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LaFonta's Security Bill


  House Bill 1388 by Rep. Juan LaFonta, D-New Orleans, addresses the concerns of some of the folks who stand guard at our favorite events, like Jazz Fest and Saints games. LaFonta, whose district includes part of the French Quarter, seeks to revamp the state Board of Private Security Examiners. It adds a board member with experience in security and festivals and specifies who should pay for a $40 background check when it comes to event staffers versus security personnel. "When we're talking about charging a security background check for someone who's literally wearing a T-shirt and directing people or basically someone holding a flashlight or someone keeping a door locked, we were just concerned about the transverses they have to go through," LaFonta says. His bill is awaiting a hearing on the House floor. — Jeremy Alford

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