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This week at the Capitol

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:20am

This week at the Capitol key pieces of legislation will be introduced, tackling some of the most controversial topics on tap this session.

Monday, Governor Jindal spoke out in favor of HB 568, by Representative Frank Hoffmann, a Republican from Ouachita Parish. It’s an anti-abortion bill that forces clinics to provide pictures and video of unborn fetuses to women seeking abortions. Women would also be required to listen to descriptions of their fetus during an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed. HB 568 also requires clinics to provide contact information for agencies who offer alternatives to abortion to all patients.

Governor Jindal’s other hot topic this week is HB 537, the SUNO/ UNO merger bill. HB 537 is authored by Speaker of the House, Jim Tucker, a Republican. Tucker’s plan calls for the two universities in New Orleans to become one accredited school, with two distinct colleges. The new school would also partner with the area’s community college, Delgado, which has seen an increase in enrollment.

HB 537 is up for debate Wednesday, and Governor Jindal says he is ready for a fight.

"I know there will be folks on Wednesday that will try to make this about race; politics; turf; management boards,” says Governor Jindal, (R) Louisiana. “This is about doing what is best for our students."

HB 537 requires a 2/3rds majority vote from the House and the Senate to become law.

For more information on both bills, visit and enter the bill number in the search field. You can read a full description of any bill by clicking on the ‘Digest’ link below the bill’s description.

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