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Bills to give governor more control over appointments, protect IVF narrowly advance

Louisiana State Capitol in April 2022.
Kezia Setyawan
The Louisiana State Capitol in April 2022.

Lawmakers on the House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced a bill that would give the governor more control over appointments to the Board of Ethics.

The governor is usually required to pick those appointees from a list submitted by Louisiana’s private colleges. This bill would remove that requirement. Lawmakers approved the bill in a narrow 7-6 vote. The proposal heads next to the House floor.

In a Senate committee, lawmakers advanced a bill to protect access to in vitro fertilization. They rejected an amendment that would have removed language from the bill describing an embryo as a biological human being.

The bill advanced with a 3-2 vote and heads next to the Senate floor.

Molly Ryan is a political reporter and covers state politics from the Louisiana Capitol.

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