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How a Bill About State Contracts Law is Designed to Discriminate Against LGBT Students
John LaBruzzo isn't around anymore to propose bills about sterilizing or drug testing welfare recipients. But it's the Louisiana legislature, so someone had to take the giant metal pole and stand in the middle of the rainstorm. Though he was trying to be subtle about his intentions, Sen. A.G. Crowe (R-Slidell) has taken up this year's mantle with a bill that is about contracting law on the surface, but actually permits discrimination in charter schools.
Crowe's bill, SB 217, would formalize nondiscrimination language across all state contracts. It would prohibit discrimination on the basis of "race, religion, national ancestry, age, sex or disability," which might all sound as it should be. But the contracts charter schools sign with states have specific provisions that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and ability to speak English. If Crowe's bill passes, those provisions would no longer appear in the contract.
The bills true intentions unravelled at a Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee hearing, where the bill was ultimately passed. From the Advocate:
Outside the hearing, the Baton Rouge newspaper discovered the real force behind the law:
Despite the exposure, there are no signs of the Senator eating Crowe. He's insisted the bill isn't about discrimination.
The bill still needs full Senate and House approval to reach Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.
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