The Louisiana House rejected Monday a resolution asking to create a task force to study the impact of the criminal justice system on women.
Most resolutions pass easily with little discussion. But questions about the extent of the task force’s study and what it might mean to transgender defendants and inmates preceded a 50-31 vote.
Initially, House Speaker Taylor Barras announced that the resolution had succeeded in obtaining a majority. But House rules require 53 votes – the majority of the 105 elected, rather than a majority of those voting.
Resolution sponsor, Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, asked to bring in the resolution back up for a vote. She opted to wait because too few representatives were in the chamber.
Her House Concurrent Resolution 27 would have created the Louisiana Women's Incarceration Task Force “to undertake a comprehensive review of the state's criminal justice system as it relates to women.”
The group would, among other things, develop practices to avoid placing additional trauma or harm upon women as they navigate the criminal justice system.
Voting for task force (50): Reps Abraham, Anders, Armes, Bacala, Bagneris, Bishop, Brass, C. Brown, Carmody, Carpenter, R. Carter, S. Carter, Chaney, Duplessis, Dwight, Foil, Franklin, Gaines, Gisclair, Glover, Hall, Hilferty, Hill, Hoffmann, Howard, Hunter, Jackson, James, Jefferson, Jenkins, Jones, Jordan, T. Landry, LeBas, Leger, Lyons, Mack, Magee, Marcelle, Marino, D. Miller, G. Miller, Norton, Pierre, Pope, Reynolds, Smith, Stokes, White and Zeringue.
Voting against HCR27 (31): Reps Amedee, Berthelot, Connick, Coussan, Crews, Davis, DeVillier, Edmonds, Falconer, Garofalo, L. Harris, Havard, Hazel, Henry, Hodges, Hollis, Horton, Huval, McFarland, Miguez, Jay Morris, Muscarello, Pearson, Pugh, Pylant, Richard, Schexnayder, Seabaugh, Talbot, Thomas and Wright.
Not Voting (24): Speaker Barras, Reps Abramson, Bagley, Billiot, Bouie, T. Brown, G. Carter, Cox, Cromer, Danahay, Emerson, Guinn, J. Harris, Hensgens, Ivey, Johnson, N. Landry, Leopold, Jim Morris, Shadoin, Simon, Stagni, Stefanski and Thibaut.