June 4, 2021

Dear Friend,

If vice was a virtue, the 2021 Legislative Session would be one of the most virtuous ever! Fortunately, prostitution and marijuana legalization seem dead for the session. But the march to “play every day and get lucky every night” continues. Powerful political entities are pushing their version of Gambling Nirvana: gambling on internet devices anywhere, and all the time by everybody – even in the ‘state owned’ lottery. And St. Tammany elected officials want a casino, with curious origins, stipulations and players, in close proximity to a Slidell neighborhood. 

Still, LFF has made great progress with the passage of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, 2nd Amendment protections, and election integrity provisions.

We’ve also entered a showdown with Governor Edwards over our priority bill, SB 156, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. LFF is encouraging Governor John Bel Edwards to allow Fairness in Women's Sports to become law. Unfortunately, talk of a veto abounds despite overwhelming support from Louisianians and across America. Governor Edwards VETOING this critical bill that protects women and girls from being forced onto an unfair playing field with biological men would be a DEPARTURE FROM LOUISIANA VALUES!

We need you to call the Governor’s office and let him know that you SUPPORT this bill and that you want him to sign it into law – or, allow it to become law without his signature. Vetoing this bill would send the wrong message to Louisiana ladies. We need to protect fair opportunities designed to help them succeed. You can call Governor Edwards’ office at 225-342-7015.

The Senate will reconvene Sunday and the House on Monday. Please pray for our legislators for wisdom and discernment as they cast votes that affect the lives & property of our citizens. We thank God for those legislators who are standing strong for righteousness. And please pray for Team LFF – we are tired but resolved to finish strong.

The 2021 Legislative Session will conclude next Thursday. Team LFF will be vigilant to expose efforts to hijack innocent bills while everyone is anticipating the finish line. 

 

Once you’ve contacted Governor’s office about the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, please click here to grab tickets to Sunday’s event in Baton Rouge with Congressman Mike Johnson!

Here’s what Mike had to say about the upcoming event on Sunday:

“Kelly and I are looking forward to addressing the 2021 Leadership Academy in Baton Rouge on Sunday. We’ll be discussing what I refer to as “the 7 core principles of conservatism”—and the importance of defending truth in this age of unbelief.”

We’ll kick off that event at 5pm this Sunday at Bethany Church in Baton Rouge. Again, please click here to grab your FREE tickets.

 

Here’s this week’s update on the important bills under consideration in Baton Rouge:

HB 103 by Rep. McCormickProvides for civil liability for entities that require COVID-19 vaccinations for employment, school admission, entry, or services rendered.   PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY A

🚫 HB 137 by Rep. Duplessis – Renegotiation of Harrah’s casino operating contract. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY B

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

HB 357 by Rep. Crews - Requires that minors who undergo abortion be included in abortion reports and in annual state abortion reports. PASSED SENATE HEALTH & WELFARE

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

🚫 HB 391 by Rep. Magee - Medical marijuana in raw form - Smoking medical marijuana PENDING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

HB 416 by Rep. Hodges - Requires instruction on World War II and the Holocaust for middle and high school students and teachersPASSED SENATE EDUCATION 

HB 423 by Rep. Emerson - Requires additional information in abortion reporting for statistical purposes. PASSED SENATE HEALTH & WELFARE

HB 498 by Rep. Edmonston - Prohibits government personnel and agencies from discriminating against persons based on vaccination or immunity status. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY A

HB 578 by Rep. Amedee - Requires abortionist to disclose to patient that abortion drug is reversible. PASSED SENATE HEALTH & WELFARE

🚫 HB 702 by Rep. Dubuisson - Referendum in St. Tammany Parish regarding riverboat gaming PASSED SENATE FINANCE

HB 704 by Rep. Hodges – Election integrity PASSED SENATE AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

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

HR 136 by Rep. James – Authorizes study encouraging decriminalization of prostitution FAILED ON HOUSE FLOOR 35-62

🚫 SB 10 by Sen. Fields – Lowers compulsory education to age 5 years PASSED THE HOUSE 59-31

SB 118 by Sen. Morris - Conceal carry a firearm without a permit over the age of 21. PENDING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

SB 170 by Sen. Johns - Centralizes state's human trafficking efforts in the office of the Governor. PENDING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

SB 221 by Sen. Hewitt - Deals with the certification and purchase of voting machines. PASSED THE HOUSE 62-39

🚫 SB 247 by Sen. Cortez - Regulation of sports wagering PASSED THE HOUSE 78-15 WITH AMENDMENTS

 

We are grateful to have your continued partnership as we work to protect life, liberty, and limited government in Baton Rouge. Please click here to support LFF’s culture-defining work.

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. This the LAST CALL for this weekend’s Leadership Academy in Baker! If you have a 16-to-22 year old who is interested in Biblical leadership and worldview, please make sure they attend!

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