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Louisiana's 2013 Session Starts April 8th

by Elizabeth W. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Louisiana's 2013 legislative session is expected to last from April 8 - June 6, 2013.  The fall is a great time for us to start planning for session!  Right now, we're planning to work on increasing the state's tobacco tax and mandating pulse oximetry screenings for all newborns.  We also anticipate to work on a few obesity prevention issues as well. 

Below is a brief update on what we're doing.

  • Tobacco Control: We will meet with our tobacco control partners in early October to begin planning a campaign for the upcoming 2013 legislative session.  We most likely will be focusing on increasing the tobacco tax.
  • Pulse Oximetry Screening: This is a new issue for the upcoming legislative session.  We will be working to mandate this test as part of the routine newborn screening panel to detect congenital heart defects in infants.  We're working on developing a coalition and have meetings set up with the American Academy of Pediatrics to bring them onboard.
  • Obesity Prevention: In early fall we will begin planning our agenda for the 2013 legislative session with our obesity partners.  Some of these preliminary meetings were scheduled for this month but will have to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Isaac.

Stay tuned for You're the Cure alerts on how you can help with these priorities.