2014 Session Notes
The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature
began at noon on Monday with a speech by Governor Jindal. Louisiana Family Forum Action and our allies at the Capitol began working months ago to prepare for the session and to keep you informed about the issues that are important to the families of Louisiana.
Some of the issues we will be supporting this session include stricter regulations for abortion facilities, restricting abortion providers from marketing their services in public schools, and the right and responsibility of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. We will be monitoring the debate over Common Core Standards and also over the expansion of Obamacare in Louisiana and we will lend research and analysis as appropriate. We will oppose a package of bills proposed to elevate homosexuality as a protected class and we will oppose sexualization of public school students via comprehensive sexual education and sexual surveys in public schools.
We will continue informing you as the session progresses.
For now… stay alert, join us in prayer for our state, our Governor, and our Legislators and stay connected with us through our 60 Second Brigade Alert System
. Your voice can be the deciding factor as to whether a good bill lives or a bad bill dies. We pledge to be your Ambassadors at the Capitol, not only working on bills but also working on hearts as we reach out to our elected officials with Grace and the Word of God.
Louisiana Family Forum is pleased to be working with Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) to pass stricter regulations on abortion facilities in Louisiana. Rep Jackson is the author of HB388
, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.
Three things HB388
will do according to this recently released fact-sheet
- The Act will require abortion providers to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of a local hospital.
- The Act will clarify that reporting of anonymous statistics and abortion complications apply to RU-486 drug-induced abortions, just as they do to surgical abortions.
- The Act will require doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing.
Abortion advocates quickly jumped into the fray to attack Rep. Jackson for her pro-life stance. You can download the fact-sheet
or call Jackson in support of this bill at 318-362-5123.
Oldest Bestseller Derided!
There is an actual Holy Bible at the Louisiana State Museum, published by Johannes Prevel in the early 1500’s, which is the oldest edition in the state and has significant historical value for all Louisianians.
House Bill 503
by Shreveport’s Republican Representative Thomas Carmody seeks to make this Bible the Official State Book.
Louisiana American Civil Liberties Executive Director Marjorie Esman says this is an attempt to embody discrimination into state law.
Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills says, "It's the number one best seller of all time. They do call it a Good Book and in this case it happens to be the oldest version of the Bible and the oldest book in the state of Louisiana. This is a vintage piece of history and heritage that is uniquely Louisiana's."
Esman says Louisiana doesn't need a state book to begin with, much less one that points to a single religion. She also says this bill is a violation of the separation of church and state.
to read the full story.
Internet Sales Tax
On Wednesday morning, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Exploring Alternative Solutions on the Internet Sales Tax Issue.”
At the hearing, the committee will “examine five proposed Internet sales tax solutions.”
Heritage Action for America states, “An Internet sales tax isn’t a solution to anything. It reflects a desire to raise taxes and grow government. This policy subjects small businesses to an enormous compliance burden -- there are 9,646 different tax jurisdictions in the country -- and exposes those businesses to quarterly tax audits from nearly every other state in the nation."
Heritage Action continues, "The cost of an Internet sales tax starts with small businesses, but ends with everyone. An Internet sales tax would increase prices for you and grow the size of state and local governments.”
Action Item: Click here
to encourage Rep. Richmond and Congress to reject the Internet sales tax!