Welcome to OpenGovernment, a free and non-partisan public resource for government transparency. We're a new version of OpenCongress.org for the Louisiana legislature.
Track bills, votes, and members of the LA Senate and House of Representatives. Follow the money trail and issues you care about. Contact all of your elected officials. Click a category at left to get started, or find out who represents you below.
Legislators in the News
2009 est. pop.: 4,492,076 (cit. Census.gov
Nov. 2nd, 2010
The 2011 session begins on April 25th, 2011, and is scheduled to end on June 23rd, 2011. Last year, the vast majority of bills were introduced in April.
Here are some links with background on the Louisiana government and the best online explanations of how the legislative branch works:
- Official Louisiana Transparency and Accountability Portal, LaTrac, whose "primary mission is to make Louisiana's state government finances, and operations transparent and accountable to Louisiana's citizens." This initial effort, besides being insufficiently user-friendly, still falls far short of meeting the Eight Principles of Open Government Data.
- Louisiana legislature on Wikipedia
- ... and on Ballotpedia
- OpenCongress state page for Louisiana, with links to federal senators and representatives
- GovLoop - social networking for government, including employees from federal, state, and local government.
- OpenCongress Wiki blogroll of LA state political blogs
- The National Council of State Legislatures official blog, The Thicket, featuring more LA state blogs in the left-hand sidebar.
- Stateline - a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics. A project of the Pew Center on the States.
- Sunshine Review - Louisana, a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency.
- Common Cause - Louisiana, a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization.
- Louisiana State Laws online on the Cornell University Legal Information Institute (LII).
Official State Government portal from USA.gov.
... this non-profit public resource is still in early development -- much more to come, and you can help us grow.
How did we get the above information? Well, the Louisiana legislature does not make its data available in ways that are fully open, but we worked around it. Read more about our data sources.