November 11, 2014 10:26 AM
NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury will hold a public hearing Dec. 9 on a proposal to amend its drainage maintenance fee ordinance, adding another year to the controversial fee. The Police Jury wants to add a sunset clause to the ordinance, adopted in March 2013, that... more »
September 5, 2014 2:22 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish Council has amended its animal control ordinance to better track and control dogs considered a threat to the public. Dogs declared as "dangerous" under the new ordinance's wording must now have a special tag, which comes with a $10 initial registration fee to the owner and... more »
August 25, 2014 11:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Monday that a Baton Rouge ordinance which makes it illegal to have guns at a bar or liquor store violates the Second Amendment.
Chief Judge Brian Jackson also ordered city police to no longer enforce the measure, which was passed in 1951.... more »
August 12, 2014 5:19 AM
THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish Council will discuss an amendment to its vicious and dangerous dog ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting. The ordinance changes the definition of what makes an animal dangerous or vicious and alters registration and breeding restrictions for those animals. Councilman John Arnold, the author of the... more »
July 17, 2014 8:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Council will once again discuss a Fairness Ordinance next week.
There is currently no federal, state or local laws preventing someone from being denied employment or housing because of their perceived sexual orientation.
"It's long overdue in Baton Rouge," Elizabeth Querbes... more »
July 9, 2014 9:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council proposed an ordinance Wednesday night to crack down on police department patrol officers who quit the force shortly after being hired.
"The revolving door kind of employment thing we've been having with the police department is a concern," said Councilman Hugh... more »
June 25, 2014 8:00 PM
LEAWOOD, KANSAS- A nine-year-old boy was told by the city of Leawood in Kansas to remove his "Little Free Library" from his front yard.
Sharing books through small wooden structures is a widespread trend and Spencer Collins and his family erected a blue box on red stilts asking people... more »
June 9, 2014 8:38 PM
BAKER- City leaders scrapped a plan for an ordinance that would have required a special permit before certain venues can host birthday parties or similar events for teenagers. Instead, city council members decided on writing a resolution to encourage businesses to follow a list of suggested ways to make events... more »
May 8, 2014 4:20 PM
CENTRAL - City government officials are seeking information regarding a traffic sign stolen from Hooper Rd. near Greenwell Springs Rd.
The custom-made, DOTD-approved sign is 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall and reads "Unmuffled Compression Brakes Prohibited" to conform with the local ordinance. The sign was removed with... more »
March 18, 2014 7:15 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union about doing so, the Iberville Parish Council approved a ban on sagging pants Tuesday night.
The move outlaws pants that hang too low, revealing underwear.
"I don't think that anybody should have to go to a store,... more »
February 19, 2014 10:29 PM
ZACHARY - Complaints have been filed against CrossFit Zachary for excessive noise. The complaints are so frequent, the city of Zachary is talking about purchasing a decibel reader to test the sound levels.
CrossFit Zachary has classes from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The workouts are intense.
"You're... more »
February 18, 2014 10:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders overwhelming supported introducing an ordinance to ban sagging pants across the parish.
The proposed law was only mentioned Tuesday, per procedure, and will be voted on next month. If it is passed, people could be fined $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second... more »
February 18, 2014 10:32 PM
ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits.
The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand.
After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
February 17, 2014 10:21 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Tuesday, Iberville Parish leaders will begin a discussion about if they want to ban sagging pants from the entire parish.
It is been a trend in local governments for the past few years, and is on the books in places In Louisiana such as Washington, Terrebone, Acadia... more »
December 18, 2013 10:24 PM
HAMMOND - Money seized from drug dealers and users will buy combat gear for school security.
The city council created an ordinance that shifts $31,000 of seized drug money to prepare officers for active shooter situations.
"The fact that they've set this priority as something that they want... more »
November 14, 2013 8:58 PM
CAMP PENDLETON, CA- A Marine who grew up near Morgan City was one of four killed in a training accident Wednesday, the U.S. Marine Corps said late Thursday night.
Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins of Bayou L' Ourse joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and served two tours in... more »
September 24, 2013 10:42 PM
GREENSBURG- Strip clubs currently operating in St. Helena Parish can continue to employee nearly naked women, and won't have to follow new rules set by parish leaders recently.
The police jury set new laws for clubs that open in the parish, but won't require clubs already open to follow... more »
September 12, 2013 11:51 AM
CROWLEY - A saggy pants ordinance in the city of Crowley goes into effect Friday.
The ordinance was approved in August.
It prohibits wearing outer clothing sagging below the waist and exposing undergarments while in public.
People in violation can be charged with a misdemeanor, with a... more »
August 28, 2013 11:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a list of items Wednesday, including accepting grants for crime fighting and setting up an online driving school for the parish.
CyberActive was hired to handle courses. It was selected over a company from the Baton Rouge area, which was more expensive. The program... more »
August 26, 2013 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- The city's public works department is trying to rid streets of blight and junk, but are running into problems because the litter court isn't functioning.
There is an apparent breakdown in the city's litter court set-up. There was a discussion about the problems Monday night in an... more »
June 12, 2013 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders removed an agenda item from Wednesday's Metro Council meeting that would have restricted how long a dog could be tethered.
Councilman John Delgado pulled the ordinance and did not say if he would add it to an agenda later.
The law would have made... more »
May 1, 2013 10:15 PM
GREENSBURG- Leaders in St. Helena Parish tabled discussion about changing parish laws dealing with strip clubs.
Wednesday night, the police jury was set to talk about outlawing alcohol at establishments where there is nudity or certain physical contact. But, jurors pushed the talk back another two weeks.
Leaders... more »
April 24, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - For years, animal activists have called tethering dogs cruelty, and Wednesday East Baton Rouge council members introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal.
"That dog is a natural social animal that wants to get out, and when you keep it on that tether, it doesn't... more »
April 23, 2013 10:14 PM
GREENSBURG - Strip clubs are turning up the heat in St. Helena, where some are calling for a ban on the adult business.
Tuesday, the parish police jury was supposed to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit nudity and certain physical contact at establishments where alcohol is sold. The... more »
March 27, 2013 8:49 AM
GRETNA- Six Mardi Gras krewes have been fined from $100 to $2,500 for violating Jefferson Parish's parade ordinance during Carnival 2013. According to public records released Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reports most of the infractions involved unmasked riders and smoking on floats, although two krewes were cited for having too few... more »
March 25, 2013 7:34 AM
HOUMA - The Terrebonne Parish Council will consider an ordinance this week that would fine anyone with pants that sag below the waist. If approved today, the ordinance will prohibit people from wearing pants in public that hang low enough below the waistline to expose skin or underwear. Lafourche Parish... more »
March 12, 2013 10:22 PM
CENTRAL - An ordinance proposed by city council would limit the amount of time peddlers, solicitors and canvassers can go from door-to-door in the City of Central.
Things got heated at a council meeting Tuesday night, where the ordinance was deferred after a number of questions were raised regarding... more »
February 27, 2013 8:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A law change was introduced at the city's Metro Council meeting Wednesday, to allow alcohol sales 24/7 at some establishments.
The ordinance would allow riverboat casinos to get a special license to sell after other bars are required to close.
The item will eventually be available... more »
February 27, 2013 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- A few months after changing city law and allowing more alcohol sales on Sunday, city leaders will discuss the possibility of allowing some Baton Rouge establishments to sell alcohol at all hours of the day.
Discussions begin at Wednesday night's Metro Council on a special, 24/7 liquor... more »
February 11, 2013 9:56 AM
GRAMBLING - Saggy pants in the city of Grambling may become a costly fashion statement. The News-Star reports the Grambling City Council passed an ordinance last week making indecent exposure -- the showing of undergarments and underwear -- illegal. Failure to comply may result in fines of $150 to $500,... more »
January 24, 2013 7:03 AM
ZACHARY - Zachary Mayor David Amrhein said a discrepancy between an old city ordinance and the revised home-rule charter approved in 2010 has caused him to be overpaid by $3,200.
The mayor says the ordinance specified that he and the police chief would be eligible for a 2 percent... more »
November 21, 2012 7:26 AM
HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has voted to strengthen city's ordinances on the control of dogs deemed to be dangerous and vicious. The move as prompted by an incident earlier this year in which a young girl was severely mauled by two dogs on the outskirts of the city.... more »
October 24, 2012 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved an ordinance tonight allowing bars to stay open from 11 a.m. until midnight on Sundays.
The ordinance passed 8-3, with Council members Ronnie Edwards, Tara Wicker and Mike Walker voting against it. Council members Trae Welch, Ulysses Addison, Chandler Loupe, Scott Wilson,... more »
October 24, 2012 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tonight's Metro Council meeting in East Baton Rouge Parish opened with a council member pulling his ordinance to extend bar hours to 4 a.m.
Ulysses "Bones" Addison said the parish attorney's office had asked him to delete the item, which had drawn a number of public... more »
October 10, 2012 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new ordinance introduced at Metro Council could allow bars and restaurants with a Class A License to stay open until 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The ordinance would allow eligible establishments to apply for permits to stay open an extra two hours. Though,... more »
October 9, 2012 5:51 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Jack Fridge is owner of the Livingston Waste trash service. He also drives the only truck in his operation.
Hundreds of homeowners, mostly in the Watson area, have signed up for his service which features twice-per-week collection and a free recycling program.
Fridge's company has... more »
September 20, 2012 1:10 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A street preacher is suing to block New Orleans city officials from enforcing an ordinance that restricts religious or political speech on Bourbon Street after dark. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by New Orleans pastor Paul Gros claims the city's "aggressive solicitation" ordinance sets unconstitutional limits on... more »
July 26, 2012 5:51 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Livingston Parish officials say a proposed swimming pool ordinance could mean the difference between life or death for children in the area.
If approved, the ordinance would require fences around pools, maintenance of pools and parish permits before new pools can be constructed.
This all... more »
July 13, 2012 9:37 AM
ALEXANDRIA - A federal judge has struck down an Alexandria ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional. Rachel Adams, a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't... more »
March 28, 2012 8:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Food truck operators are concerned about an attempt by a Metro Councilman to regulate where and how they park.
Smokie Bourgeois is pushing for parking regulations for the area's food truck industry to keep patrons safe and protect properties from being abused.
Bourgeois, who is also... more »
March 28, 2012 6:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Metro Councilman is pushing for parking regulations for the area's food truck industry to keep patrons safe and protect properties from being abused.
Smokie Bourgeois introduced the ordinance to Metro Council Wednesday, following complaints from business owners about the trucks parking on their properties without permission... more »
March 12, 2012 7:25 AM
DeQUINCY - DeQuincy City Council members may soon consider modifying a nearly 80-year-old ordinance limiting the sale of alcohol within the city limits. At the council meeting last week, The American Press reports the owner Comeaux's Cajun Gold, a local restaurant, asked the council to consider increasing the existing limit... more »
February 29, 2012 3:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An acoustics expert hired by some New Orleans residents says sound from music clubs in some neighborhoods - particularly the French Quarter - regularly exceeds legal noise limits. The report from Houston-based CSTI Acoustics shows excessive noise even in a mostly residential area of the quarter,... more »
February 29, 2012 6:39 AM
ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance that will allow wine and liquor sales on Sundays, beginning at noon. Under current law, beer sales begin at 12:30 p.m. for stores and restaurants. Wine and liquor cannot be sold on Sunday. The council... more »
February 17, 2012 11:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - The West Baton Rouge bar ordinance becomes law today, February 17th.
The new law stipulates that businesses selling alcoholic beverages must close at 10pm on Sundays and cannot reopen until 6am Monday.
There are some exceptions: Super Bowl Sunday, Sundays that are followed by holidays... more »
February 3, 2012 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Inniswold Estates-Jefferson Terrace Civic Association is the first group of residents to take advantage of a new ordinance giving people more power to slow down their streets.
The change was made in May to give city-parish engineers more room to approve requests from neighborhoods that have... more »
January 31, 2012 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Public Works wants city leaders to sign off on big changes to the litter law.
DPW is taking over operating the city-parish litter court and wants to strengthen the consequences for nuisances like over-grown lots, dump sites and illegal signs.
If the proposed... more »
December 6, 2011 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Judges at downtown Baton Rouge's district courthouse had enough of the "smoke tunnel" they describe in the entrance to the building. Now, they are enforcing an old city ordinance passed in 2005 that bans smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to a public building.
Chief... more »
November 18, 2011 4:16 PM
PORT ALLEN - A gentleman's club owner told West Baton Rouge Parish Council members that he would fight an ordinance requiring his business to close at 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Last month, 53 percent of parish voters cast ballots in favor of a proposed law requiring businesses selling alcohol... more »
October 23, 2011 4:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS- French Quarter beggars can't be cussers. At least, not intimidating ones.
An ordinance passed last week by the New Orleans City Council bars aggressive solicitation in the city's oldest and most famous neighborhood.
That includes "approaching or following pedestrians, repetitive soliciting despite refusals, the use of... more »
June 15, 2011 7:06 AM
WALKER- The Walker Board of Aldermen has agreed to put to a vote a newly proposed ordinance defining and setting up control laws for keeping "dangerous and vicious dogs." According to the proposal accepted Monday by the board and headed for a public hearing and final vote July 13, Mayor's... more »
March 27, 2011 2:54 PM
FAT CITY, La.- A second judge has refused to issue an injunction to block enforcement of the new Fat City zoning ordinance requiring earlier closing times for bars and lounges.
The Times-Picayune reports a judge ruled in a suit filed by five bar owners or property owners who argued... more »
January 5, 2011 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- The full council will also decide next week whether people with outstanding parking tickets and warrants can be denied a city permit. The "Clean Hands" ordinance allows the city to run background checks on people trying to get a permit. If you owe the city, you don't get... more »
November 24, 2010 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - From parking tickets to run-down property, the Metro Council has made some big changes to Baton Rouge's old habits.
Council members say a better city-parish, coupled with the need for more revenue, are the motivations.
Issues like litter, neglected properties, unpaid parking tickets and outstanding... more »
November 23, 2010 7:53 PM
BATON ROUGE – A member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council thinks they have a new solution for collecting thousands in unpaid parking fines. Mike Walker, who represents District 8, is introducing what he calls a “clean hands” ordinance. It requires anyone who wants to get a permit in the... more »
November 18, 2010 8:38 AM
BENTON - Bossier Parish authorities are working to develop a new ordinance to deal with noise from oil and gas operations in their area. The parish hopes to have an ordinance in place by the end of the year. A public hearing on a proposed ordinance is set for Dec.... more »
November 17, 2010 9:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Changes to the way the City of Baton Rouge comes to collect for past-due parking tickets is in motion.
A committee of the Metro Council okayed bringing the "boot and tow" method back, as a way to get people to pay parking tickets.
The new law... more »
October 25, 2010 3:31 PM
Officials with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said today there’s nothing outlawing residents of the parish from trick-or-treating on Halloween this Sunday. However, if they want to take advantage of increased patrols to keep them and their children safe, they’ll have to go out the night before. This comes during... more »
October 25, 2010 7:05 AM
Eighteen months after three dogs killed a Morganza toddler, the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury is set to overhaul the parish's animal control ordinance. On Tuesday, police jurors are expected to begin debating whether to assign fees to owners of potentially dangerous dogs, levy fines to owners of loose dogs... more »
October 13, 2010 7:01 PM
The Department of Public Works in Baton Rouge is ready to repair blocks of sidewalks destroyed by Mother Nature. Giant live Oaks are tearing up concrete in the Garden District and beyond.
A parish-wide ordinance states residence are responsible for maintaining sidewalks in front of their homes, but several... more »
September 16, 2010 7:54 AM
The Acadia Parish Police Jury has unanimously delayed action on the introduction of a proposed ordinance to establish a parishwide juvenile curfew. The Advocate reports a legislative committee will discuss the matter during an October meeting to determine whether it merits discussion by the entire jury. Authorities say the parish... more »
July 13, 2010 6:28 AM
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury will enforce its nuisance ordinance to clean up an abandoned home near Crooked Creek Recreational Park. Secretary-Treasurer Doug DeVille said the property is full of refuse, the house is in dilapidated condition and it is a home for rodents and snakes. The police jury is... more »
May 25, 2010 6:15 PM
Eight-year-old Klyund Jones drowned in an abandoned pool yesterday evening in Assumption Parish.
The parish has an ordinance about property owners repairing or tearing down dangerous structures. Sheriff Michael Waguespack thinks the ordinance needs include a regulation for pools and bodies of water.
"If the land owner is... more »
May 25, 2010 6:23 AM
The Gonzales City Council has approved a measure to reduce the rate at which annual merit raises are given to city employees. The ordinance brings city regulations governing pay raises in line with changes laid out in the 2011 budget. The change reduced the annual merit raise from 5 percent... more »
April 9, 2010 5:41 PM
West Baton Rouge Parish Council voted 7-2 Thursday to strengthen its animal control ordinance.
The new ordinance does not specifically list dog breeds, instead it focuses on dog behavior.
"We had an instance here in Brusly where a young girl was attacked by some animals and what really... more »
March 26, 2010 12:51 PM
St. Mary Parish passed an ordinance regulating the ownership of pit bulls in unincorporated areas of the parish earlier this week.
The ordinance, which goes into effect July 1, has specific restrictions for pit bull owners.
They must live at the same physical address at which the dogs... more »
March 25, 2010 6:30 AM
The St. Mary Parish Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance regulating the ownership of pit bulls in unincorporated areas of the parish. The strict measures, which go into effect July 1, levy several restrictions on owners of the dogs, including living at the same physical address at which the dogs... more »
February 17, 2010 5:10 AM
How many rings does a pig's nose need? At least three, and they have to be big, according to a St. Landry Parish ordinance dating from the 1800s. St. Landry Parish is working to clean up local laws and eliminate outdated ordinances that help swell the total to more than... more »
January 11, 2010 6:14 AM
Inmates in the Livingston Parish Detention Center would have to pay full price for their own doctor and dental services under a proposal by Parish President Mike Grimmer. Last year, the parish incurred $370,000 in medical expenses for prisoners. Blayne Honeycutt, attorney for the Livingston Parish Council, says the proposal... more »