State Government

Link to Gov. Landry sets wide agenda for special legislative session on crime – Louisiana Illuminator (opens in new window)

The items include expanding methods for administering the death penalty and harsher penalties for carjacking. The governor is also seeking stricter treatment of juvenile offenders and tighter provisions for granting parole.

He is also proposing placement of the state’s indigent defender system under the governor’s office.

Source: LA Illuminator

Link to LDWF, DA’s office bribery case gets familiar lead prosecutor  (opens in new window)

Federal Magistrate Judge Carol Whitehurst on Jan. 31 approved the replacement of Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel McCoy with John Luke Walker in the federal felony case of Dusty Guidry.

McCoy acted as lead attorney in court appearances in December and January by two others involved in the bribery schemes, both of whom pleaded guilty and, like Guidry, are awaiting sentencing.

Source: The Advocate

Link to Louisiana’s latest special session: What to know (opens in new window)

The Legislature’s new maps create a second majority-Black district, a major win for civil rights advocates who have called for a map that more accurately represents Louisiana’s current demographics. More than one-third of Louisiana’s population is Black.

Lawmakers also approved a plan to move to a closed party primary system for Louisiana’s congressional, state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Public Service Commission and state Supreme Court elections.


Link to Landry asks for pause in hiring UL System president – Louisiana Illuminator (opens in new window)

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot was expected to take over as the University of Louisiana System president Jan. 1. But with only a few days remaining in the year, the UL System board has not extended him a contract offer.

Gov.-elect Jeff Landry indicated, in an interview with reporters Wednesday, he wants to talk to both the board and Gallot before the deal is finalized.

Source: Louisiana Illuminator