April 8, 2022
This week at the Capitol we hosted an Acadiana Pastors Day where we were privileged to guide 45 pastors, their wives, and other ministry leaders through a tour of Louisiana’s Capitol. Our day began on the 23rd floor in the Attorney General's office with a short tutorial, then our delegation dispersed into committee rooms throughout the Capitol to meet lawmakers, observe proceedings and let their voices be heard. One missionary expressed interest in learning what the state is doing to abridge human trafficking. Coincidentally, Sen. Beth Mizell was presenting her bill to assist trafficking victims who were burdened by crimes committed while trafficked. One young lady gave an eye-opening testimony explaining what it is like to be trafficked and the difficulties faced with a criminal record for 'crimes' committed while under the control of traffickers. The bill sailed out of committee, and later off the Senate floor 37-0, with 31 co-authors. The ladies from our briefing were able to pray with Sen. Mizell to show appreciation for her efforts.
The Acadiana pastors were also able to pray with numerous legislators, including their Senator, President Page Cortez, then opened both chambers in prayer.
Friends, please let me know if you would like to host your own day at the Capitol with LFF and bring pastors and Christian leaders from your region of the state.
Yesterday, Fairness in Women’s Sports Act passed out of committee and now heads to the full Senate for a vote!
The Legislature has moved these measures we are following:
HB 33 by Reps; Devillier, HB 194 Butler, HB 452 Freiberg, and HB 824 Schlegel-Creates Education Savings Account where state dollars follow the child to the school of choice. Passed House Education Committee
HB 35 by Rep. Farnum – Requires annual canvas of registered voters to ID voters who have moved and need to update their addresses. Passed House & Gov Committee
HB 54 by Rep. Bagley – No employee or other representative of a public, nonprofit, or private entity shall inquire about the COVID-19 vaccination status. Passed House Justice Committee
HB 234 by Rep. Schlegel –Prohibits smoking/vaping marijuana in any form in a motor vehicle by operator or passenger on a public highway. Passed the House 66-31
HB 274 by Rep. Edmonds – Expands information required in adoption awareness education for high school students. Passed the House 58-23
SB 44 by Sen. Mizell – Fairness in Women’s Sports Act Passed Senate Education Committee without objection!
SB 211 by Sen. Stine – Allows proceeds from the sale of Choose Life specialty license plates to be used to help expectant mothers considering parenting their child. Passed the Senate
SB 141 by Sen. Morris – Insurance companies cannot require vaccinations for coverage. Passed Senate Insurance Committee
SB 148 by Sen. Mizell – Victims of trafficking can apply for expungement of convictions on certain sex trafficking related crimes. Passed the Senate 37-0
In other news, Louisiana Family Forum has been called out by SIECUS, a pro-abortion sex education organization, for our opposition inappropriate “sex education” efforts in Louisiana. SIECUS has called the elimination of abortion “regressive.” This opposition is validation that LFF is on message and on target.