When Congress sent a proposed constitutional amendment for women’s rights to the states more than 37 years ago, Louisiana was never officially given the opportunity to weigh in on the still-controversial issue. But during the seven years following its original introduction, the Equal Rights Amendment was eventually ratified by 35 state legislatures — just three shy of what’s still needed to make an alteration to the U.S. Constitution.
That could all change on Wednesday of next week, when the Senate in the Governmental Affairs Committee is expected to hear Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge. The resolution would give Louisiana one more chance to ratify the amendment, which states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Louisiana first entered the policy fray on June 7, 1972, when the state Senate ratified the proposed amendment by a 25-13 vote. The House of Representatives, however, did not follow suit. But even if Louisiana falls in line this time around, that doesn’t mean the ERA will go on the books. Rather, a long and heated legal battle will likely ensue.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.