Discussion on anti-LGBT discrimination bill deferred

From left, Rep. Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans, speaks with House Civil Law Committee chair Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Shreveport, before Monday’s meeting. Rep Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, is seated. Photo by Noah Bryant Ballard.

By Noah Bryant Ballard

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s LGBT community will have to wait a little longer for the House of Representatives to consider legislation aiming to protect them from discrimination.

Scheduled Monday to consider two anti-discrimination bills, the House Civil Law Committee failed to hear bills by Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, and Rep. Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans, who voluntarily pulled their respective bills, HB 501 and HB 925, after sensing they didn’t have sufficient committee support to get the measures to the House floor for debate.

Read the story in The Shreveport Times

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