Team LFF Session Notes
LFF Commentary | April 2018

Team LFF is geared up to oppose legislation targeting school children with dangerous sex education and intrusive survey questions.

This week in the House Education Committee:

  • HB499 requires instruction with respect to sex education in public schools. The bill co-mingles abstinence education with contraception education, including the "proper use" of contraceptives such as condoms. It also introduces the unsubstantiated idea of "gender identity" - the anti-science concept that gender is a function of personal perception rather than actual biology. LFF OPPOSES.
  • SB297 and HB554 allow the Louisiana Departments of Education and Health to survey students (at any age level) regarding sexual practices and sexual behaviors without parental consent. Current law prohibits asking such questions. These measures will expose students to intrusive, innocence-destroying questions. LFF OPPOSES.

Gambling once again takes center stage at the State Capitol as lawmakers attempt expansion in every area of the industry.

This week on the Senate Floor:

  • SB316, SB318, and SB321 would all turn riverboat casinos into "land boats" and allow them to establish facilities on land within 1200 feet of their current berth, making all 15 riverboats "land-based." These proposals allow increasing the amount of space that can be used for gaming and potentially give riverboats unlimited ability to expand their facilities. Maximum "gaming positions" is set at 2,365. LFF OPPOSES.
  • SB417 proposes a referendum in Tangipahoa Parish that will allow riverboat gaming. It authorizes the Tangipahoa River as a designated waterway for a riverboat casino. LFF OPPOSES.

This week on the House Floor:

  • HB464 removes the provision that excludes video line up games, mechanical reel games, or any combination thereof from the definition of video poker device. It amends restrictions on fuel sales requirements, restaurants, and other amenities at truck stop casinos. LFF OPPOSES.
  • HB492 provides relative to the criteria for restaurants and parking lots at a qualified truck stop facility and the authority of the owner or lessor of the facility to lease or sublease portions of the truck stop casino facilities. Amended in committee to require kitchen stay open for 6 hours. LFF OPPOSES.

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Why So Many Childless Millenials?
Intellectual Takeout | April 2018

Today, roughly one in five women in the U.S. doesn’t have children. Thanks in part to this decline in birthrate, for the first time in U.S. history, there may soon be more elderly people than children

Based on trends in costs, it’s evident why many families are choosing to have fewer children – or in some cases, no children at all.

The cost of having children in the U.S. has grown exponentially since the 1960s when the government first started collecting data on childhood expenditures. Between 2000 and 2010, the cost shot up by 40 percent.

As of 2015, American parents spend, on average, US $233,610 on child costs from birth until the age of 17, not including college. This number covers everything from housing and food to childcare and transportation costs.

This spike cost has broad implications, affecting everything from demographic trends and human capital to family consumption.

The Crisis of the Fatherless Shooter
The Heritage Foundation | April 2018

It is time to talk about not just how to protect students from shooters, but also about what must happen so that fewer students become shooters in the first place.

How can more American children grow up with the emotional, psychological, and spiritual security that comes from relationships where one is deeply cared for, connected, and known? What lies inside so many school shooters is a deep void of identity and relationship that they tragically seek to fill through nihilistic violence.

There is a sobering theme repeated over and over in the biographies of school shooters—the fatherlessness of a broken or never formed family.

Surrogacy and the Exploitation of Women
Breakpoint | April 2018

Photograph: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

Colson Center President John Stonestreet interviews Jennifer Lahl, founder, and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. She is an internationally renowned and passionate opponent of the exploitation of women through egg trafficking and commercialized surrogacy.

They discuss how the separation of sex from marriage, and of marriage from babies, has led to the growing acceptance of the unbiblical and increasingly unethical and exploitative practice of surrogacy and the commodification of babies—even among practicing Christians.

ACTION ITEM:

SB396 is on the agenda in the Senate Judiciary A Committee. This bill deals with gestational surrogacy contracts. CLICK HERE to ask the committee members to Please VOTE NO on SB396!

 

"Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God."
—G.K. Chesterton, Christendom in Dublin, 1933.

 

A New York City councilman has proposed making it illegal for employers to contact workers via email outside of work hours. Do we need the same legislation in Louisiana?

  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. I am undecided on this.
 

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