Senate to debate whether to require national anthem at games

Louisiana

Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana would require the national anthem to be played or sung before any sports competition held at a taxpayer-financed stadium or other venue, under a proposal heading to the full Senate for debate.

Senate Republican leader Sharon Hewitt, of Slidell, said she proposed the measure to honor veterans and to remind people “that we live in the greatest country in the world.”

The proposal carries no penalties if a game is held without the anthem, however. Hewitt said she hopes people would want to play it to comply.

A Senate judiciary committee sent the bill to the Senate floor without objection.

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This bill is filed as Senate Bill 124.

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