Watch Dogs on Legislative Bills

Public awareness is important; if we aren't talking about an issue, we tend to think that it does not exist. Change occurs when voices are elevated and amplified.  Listed below are the legislative bills from both the House and the Senate that we will be watching that affect victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence:




  1. HB81 (P. Smith) Adds domestic abuse battery (second offense or greater or enhanced), battery of a dating partner (second offense or greater or enhanced), and certain violations of protective orders to the list of crimes of violence
  2. HB207 (Bagley) Requires anyone who serves a temporary restraining order or protective order to send proof of that service to the Louisiana Protective Order Registry.
  3. HB235 (Hilferty) Requires the Responsible Vendor Program to amend the server curriculum to include training regarding methods of identifying and responding to rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex trafficking. 
  4. HB237 (Leopold) Increases certain penalties with regard to the crime of pornography involving juveniles. 
  5. HB261 (Marino) Prohibits harassment by text message.
  6. HB282 (Moreno/G. Carter) Prohibits anyone who has a stalking protective order against them or who has been convicted of stalking from possessing firearms.
  7. HB307 (Thomas) Prohibits public entities from disclosing victim contact info.
  8. HB389 (G. Carter) Increases the term of imprisonment for the crime of sexual battery of persons with infirmities and provides for enhanced penalties when the victim is the resident of a nursing home or other facility and the offender is an employee of the facility. 
  9. HB397 (Moreno)/SB 101 (Sen. Morrell & Rep. Moreno) Creates membership and provides duties of the La. Sexual Assault Oversight Commission. Replaces the AG’s S.A. Task Force.
  10. HB443 (P. Smith) Requires a healthcare provider to notify law enforcement when a person age seventeen or younger presents for treatment of a sexually-oriented criminal offense. (Increases age from 16 to 17, resolving previous conflict in the law regarding mandatory reporting of sexual assault of a minor).
  11. HB400 (Bagneris) Requires a 10-day waiting period for buying or selling firearms.
  12. HB448 (G. Carter) Allows police or prosecutors to obtain a warrant to seize weapons from anyone deemed a danger to themselves or others.
  13. HB458 (James) Requires coroners and law enforcement agencies to report violent deaths to the office of public health and authorizes state participation in the National Violent Death Reporting System.
  14. HB469 (P. Smith) Changes jurisdiction for hearings on sexual assault protection orders. Present law allows district courts empowered to hear civil matters to have jurisdiction over proceedings related to sexual assault protection orders. Proposed law changes present law to require that proceedings related to sexual assault protection orders be heard in courts empowered to hear family or juvenile matters.
  15. HB474 (P. Smith) Requires law enforcement officers to receive mandatory training on domestic violence.
  16. HB499 (P. Smith) Requires rather than authorizes sex education in public schools.  Further, lays out guidelines for effective sex education. 
  17. HB612 (Stokes) Strengthens video voyeurism laws.
  18. SB60 (Martiny) Adds a dating partner as a person who may recover exemplary damages. Extends prescriptive period for a civil action for domestic abuse, family violence or sexual abuse.
  19. SB79 (Gatti) Increases penalties for teachers who engage in sexual relationships with students. 
  20. SB105 (Morrell) Provides that a person cannot give consent to sexual conduct while in police  custody. 
  21. SB231 (Morrell) Creates firearm relinquishment process. Requires mandatory reporting of attempts to purchase a firearm by a prohibited possessor.
  22. SB291 (Barrow)  Extends PSFVRA considerations into all custody proceedings.
  23. SB374 (Barrow)  The Dept. of Public Safety & Corrections (DPSC) and private vendors operating private correctional facilities will work toward addressing the unique issues of incarcerated women and the incarcerated trans population based upon health issues, social and psychological needs, family commitments, and issues surrounding children.

Stand up; speak up and get involved! You can contact your state legislator to express your opinions and/or support of these bills. 

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