Gov. John Bel Edwards' Legislative Agenda for the 2021 legislative session includes:
K-12 Teacher & Support Staff Pay Increase
Higher Education Pay Increase
Historic Increase in Go Grants
Higher Education Budget Stabilization
Fully Funded Senior Centers and Councils on Aging
Pending Adoption of an Increased REC Budget Forecast:
Increased Early Childhood Funding
Additional Pay Increase for K-12 Teachers and Support Staff
Gov. Edwards enthusiastically and whole heartedly supports raising the minimum wage in Louisiana, because $7.25 an hour doesn’t cut it for someone working to support themselves and their family. The Governor will support any effort that increases the minimum wage in Louisiana.
Title IX - Mandatory Reporting
HB 409 by Rep. Freeman
Requires certain reporting requirements for sexual assault and sexual harassment by mandatory reporters in higher education.
Cause of Action for Sexual Harassment
HB 379 by Rep. Larvadain
Provides for cause of action and exemplary damages against a perpetrator of sexual harassment and extends liberative prescription to 3 years.
Pre-Dispute Arbitration for Sexual Harassment
HB 439 by Rep. Newell
Prohibits employers from requiring prospective employees to consent to pre-dispute arbitration of a sexual harassment claim as a condition of employment.
Office of Human Trafficking Prevention
SB 170 by Sen. Johns
Establishes the Office of Human Traffacking Prevention within the Office of the Governor and places the Louisiana Human Trafficking Prevention Commission and Advisory Board within the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention.
Pay Transparency and Salary History
HB 245 by Rep. Carpenter
Prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who discuss or disclose compensation and from requesting an applicant's salary history as a condition of employment.
Auto Insurance Discrimination
SB 55 by Sen. Luneau
Prohibits insurance rate determinations based on risks classified by gender, age, credit score/rating, and marital status.
Workplace Accommodations for Pregnant Women and Postpartum Workers
SB 215 by Sen. Barrow
Requires employers to provide pregnant and postpartum employees with reasonable accommodations in the workplace to facilitate safe and healthy pregnancies and better infant and maternal health outcomes.
SB 10 by Sen. Fields
Requires each school district to provide full-day kindergarten and requires kindergarten attendance for children at the age of 5.
Statewide ADA Coordinator
HB 446 by Rep. Butler
Establishes the office of the state Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator within the Division of Administration.
Foster Youth Bill of Rights
SB 151 by Sen. Barrow
Outlines specific rights afforded to Foster Youth - including rights to privacy, a safe and supportive environment, access to ongoing care information, and access to support and various resources.
African American Veterans Memorial
SB 105 by Sen. Boudreaux
Mandates the construction and placement of a statue to commemorate the contributions of African American veterans of the United States Armed Forces in Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park.
Law Enforcement Disciplinary Reform
HB 430 by Rep. James
Amends the bill of rights for law enforcement officers facing disciplinary action and requires that sustained complaints filed against a police employee or law enforcement officer remain in personnel files for at least ten years.
Military Friendly Campus Enhancements
SB 27 by Sen. Foil
Expands ability to earn the Governor’s Military Friendly Campus designation to all postsecondary education institutions in Louisiana, improves the designation renewal process, and requires institutions to make processes for the acceptance and transfer of military education, training, experience, or prior academic credit.