State Rep. Willard’s Bill to Cap Increases on Property Tax Assessments at 10 percent Passes House, Advances to Senate

State Rep. Matthew Willard's proposed Constitutional Amendment to limit assessment increases on residential properties in Orleans Parish at 10 percent annually is on to the Senate after passing in the House of Representatives today (Monday, May 10). "I made a promise to the people of District 97 that I would take action to...

House Committee Kills Housing Bill that Would Have Expanded Protections to LGBTQ Community

By Ryan NelsenLSU Manship School News Service ​BATON ROUGE -- An attempt to align Louisiana with federal laws on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity failed Monday, with Republican lawmakers using some interesting, if not questionable, logic to kill the bill. Rep. Aimee Freeman, D- New Orleans, said her bill, HB282, would have eliminated discrimination in housing sales...

City Council Will Resume In-Person Meetings

For the first time since the pandemic began over a year ago, the Council will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, May 20 in person at City Hall. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers. Citing the public health dangers posed by COVID-19, the...

Canal Street Reopens

On Wednesday, April 28, Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined other city officials and business leaders, to mark the recent reopening of two-way vehicle traffic on several blocks of Canal Street near the Hard Rock site. “The reopening of Canal Street has been a long time coming. There has been a lot...

Dillard University and DePaul Community Health Centers to Host Free Vaccination Events

Dillard University’s Office of Community and Church Relations has created a health outreach program with local churches and DePaul Community Health Centers to address health-related questions about COVID-19 and to administer Pfizer vaccinations in underserved communities across New Orleans. Several churches have partnered with Dillard to offer their locations as vaccination sites...

Department of Justice Announces Investigation into Louisville Police

By Lauren Victoria BurkeNNPA Newswire Contributor Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on April 27 that the U.S. Justice Department will investigate police in Louisville, Kentucky. On March 13, 2020, 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor was fatally shot after three plainclothes members of the the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) entered her apartment searching...

Voting Machine Bill Panders to Last Fall’s Unfounded Claims of Voting Security Issues, Advances through Senate

By Sydney McGovernLSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE-- A bill to allow legislative oversight in selecting new voting machines advanced through the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday.  The bill, authored by Senator Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, establishes a Voting System Technology Commission to review voting systems and a proposal...