May 28, 2021

Dear Friend,

Thursday was a good day in the Louisiana legislature. One of LFF’s top priority bills for the 2021 legislative session was approved on final passage in the House of Representatives. This action sends the bill, after a 3 day layover, to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk for consideration.

Aside from biased headlines, early reports indicate that the Governor plans to veto the bill, but LFF is hopeful that the governor will reconsider. This bill passed by WIDE margins, supported by many, many Democrats in both the House and Senate. Legislators on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers understand the importance of protecting opportunities guaranteed to women through Title IX – and those include sports and scholarship programs. Allowing biological men to infringe on those protections is anti-woman and a violation.

We invite you to contact the Governor’s office and let him know that you hope he’ll hear the voice of Louisiana’s people and sign the bill into law.

We want to thank all the legislators who made this bill happen, but especially Senator Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) who endured much scorn from some over authoring a bill which protects actual women.

LFF maintains that this bill is not a trans-sports prohibition, as some have argued. Nothing in this bill prevents all students from competing fairly in their biological categories or preventing LSHAA from creating a specific sports category specifically for trans athletes. We urge Governor Edwards to enact SB 156 and remind Louisiana’s girls that they matter too, and deserve a chance to succeed on the field and in the classroom – unincumbered by unfair efforts brought by the far left.

 

 

Legislators, staffers, lobbyists, and Team LFF are all breathing a sigh of relief after a marathon day at the Capitol on Thursday and look forward to a 4-day break from legislative action. But as you can see, many LFF backed initiatives fared very well this week. 

HB 138 by Rep. Farnum - Creates annual review of registered voters to ensure they are still active  PASSED SENATE AND GOVERNMENT

HB 149 by Rep. Frieman – Procedures for the Legislature to terminate Governors state of emergency  PASSED SENATE AND GOVERNMENT

HB 325 by Rep. Larvadain - Requires law enforcement to ensure safety of minor & dependent children upon the arrest of parent or guardian PASSED THE SENATE 34-0

HB 352 by Rep. Hodges - Requires further instruction on the nation's founding principles/ American history and civics in public schools PASSED THE HOUSE 69-35

HB 416 by Rep. Hodges -Requires instruction regarding World War II and the Holocaust for middle and high school students.  PASSED THE HOUSE 66-32

HB 531 by Rep. Pressly - Requires Massage Therapy Board to address illicit massage parlors and human trafficking. PASSED SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE

🟡 HB 652 by Rep. Glover - Reduces the criminal penalties for marijuana possession when possessing 14 grams or less. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY C

🚫HB 702 by Rep. Dubuisson – referendum for Slidell land based casino PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY B

HB 709 by Rep. Newell – Recreational marijuana. FAILED IN THE HOUSE 34-62

SB 63 by Sen. R. Mills  - : Requires certain absentee ballots to be delivered to registrar of voters.  PASSED HOUSE AND GOVERNMENT

SB 64 by Sen. Bernard – Prohibits electioneering at voting polls during early voting or on Election Day PASSED THE HOUSE

SB 118 by Sen. Morris - Open carry a firearm by 21 year old without a permit. PASSED THE HOUSE 73-28

SB 143 by Sen. McMath – Preferred placement with a family member while considering best interest of a child in state custody. PASSED THE HOUSE

SB 151 by Sen. Barrow - Enacts the Foster Youth's Bill of Rights for youth ages fourteen through eighteen. PASSED THE HOUSE 103-0

SB 156 by Sen. Mizell – Fairness in Women’s Sports act. PASSED THE HOUSE 77-17

SB 170 by Sen. Johns - Centralizes state's human trafficking efforts in the office of the Governor. PASSED THE HOUSE 101-0

🚫 SB 198 by Sen. Cathey- Prohibits a state COVID-19 vaccination passport. FAILED IN HOUSE AND GOVERNMENT

SB 220 by Sen. Cloud - Requires the legislative auditor to examine state, and federal elections that are held pursuant to the La. Election Code. PASSED HOUSE AND GOVERNMENT

SB 224 by Sen. Cloud – provides for the additional information required to be included on absentee by-mail ballot. PASSED HOUSE AND GOVERNMENT

 

In just ten days, we will kick off the 2021 LFF Leadership Academy, a Biblical worldview course for Louisiana’s next generation of leaders, currently between the ages of 16 and 22. This year’s event will be held in the Greater Baton Rouge area at the Timothy Retreat Center in Baker, Louisiana.

This Academy remains true to the biblical, historical, and constitutional foundations of America. Attendees learn leadership skills, life-purpose strategies, advanced communication techniques, public speaking skills, counter-culture methods, and a perspective on government that’s biblically based.

One of our featured guests this year is Joseph Backholm – Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. He combines extensive legal, political, and policy experience with a love for the way biblical truth cultivates human flourishing. We’ll also be joined by Congressman Mike Johnson and his wife Kelly. Mike represents Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District and also brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a love for truth, family values, and freedom of liberty! 

Attendees must arrive at 4:00 p.m. on the 6th at the Timothy Retreat Center as they are immersed in a fun and engaging learning environment. Lodging is onsite and included in the registration fee. Adult counselors will be present at all times.

Click here to learn more about how to register, or to make a donation to fund a scholarship for a deserving attendee.

LFF is alert and focused as we sprint towards the end of the 2021 legislative session. We would be grateful for your continued prayers and financial support as we make the final pushes for important legislation impacting life, liberty, and limited government.

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

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