This week in Louisiana...
The legislative session is picking up speed. Here is what has happened with several of the bills we are tracking.
The Good News...
SB 111 would modify existing Louisiana law for minors who cannot involve their parents in their decision to have an abortion. The original bill would have jeopardized the minor's confidentiality and could have effectively banned the most vulnerable teens--abuse and trafficking victims--from getting the care they need. This bill was significantly amended to remove the most harmful provisions and reduce the negative impact it would have on minors. The bill passed the Senate yesterday - with six Senators voting against it - a record for opposition of an abortion restriction in recent years. The bill now heads to the House.
We've scored a big win for domestic violence victims! HB 223, which expands domestic abuse protections to dating partners, passed the Louisiana House of Representatives last week. Please send a thank you email to the Representatives who supported victims by clicking on link below!
The Bad News...
Equal Pay bills fail in the House Labor Committee
HB 112 & HB 222 - which would have protected people from retaliation for talking about their wages and expanded Equal Pay to state contractors - both failed to pass the House Labor Committee. This is extremely disappointing for the advocates who have been pushing for fair pay policies for years.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey bill - SB 85 - failed in the Senate yesterday
SB 85 would have allowed the state to survey students, anonymously & voluntarily, about their risky sexual behaviors and provide the information needed to evaluate and design programs that can reduce teen pregnancy and sexual infections. After an exciting win in the Senate Health Committee last week, the bill failed in the Senate yesterday by only five votes!
Today, the LA Senate Labor Committee will hold public hearings on two bills (SB 153 and SB 155) that will impact the economic security of women, families and LGBT workers in our state.