House lawmakers voted 63-18 today to discourage Louisiana’s law enforcement and government agencies from working with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization.
Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, said he sponsored the resolution — which carries no force of law — because of concerns the organization and its officials have had ties to terrorist groups.
The organization, known as CAIR, has denied the claims.
All Houma-Thibodaux area representatives voted in favor of House Resolution 170. They are Beryl Amedee, R-Gray; Truck Gisclair, D-Larose; Tanner Magee and Jerome Zeringue, both R-Houma; and Dee Richard, a Thibodaux independent.
Democratic lawmakers questioned the need for Louisiana’s state House to wade into such a debate in the final days of the legislative session. They suggested the state had more pressing concerns, like its financial problems.
Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, said the resolution will create fear of Muslims.