Lawmakers shoot down pay equality bill
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have shot down two proposals aimed at making sure women earn pay equal to their male peers.
Advocates for the measures say Louisiana has the nation's worst pay gap, with women on average making just 66 cents to every dollar earned by a man.
Rep. Kenny Cox, the Natchitoches Democrat who sponsored one of the bills, called for women in Louisiana to have the same type of equal pay guarantee given by the armed forces.
But Republicans who voted against the proposals argued they would lead to lawsuits against employers who don't even realize they are paying women less.
The House labor committee voted 9-5 against the bills Wednesday, in a vote that split along party lines.