LA: House committee rejects Louisiana sex offender ID bill due to legal concerns

[ – 5/11/21]

A bill that would require the driver’s license or identification card of sex offenders to carry a special designation was narrowly rejected Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee.

State Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, said his proposal was aimed at protecting citizens while also complying with a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court.

The court last year struck down a state law that said IDs for sex offenders had to include the words “SEX OFFENDER” printed in orange.

The measure failed 6-7 after a lengthy discussion.

Critics said the measure would likely be struck down.

“I have a problem with this bill,” said Rep. Mack Cormier, D-Belle Chasse and a member of the committee.

“It is not because I don’t want to protect kids. From a legal standpoint I do not think this would stand up in the U. S. Supreme Court.”

Read the full article


Related posts

Notify of
We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...  
  1. Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  2. Please keep the tone of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  3. Swear words should be starred out such as f*k and s*t
  4. Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  5. Please refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  6. Please take personal conversations off this forum.
  7. We will not publish any comments advocating for violent or any illegal action.
  8. We cannot connect participants privately - feel free to leave your contact info here. You may want to create a new / free, readily available email address.
  9. Please refrain from copying and pasting repetitive and lengthy amounts of text.
  10. Please do not post in all Caps.
  11. If you wish to link to a serious and relevant media article, legitimate advocacy group or other pertinent web site / document, please provide the full link. No abbreviated / obfuscated links.
  12. We suggest to compose lengthy comments in a desktop text editor and copy and paste them into the comment form
  13. We will not publish any posts containing any names not mentioned in the original article.
  14. Please choose a short user name that does not contain links to other web sites or identify real people
  15. Please do not solicit funds
  16. If you use any abbreviation such as Failure To Register (FTR), or any others, the first time you use it please expand it for new people to better understand.
  17. All commenters are required to provide a real email address where we can contact them.  It will not be displayed on the site.
  18. Please send any input regarding moderation or other website issues via email to moderator [at] all4consolaws [dot] org
ACSOL, including but not limited to its board members and agents, does not provide legal advice on this website.  In addition, ACSOL warns that those who provide comments on this website may or may not be legal professionals on whose advice one can reasonably rely.  

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

I can’t imagine the shame, humiliation, and anger that would come about having this stamped on my drivers license, and the many opportunities that it would destroy. Think of all the places you would need to show your ID so you would just not try, like getting a new social security card for employment, renting an apartment, a checking account, just so many things. This would create a far worse situation because even the 95% that wouldn’t normally reoffend would probably be so discouraged they would loose hope of even trying. These people don’t even think, they just react and try to pass these punitive laws.

I’m confused. How’s marking a driver’s license so that LAW ENFORCEMENT can more easily identify a registrant, in any way helps people be safer?

But the nominating politician will get credit for trying anyway and others too for voting for it while those who opposed may be castigated despite the court’s opinion and logic saying a marking doesn’t do a thing for LE or parents. Someone wants a gold smiley face to crow about their brand of justice with this idea. Small minded people.

I cannot understand what would possible justify placing such a marker/identifier on a DL or ID.
Is a potential victim supposed to ask to see an ID before being victimized?? Is that something that typically occurs? Do schools and parents typically teach kids, “If someone tries to touch you in a way that seems strange or makes you feel uncomfortable, be sure to ask that person for an ID.”

This is purely intended as harassment and further punishment. There is no reasonable justification whatsoever! 😡

(Couldn’t reCaptcha ask me to identify the Warhol or the Caravaggio?)

I live in Oklahoma and we have it on our driver’s license [edited by moderators]. We have to renew annually at our cost. It is quite humiliating, to the point where I have my wife do the things that require showing my dl.

Next thing to come will be having “someone on the hit list has entered the building. Currently in aisle 4 checking out beans. Please be advised.”

At least condoms are used for protection; hit lists don’t protect anyone.

well, to be fair, at least they stopped it. I know it is not much but at least some of them are “trying” to follow scotus ruling.

This is the government trying to apply more punishment to their enemies the DOJ is laughing at sex offenders in America right now in they know sex offenders are a bunch of pushovers and to afraid to stand for themselves. They also believe sex offenders are a bunch of child molester who pray on lilittle kids so they dont have any sympathy or remorse when they rape and molest sex offenders civil rights for decades and if people don’t start organizing and lobbying against theses law makers its only gonna get worse

Good luck 😈

In the land of Sunshine and Red Tide, Florida puts the statue on Hit List members labeled offender and Sex Predator in Bold letters if one is labeled a predator. Talk about humiliation all based on what’s in your past. If you aren’t currently doing something you aren’t an offender; you offended. Politicians keep offending our rights while say nothing on Rep. Matt Gaetz or Jim Jordan. People who are blind probably could see the truth compared to this azzhats.

Did I read this right–in Louisiana anyone under 18 convicted of a sex crime goes on Tier 3? Because their crimes were against children?

So many problems with this. First, if the state supreme court already struck it down previously, why is the state trying to pass it again? Second, “to make it recognizable to law enforcement”. Are people so stupid that they don’t think the cops are going to know if someone is a registered person once he runs the ID through the system? Third, its supposed to “protect children”. How? I’m sure a registered person who is planning to do harm to a child is going to whip out his ID and show it to the kid first before being abducted and assaulted. Give me a break.
I’m so sick and tired of this “protect kids” mentality. Having a marked ID, being on a registry, etc. protects NO ONE and does NOT prevent crime.

Louisiana should try not being at the bottom in everything category ranking the states. Some things are more important than propaganda especially in the bayous.