Legislators let Tony the Tiger stay, defeat equal pay bill

Published: May. 29, 2014 at 12:49 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill that would let the man who owns the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete keep his wild pet is a step closer to final passage.

The issue has been back and forth in the courts for years. It was a battle over whether to let the Bengal tiger live in an attraction off Interstate 10. Animal rights activists have fought long and hard to move the animal to a different habitat. But it appears Tony will be staying put. His owner is quite satisfied following a nearly hour debate at the Capitol.

"I'm pleased," said Michael Sandlin. "I think the legislature did the right thing to protect small business, to protect personal freedoms and property rights, and to keep Tony the truck stop tiger home," says Sandlin. "So I'm very happy." The measure now goes to the full House for debate.

Plus a bill to strengthen equal pay for women in Louisiana was narrowly defeated in the  Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday morning.

The bill by Representative Julie Stokes of Kenner had cleared the full house earlier this session, but ran into trouble this morning. It was signed off by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry - state business leaders- as good government because it didn't create the opportunity for new lawsuits. Opponents say the measure didn't go far enough to strengthen equal pay laws.

Sen. Jody Amadee, R-Gonzales, grilled Stokes. "The truth hurts. Why don't you have any teeth in this? So what? So what if you don't pay my wife what you should be paying her? So what if they don't pay you? What are you going to say 'try to do better next time?' Would you oppose us putting some teeth in it like those other laws we pass? If you oppose that I'm going to vote against you.

The bail failed 4-3. Amadee cast the final vote.

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