Published: June 10, 2021
By: Adrian Dubose, LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE, La – Democratic Rep. Malinda White of Bogalusa tearfully withdrew her domestic violence bill Thursday, a day after a verbal altercation with Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, on the House floor.
House Bill 159 would have expanded the definition of domestic abuse to include coercion and control by the abuser.
“I come today with a lot of heartache,” White said. “I’m disappointed we have to let down victims of domestic violence.”
White promised victims of abuse that she would bring the bill back up next year in an improved version.
Seabaugh raised questions about what the bill meant and did during the debate that led to the confrontation.
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