louisiana s Republican State senators voted for reversal narrowly on Tuesday Democratic On the opening day of the first veto session under the state’s nearly 50-year-old constitution, a bill barring transgender students from participating in school sports was rejected by Governor John Bel Edwards.
But, with that debate moved to the House for a final decision, it appeared that the transgender sports ban might be the only veto that could be overridden in the historic House of Majority-GOP House and managing committee
Senators blocked efforts to override a separate measure that would remove the required permitting requirements, background checks and safety training for a concealed handgun in Louisiana — and three other veto overrides that Chamber attempted to thwart. it was done.
The House plans to begin its debate on Wednesday.
It was unlikely the Senate could reverse another Edwards veto after Jefferson Parish’s Pat Connick, a GOP senator, said he would not support additional overrides outside the transgender sports ban bill. The decision gives senators too few Republican votes to eliminate the veto on their own.
Senators vote 26-12 for transgender sports ban veto override – exact number of votes needed. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans in support of the measure and Democrats in opposition. In the House, Republicans would need to get some support from Democrats and independents to reverse the veto and introduce restrictions into the law.
Supporters described the prohibition, sponsored by Senate second-ranking Republican Franklinton Sen. Beth Mizell, as protecting girls from unfair competition in K-12 schools and colleges. She said transgender athletes have an automatic, inherent advantage in competitions against other women.
“Without protection, women’s sports would not exist. Nothing has changed,” Mizzell said. She continued: “I ask you to do the right thing for the girls of Louisiana and to put politics aside on this. “
The law is similar to restrictions passed by Republican-led legislatures in several states such as Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.
Opponents, including Edwards, have called the measure discriminatory. They note that bill supporters cannot point to a single instance of a Louisiana-specific problem. And he added that the Louisiana High School Athletic Association has already implemented an equivalent ban on transgender athletes participating in high school sports teams.
“I believe this bill is a solution in search of a problem,” said Alexandria Democrat Sen. Jay Luneau.
New Orleans Democratic Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said the passage of the law would threaten Louisiana’s ability to attract business and sporting events, a point argued by trade organization leaders. Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Peterson said 400 major corporations have publicly protested discrimination against transgender people.
“You can’t have it both ways,” she said. “You either want the business to come to Louisiana or you can discriminate.”
But Houma Republican Sen. Mike Fessey told his allies that they should think about their “daughters and granddaughters” and their “good, decent morals”.
In the House, some opponents of the transgender sports ban tried to protest briefly in the balcony, only to be forcibly removed from the room.
Edwards’ veto of the transgender sports prohibition bill and the secret carry measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jay Morris were the driving forces behind the Republican’s decision to return to the Louisiana Capitol.
But the vote to implement the covert carry measure was 23–15, three votes short of the two-thirds requirement. Four senators voted for the bill during the regular session but refused to overturn Edwards’ veto: Connick; Louis Bernard, a Natchitoches Republican; Franklin Foyle, a Baton Rouge Republican; and Gary Smith, a Norco Democrat.
Although the law enforcement community is divided on the law, Bernard said he changed his mind after hearing from police officers who believe removing the permission requirement could make their jobs more dangerous.
“I can’t ignore that attitude until I’m ready to put on a badge and wear a uniform,” he said.
Monroe’s Morris said his bill was about the right to “protect our families and protect our property”. He opposed suggestions that easing restrictions would put the police at greater risk.
“I don’t know if the world could be any more dangerous,” he said.
The veto session could last up to five days, but legislators leaders said they expected it to end before Saturday. In all, Edwards scrapped 28 bills from the regular session that ended in June that lawmakers could consider for an override – though this seemed unlikely.
The session requires only the support of a majority, with Republicans in the House requiring the votes of Democrats or independents to reach two-thirds, which is necessary to successfully override a gubernatorial veto.
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