Louisiana Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Discrimination on the Basis of Certain Hairstyles

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BATON ROUGE – On Friday, June 3, 2022, House Bill 1083, the CROWN Act, by Representative Candace N. Newell, D – New Orleans, passed the Louisiana Senate and will now head to Governor John Bel Edwards.
The bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair texture, natural hairstyles, and protective hairstyles, and passed with a vote of 29-4.

“This bill brings attention and awareness to the fact that there are still people being discriminated against simply because of the way their hair naturally grows and because of the protective styles they decided to style their natural hair in,” said Rep. Candace N. Newell. “The CROWN Act would also allow these protections to be for all nationalities because in my district many women and men of all cultures are sporting natural and protective hairstyles.”

Rep. Newell also thanked supporters for showing up to advocate for the bill throughout the legislative process.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues who supported this legislation, but more importantly, I want to thank all the advocates who called, emailed, and testified on behalf of the legislation. Thanks to you, the CROWN Act is now one step closer to becoming law,” said Rep. Newell.

Rep. Candace N. Newell with CROWN Act advocates (Image via Citizen She United)

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