It’s been two months since Louisiana’s businesses and churches have been able to open their doors. For many, it’s been a season of challenge, loss and, uncertainty. For others, it’s been a time of refreshment, rejuvenation, and recommitment. As we close the book on this chapter –– we look to the future with hope for revival that will grow from the seeds of concentrated prayer. We trust that you will join the Unite 7:14 prayer movement we are promoting (watch the Week 8 video here).
This past week has been extremely busy at the Louisiana State Capitol, as lawmakers faced with a compressed timeframe attempt to cross the finish line by June 1. The House of Representatives will host a marathon debate of bills on the floor today and over the weekend. Still, the halls are eerily bare of lobbyists and the public as precautions are undertaken to minimize social contact.
Generally, lawmakers have avoided controversial bills which would draw attention to the Capitol. Louisiana Family Forum has been here all week communicating with Legislators on important bills. Please pray for our public officials and for Team LFF. We are humbled to be able to minister at the Capitol as Ambassadors for our Savior and YOU!
Here are a few Capitol Highlights this week:
HCR 73 by Rep. Schexnayder – Requests LA Dept. of Health establish contact tracing applications for tracking the incidence of COVID-19 PASSED HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE
HB 334 by Rep. Fontenot - Authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a handgun in a house of worship PASSED HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
SB 130 by Sen. C. Henry and SB 378 by Sen. Johns – Propose election for parish by parish vote on sports betting on November 2020 ballot PASSED THE SENATE
SB 433 by Sen. Mizell - Abortion facilities would have to report pregnancies of children under 13 years of age as potential victims of a crime PASSED THE SENATE
SB 452 by Sen. Foil - Reduces gross revenue that the lottery corporation must transfer to the state treasury. More money for prizes for more players PASSED THE SENATE
SB 486 by Sen. Barrow – Would expand voting by mail-in ballot VOLUNTARILY DEFERRED IN SENATE AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
LFF also hosted a call this week between Governor John Bel Edwards and pastors, in which the governor took questions about the reopening processes for churches. We are happy to serve in this role as ambassadors between government and the faith community.
As we head into this weekend – with an ‘Open for Business’ sign proudly displayed – here are a few stories we think deserve some attention:
Today is the first day of Louisiana’s entry into Phase I of our reopening plan in the aftermath of COVID-19. While businesses and churches are permitted to open again, there are some recommendations in place still. Click here to read more about those.
One of the abortionists who was made famous by David Daleiden’s video exposing a baby body part sales scheme has resurfaced, and has been caught performing “illegal” abortions. Our state’s abortion clinics have been pushing the envelope as well.
An important case involving the protection of women’s sports has hit a snag, as the judge assigned to the case told lawyers they would not be permitted to use the terms “male” and “female” when making arguments. Unsurprisingly, ADF has asked the judge to recuse himself, (herself or itself) given a clear partiality.
In your Good News of the Week section, we loved the story of Garret Alcaraz, a high school senior in California who broke his school’s bench press record. This is particularly impressive because most men never bench press this amount of weight! Garret’s Down’s Syndrome proved no limitation for his great dream! Every life matters and is capable of accomplishing amazing things!
Thank you, as always, for your support of LFF and our mission. We are humbled to have your support and look forward to a year of continued victories and progress towards preserving a Louisiana that honors God.
In His Service,
Gene Mills President Louisiana Family Forum
P.S. I highly recommend the movie, “Created Equal,” a rare and remarkable look at the life and story of Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice – in his own words. The movie will livestream/air for free PBS affiliates on Monday, May 18 at 9:00pm ET.
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