8:30 LRN Newscast April 30

A proposal to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ and women’s sports at high school, college, and intramurals receive approval from the Senate Education Committee. Child psychologist Dr. Clifton Mixon calls the bill divisive and she says it sets a damaging tone against an already vulnerable population.
Cut 11 (10) “…future.”
The NCAA has threatened to remove championship events from states that pass this type of legislation. New Orleans is set to host the Final Four in men’s basketball next year. The bill’s author, Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, responded to that threat…
cut 13 (06) “….female athletes”

The Senate Education Committee approves legislation that would allow college athletes to profit off of their name, image, or likeness, which could result in endorsement and sponsorship deals for star players. Former LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux spoke in favor of the legislation…
Cut 14 (09) “…playing fields.”
Some of the senators expressed concern that if this bill passes, the NCAA could see it as a violation if student-athletes are paid for endorsement deals.

A bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products in Louisiana from 18 to 21 passes out of the House Judiciary Committee 8 to 2. Denham Springs High School Assistant Principal Justin Wax says vaping and cigarette use among teens is an ever-growing issue.
Cut 7 (10) “…away from this.”
The measure heads to the House floor for more debate.