Abortions are legal again in Louisiana until at least July 8, when Orleans Parish District Judge Robin Giarrusso holds her first hearing over a lawsuit challenging the statewide abortion ban.
Republicans in leadership – Senate President Page Cortez, House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Sen. Sharon Hewitt – submitted maps that retain just one majority-Black district. Democrats, who submitted the other seven bills, have included two majority-Black districts in their proposals.
Gov. John Bel Edwards presented his spending proposal to legislators this week
Senate President Page Cortez’s home parish of Lafayette received more money than others.
Legislators are spending a lot of money on roads, bridges and pet projects. Lafayette Parish is a big winner there.
Lawmakers are also considering loosening medical marijuana rules.
The number of people eligible to receive the Covid vaccine is expanding by hundreds of thousands this week.