May 14, 2021

Dear Friend,

We’re concluding another impactful week at the Legislature. The high point came in the House Education Committee, where Sen. Mizell’s Fairness in Women’s Sports passed through to the House Floor by a vote of 10-to-4,  a reversal from the failed vote taken on an identical measure last week by the same committee. A final vote on Fairness in Women’s Sports could happen as early as next week. It will set up a showdown between the Legislature and Governor Edwards who has already said he is not supportive of SB 156.

On another hot topic, after 6 straight victories for faith leaders who sought to block the casino vote in Slidell, legislators overlooked the pleas of thousands of constituents and voted to move towards placing a Slidell casino vote on the ballot. It is an honor to stand with pastors and residents of St. Tammany to fight this misguided project. That battle moves to the Senate. 

Here’s your legislative recap for the week:

✅ HB 20 by Rep. Miguez - Prohibits private funds for election-related expenses PASSED SENATE GOVERNMENT

HB 218 by Rep. Huval - Authorizes "baby boxes" under the Safe Haven Law to surrender a baby in a safe location PASSED HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE

HB 280 by Rep. Edmonds – Expands the voucher program to assists students to leave failing public schools. PASSED THE HOUSE 101-0

HB 352 by Rep. Hodges - Requires instruction on the nation's founding principles in American history and civics in public schools. PASSED HOUSE EDUCATION

HB 357 by Rep. Crews - Requires minors who undergo abortion be reported by physicians and in statistical abortion data by the La. Department of Health PASSED THE HOUSE

🚫 HB 391 by Rep. Magee - Medical marijuana in raw form - smoking medical marijuana PASSED SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE

HB 416 by Rep. Hodges - Requires instruction on World War II and the Holocaust for high school students and training for teachers PASSED HOUSE EDUCATION

HB 424 by Rep. McFarland - Creates income tax deduction of $5,000 for adopting a child in foster care. PASSED THE HOUSE 98-0

HB 423 by Rep. Emerson - Requires abortion reporting. PASSED THE HOUSE

🚫 HB 434 by Rep. Nelson - Creates taxation for recreational marijuana PASSED HOUSE WAYS
HB 578 by Rep. Amedee - Requires abortionist to disclose to patient that abortion drug is reversible. PASSED THE HOUSE

🟡 HB 652 by Rep. Glover - Reduces the criminal penalties for possession of 14 grams or less of marijuana – eliminates jail time. PASSED THE HOUSE 67-25

🚫 HB 702 by Rep. Dubuisson – Creates a referendum in St. Tammany Parish regarding riverboat gaming PASSED THE HOUSE 63-28

🚫 HB 709 by Rep. Newell - Provides for the regulation of the cultivation, manufacturing, and retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS 

HCR 5 by Rep. McCormick - Suspends criminal penalties for religious assembly during emergency proclamations and violations PASSED THE HOUSE

SB 156 by Sen. Mizell – Fairness in Women’s Sports Act PASSED HOUSE EDUCATION

🚫 SB 202 by Sen. Cortez – Louisiana Sports Wagering Act – sports betting at gambling venues and on mobile devices PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY B

 

In just a few weeks, LFF’s 2021 Leadership Academy will kick off in Baker – and we have just 25 seats left. I’ve shared with you about the purpose of the event – to give students ages 16 to 22 an opportunity to build a Biblical foundation for understanding public service. Our presenters are top-level, too. Leading the conference is Joseph Backholm from the Family Research Center in Washington, D.C. You may recognize him from his previously mega-viral video as a “7 year old, 6’5” Asian Woman!”

Also helping us to kick off the event is Congressman Mike Johnson, a conservative champion and high-ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Shreveport area:

You don’t want your kids or grandkids to miss this event. Registration for this three-day event is only $300. You can find more information, registration, or help to sponsor a student at this link.

Friends, I can’t stress this enough: LFF supporters have sent an unprecedented number of communications this session, and it has made a HUGE difference on a number of bills. We need your help as we push through the end of the session, fight to kill bad bills, and muscle the good ones over the finish line.

Two ways you can help:

We’re more than half-way to the end of session, and LFF’s team is still on the ground advocating for you. Thank you for standing with us!

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

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