House rejects bill making it illegal to refuse to rent to domestic violence victims

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A domestic violence measure aimed at helping victims was shot down after a fierce fight on the House floor Thursday.

The proposal would have made it illegal to refuse to rent to someone who is a victim of domestic abuse.

The bill flew through the Senate and was in trouble from the beginning. An hour-long debate led to its defeat.

The concern was a landlord's rights would be taken away, which could lead to lawsuits.

"Do I feel sorry for victims of domestic abuse? Absolutely," said Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie. "But at the other stand point, we have to let adults, we have to let landlords make decisions that make things better for their tenants and I ask you to oppose this bill."

Sen. Sharone Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge, sponsored the bill.

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