Senate passes ban on drug-like bath salts

The Senate quickly endorsed legislation Tuesday that would ban products sold as incense and bath salts that can mimic marijuana or cocaine.

House Bill 12, sponsored by state Rep. Ricky Templet, R-Gretna, attempts to close loopholes in the current law that would prevent manufacturers from altering ingredients to keep products legal.

The Senate voted 37-0 for the measure and shipped it back to the House for approval of a change that would make the law effective July 15.

Anti-trafficking bill heads to Jindal’s desk

Legislation is headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk that would make it a crime for anyone to “facilitate” human trafficking.

The Senate voted 35-0 for the legislation, House Bill 49, sponsored by state Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans.

The House cleared the measure on a 98-0.

State law already makes human trafficking illegal. The bill would reach those who provide aid and assistance or benefit from the practice.

State Police may get missing-children list

State Police would become responsible for the Missing and Exploited Children Information Clearinghouse under a bill winning final legislative passage Tuesday.

The Senate approved the House-passed measure on a 33-0 vote.

House Bill 94 sponsored by state Rep. Kay Katz, R-Monroe, now goes to the governor’s desk for action.

The clearinghouse is now located in the state Department of Children and Family Services.

Abortion-clinic sign bill returns to House

Legislation requiring abortion clinics to post signs informing women of their “rights and pregnancy resources” cleared the Louisiana Senate Tuesday.

House Bill 636 now returns to the House for concurrence on changes that the Senate made to the measure.

The bill would force the state’s six licensed abortion clinics to post signs alerting women to alternatives to abortion.

Those alternatives would include the fact that the father is liable for child support and that agencies are willing to assist pregnant women.