The legislature is now in its full session. Many struggles are occurring between those who want some form of economic help from the state government and those who are determined to shrink the size of state government and decrease the level of taxation. It is a delicate balance. There are those who are absolutely convinced that the government is the primary resource for people who have need of long-term assistance, educational opportunities, infrastructure and the hope of a better quality of life. The counterweights are those legislators who believe the state prospers with smaller government, lower taxes and individual responsibility.
In the midst of this tension there are those of us who advocate for moral/social issues. Even though moral/social issues are often overlooked or relegated to a second-class perspective, they are often closer to the root causes of many cultural problems than the legislature’s attempts to manipulate the state’s cash flow.
This week the issues we are monitoring in committee are:
HB 439 by Barrow that amends adoption protocols relating to biological fathers.
HB 420 by Thierry authorizes additional gambling at pari-mutuel live horse racing facilities. Louisiana Baptists have a long history of opposing gambling that includes any authorization to expand gambling.
HB 379 by Hardy provides protocols for disposition of human remains of pre-born infants.
HB 112 by A. Badon provides policies for public school bullying. While recognizing a serious problem in many school districts this current bill is rift with serious problems.
HCR by Hoffman encourages the U. S, Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. Louisiana Baptists have spoken through resolutions on numerous occasions in support of a measure such as this.
SB 74 by Dorsey provides for the Lottery Commission to create gaming for charities. This bill is despicable. The government should not oppress those who do not have. The idea that charities are the recipients is but smoke enabling the Commission to operate unrestrained, aggressive gaming targeted at a disproportionate number of citizens who can not afford to gamble. It just moves money around. Doesn’t create any new money.
Pray for our legislators. There are some very significant issues on the horizon. May they be endowed with wisdom and discernment.