17 May 2019 :
The House Administration of Criminal Justice advanced HB 215 that would abolish the death penalty. Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, who pushed for abolishing capital punishment in both 2017 and 2018, sponsored that bill. It passed 8-7. “Death by government is wrong, and that is why I bring this bill,” said Landry, a former superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. His bill is similar to one sponsored by Sen. Dan Claitor (SB 112), R-Baton Rouge, that was rejected on the Senate floor last week (see May 6).