May 12, 2023
This Week at the Capitol
Week 5 of the 2023 legislative session has been intense, engaged and impactful with significant victories on pro-life and pro-family legislation. Rep. Dodie Horton and Rep. Raymond Crews advanced measures to stop school personnel from introducing sexual topics to children - and no more confusing kids with woke pronouns - yet the media and our governor are taking issue with this common sense legislation.
Five pro-abortion bills were heard in a standing room only House Criminal Justice committee.
- Two of these - allowing rape and incest exceptions for abortion - were soundly defeated.
- Another two were tabled, likely for the session.
- The remaining bill was sent to the House floor in hopes of a favorable reassignment, then forcefully bounced back to its original committee by diligent Reps. Larry Bagley and Blake Miguez! LFF remains vigilant to ensure that these bills are dead for the session. Governor John Bel Edwards expressed disappointment.
Sen. Beth Mizell successfully moved closer to closing the loophole which allows individuals under 21 years old in bars (minimum age 21 to purchase). Mizell successfully encouraged colleagues to create a civil liability for bar operators who serve to underage drinkers when harm ensues.
Finally, kudos to Rep. Rick Edmonds, Chair of the House Municipal Committee, who oversaw a contentious debate on unaccountable library control boards. When criticized by fellow committee members, Edmonds maintained a calm, strong and respectful demeanor.
The bill failed but received a fair hearing under Edmonds leadership.
✅ HB 8 by Rep. Horton - Requires display of the national motto "In God We Trust" in every public K-12 classroom as funds are available. PASSED THE HOUSE 98-4
✅ HB 9 by Rep. Butler - Provides state funding for the education of students with exceptionalities not enrolled in public school. PASSED HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS
❌ HB 25 by Rep. Hollis - Library control boards more accountable to the parish or municipal governments who appoint them. INVOLUNTARILY DEFERRED IN HOUSE MUNICIPAL
✅ HB 81 by Rep. Crews - Requires public school employees to use proper names and pronouns unless parents provide written permission otherwise. PASSED THE HOUSE 61-33
✅ HB 98 by Rep. Harris - Universal School Choice. PASSED HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS
✅ HB 152 by Rep. Amedee - Constitutionalizes the fundamental right of parents to decide the nurture, education, care, custody, and control of their children. PASSED HOUSE CIVIL LAW
✅ HB 182 by Rep. Edmonston - Prohibits requiring a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of enrollment or attendance at public or nonpublic school. PASSED THE HOUSE
✅ HB 291 by Rep. Charles Owen - "No Patient Left Alone Law" - provides for in-person visits at healthcare facilities even during public emergencies. PASSED SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE
✅ HB 311 by Rep. Miguez - Prohibits the use of funds and resources from a foreign government or nongovernmental source in Louisiana elections. PASSED HOUSE CIVIL LAW
✅ HB 346 by Rep. Boyd - Adds rape and incest to the list of acts performed by a physician that shall not be considered an abortion. FAILED HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE 5-10
✅ HB 399 by Rep. Edmonston - Requires that immunization requirements include exemption information and applies to incoming students and those attending school. PASSED THE HOUSE
✅ HB 415 / HCR 71 by Rep. Amedee - No central bank digital currency. PASSED COMMERCE
✅ HB 461 by Rep. DuBuisson - Abortion expansion. VOLUNTARILY DEFERRED IN Criminal Justice
✅ HB 462 by Rep. Edmonds - Fiscal accountability for school boards. PASSED APPROPRIATIONS
✅ HB 466 by Rep. Horton - Prohibits public schools K-12 from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with students and prohibits incorrect pronouns. PASSED THE HOUSE 67-28
✅ HB 522 by Rep. Freeman - Decriminalizes abortion. DEFERRED IN HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
✅ HB 549 by Rep. Glover - Adds rape and incest to the list of acts performed by a physician that shall not be considered an abortion. FAILED HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE 5-9
✅ HB 572 by Rep. Goudeau - Regulation of kratom. PASSED HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE
✅ HB 598 by Rep. Newell - Abortion expansion. NO ACTION IN HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
✅ HB 638 by Rep. McFarland - Tax benefits for adoption of children from foster care and donations to foster care charitable organizations. PASSED THE HOUSE
✅ SB 41 by Sen. Mizell - Authorizes a credit against Louisiana income tax for qualified donations made to an eligible crisis pregnancy center. PASSED SENATE FINANCE
✅ SB 194 by Sen. Mizell - Creates a civil cause of action for 18-20 year olds (or survivors) who sustain any injury or damages caused by underage intoxication. PASSED SENATE JUD B
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