Senate committee kills bill that protects against housing discrimination for criminal history

Published: May 26, 2022

By: Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE– A Senate committee shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made it easier for formerly incarcerated people to access housing.

House Bill 1063, sponsored by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans, would have amended the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act to require housing providers to disclose whether criminal history is considered as a basis for eligibility.

Rep. Matthew Willard (second from left) presented his housing bill Wednesday to a Senate committee. Piper Hutchinson/LSU Manship School News Service

The bill also would have protected property owners and employees of housing providers from liability stemming from a decision to rent to somebody with a criminal record.

The bill had already passed the House on a 56-40 vote. But it failed Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs on a party-line vote, with three Republicans against it and two Democrats for it.

Read more at The Shreveport Times

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