5:30 LRN Newscast and Legislative Report May 25

Republican state senator Fred Mills from St. Martin Parish is facing backlash after he cast the tie-breaking vote to kill a bill that would ban gender-affirming healthcare for transgender minors. Mills sided with Democrats to defeat the legislation in Senate Health and Welfare. Louisiana Republican Strategist Lionel Rainey…

Cut 6 (09)  “…how does this happen.” 

Mills said he voted against the legislation because he believes in the doctor-patient relationship and the ability to allow a family to choose what’s best for them. A’niya Robinson, with the Louisiana ACLU says Mills and the four other lawmakers who voted against the bill stood up for transgender children and families…

Cut 9 (04) “…day went.”

He says his vote was based on testimony given during the lengthy debate.

Legislation to provide free and accessible menstrual products for female public-school students passed in House Education without objection. Bill author, New Orleans Senator Aimee Freeman says other states already provide funding for feminine products.

Cut 12 (08) “…and funding.” 

The bill heads next to House Appropriations

Senate Education advances House-approved legislation requiring high school students to complete a financial literacy course to graduate and qualify for TOPS. State Treasurer John Schroder supports the legislation….

Cut 3 (11) “…have money.”

The bill heads to the Senate floor for final passage.