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Senate decides to reconsider HIV testing for prisoners bill after voting it down

State Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives) State Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A Louisiana lawmaker is puzzled over a vote in the Senate.

As we've previously reported, state Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, is behind a bill that would test state prisoners for HIV when they're released and go home. HB 191 overwhelmingly passed the House two weeks ago, but narrowly failed on the Senate floor on Thursday. The vote was 18 to 15.

Cox said he is surprised by the outcome.

"I really don't understand," Cox said. "I'll go talk and find out because it's a $6 test and AIDS for one person that gets AIDS, we're talking about millions of dollars and that person spreads it to five contacts a year is what they say."

While the bill failed, Cox may still have a chance. After the vote, Senate leaders decided to reconsider the bill another day.

The Senate floor is the bill's last stop before it would reach Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.

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