State Government

Link to Unconstitutional definition of marriage likely to remain in Louisiana constitution despite rewrite (opens in new window)

Rep. Beau Beaullieu, R-New Iberia, the lawmaker carrying the legislation calling for a constitutional convention, said his conservative colleagues want to leave in the “Defense of Marriage” section just in case the landmark 2015 civil rights case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, is overturned.

Source: LA Illuminator

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.