This Week in Louisiana...

Legislation is moving forward and we're keeping track of them.

These bills will be up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week

HB 112 Rep. Sherman Mack (REP-LA)

Scheduled for floor debate on 03/28/18 - The proposal requires the testing of any person who may expose an officer, fire fighter or employee of a forensic laboratory through the investigation and handling of evidence related to their arrest. This law would criminalize intentional and non-intentional exposure to HIV and other infectious diseases. Laws that criminalize HIV do not work to advance public health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studied the relationship between laws criminalizing HIV exposure and diagnosis rates over a 16-year period and found no effect on HIV diagnosis and HIV criminalization laws. The CDC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) published an article questioning the efficacy of HIV criminal exposure laws.1 

HB 89 Rep. Patricia Smith (DEM-LA)

Scheduled for floor debate on 03/28/18 - Provides, for purposes of all redistricting by the legislature, that an incarcerated person shall be counted at his last known residential address prior to incarceration if within the state, and if the last known residential address is outside of the state, unknown, or unreported, the incarcerated person shall be subtracted from the census count. Learn more about prison gerrymandering here

This bill may be up for a vote in the Senate this week

SB 219 Troy Carter

Enacts the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act. 


These bills are scheduled for hearings this week

Medicaid

HB 11 Rep. Jack McFarland (REP-LA) - House Committee On Retirement March 29, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Room 4

Requires Louisiana's Department of Health  to establish a copayment requirement in the La. Medicaid program for nonemergency services. The proposal exempts any individual who is under the age of 18, is pregnant, has a disability or with income in below 100% of the federal poverty level. Co-pays are opposed by hospitals because of the administrative burden and additional costs they would incur. They are also an economic burden on working people in Louisiana, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.

Economic Justice

Prevents the governor from seeking a waiver of work requirements for SNAP recipients without approval from the legislature. Work requirements don't work. The majority of SNAP recipients already are working and those who are not working, research shows, have high rates of disability and caregiving responsibilities.

House Committee On Health And Welfare Room 5 March 28, 2019

HB 192 Rep. Joe Bouie (DEM-LA)​ - Establishes a state minimum wage rate
HB 251 Rep. Joe Bouie (DEM-LA) - Requires that any contractor who enters into a contract with a public entity comply with the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act
House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations  March 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.​
 
On Tuesday, two Equal Pay bills, SB 117 and SB 149   and failed to pass the State Senate. See how the voted on SB 117 and SB 149.
SB 162, a bill to raise the state minimum wage to $8.25 over the next two years, also failed to pass the State Senate. See how they voted on SB 162  
 
 

Lehman, JS, Carr, MH., NicholAJ, et al. Prevalence and public health implications of state laws that criminalize potential HIV exposure in the United States. AIDS Behav. 2014.

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