March 25, 2022
This week at the Capitol:
✅ HB 232 by Rep. Edmonston - Prohibits Department of Public Safety from requiring vaccination status on state driver's license. PASSED HOUSE TRANSPORTATION
✅ HB 274 by Rep. Edmonds – Requires adoption awareness in high school instruction. PASSED HOUSE EDUCATION
❌ HB 376 by Rep. Huval - Prohibits the use of cell phone while operating a motor vehicle (talking, texting, and posting) PASSED HOUSE TRANSPORTATION
✅ SB 22 by Sen. Boudreaux - Extends Palliative Care Advisory Council to promote sanctity of life at the end of life PASSED SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE
✅ SB 211 by Sen. Stine - Allows Choose Life license plate funds to be used for adoption or for moms considering parenting their child PASSED SENATE TRANSPORTATION
✅ Additionally: HB 90 by Rep. Denise Marcelle creates an Office of Women’s Health. The bill passed out of committee with amendments to ensure that this office will not promote abortion. Louisiana Right to Life and Louisiana Family Forum supported this amendment.
? HB 450 by Rep. C. Owen allows adopted individuals 24 years or older to request an original birth certificate. Rep. Owen asserts that adoptees are entitled to info about the circumstances of their birth. LFF and Louisiana Right to Life shared concerns about women who surrender their children under the presumption that their information would be sealed and remain confidential. Rep. Owen is sympathetic to those concerns and we are working on a solution to accommodate all parties. Last night Rep. Owen presented his bill to members of the House, returned it to the calendar and asked members to pray about how they should vote on the bill, indicating an openness to an amendment.
Up Next week: 1) Fairness in Women’s Sports by Sen. Beth Mizell; 2) Protecting Children from Pornography on the Internet by Rep. Laurie Schlegel; and 3) Numerous Pro-Life bills such as the Heartbeat Act – HB 800 by Rep. Bagley; HB 640 by Rep. Wright that warns of abortion derived cells in vaccines; and SB 388 by Sen. Hewitt prohibiting “mail order” abortion.
Be sure to check out our Bills to Watch list for this session.