Louisiana Illuminator, – May 20, 2021
The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses — a measure that Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed last year.
House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), is the second attempt by Republican lawmakers to prohibit the state from receiving the kind of donations that nonprofits offered last year to pay for expenses such as polling signs, tents, hand sanitizer, and personal protective equipment for poll workers.
On Thursday, the measure passed the Senate in a 26–11 party-line vote with Republicans in favor and Democrats against. The current bill differs from last year’s in that it would not apply to “the donation of private property for use as a polling place or to the donation or use of equipment for the restoration and maintenance of utilities to a precinct or polling place in the event of an outage.”