Edwards, speaking at the
This year, Edwards also said he is backing several proposals to tighten rules on insurance companies to prevent them from charging more to people for reasons like gender and whether they are a veteran or widow. That comes ahead of negotiations with
Edwards, who was supported by trial attorneys in his reelection bid, said he wants to make changes that will have a direct impact on the cost of insurance, which is why he's backing a slate of bills sponsored by state Sen.
The governor will ask lawmakers to establish a statewide minimum wage of
He is pushing for a bill sponsored by state Rep.
Business groups have opposed such efforts in past years, and
"We're not going to stop trying until we're successful because we know it's the right thing to do," Edwards said. "We also know the majority of Louisianans agree with both of those."
Edwards campaigned on both a minimum wage hike and closing the gender wage gap when running for reelection last fall.
The governor will push for hospitals or birthing centers to be required to have policies to investigate maternal deaths in a timely manner, in an effort to address
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