This Week in FOCUS – June 21, 2024

Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Mandating Display of Ten Commandments in Classrooms

National Review

Louisiana Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed a bill Wednesday requiring that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public-school classroom in the state, the only such mandate in the country. The bill will take effect on January 1, 2025, at which point each school district in the state must create “a poster or framed document” with the text of the Ten Commandments “printed in a large, easily readable font”.

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State Senate Passes Assemblymember Chris Ward’s Bill Banning Schools from Outing Students to Parents

Times of San Diego

School districts in California would be barred from requiring teachers to notify parents if their child comes out at school under a bill the legislature is weighing amid legal battles over the rights of parents and gender-nonconforming students. The state Senate last week approved AB 1955 introduced by Asm. Chris Ward, R-San Diego, and passed the lower chamber in April.

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Arkansas Governor Signs Income, Property Tax Cuts into Law

The Associated Press

Arkansas Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed legislation on Wednesday cutting the state’s property and income taxes after lawmakers wrapped up a special session where they also approved legislation to keep the state’s hunting and fishing programs running. Governor Sanders signed the measure cutting the state’s top corporate and individual income tax rates and another raising the homestead property tax credit, hours after the predominantly Republican legislature adjourned the special session that began Monday.

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