The Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee once again took up HB 509, two days after the panel deferred on the legislation to move the Pelican state's presidential primary back into compliance with the national party rules. FHQ tuned into the hearing just in time to catch the vote and following another effort by Senator Karen Carter Peterson (D-5th, New Orleans) to defer the bill again was defeated by a 5-4 margin, committee chair, Senator Bob Kostelka (R-35th, Monroe), broke a tie with and thus reported the bill favorably to the floor of the Louisiana Senate.
The bill would move the Louisiana presidential primary from second or third Saturday in February to the third Saturday after the first Tuesday in March. Should the bill pass the Senate it would have to return to the House to be reconsidered there. The original bill that passed the House would have moved the primary to the first Saturday after the first Tuesday in March; a date that would conflict with Passover.
NOTE: Once I've had a chance to review the committee hearing I'll update the post with any pertinent discussions from the committee.