LRN PM Newscall July 22

The House failed to override vetoed legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports on Wednesday. Brooke Thorington has more from an advocate for the transgender community.

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 The Rolling Stones have been added to this year’s already stacked Jazz Fest lineup. Kevin Barnhart has more…

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The veto session’s failure to override legislation to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports is a victory for the transgender community. President of Louisiana Trans Advocates Dylan Waguespack says when the final vote failed to reach a two-thirds majority in the House he was both excited and relieved.

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In Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto statement, he said the bill unfairly targets children who are going through unique challenges and offers solutions to an issue that does not exist in Louisiana.

Waguespack says they expect bill author Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell to present the bill again in the next session.

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In the 2021 regular session, legislation to prevent trans youth from receiving gender confirmation counseling or medical treatment without parental approval was pulled by bill author Houma Senator Mike Fesi. Governor Edwards called the bill discriminatory.

Waguespack says the transgender sports bill, which is being pushed in other conservative states, however, this was one that came close to becoming law in Louisiana.

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The Senate vetoed the bill with a two-thirds majority vote, but the House missed a two-thirds majority by two votes.


The Joint Budget Committee has approved a new naming rights deal for the Superdome. The iconic sports stadium is now the Caesars Superdome. Contract terms are not finalized, but Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt learns that all of the money generated from the new naming rights deal will go to the Saints

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The Saints say all of the money from the naming rights deal will go towards renovations of the state-owned building.

During the meeting, lawmakers received a rendering of what signage will look like with Caesar’s name on the Dome. Monroe Senator Katrina Jackson is not a fan

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Caesars’ naming rights deal is for 20-years and worth an estimated 138-million dollars according to reports. Evans Holmes for ASM Global, which manages the Dome, says those dollars replace the need for a subsidy from the state….

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The Rolling Stones will make a special visit to Jazz Fest on Wednesday, October 13th.

Festival producer Quint Davis says this long-awaited trip to Jazz Fest is two years in the making after the rock and roll legends first had to cancel their planned appearance in 2019…

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The October 13th “Jazz Fest Wednesday” gig will be a full day of the festival so the other stages will be packed and food stalls will be open. It will take place in between Jazz Fest’s two weekends.

Davis says the Stones have been itching to play the iconic festival. Since the disastrous 1969 show in Altamont they really haven’t played many…

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Tickets go on sale next Friday.

Davis says adding the Stones to this year’s already stacked lineup just elevates the festival to a whole other level nationally and internationally.

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The Rolling Stones join Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Dead and Company, Jimmy Buffet, Lizzo, and Demi Lovato at the top of the festival lineup.


Governor Edwards was open about the full-court press his administration put on to preserve his veto of the transgender athlete ban bill.

Some Republicans and conservative activists have complained that Governor Edwards pressured lawmakers into voting against overriding his veto. Edwards says of course he did…

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Edwards says he used every tool in his belt because the transgender ban was discriminatory and bad for business in Louisiana.

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Edwards indicated Republican complaints about his lobbying efforts are hypocritical.

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