2022 Has Several Bills that Are Important to Survivors and Sexual Assault Cases

Louisiana’s legislative session began on March 14 and will progress through June 6, 2022. To keep up with the most up to date status of each bill, click this link and enter the bill.

LaFASA SUPPORTS

HB 63 (Rep. Freeman)

  • Exempts an entity that provides services to victims of domestic violence or human trafficking from providing a physical address.

HB 265 (Rep. Villio)

  • Adds option of electronic communication to victim notification from pardon/parole board.

HB 313 (Rep. Pressly)

  • This bill amends the Crime Victims Bill of Rights statute to ensure sexual assault victims have access to their forensic medical reports and other information without any redactions of their names and without being charged. 

HB 431 (Rep. Jordan)

  • This bill ensures that DNA collected from sexual assault survivors is not entered into CODIS, the DNA database, that is used to match criminal suspect profiles from unsolved crimes. 

HB 520 (Rep. Hughes)

  • This bill will ensure sexual assault survivors have access to emergency contraception at hospitals when they receive forensic medical exams. 

HB 561 (Rep. Freeman)

  • This bill will ensure sexual assault survivors have access to emergency contraception at hospitals when they receive forensic medical exams. 

HB 585 (Rep. Freeman)

  • Provides that the Sheriff of each Parish shall report on an annual basis to the La. Commission on Law Enforcement data on firearms.

HB 615 (Rep. Freeman)

  • This bill will allow crime victims access to police reports after a certain amount of time has passed.

HB 638 (Rep. Freeman)

  • This bill will allow human trafficking survivors to expunge non-violent misdemeanors and felonies related to when they were being trafficked from their criminal records.

HB 648 (Rep. Hilferty) 

  • Makes the Crime Victims Reparations Fund more accessible by removing the requirement that a survivor report to law enforcement, removes restrictions on victims that “contributed” to the violence they experienced, expands application timelines, increases award amounts, and adds relocation services as a reimbursable cost. 

SB 69 (Sen. Connick)

  • Removes time limitation to apply for Crime Victims Reparations Fund and makes survivors or victims’ loved ones of all felonies eligible to receive funds.

SB 147 (Sen. Mizell)

  • Mandates that SA survivors get copy of a report of their forensic medical exam.

SB 148 (Sen. Mizell)

  • Provides post-conviction relief for survivors of human trafficking.

SB 255 (Sen. Barrow)

  • This bill clarifies current law to state that a petition for a protection order should not automatically be deemed “frivolous” just because a survivor did not show up for court.

SB 289 (Sen. Barrow)

  • Requires employers to provide paid and unpaid sick leave for employees and covers leave for domestic violence injuries.

LaFASA OPPOSES

HB 7 (Rep. Edmonson)

  • Amends the court-monitored domestic abuse intervention program to include online instruction, no longer directs the program’s sessions to follow a specific model, and prohibits the use of any technology prohibited by HIPAA
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