A bill that would enforce Louisiana contracts between parents and the surrogate mothers carrying their children neared final approval late Tuesday.
The measure, House Bill 1102, was endorsed by the state Senate 30-6.
It now returns to the House, which earlier gave lopsided approval to a similar bill.
Sen. Gary Smith, D-Montz, sponsor of the legislation, said his proposal has been tightly written to prevent abuses.
“At the end of the day it is about families,” Smith told his colleagues.
Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, criticized the bill and said it would exploit women.
Mizell said the changes would “reduce motherhood to an industry.”
Similar bills were passed by the Legislature in 2013 and 2014 but were vetoed by then Gov. Bobby Jindal.