• JP Fights Sexual Assault

    Sen. Morrell is leading the crusade to protect victims, ensure accountability, and prepare law enforcement officers to handle sexual assault cases.

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Sen. Morrell Introduces Legislation to Withdraw Louisiana Troops from Border

Sen. Morrell Introduces Legislation to Recall Louisiana Troops from Border in Response to “Ongoing Crisis” with Migrant Children In response to the inhumane, un-American practice of separating children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the U.S. illegally, State Senator Jean Paul Morrell (D – New Orleans) introduced Senate Resolution 9 …

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Sexual harassment victims protected in new Louisiana laws

By Julia O’Donoghue | NOLA.com Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two new laws this week meant to protect people who complain about sexual harassment and other misconduct from being silenced. Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, sponsored both measures, and they go into effect Aug. 1. The first will prevent people accused of sexual misconduct from …

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Bill to outlaw animal sex abuse in Louisiana gets final OK in Legislature

By Katie Gagliano | The Advocate A bill to strengthen and modernize Louisiana’s anti-bestiality law finally passed the Senate Monday and will head to the governor for approval after surprise backlash throughout the legislative process. Senate Bill 236 by Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, passed in a 36-1 vote after lawmakers approved House amendments. The …

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The New York Times: When Jurors Are Silenced

By The New York Times Editorial Board How many jurors does it take to deliver a guilty verdict? In 48 states, the answer is simple: All of them. Juries in felony cases must agree unanimously in order to convict. The rule is the same in federal trials, and for good reason. It reflects the centuries-old …

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Louisiana budget could put juvenile offenders at risk | Opinion

Opinion by J.P. Morrell | NOLA.com Seventeen-year-old kids cannot vote, enlist in the military or sign a contract. However, if they are arrested in Louisiana, they are automatically prosecuted as adults. We have the dubious distinction of being one of the only states with this practice. Two years ago, I authored a bill to remedy …

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In the wake of a large scale flooding during last night’s rain event, Senator JP Morrell is setting up a town hall meeting to brief the public on state hurricane preparedness and the status of local flood control structures. “The flooding that took place throughout New Orleans yesterday was unprecedented in its breadth and scope. …

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#AskJP Episode 10: 2017 Regular Session Primer

Wondering what’s going to happen this session? We get back to basics in this episode of #AskJP, starting with the legislative process and how the state found itself facing a $440 million shortfall for next year. JP shares an overview of the big items on the agenda and his predictions for how its all going …

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