At the beginning of the session there were some bills the Moral and Social Concerns committee was monitoring. A few have been added along the way. The following bills will interest people concerned about faith and family issues in Louisiana. Keep praying the end is in sight and we are asking the Lord to give wisdom and encouragement that astounds the legislative leaders.
SCR38 by Sen. Long and Rep. Perry passed House Civil Law Committee. This resolution expresses the will of the Louisiana Legislature that Congress pass the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and submit it to the states for ratification. This would protect families from the ungodly and anti-biblical U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Scheduled for discussion on the House floor today, 6-2-10.
HB 870 by Rep. Geymann – Reject national i.d. card- passed the Senate – 33-0. The House will have to concur on amendments added in the Senate and then the bill will be on to the Governor’s desk. Scheduled for the House floor today, 6-2-10.
SB 192 by Sen. Mount and HB 287 by Rep. Cortez which exempt church run mother’s day out programs from intrusive government regulations passed out of the House Health & Welfare Committee. SB 192 is scheduled for the House today, 6-2-10.
HB 1426 by Rep. Edwards to provide special exemption from distance requirements for truck stop casinos was returned to the calendar for the second time on the House Floor.
SB 798 by Sen. Walsworth which clarifies that diplomas issued by approved home study programs are equivalent to those issued by approved private schools passed the Senate 31-5.
SB 606 by Sen. Martiny – Religious Freedom Act – returned to the calendar on the Senate floor. It will likely be debated on Wednesday, June 2.
SB 53 by Sen. N. Gautreaux – to deduct delinquent child support from winnings of gamblers – passed out of House Criminal Justice despite whining by some casinos and some legislators that the gambling industry does not get any respect in this state. Could be heard on the House floor this week, 6-2-10.
HB 1247 by Rep. Hoffmann – which prohibits insurance coverage of abortion in Louisiana passed out of Senate Health and Welfare but it was amended to only prohibit abortion coverage in the public exchange portion of government run healthcare. Could be heard on the Senate floor as early as today, 6-2-10.
HB 1370 by Rep. Mills – more authority for DHH in closing abortion facilities quickly passed out of Senate Health and Welfare with no objection.
HB 989 by Rep. Stiaes – deals with licensing of Marriage and Family Therapists – Passed out of Senate Commerce committee but not before Sen. Crowe and Dr. John Yeats, Communication Director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, weighed in on the bad decision to give national accrediting boards too much power in determining the worldview of marriage and family therapists in Louisiana. Working with the author to see if amicable amendments can be added that will express religious freedom.
HB 528 – Choose Life License Plate Fix – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR!