John Bel Edwards

GEISMAR, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. is studying the feasibility of building a methyl methacrylate manufacturing complex in Geismar, Louisiana. A final investment decision by MCC on the greenfield project is expected by mid-2022.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released details for COVID-19 Phase 3. In a briefing, Edwards explained that some things will change, but some things remain the same. 

Restaurants, churches, salons, spas, and gyms will be allowed open, now at 75% occupancy, but with social distancing in place.

Bars reopen, but with restrictions

FEMA Approves Assistance For Some NELA Parishes

Sep 2, 2020

Homeowners and renters in  Ouachita, Jackson, Lincoln, and Winn parishes may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Laura.

Governor John Bel Edwards' request for another 14 parishes is still pending federal approval. Edwards encourages residents of approved parishes to register for FEMA assistance, even if they think they may not be eligible.

Governor John bel Edwards signed an order mandating masks in public spaces in Louisiana and closing all bars for on-premises consumption at least through July 24.

"Face coverings are easy, effective way to protect people from the spread of illness," says Edwards.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will stay in Phase Two of reopening, as the number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations have started to rise in several regions across the state. The Governor will extend his Phase Two order for another 28 days, keeping in place occupancy limits and other restrictions.

As of today, Louisiana ranks seventh out of 23 states across the country experiencing an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. Those include the neighboring states of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

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Louisiana municipalities will be barred from enacting most gun restrictions beyond those in state law under legislation signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The measure by House Republican leader Blake Miguez won passage from lawmakers in the regular session that ended June 1. It will prohibit local governments from banning guns in businesses and most public buildings through ordinances that are tougher than statewide restrictions. It doesn’t apply to the meeting places of local governing authorities, however. They can still carry stronger restrictions.

Gov. Edwards Signs New Bills Into Law

Jun 11, 2020

Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he has signed the following bills into law from the 2020 Regular Legislative Session:

ACT 111—SB 118 Provides relative to "contract limit" in the public works law.


Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that President Donald Trump has approved his request for federal assistance related to Tropical Storm Cristobal. Gov. Edwards submitted the pre-landfall emergency declaration to the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday.

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Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is ready to move to Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening strategy on June 5.

Louisiana April Unemployment Below National Average

May 22, 2020

Louisiana reports a 14.5 percent unemployment rate for the month of April as the pandemic leads to mass job loss. That is slightly below the national rate of 14.7 percent, but has led to more than 1.8 billion dollars in unemployment benefits being paid out to nearly 500,000 Louisianans since March 22nd. The March unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.