April 16, 2021

Dear Friend,

The 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session kicked off on Monday, April 12th, and legislators are rapidly reviewing legislation to determine how to improve life for families in our state.

Consideration of bills began on Tuesday morning and, by Thursday afternoon, some were already working towards final passage. This year’s session is compressed, and the pace is fast. Look for regular updates from LFF on the status of bills that pertain to life, liberty, and limited government in Louisiana as we approach the end of session on June 10th.

A few legislative results from this week:

✅ – HB 282 by Rep. Mandie Landry (D-New Orleans) would have changed Louisiana’s Equal Housing Opportunity Act to prohibit housing "discrimination" based on sexual orientation and gender identity. LFF generated over 3,000 emails to House Commerce Committee members against this bill, and thanks to your opposition, the bill was pulled and is not scheduled. Thank you!

HB 37 by Rep. Tony Bacala (R-Prairieville) – A pro-adoption bill which regulates supervision of both agency and private adoptions, PASSED THE HOUSE by a vote of 94-0.

SB 64 by Sen. Louie Bernard (R-Natchitoches) will further define prohibited activities near election polling places. PASSED SENATE & GOVERNMENT

SB 170 by Sen. Ronnie Johns (R-Lake Charles) creates the office of human trafficking prevention within the Governor’s office  PASSED SENATE & GOVERNMENT

It’s great to see Louisiana residents making such a difference this early in the legislative session. Thanks to your advocacy, and your investment in LFF’s boots on the ground, we’re feeling good about our potential made to shepherd legislation over the coming weeks. (Please click here if you’d like to join in this effort).

 

Items to Pay Attention to Next Week:

  • The legislature will consider a bill that would considerably expand the gambling industry’s presence in our state by authorizing a new casino in St. Tammany Parish. LFF actively opposes this bill and is asking you to call your senator and ask him or her to VOTE NO to expand gambling in our state. You can also click here to send an email through our Action Alert.
  • If you’d like to better understand the issues the gambling industry creates for our state, please check out this short video from our friends at Nebraska Family Alliance:

  • The legislature will also be considering new election integrity legislation, to ensure that Louisiana’s elections are free from interference and/or cheating. EVERY person deserves to know that their vote counts and isn’t diluted by an illegitimate vote.

Please don’t forget to sign up for our 60 Second Brigade.  It is a quick and easy way for you to participate in the Legislative process (it only takes 60 seconds of your time!)

Thank you for your commitment to seeing life, liberty, and limited government grow in Louisiana!

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Prison Fellowship is hosting their Road to Second Chances Prayer Meeting tomorrow, April 17th. If you have a few minutes, please make plans to join them virtually for this event.

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