06 Jun 2014 • Best Western-Plus Westbank, 1700 Lapalco Blvd. Harvey, LA 70058
Coalition Members and Partners,
It's that time of year again! The legislative session is underway, and we need to begin lobbying the legislators for passage of equal pay (pay equity) legislation. We had a successful year in 2013 with the passage of Senator Edwin Murray's SB 153, now codified as Act 374, which eliminates gender wage discrimination for state employees. We want to expand on that success by eliminating all forms of wage discrimination in Louisiana! To bring us closer to this ultimate goal, we are introducing nine (9) equal pay bills
in the state legislature this year. I am attaching a list of all of the bills, which includes bill numbers, lead sponsors, and a brief explanation of each. We appreciate Julie Schwam-Harris composing this list. Please commit this list to memory, so that you can quickly state the purpose, bill number, and lead sponsor of each bill to the legislators you are lobbying, and so that you will not be confused, nor confuse them, with the different types of pay equity legislation. It is crucial that we know the correct information for each bill. Please read the bills carefully, also, so that you can become familiar with their texts in order to answer questions posed by the legislators you are lobbying.
There is a bill introduced by Rep. Julie Stokes, HB 956, that you will see at the end of the list. This bill is supported by Reps. who opposed our pay equity legislation last year. Therefore, this is not one of the bills we are lobbying for.
Please forward this information and the attached list of legislation
to your members. I will have more info very soon as to the committees these bills are assigned to, as well as our upcoming Lobby Day on April 8th, Equal Pay Day.
Thank you in advance for all of your assistance in the upcoming session. I look forward to working with each of you again this year as we strive to bring pay equity to ALL employees in Louisiana!
Louisiana Pay Equity Lobbying Director
(318) 357-0748 (work/home)
(318) 471-1740 (cell)
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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The need for your help is evident. In 2013, Louisiana was named the most obese state in the nation. In addition, our state maintains the third lowest excise tax on cigarettes. We know that regular exercise, weight management, not smoking and a healthy diet reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Healthy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a joyous holiday season filled with peace and love.
Last year, we made great strides towards building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Because of your dedication, the Louisiana legislature passed two significant bills. One measure mandates that all newborns be screened for critical congenital heart disease before going home for the first time. The other bill requires each college to develop a smoke free air policy. Your support made this possible. Thank you!
In 2014, let’s promote policies that impact heart disease and stroke risk factors as well as policies that further protect heart disease or stroke survivors. In order to be bigger and better this year, we need citizens across the state to join our efforts and become advocates.
Let's help make Louisiana healthier!
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