May 11, 2021

Dear Friends,

EXCITING REPORT – another victory from Capitol City! Yesterday, the House Commerce Committee rejected House Bill 282, by a vote of 7-4. This bill would have forced landlords to give special rights to LGBT-identifying individuals when renting property. The committee was wise to see this bill for what it was – an attempt by the LGBT lobby to force acceptance of values and, in the process, make some “more equal than others.”

The vote on HB 699, a delusional hope that would legalize pot smoking in Louisiana, has been delayed until tomorrow, Wednesday – presumably because the bill sponsor wanted another 48 hours to find enough votes to force it over the finish line. Arguably, the most foolish bill of the Session – by the ‘smartest kid’ in the room! Please click here to find your representative and let them know that you do NOT support legalized pot smoking.

Also, on the House committee and floor calendars today are several gambling-related bills.

 

Tomorrow, the House Education Committee will hear SB 156, Senator Beth Mizell’s bill to protect women’s sports, and by extension, to protect women from being forced to compete in unfair environments against biological men who claim to be women. This bill was passed by a wide margin in the Louisiana Senate, but now must face a House Education Committee that narrowly rejected a similar bill earlier this session.

Here's a list of the committee members who voted NO on that similar bill:

Rep. Barbara Freiburg (R-Baton Rouge)
Rep. Stephanie Hilferty (R-New Orleans)
Rep. Ken Brass (D-Vacherie) 
Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans) 
Rep. Patrick Jefferson (D-Homer)
Rep. Tammy Phelps (D-Shreveport)

Please contact these committee members and respectfully ask them to report SB 156 favorably to the full House.

 

Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) is assembling a first-class Worldview Team for the 2021 LFF Leadership Academy on June 6-8th. This year’s event will be held in the Greater Baton Rouge area at the Timothy Retreat Center in Baker, Louisiana.

The Academy is an intensive civic leadership training program for young adults ages 16-22. This Academy remains true to the biblical, historical, and constitutional foundations our nation was founded upon. 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. The mission of the Leadership Academy is to equip attendees to answer, “What is God’s purpose for my life?” LFF firmly believes the Leadership Academy is a life-altering opportunity.

Congressman Mike Johnson, a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a love for truth, family values, and freedom of liberty, will be kicking off the event and Joseph Backholm, Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., will lead the event.

Click here for more information about the event and registration.

 

We’re now past the halfway point of the 2021 Legislative Session. There are still a number of good and bad bills outstanding; at present, no bills have reached the governor’s desk for consideration or signature.

This means that your involvement will be critical as we seek to continue building a strong environment for families in the Pelican State. Life, liberty, and limited government are worth protecting!

If you feel so led, you can click here to make a contribution towards LFF’s work at the Capitol in Baton Rouge. It makes a huge difference in the outcomes of these bills.

Thank you for your continued support of LFF!

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

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