April 23, 2021
This was a busy week for the Louisiana legislature and power players are jockeying for positions at the Capitol. LFF was active lobbying, training and strategizing with lawmakers. Thanks to you, we registered our first major win of the 2021 legislative session.
SB 213, the St. Tammany Casino bill that LFF opposes, came before a Senate Judiciary B committee. The chairman of that committee cast a tiebreaking vote in favor of the bill moving to the Senate floor. After the vote, it came to light that that senator's wife is employed by the casino as a paid lobbyist -- to advocate for that same bill.
LFF supporters spoke up in masses about this “ethically unacceptable” process and, as a result, Senate President Page Cortez remanded the bill back to a different committee for a “do-over” to ensure a fair hearing!
While this bill hasn’t been killed, we won round one! In fact, your phone calls and emails came in such an impressive volume that it registered on the Richter scale at the Capitol. The Advocate has even recognized LFF as “the state’s most important faith-based lobby” at the capitol. That’s pretty impressive designation, and it’s all thanks to you loaning your voice. #WinningTogether!
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This week’s Legislative Wrap Up
✅HB 54 by Rep. Edmonds, Integrity in Adoption PASSED CRIMINAL JUSTICE
🚫 HB 137 by Rep. Duplessis – Lowers Casino Employment requirements PASSED CRIMINAL JUSTICE
✅HB 138 by Rep. Farnum , HB 141 by Rep. Stagni, HB 167 by Rep. M. Johnson - Election integrity measures. PASSED HOUSE AND GOVERNMENT
✅HB 325 by Rep. Lavardain - ensures the safety of minor children upon arrest of the child's parent or guardian. PASSED HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
🚫 HB 435 by Rep. Romero – Deregulation of video poker. PASSED HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
🚫 HB 514 by Rep. Magee - Tax on Smokable Medical marijuana. PASSED THE HOUSE
✅HB 697 by Rep. Stefanski - Taxation on voter approved sports betting. Allows for mobile betting and betting, bars and restaurants, and Lottery. PASSED HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS
🚫 SB 10 by Sen. Fields – Compulsory Kindergarten Education @ 5 years of age PASSED SENATE EDUCATION
✅SB 63 by Sen. R. Mills, SB 219 by Sen. Cloud , SB 220 by Sen. Cloud, SB 221 by Sen. Hewitt – Election integrity measures. PASSED SENATE AND GOVERNMENT
✅SB 64 by Sen. Bernard - Provides relative to acts prohibited during early voting or on election day PASSED THE SENATE
✅SB 118 by Sen. Morris - Concealed Carry of a weapon for law-abiding citizens 21 and older. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY C, PENDING ON THE SENATE FLOOR
🚫 SB 155 by Sen. Bouie – Intro Sexual Politics into the Social Work Practice Act PASSED SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE
✅SB 213 by Sen. Hewitt - Places riverboat casino on the ballot for St. Tammany residents. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY B VOTE 4-3, RECOMMITTED TO SENATE FINANCE for New Hearing!