May 18, 2021
As of this writing, Baton Rouge is under a severe weather watch with major flooding all across South Louisiana! LFF offices have been impacted by the flooding...prayers appreciated for all those affected -- especially our friends to the West.
The foolishness at the State Capitol continues in spite of the weather conditions. Team LFF is at there and actively working many issues:
🚫 SB 10 by Sen. Fields would make compulsory education to 5 years of age. The bill passed out of House Education with amendments and was recommitted to the Appropriations committee.
🚫 HB 699, HB 434, and HB 440 by Rep. Nelson would set up the decriminalization and regulation of recreational marijuana. These bills have been deferred several times but are rescheduled for this afternoon on the House floor.
✅ SB 156 by Sen. Beth Mizell, the Save Women’s Sports bill, could be heard later this week or early next week on the House floor.
🚫 SB 247 by Sen. Cortez would be a massive expansion of gambling through sports betting. This bill would allow gambling anywhere and anytime through mobile sports betting platforms as well as at traditional gambling venues. It is scheduled to be heard on the Senate Floor Tuesday afternoon.
🚫 HB 391 and HB 514 by Rep. Tanner Magee would allow the smoking of raw marijuana for so-called medical purposes. These bills are scheduled for the Senate Floor on Tuesday afternoon.
Watch for our comprehensive report on bills we are watching in Friday's EOW email.
We also offer our condolences to the family of former Louisiana governor and congressman Buddy Roemer, who passed away over the weekend.
Senator John Kennedy summarized Governor Roemer’s life well:
“Louisiana weeps. Buddy was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He was immeasurably talented. All he ever wanted to do was make Louisiana better, and he did. That meant making the right people mad, but he understood that. When I count my blessings, I count Buddy twice. More than anything, Buddy loved his family…We are so sad to lose this Louisiana warrior, and we are praying for everyone who was blessed to know and love him.”
Rest in peace, Buddy.
Just a few days after the Louisiana House of Representatives passed three pro-life bills in Baton Rouge, the U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a case involving our neighbors to the east. Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban will be challenging the legal precedent behind both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey when the new court term begins in October.
This is a big deal. If the U.S. Supreme Court sides with Mississippi, Louisiana may have the go-ahead to enact all sorts of laws that preserve the State’s interest to protect life.
I expect this news to reignite a national battle on court packing. The left knows that the current Court is unlikely to want to protect the practice of abortion, and the only quick solution for them to protect it would be to hastily add more members to the court.
LFF opposes this proposed politicization of the U.S. Supreme Court.
We’re also proud to share that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court articulating our state’s commitment to protecting pre-born children with Down Syndrome.
"An extra chromosome should not and must not mean a death sentence,” said Attorney General Landry. "I stand firm in supporting the rule of law and defending the unborn from eugenic abortion."
We have just a few weeks left before LFF’s Leadership Academy starts on June 6th in Baker. If you know of a 16-22 year old who would benefit from an intensive civic leadership training program, please make sure they get signed up!
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.
This year, Joseph Backholm from the Family Research Council will be leading the course.