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UPDATE: House passes Crown Act, now on to the Senate

Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 4:33 PM, May 23, 2022

In less than a minute, the Louisiana House approved previously controversial legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles, our media partners at The Advocate report.

Earlier this year, a House committee rejected a similar bill. And House Bill 1083 barely cleared committee.

But on the House floor, the legislation was approved on a 74-24 vote without any questions or debate, the newspaper reports.

HB1083 protects against discriminating in jobs, housing and access, against natural, protective or cultural hairstyles. Specifically, the styles include “ afros, dreadlocks, twists, locs, braids, cornrow braids, Bantu knots, curls, and hair styled to protect hair texture or for cultural significance.”

To read our story about the committee debate, click here.

To read The Advocate's full story about Monday's action,click here.