Louisiana House passes bill that could ban agencies from contracting with anti-gun companies

Louisiana House passes bill that could ban agencies from contracting with anti-gun companies

The Louisiana state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. (The Center Square) — The Louisiana House passed legislation to ban government agencies from contracting with companies that limit business with firearm manufacturers, despite a veto by Gov. John Bel Edwards of a similar bill last session. The lower chamber voted 71-26 on Tuesday to approve House Bill 978 , sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, to prohibit government business with large companies that have policies that target the firearm industry. The bill requires contracting companies to provide written verification they do not have policies that discriminate against a firearm entity or trade association and will not discriminate against the same. The provision would apply to contracts with a value over $100,000, or those that meet three criteria: Paid with public funds, involves a company with at least 10 employees, and is entered into after Aug. 1, 2022. “This legislation simply states that with very limited exceptions large companies that have overreaching policies of discrimination against the firearms industry may not contract with state and local governments for goods and services,” Miguez said. A similar bill passed both chambers of the Legislature with overwhelming majorities during the previous legislative session but was ultimately vetoed by Edwards. Edwards wrote in a July 1 veto message that the legislation would “prevent the state and local governments from complying with long-standing procurement laws which require that public contracts be awarded to the lowest qualified bidder.” Language added to the bill in the Senate last […]

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