Saturday, August 4, 2012

Louisiana churns out more than 500 new laws

Louisiana has added more than 500 new laws to the books during the most recent legislative session, according to The Advocate.  Some of the legislation seems out-of-step with other states, others seem like overkill and others down right ridiculous.

On piece of criminal legislation is the product of a sensational criminal prosecution that played out on television.  The new law subjects parents or guardians to up to 50 years in prison for failing to report the disappearance of a child who later is found dead. The new law stems from Florida prosecutors’ failure to convict Casey Anthony of murder in her daughter’s death.

Like other states Louisiana enacted a law for those rare instances where a parent kills a child, hides the body and is later acquitted of murder.  I'm sure that comes up a lot in Baton Rouge.

The legislature also makes the killing of a taxicab driver punishable by the death penalty, regardless of whether robbery can be tied to the crime.  Cab drivers in Louisiana are right up there with police officers, pregnant woman and public officials.

One new law bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, except in limited medical cases where the mother’s life is in danger.  Certainly out-of-step a significant majority of other states.  Louisiana didn't stop with crime and abortion.

The legislature took on the heady issue of outlawing the sale of dogs and cats along highways and at public playgrounds, flea markets and retail parking lots.  Then there is the new law that allows school systems to punish parents who refuse to participate in a parent-teacher conference deemed necessary by a teacher, that is going to be a game changer in Louisiana.

The Louisiana legislature should had taken the summers off.

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