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  "The lawmakers of Louisiana are a laughingstock as far as the scientific community is concerned. The present situation should be likened to requiring Louisiana school texts to include the claim that the sun goes round the Earth." Harold Kroto, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and a professor at Florida State University. On May 26, the state Senate Education Committee voted 5-1 to defer a bill (effectively killing it) that would have repealed the misnamed Louisiana Science Education Act, which is widely interpreted as opening the door for teaching creationism in public school biology classes.

  "The Indians are scalping Louisiana. They pay no state taxes." — State Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Livonia, who was proposing to extend his Louisiana Clean Air Act to include a ban on smoking at all casinos in the state, including those on Native American land. The amended bill failed.

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