Discrimination bill stopped in the La. Senate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has shelved a bill that critics charge would tacitly approve state contracts that discriminate based on sexual orientation and other factors.

Though Sen. A.G. Crowe agreed to amend his proposal to clarify that it would not, as opponents charged, allow public schools and charter schools to be able to turn down students, the measure was deferred Tuesday by a 24-9 vote.

Crowe, a Republican from Slidell, could bring the proposal up again at another time.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/IwIV6o ) that the deferral comes as lawmakers questioned how the measure would impact state services, whether it would lead to more discrimination and how it would impact federal money that now flows into the state.

Senate Bill 217 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.