Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.

Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.

An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.

Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.

Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.

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