Rice is one of Louisiana's signature agricultural products. But it’s more than just the base for gumbos and étouffées - it’s an economic driver across the state. So lawmakers in Louisiana recently passed a bill aimed at protecting the industry by defining what is rice and what isn't.
Lawmakers and the governor entered the legislative session agreeing the state should raise teacher salaries and increase education spending. But it took the Legislature all session to determine exactly how much more money to spend and where to send it.
The Louisiana legislature debated a total of seven bills dealing with the issue of abortion during its 2019 session. The bill that got the most attention would make abortion illegal after about six weeks — before many women know they’re pregnant.
On the second to last day of a legislative session where several abortion restrictions easily cleared the Legislature, lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment that could reenforce anti-abortion policies in the state.
The Louisiana House passed legislation Monday restricting what they call deceptive labeling of food products like cauliflower rice. Supporters say the move will protect Louisiana's agriculture industry, one of the largest industries in the state.