May 29, 2020

Dear Friend,

This morning, we’re celebrating an important privacy victory! LFF has been fighting to end the IRS’ needless warehousing of donor information, which has had a tendency to migrate towards political battle fronts over the last decade or so – and we’re excited to announce that victory has been achieved and the IRS has ceased this practice.

IRS policy, which is largely influenced by presidential administrations and directives, had, for years, unnecessarily stored sensitive and private donor information.

LFF, and dozens of other policy organizations across the United States, are aware that this policy and practice has dissuaded many philanthropists and small givers from donating to organizations who deal with controversial subject matters, like LFF. Civic involvement should never be used as a tool to publicly shame or target businesses or business owners. Additionally, accidental disclosure of sensitive information is always a very present threat in the information age.

There really is no reason that the IRS needs to keep track of which Americans are giving to certain non-profit organizations, churches, or other groups engaging in faith-based activities.

This is a great victory for free-speech and citizens who want to freely support their beliefs without fear of reprisal or ‘accidental’ disclosure of personal information.

As we head into the weekend, here are a few of the stories we want to put on your radar:

The 2020 legislative regular session will conclude with a sine die at 6pm Monday, whereupon we expect a special session to start immediately upon conclusion. There are many bills still in play, including one that will loosen restrictions on Louisianans to conceal carry in houses of worship. That bill is headed to the full Senate today.

The U.S. Department of Education has (FINALLY!) issued a landmark decision that protects women’s sports. The Department’s ruling states that school districts that allow biological males to compete in females’ sports are, in fact, in violation of Title IX, a federal law that ensures that no one can be denied equal access to educational opportunities on the basis of sex. This is a big deal!

Both of Louisiana’s U.S. Senators have signed a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice for a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s fraudulent claims on more than $80 million in Paycheck Protection Program funds – meant to help small businesses. We love Senators Bill Cassidy & John Kennedy’s principled position on life.

We end your Friday with some beautiful news out of Shreveport. The smallest baby ever born in Louisiana, at 11 ounces, has been discharged from the hospital healthy at 4 pounds, 13 ounces! We thank God for this precious miracle of life, and for the doctors who saved little Dionna. We affirm our commitment to protect life in the earliest stages.

Legislative session update:

Today is the final day for bills to have been passed by both Houses at least once; any bills left on the agenda after 6:00 p.m. today are virtually dead for the session. LFF is vigilant to catch “hitchhikers, end-arounds, and procedural motions” to move the bad stuff in the waning moments of the session – things like dangerous amendments placed on otherwise good or neutral bills. Our team will be there until the final gavel.

Even though it was a short week, it has been a good one. We are blessed by the Godly members of the Legislature who work hard to secure our liberties and protect life. We look forward to publishing our Legislative scorecard soon, so that you can see for yourself who those Legislators are. Stay tuned! 

HB 140 by Rep. Miguez - Limits local governments prohibition on firearms in businesses and public buildings. PENDING SENATE FLOOR VOTE

HB 334 by Rep. Fontenot – Authorizes conceal-carry in places of worship. PENDING ON SENATE FLOOR

HB 357 by Rep. Magee – Authorizes fantasy sports Internet bets. PENDING ON SENATE FLOOR

HB 740 by Rep. Wright – Prohibits public universities from disclosing students/ parents Info AWAITING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

HB 746 by Rep. Garofalo – Allows concealed carry during evacuation. PENDING SENATE VOTE

HB 781 by Rep. Miguez – Limits govt restriction on firearms during emergency. PENDING SENATE VOTE

SB 75 by Sen. Mizell – Deals with where absentee mail ballots destination. PENDING ON HOUSE FLOOR

SB 130 by Sen. Henry – Proposition election on sports betting AWAITS GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

SB 406 by Sen. Mizell – Promotes rural access to broadband hi-speed internet AWAITS GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

SB 433 by Sen. Mizell - As mandatory reporters, abortion facilities would have to report pregnancies of children under 13 years of age. AWAITS GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

SB 439 by Rep. Abraham – Provides nonprofits shall not be held liable for disclosing good faith info to a prospective employer information about a former employee when information is reasonably believed to be accurate. AWAITS GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

As always, I want to thank you on behalf of Team LFF for your continued support and prayers. We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you in the fertile mission field of public policy. Together we are making a difference — for life, liberty and limited government here in Louisiana.

Rest in Peace, Ravi. You remain the greatest communicator to impact my life. 

Thank you, 


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Today, Blanche & I depart for a few days at the beach to celebrate our 34th Wedding Anniversary! Only 50 to geaux for Louisiana’s Longest Married!

 

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