Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XII
by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon
This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form.
This entry covers: HB503, HB516, HB520, HB521, HB536, HB556, HB589, HB590, HB591, HB592
House Bill 516 (HB516) (Hunter) – This bill would require that any bill that creates a new crime, modifies an existing crime, or modifies the penalty for an existing crime include a racial impact statement and lays out the system for creating such impact statements.
House Bill 556 (HB556) and House Bill 557 (HB557) (Henry) These are both bills to prohibit the implementation of the common core education standards. I wonder if Rep. Henry is opposed to “math that includes letters” like this Arizona state senator.
House Bill 589 (HB589) (Dixon) This bill would create a constitutional amendment to set the state minimum wage 5 cents higher than the federal minimum wage unless the legislature enacts a higher wage in which case that wage will be used.
House Bill 590 (HB590) (Harris) This proposes to add to the state constitution an amendment “to prohibit any public monies, whether state or federal, from being used for elective abortion and to prohibit public monies from going to any provider of elective abortion, except when such use of monies may be required by the federal government to continue Louisiana’s participation in a major public health care program.” The definition of elective the bill uses excludes for cases of rape and incest and for the life of the mother but does not include a more general health of the mother exemption.
House Bill 591 (HB591) (Henry) – This seeks to add a constitutional amendment “to establish a parent’s right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of his child as a fundamental right and to limit the role of the state in the family.” This seems to make it harder to deal with things like parents denying children health care. It is one of a few bills included this session that seem to emphasize that parents rights strongly outrank the rights of children – possibly at the risk of their safety and education.
House Bill 592 (HB592) (Hunter) – This constitutional amendment adds an exception to the prohibition on the legislature passing local laws regulating labor to allow for the passage of local minimum wage laws.