Gun-Buying Changes Proposed

The pre-filing of bills for the regular session commenced alongside Mardi Gras Monday, but it also jumped off with a bang. Press coverage from around the state has so far zeroed in on HB 10 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, which would allow law enforcement officers to carry firearms inside bars and establishments that serve alcohol whether or not they’re on duty.

But there will also be another bill, not yet available for review, to require all gun buyers to pass a firearms safety course. Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, filed similar legislation last year, but failed to get it out of committee.

Conceptually, any kind of training sanctioned by the National Rifle Association would suffice, he said, including hunting classes or concealed weapons courses. An honorable discharge from the military would be acceptable as well.

“If you don’t pass, you can’t buy,” said Badon, who personally has a concealed weapons permit. “People need to be educated about the use of deadly force. They need to understand liability.”

In related policy moves, other lawmakers are considering bills that would offer economic incentive packages for gun manufacturers in Louisiana. But none have been pre-filed yet.


Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills said he and his committee are pushing state officials to make a decision soon on how to move forward with Louisiana’s massive Medicaid processing contract.  “We want a decision by September, not something at the last minute in December,” said Mills, R-Parks.  Right now Molina Information Systems has […]


SENATE 2016: Super PAC Overview

A few of the home-brewed super PACs created in Louisiana to support candidates in the fall U.S. Senate race experienced a very bumpy second quarter of fundraising this year. That may allow other super PACs backed by national organizations, from outside of Louisiana, to steal some of the political thunder in the coming months. Super […]

Fed Races Crammed With Candidates

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On the Nov. 8 ballot in Louisiana there will be 63 different candidates running in seven federal races for the U.S House and Senate, meaning voters will have plenty of names to choose from — possibly more than any other time in recent history. In the U.S. Senate race alone 24 candidates qualified last week […]


Super PAC Bows Out Of Senate Race

A super PAC, or political action committee, that was formed to support the U.S. Senate candidacy of Treasurer John Kennedy has been disbanded and its money has been transferred to a national conservative advocacy group that could end up playing an out-front role in the developing race scheduled for this fall. The U.S. Supreme Court […]

Media Campaigns Target Lawmakers

Media Campaigns Target Lawmakers

The governor isn’t the only one trying to influence the votes of lawmakers in the ongoing second special session that ends on June 23. The Louisiana Manufacturers Political Action Committee has purchased more than 3,000 radio spots over the next two weeks that urge voters to contact lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards to ask […]


JBE To Lawmakers: Come On Over

Lawmakers might still be a little sore at Gov. John Bel Edwards for calling a second special session just 30 minutes after the ongoing regular session ends Monday evening. The governor, however, may gain a few more points back for what he has planned when the first night of that second special session comes to a […]

Days In Session An All-Time High

LINGERING LAWMAKERS: Days In Session An All-Time Record

Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, shows the strain of listening to endless testimony and debate during the ongoing regular session, which, in concert with this year’s two special session, will be the longest running in the state’s history. Credit: Justin DiCharia. When the 2016 Louisiana Legislature, beginning its second special session Monday, withdraws on June 23 from […]