The Conflicts of Interest SB 203 Enables Are As Clear as the Drinking Water Industries Monopolize

June 9, 2021

In Louisiana, it’s not uncommon for bills that stink of corruption to fly through the legislature. However, Senate Bill 203 has really outdone itself in regard to malfeasance.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Mack A. “Bodi” White Jr. will not only legalize conflicts of interest on the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission in the […]

HB159 Helps Domestic Violence Victims Stop Abusers From Possessing Guns. Gun Lobbyists Oppose It.

June 7, 2021

  A bill to expand the definition of domestic abuse so it includes non-physical, emotional abuse, like coercion, control, and intimidation, is being considered for final passage in the Senate today.  The bill, HB159, was authored by Representative Malinda White, who is a domestic violence survivor. “I know what it feels like to be isolated […]

FACT: Unemployment Insurance Does Not Prevent People From Entering the Workforce

June 4, 2021

Your favorite restaurants are understaffed and consequently slower.  “Help Wanted” signs have become the favored decoration for store windows.  There are delays in all kinds of goods, from couches to clothing, being delivered.  Businesses and conservatives have painted these omens as harbingers of a disastrous workforce shortage, caused by increased unemployment insurance. Taking this theory […]

INVESTIGATION: Do Black Lives Matter to Commander’s Palace?

June 3, 2021

In the midst of Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd one year ago, current and past employees of Commander’s Palace took to social media with complaints about racism in the restaurant. In one Facebook post former employee Khiry Armstead laid out his grievances with Commander’s Palace highlighting, “The lack of upward […]

Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors Felt Intimidated by Letter Sent From the Archdiocese of New Orleans

June 2, 2021

Hundreds of clergy sexual abuse survivors, who had filed claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans after it declared bankruptcy, were surprised to receive letters from the church’s lawyers last month.  The letters included personal information, like the full names and addresses of the survivors, and three “requests”, which the letter stressed required no action […]

HB 609 Could End Qualified Immunity, Ensuring Police Who Use Excessive or Deadly Force Face Justice

June 1, 2021

When an officer uses excessive or deadly force, but no prosecutor will press criminal charges against them, victims and their families have to seek legal justice on their own. Unfortunately, because of qualified immunity protection, typically these prosecution efforts are fruitless.  Qualified immunity protects law enforcement from prosecution if they violate a citizen’s constitutional rights, […]

What Could Go Wrong? Bill Enables Pollution by Ensuring Secrecy & Reduced Fines for Violations

May 27, 2021

Louisiana’s coast is eroding. The air in Cancer Alley is toxic. The seafood industry is suffering. The nation’s first climate refugees had to abandon their home’s in Louisiana.  No state has been more impacted by climate change. Yet, Louisiana’s legislature continues to overlook protecting the environment, and in turn, their state’s residents, as a priority, […]

95% of Louisianans Live in Areas With Primary Care Provider Shortages.This Bill Could Fix That.

May 27, 2021

On March 30, 2020, Governor Edwards passed an executive order that would allow nurse practitioners to practice independently in Louisiana. The executive order was spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, during which residents found themselves unable to access appropriate healthcare.  “We have been doing this for over a year now. When the state needed nurse […]

Shocking Report Finds Only 1% of Detained Immigrant Cases in LA Result in a Court-Ordered Release

May 25, 2021

Although Louisiana, the incarceration capital of the world, has made some progress in recent years in regard to criminal justice reform, the state has also taken some notable huge steps backward with a massive expansion of immigrant detention.  Through the last decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracted with local officials, as well as for-profit […]

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