2016 Legislature Preview: Louisiana State Legislative Session Begins as More States Adjourn

Hayley Miller

As we mark the eleventh week of the 2016 legislative session, more and more state legislatures will adjourn as Louisiana’s state legislature kicks off a new session today. Nine state legislatures across the nation will adjourn in the next three weeks.

While newly elected Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has committed to issuing an executive order that would protect LGBT state employees and government contractors from firing, discrimination and harassment, it is highly likely that religious refusal legislation will be introduced in Louisiana this year.

While nearly 200 anti-LGBT bills were introduced across 32 states this year, just over 100 bills are still active. These bills are part of an onslaught of anti-LGBT bills being pushed this year by anti-equality activists around the country.

The types of legislation vary from targeting the rights of transgender people, to eliminating local non-discrimination protections, to explicitly authorizing anti-LGBT discrimination by individuals, businesses and even taxpayer-funded agencies.

To learn more about what lies ahead for equality in your backyard, visit HRC’s newest resource, “Preview 2016: Pro-Equality and Anti-LGBT State and Local Legislation.”


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