June 3, 2022
It’s a race to the finish! Today is the last day for bills to pass through both houses of the Legislature. Monday, June 6th is the final day for the legislative session and the next three days will be spent resolving differences between House and Senate versions of a variety of bills. Committee hearings are over and the focus is on the House and Senate floor.
This Week at the Capitol, three of LFF's Top Bills advanced. Here are the highlights:
- HB 142 by Rep. Schlegel - Protecting children from harmful material on the internet. PASSED THE SENATE 34-0
- SB 342 by Sen. K. Jackson strengthens our abortion statutes in anticipation of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. PASSED THE HOUSE 72-25 AN AMENDMENT TO ADD RAPE AND INCEST EXCEPTIONS WAS DEFEATED 37-62
- SB 388 by Sen. Hewitt - Creates the felony of the illegal sale of chemical abortions by mail. PASSED THE HOUSE 72-24
These bills will now have to go through concurrence (resolving differences on amendments). Sen. Beth Mizell, Sen. Sharon Hewitt, Rep Laurie Schlegel and Rep. Julie Emerson handled these bills masterfully. Louisiana is blessed to have strong, principled women in both the Senate and the House.
One important piece of unfinished business is HB 450 by Rep. Chuck Owen. This bill would retroactively open the adoption records without the consent of the birth mother and is a violation of confidentiality given by the state. We are petitioning the author to amend his bill to protect birth mothers while giving access to these records when there is mutual consent between the birth mom and the adoptee.
Please pray for Louisiana legislators as they grapple with weighty matters and Team LFF as we remain on high alert until Monday evening when the session concludes.
HB 33 by Rep. Devillier - Allows education expenses for students in K-12 who are not enrolled in a public school. MFP follows the child. Amended into SB 203
HB 35 by Rep. Farnum - Requires annual canvass of registered voters to identify voters who have moved and need to update their addresses. PASSED THE SENATE
HB 54 by Rep. Bagley - Prohibits discrimination on vaccination status. PASSED SENATE JUDICIARY C
HB 137 by Rep. Marino - Prevents Louisiana from becoming a “destination state” for medical marijuana. FAILED ON SENATE FLOOR 19-14
HB 194 by Rep. Butler - Provides state funding for qualified K-12 expenses for students with exceptionalities. PASSED SENATE FINANCE
HB 359 by Rep. Beaullieu - Prohibits federal election directives and guidance and spending of federal money for elections. PASSED THE SENATE
HB 427 by Rep. Amedee - Prohibits the administration of vaccines to minors on school property unless a parent consents. PASSED SENATE EDUCATION
❌HB 459 by Rep. Owen - End of life protections to provide care as requested by patient or patient's representative. DEFERRED IN SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE
HB 555 by Rep. Chuck Owen - Requires licensing boards to publish advisory information on their website for renewal annually. PASSED THE SENATE
HB 568 by Rep. Edmonds - Prohibits false information to induce payments or benefits in connection with an adoption. PASSED THE SENATE
❌HB 640 by Rep. Wright – Requires disclosure of vaccine-related pharmaceuticals and informed consent form in the state. DEFERRED IN SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE
❌HB 989 by Rep. Crews - Requires details when a minor undergoes an abortion and establishes requirements on court proceedings. DEFERRED IN SENATE HEALTH
HR 116 by Rep. Edmonston – Expresses La. House of Representatives disagreement with the World Health Organization on violation of U.S. sovereignty. PASSED THE HOUSE
SB 144 by Sen. R. Mills - Hand delivery in returning absentee ballots must be made at official locations. PASSED THE HOUSE
SB 203 by Sen. Hewitt - Educational Savings Accounts for students not reading at grade level by 3rd grade. PASSED THE HOUSE