Sharon Hewitt on Civil Rights



Supported the state's version of the Don't Say Gay bill

Hewitt saw the of legislation aimed at the LGBTQ community that is believed to be discriminatory. Hewitt voted in favor of all three bills, including overturning the governor's veto of the ban on gender-affirming care for minors. "Children are not capable at that age of making those kinds of life-changing decisions," Hewitt said. She also supported the state's version of the Don't Say Gay bill, stating teachers should not be discussing gender identity and sexual orientation in the classroom.
Source: Baton Rouge Proud on 2023 Louisiana Gubernatorial race , Aug 14, 2023

Require only "biological females" in women's sports

SB156: Fairness in Women's Sports Act: Prohibits a team designated for females, girls, or women from being open to students who are not biologically female. Nothing will be construed to restrict the eligibility of any student to participate in any athletic teams or sports designated as "males", "men", or "boys" or designated as "coed" or "mixed".

Veto message: Discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this bill was a solution in search of a problem that simply does not exist in Louisiana. Further, it would make life more difficult for transgender children, who are some of the most vulnerable Louisianans when it comes to issues of mental health. And it does present real problems in that it makes it more likely that NCAA and professional championships would not happen in our state.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 29-6-4 on 5/5/21; State Sen. Sharon Hewitt voted YES; Passed House 78-19-8 on 5/27; Vetoed by Gov. Edwards on 6/22.

Source: The Acadiana Advocate Louisiana voting record SB156 , May 5, 2021

Establish state policy on free expression at colleges

HB269: Proposed law provided for a state policy on free expression on public postsecondary education institution campuses.

Analysis by the Baton Rouge Advocate: The legislation ensures the free speech of controversial speakers on state college campuses and penalizes students who disrupt it. The legislation would direct colleges to spell out policies that would prevent students, outside speakers or others from being shouted down because of unpopular views.

Veto message:  This bill is a solution in search of a problem that creates a long, detailed structure for the evaluation of the freedom of expression on college campuses. However, this bill is unnecessary and overly burdensome to our colleges and universities as the freedoms this bill attempts to protect are already well-established.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 66-26-13 on 5/24/17; Passed Senate 30-2-6 on 6/7; State Sen. Sharon Hewitt voted YES; Vetoed by Governor on 6/26.

Source: The Advocate on Louisiana legislative voting records HB269 , Jun 7, 2017

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vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
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vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
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MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
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