Sponsored by Rep. Thompson, and signed into law in 2013 by Gov. Bobby Jindal, HB8 and HB98 (Public Acts No. 401 and 402) prohibit the release, dissemination, or publishing of information with respect to concealed handgun permit applications. Any person who intentionally releases or makes public any information contained in an application for a concealed handgun permit, or any information regarding the identity of any person who applied for or received a concealed handgun permit, faces a $10,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
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Louisiana Right to Bear Arms Amendment ensures strongest gun rights protection law in nation
Sponsored by Senator Neil Riser, and voted into law by Louisiana voters Nov 6, 2012, SB303 (Right to Bear Arms, Amendment 2) calls for a statewide vote on a state constitutional amendment to require that any denial, infringement, or restriction on one’s right to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for defense of life and property be subject to a strict scrutiny standard by courts in determining any violation of the right. SB303 provides that “the right of citizens to acquire, keep and bear possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for defense of life and liberty, and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental.”
Louisiana gets ultrasounds before abortions
Sponsored by Senator Sharon Broome, and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, HB708 (the Hear the Heartbeat Act) requires that the fetal heartbeat be made audible to, and ultrasound images be displayed for review by, a pregnant woman at least 24 hours prior to an abortion. Abortion facilities must also place the ultrasound screen in view of the woman.
Louisiana Science Education Act frees educators to critique evolutionary theory
Sponsored by Sen. Nevers and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, SB733/ACT 473 (“The Louisiana Science Education Act”) gives public school teachers the option to introduce supplemental materials “to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” Examples include critiques of biological evolution, chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning. This academic freedom law effectively allows teachers to introduce creation science and intelligent design theory (ID) as alternatives to prevailing theories on evolution.
Louisiana gets statewide school choice
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Carter and Sen. Conrad Appel, and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, HB976 (companion bill SB597) makes school vouchers available across the entire state of Louisiana through the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence (SSEE) program. Families earning up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level, and whose children attend public schools earning a C, D or F under the state’s accountability program, may now leave failing schools attend private schools of their choice.
Louisiana bans use of foreign law in state courts
It shall be the public policy of this state [Louisiana] to protect its citizens from the application of foreign laws when the application of a foreign law will result in the violation of a right guaranteed by the constitution of this state or of the United States, including but not limited to due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy ormarriage as specifically defined by the constitution of this state.