As Louisiana lawmakers prepare to tackle marquee issues like changes to tort law as the March 9 regular legislative session approaches, other bills off the beaten path are already being filed such as changes to gubernatorial succession and a Pledge of Allegiance requirement for schoolchildren.
Many of those bills will fall by the wayside, but others, like last year’s truth-in-food-labeling bill banning names like “cauliflower rice,” will rise into law, The News Star reports.
The following are examples of such bills already filed by lawmakers, with more sure to come:
Pledge of Allegiance: House Bill 145 by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, would require all public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day.
Gubernatorial succession: House Bill 41, a constitutional amendment by Rep. Kyle Green Jr., D-Marrero, would change the order of who would succeed the governor in case of a vacancy. The lieutenant governor would remain first in line, but the amendment would boot the secretary of state from the second spot, instead, elevating the House speaker to the second position and the Senate president to the third,
Daylight saving time: Reps. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton (House Bill 132), and Sherman Mack, R-Albany (House Bill 134), have bills to keep daylight saving time all year if federal law changes to allow it.
War on wild hogs, nutria, beaver: Reps. Wayne Schamerhorn, R-Hornbeck (House Bill 59) and Jack McFarland, R-Winnfield (House Bill 159) have bills that would allow year-round night hunting of feral hogs, nutria and beaver, whose populations have exploded.
Read the full story from The News Star for more of the bills that you can expect to see this legislative session.