La. lawmakers split on hair discrimination bill, advance it

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Troy Carter speaks at his watch party after he defeated Karen Carter Peterson to win the 2nd Congressional District seat, Saturday, April 24, 2021 in New Orleans. (Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal aimed at ending discrimination against Black people who choose to wear their hair naturally breezed through the Senate, but ran into a thornier hearing with Republican House lawmakers.

The House labor committee voted 7-4 Thursday to advance the bill to the full House for debate. But supporters may see further resistance from Republicans in the majority-GOP chamber who said they see the proposal as a burdensome regulation that could lead to lawsuits against businesses.

New Orleans Democratic Sen. Troy Carter said he’ll keep working with Republican lawmakers in hopes of easing their objections and getting the anti-discrimination proposal to the governor’s desk.

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