May 20, 2022
With only 2 weeks left in the Louisiana Legislative Session, the committee meetings are winding down and most bills are being debated on the House and Senate floors. A few key issues Team LFF will be watching:
- SB 44 by Sen. Beth Mizell, Fairness in Women’s Sports – has passed both houses but has one more legislative hurdle – the Senate must concur on House amendments then it is off to the governor’s desk.
- HB 450 by Rep. Chuck Owen, Opening Adoption Records even when the birth mom believed the adoption was confidential – this bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary A committee next Tuesday.
- SB 342 by Sen. Katrina Jackson, Preparing for a Post-Roe Louisiana – will be heard in the House next week but we will work to prevent the addition of exceptions for rape and incest.
- HB 837 by Rep. Dodie Horton prohibits public school personnel from speaking to children about homosexuality and transgenderism – failed in the House Education but was revived to bring the bill directly to the House floor for a committee of the whole (which essentially makes all 105 House representatives members of the committee).
- LFF supports streamlining the occupational licensing process – we will be following those bills throughout the entire session.
It has been our privilege to host several groups of pastors at the Capitol over the last few weeks. This is so encouraging for our friends who serve the good people of Louisiana. Pastors and ministry leaders have attended legislative hearings and walked the halls of our Capitol to encourage and pray with elected officials. Next week is crucial for Louisiana's future. It would be our delight to host you to meet with your legislator face to face. Together we can make a difference!
HB 142 by Rep. Schlegel – Requires commercial porn marketers to age verify viewers. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY A
HB 232 by Rep. Edmonston – Prohibits vaccination or immunity status on Louisiana driver's license/ID. FAILED IN SENATE TRANSPORTATION
HB 234 by Rep. Schlegel – Prohibits smoking/vaping marijuana in a vehicle by operator or passenger. PASSED SENATE TRANSPORTATION
HB 369 by Rep. L. Harris – Requires public schools to post laws pertaining to Parents' Bill of Rights. PASSED THE HOUSE
HB 427 by Rep. Amedee – Requires vaccines administered at school by medical professional with parental consent. PASSED THE HOUSE
HB 526 by Rep. Edmonds – Requires each public school authority to post fiscal information. PASSED THE HOUSE
HB 811 by Rep. Miguez – Prohibits the use of private funds to pay election-related expenses. PASSED THE HOUSE
HB 953 by Rep. Seabaugh – Requires government protections to places of worship without discrimination. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY
HCR 1 by Rep. Ivey – No "shots for tots" in order to attend school or day care. PASSED THE HOUSE
HCR 93 by Rep. Emerson – Commends and honors the pregnancy care centers of Louisiana. PASSED THE HOUSE
SB 44 by Sen. Mizell – Prohibits bio-males competing in female, girls, or women sports. PASSED THE HOUSE
SB 144 by Sen. R. Mills – Hand delivery of absentee ballots made at official voting locations (no drop boxes). PASSED HOUSE& GOVERNMENT
SB 148 by Sen. Mizell – Victims of trafficking can receive exoneration of conviction on crimes committed while trafficked. PASSED THE HOUSE
SB 342 by Sen. Jackson – Ensures that every abortion law in Louisiana stands alone, meaning that if any law prohibiting or regulating abortion is held invalid by a court, such invalidity shall not affect other laws on abortion. Also increases fines and penalties for performing abortion. PASSED HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE WITH AMENDMENTS
SB 350 by Sen. Cloud – Deals with challenges to absentee ballots. PASSED HOUSE AND GOVERNMENT
SB 388 by Sen. Hewitt – Creates the felony of the illegal sale of chemical abortions, through the mail. PASSED HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE