Signed: Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a Republican-crafted plan to spend $300 million in federal coronavirus aid to help small businesses recover from the outbreak, agreeing to a grant program that peeled off dollars he initially planned to use elsewhere. The dollars come from direct federal aid allocated to Louisiana by Congress to respond to COVID-19. Edwards intended to steer about $811 million of the federal assistance to local government agencies—such as city councils, parish police juries, sheriffs’ offices and more—to reimburse them for virus-related expenses. Read the full story.
Priorities for students: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and area education leaders are hosting a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. to discuss the needs of Baton Rouge students, WBRZ-TV reports. The panel will talk about mental health support for students, support services for K-12 students, the college admissions process, COVID-19 updates for TOPS Award recipients, and Financial Aid/FAFSA information. Read the full story.
Natural gas bill: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wrote an opinion piece supporting federal legislation that would bar local municipalities from banning natural gas connections. That bipartisan measure, Act 46, Landry says, is crucial for Louisiana’s economic recovery and growth. Read the column here.