representatives aims to make it potentially illegal for teachers to teach certain things about racism or sexism.

Arkansas lawmakers advance scaled-back hate crimes measure

  Pres. Biden’s $2T infrastructure proposal includes money for Amtrak’s passenger train line connecting BR and NO

  LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron, other officials to testify before La. Senate committee about sexual misconduct reports

OB-GYN discusses medical side of Sen. Hughes’ “Heartbeat Bill”

Texas Supreme Court makes eviction filings easier, although CDC moratorium still applies

“Aggravating circumstances” bill filed in state Senate

Texas Senate approves bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views

Some experts have raised doubts whether the bill will hold up in court.

Texas Senate advances bill limiting how and when voters can cast ballots, receive mail-in voting applications

Senate Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for new, sweeping restrictions to voting in Texas that take particular aim at forbidding local efforts meant to widen access.

Bill works to prevent Arkansas seniors from being scammed

A new bill in the Arkansas Legislature looks to prevent the senior population of Arkansas from being scammed.

Local hospitals respond to governor’s medical conscientious objections law

Arkansas’ governor has signed into law a measure that would allow doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections.

Arkansas lawmakers approve overhaul of Medicaid expansion

Arkansas lawmakers have sent to Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation to overhaul the state’s Medicaid expansion by encouraging work by recipients rather than requiring it.

‘It’s just devastating:’ Transgender man reacts to HB1570 passage

Mosley said for those who feel exactly like he did, taking hormone blockers and hormone therapy away would do more harm than good.

Abbott writes letter to encourage VP Harris to visit Texas border

In the letter, the Governor encouraged Vice President Harris to visit the border to see the crisis for herself. Harris has said that she will visit the border in recent interviews from Florida.

Sen. Hughes’ fetal heartbeat bill clears final hurdle in Senate

Sen. Bryan Hughes fetal heartbeat bill won approval in a final Senate vote Tuesday afternoon.

Georgia lawmakers move to loosen gun laws after shootings

Georgia state senators voted 34-18 on Monday to pass a bill that loosens the state’s gun laws less than two weeks after police say a man killed eight people at three different massage businesses.

Arkansas Senate OKs ban on treatments for transgender youth

The Arkansas Senate has approved banning gender confirming treatments for minors, sending the restriction on transgender youth to the governor’s desk.

  Federal funding heading for restaurants as the industry continues to struggle

More than a year into lockdowns during the pandemic the restaurant industry is still struggling to get off its knees.

Report: Supha Xayprasith-Mays to seek Democratic nomination for Arkansas Governor

A Central Arkansas businesswoman announced Friday she will be seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas Governor in the 2022 general election.

Gov. Hutchinson signs “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

According to a media release, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he signed SB354, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” into law.

  AG Jeff Landry holds news conference on lawsuit against Biden administration

On Wednesday, March 24, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was joined by members of the Louisiana Legislature to announce legal action taken against President Joe Biden’s administration.

Hutchinson vetoes coronavirus bill to refund business fines

Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would require the state to refund fines imposes on businesses violating coronavirus safety rules.

Arkansas lawmakers OK ultrasound requirement for abortions

Legislation is headed to the governor’s desk to require Arkansas women undergoing an abortion to first view an ultrasound.

Arkansas lawmakers send transgender sports ban to governor

A bill banning transgender girls and women from school sports teams consistent with their gender identity is headed to the governor’s desk in Arkansas.

Carter and Peterson to face off in runoff for 2nd Congressional seat

Carter and Peterson to face each other in a runoff for the 2nd Congressional District.

  Tommy Chandler defeats incumbent Lo Walker in Bossier City race for mayor

Louisiana voters headed out to the polls today for the first election of 2021 in the ArkLaTex.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards congratulates Julia Letlow on win in La.’s 5th congressional district

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement congratulating Julia Letlow for winning the congressional representative seat for the 5th congressional district.

Bill to restore Ark. flag to 1913 design introduced in the House

A bill has been introduced in the Arkansas legislature that would revert the state’s flag back to the design adopted in 1913.

Arkansas abortion bill would require rape, incest reports

Opponents of the reporting requirement say it could further traumatize rape and incest victims.

MARCH 20 ELECTION: What to know before you head to the polls

Saturday, March 20 is Election Day in Louisiana, and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has some reminders for voters before they head to the polls.

  House committee approves bill protecting renters

A bill that can protect renters from living in deplorable conditions passed a House committee on Wednesday.

After House stalls on readjusting electricity prices, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urges Gov. Greg Abbott to use emergency powers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday pleaded for Gov. Greg Abbott to take executive action on reversing billions of dollars in charges for wholesale electricity during last month’s deadly winter storm after the Texas House adjourned for the week without taking up the issue.

Special elections bill approved by state Senate

A bill that would set uniform special election dates in the state of Arkansas sailed to approval Thursday in the state Senate.

Arkansas lawmakers approve conscientious objections for doctors

Legislation that would allow doctors to refuse to treat someone due to religious or moral objections is headed to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk.

Bill to tax gambling winnings wins approval in state House

The state House voted 90-2, with one present to approve HB1703.

  Louisiana AG sues Biden administration for Keystone XL pipeline cancellation

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order to cancel the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Fifteen candidates vie for Cedric Richmond’s old congressional seat

More than a dozen people are on the ballot for a special election to fill the seat of former Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond.

Arkansas virus cases drop, lawmakers change emergency powers

The virus cases dropped as lawmakers sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill expanding their ability to terminate a public health emergency.

  Stimulus check calculator estimates how much your payment will be worth

Millions of people will soon receive a new stimulus payment from the federal government, and there is an easy way for recipients to find out how much money they will get.

What to know before you head to the polls

Are you registered to vote? If not, do you know how? Will you early vote? Or vote absentee by mail? Here's everything you need to know ahead of the March 20 election.

Arkansas House panel advances health care objections bill

The bill says health care workers have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience.

Head of Louisiana Attorney General’s criminal division, Pat Magee, resigns

Pat Magee, the high-ranking member of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office accused of sexual harassment, has resigned, The Advocate newspaper reports.

  WATCH: KSLA News 12 interviews Bossier City’s mayoral candidates

Watch live interviews with Mayor Lo Walker and challenger Tommy Chandler

La. lawmaker argues decriminalizing prostitution would make sex work safer

Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, wants to legalize prostitution. She’s filed a bill that would remove sex work from the state’s criminal code, arguing it would make the practice safer.

Rep. Hefner’s bill on armed school security immunity moves to committee

A bill sponsored by East Texas Rep. Cole Hefner has moved to committee in Austin.

Hughes’ bill enhancing baby drop-off safety advances to HHS committee

A bill intended to increase safety precautions when mothers give up their newborns has advanced in the legislative process.

  Lawmaker wants to do away with concealed carry permits in La.

In Louisiana, if you don’t have a felony and you’re over the age of 21, you can take a concealed carry course and pay for a concealed carry permit. But one Louisiana representative says there’s a better way to exercise that right.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith supports bill making Daylight Saving Time permanent

Daylight Savings Time could become permanent in the United States.

Gov. Hutchinson signs near-total abortion bill, SB6

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed SB6, a near-total abortion bill, into state law on Tuesday.

LIVE DEBATE: Candidates for BESE District 4 will face off ahead of March 20 election in La.

Voters in most northwest Louisiana parishes will head to the polls Saturday, March 20 to vote for a new member for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), among a number of other things.

MARCH 20 ELECTION: Who’s on the ballot in northwest La.

Voters will head to the polls in Louisiana on Saturday, March 20.

Medicaid expansion, constitutional amendments, law enforcement barracks project on agenda this week in legislature

A proposal for the state’s new Medicaid expansion program and a $4.6 million proposal to build barracks at the Law Enforcement Training Academy at BRTC will be among several items on the agenda this week as lawmakers head back to the capital.

  Early voting begins in Bossier City

Saturday, Mar. 6, marks the first day of early voting in Bossier City.

Sen. Boozman announces re-election bid, will seek third term in 2022

Arkansas’ senior senator said Saturday that he will be seeking another term in office next year.

Gov. Abbott visits Tyler to stump for social media bill; ‘Conservative speech will not be canceled’

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference with Senator Bryan Hughes on Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), the Senator’s social media legislation.

  ‘Congress needs to reassert itself’ Sen. Cassidy, Republicans look to rein in executive power after Keystone cutoff

Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to reverse some of President Joe Biden’s early actions aimed at mitigating climate change. One push is coming from Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who wants to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

  33 La. lawmakers sign letter asking Gov. Edwards to end mask mandate and business restrictions

“With access to vaccinations on the rise, hospitalizations on the decline, and a variety of better treatment options, now is time to end the mandates,” said Edmonds.

La. secretary of state withdraws request for new voting machines

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has announced he’s no longer requesting the replacement of the state’s more than 30-year-old voting machines.

Gov. Hutchinson signs “Stand Your Ground Bill”

Supporters of the bill say it will help people protect themselves in a dangerous situation, while opponents said it would create a dangerous precedent.

Alcohol home delivery bill signed into law

A bill that would allow home deliveries of beer, wine and other spirits in the Natural State is now a law.

Abortion bill, SB6, approved in state House

A bill that would seek to ban abortions in Arkansas unless they are to save the life of the mother received approval Wednesday from the Arkansas House.

  Proposed bill would allow concealed carry in Louisiana without a permit

Should you have to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Louisiana? Currently, you do, but one lawmaker is looking to get rid of the permitting process to allow for easier concealed carry in the state.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Feb. 27 is registration deadline for March 20 elections in Louisiana

This also is the last day for registered voters to make changes to their registration

  Sen. Cassidy: “I am such at peace with that vote”

Sen. Cassidy was reelected to a new six-year term in November of 2020.