We have breaking news to share with you. Just moments ago, President Trump made a statement before the press instructing governors to allow churches and faith centers to open this weekend – across the country – and warned that any governors who stood in the way would be overridden. The president's statement corresponds with new, forthcoming CDC guidelines.
"In America, we need more prayer not less," Trump said.
You can read more about this developing story here. We know that responsible churches and pastors will consult with health officials to move in the right direction quickly and safely. LFF will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this very important and dramatic change.
This was another fast-paced week in Baton Rouge as legislators race against the clock to finish their work before the June 1 deadline. At present, they still have to deal with the state budget, which the House plans to take up next Tuesday before it heads to the Senate.
This week, the legislature dealt with several hot-button issues such as mail in ballots, 2nd amendment rights, expansion of gambling, and attempts to legalize recreational marijuana. Team LFF has been in direct communication with legislators opposing, fixing, and/or supporting various bills, and will continue to keep you up-to-date until the final gavel, and perhaps beyond – if a Special Session is called!
Thank you for the influence you have loaned to us as your Ambassadors at the Louisiana Capitol! Here is an update on the progress of several bills of interest:
HB 236 by Rep. R. Carter – Divorce by Affidavit VOLUNTARILY DEFERRED
HB 419 by Rep. Landry and SB 486 by Senate and Government – Vote by Mail FAILED
HR 44 and HCR 93 by Rep. Crews - Directs the governor to ensure that individual liberty is protected as the state administers contact tracingPASSED HOUSE JUDICIARY
HCR 89 by Rep. Bryant – Study of the effect of recreational marijuanaDEFERRED AG
SB 50 by Sen. McMath and HB 771 by Rep. Huval - Ban cell phone use while driving PENDING HOUSE
SB 130 Sen’s Henry and SB 378, Johns - Local election sports betting PASSED CRIMINAL JUSTICE
SB 418 by Sen. Talbot and HB 9 by Rep. Garofalo – Omnibus Premium Reduction Act to lower auto insurance rates – SPECIAL ORDER PENDING IN THE HOUSE
SB 178 by Sen. Allain – Expanded home delivery of alcoholic beverages including package liquor PASSED HOUSE JUDICIARY
SB 395 by Sen. Cloud – Prohibits misleading attorney advertising PASSED COMMERCE
SB 433 by Sen. Mizell - Abortion facilities report clients under 13. PASSED CIVIL LAW
SCR 61 by Sen. Hewitt - Recognizes May 2020 as Louisiana Abortion Recovery Awareness Month and commends pro-life groups for their service to women suffering from abortion related trauma. PASSED HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE