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Alford: Sports betting, casino license on the table during session

The fate of one of the state’s 15 casino licenses and the structure of sports betting in Louisiana will both be on the agenda...

Alford: Sales tax issues also on Legislature’s agenda

While bills related to the gas tax and our income tax rates will share a sizable portion of the regular session’s center stage this...

Marie Constantin: Capturing litter could prevent flooding

I learned something remarkably interesting yesterday. When I called the FSA (Florida Stormwater Association) to confirm my facts about money coming into Miami's stormwater program,...

Alford: Issues put on hold for COVID-19 begin to resurface

The regular session that convenes April 12 will mark a return to normality for state legislators. Last year, representatives and senators were forced to...

Riegel: The cost of Baton Rouge ignoring its stormwater problems

Baton Rouge may be upset about its litter problem but it seems to be ignoring an even bigger problem—our Stormwater Management Program which is out of EPA compliance.
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Publisher: Comments by Collis Temple Jr. reflect poorly on LSU

Collis Temple, as an LSU board member, overstepped his authority and sent a chill through the First Amendment with his criticism of Donald Rouse Sr. in the aftermath of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Alford: Lawmakers drafting ambitious tax plan

Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Chairman Bret Allain and House Ways and Means Chairman Stuart Bishop said in separate interviews last week that they...

JR Ball: Steve Carter-a life well lived

Steve Carter—a gracious man with mesmerizing blue eyes, a cherubic face, that devilish grin and a personality that could fill Tiger Stadium—was a Pied Piper of living large, laughing through life in a minivan and collecting friends along the way.

Alford: Will DC distractions slow down coronavirus relief for states?

Legislative leaders aren’t suffering the same kind of anxiety as they did last year while waiting on Congress to approve COVID-19 relief dollars, but...

Alford: Taxes, redistricting are top priorities for House speaker

When he was elected in January 2020, Speaker Clay Schexnayder was greeted with a divided House that was knee deep in toxic politics. While...