Republicans rally at the Louisiana State Capitol ahead of unprecedented veto override session

By: - July 19, 2021 8:33 pm

Sen. Beth Mizelll (R-Franklinton) who sponsored a bill banning trans girls and women from competing in women’s sports, speaks at Monday’s veto override rally. (Julie O’Donoghue | Louisiana Illuminator)

BATON ROUGE – Guns, God and a bill banning transgender athletes from sports competition were the main topics at Monday’s veto override rally as Louisiana Republicans tried to rev up support ahead of the historic veto override session starting Tuesday. 

The 5:30 p.m. rally at the State Capitol featured multiple Louisiana lawmakers who had their bills vetoed, an NRA spokesman and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry who addressed supporters who stood in the drizzling rain waving flags and signs to cheer them on. 

Sen. Jay Morris (R-West Monroe)  who sponsored a bill that would allow Louisianians to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training, said he is confident Senate Bill 118 will now pass. 

“I believe that we are this close to getting this bill passed,” Morris said. “I truly believe that our Republican senators, all of us, believe in the Second Amendment. I really do. And I’m hopeful that we’ll get every single one of them to vote for this bill tomorrow or the next day.”  

“We’re a gun-loving, God-loving and God-fearing community of citizens who simply want to exercise our constitutional rights without asking the government for permission or paying them a fee,” Morris added. 

Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath) author of House Bill 20, which would prohibit the use of private funds to pay election-related expenses, asked the crowd to pray for the success of the vetoed bills.

Landry also reiterated his support for the veto overrides, adding that the citizens of Louisiana would see where the Legislature stands. 

Louisiana lawmakers such as Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton), Rep. Kathy Edmonston (R-Gonzales) and Rep. Tony Bacala (R-Prairieville) spoke in support of their vetoed bills. Mizell sponsored a bill banning trans girls and women from competing in women’s sports, which has gained widespread media attention. Others discussed the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and condemned Gov. John Bel Edwards for what they called abuses of power during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Edmonston, author of several bills targeting COVID-19 vaccination identification and requirements, said she appreciated the support from rally attendees. 

“Prayer is what we need,” Edmonston said. “We need a divine intervention from God.” 

The veto override session can include any of the 28 bills Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed during the regular legislative session.

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Rachel Mipro
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Rachel Mipro has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.