State Representative Helena Moreno: Proudly Representing America’s Most Unique City.




Helena is working to keep New Orleans first in food, culture, and music—not crime. Despite Louisiana having the highest incarceration rate in the world, violent crime continues to be a huge issue for residents and visitors alike. And while talking tough about crime is a staple of politicians everywhere, Rep. Moreno is determined to take not just a tough approach to crime, but, most importantly, a smarter approach.


Helena is a champion for the issues that are important to women and families, like equal pay, Medicaid expansion, reproductive rights, fair housing, and sex education. One of her signature legislative achievements has been passing several bills to prevent domestic violence and protect survivors. She has been honored by the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW), a coalition of organizations including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Independent Women’s Organization, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Organization for Women.
Health Care

Health Care

As a member of the appropriations and joint budget committees, Helena is fighting an intense battle against drastic cuts to health care. Guided by the words of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” she has worked to protect funds for preventative and mental health services. She successfully restored funding that had been swiped from a vital breast and cervical cancer screening program. And she is an advocate for Medicaid expansion, which would keep federal tax dollars paid by Louisianans here rather than going to fund heath care needs of residents in other states.


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Sexual assault reform bills receive unanimous final passage in Louisiana Senate

By Rebecca Catalanello, | The Times-Picayune Louisiana Senators voted unanimously Tuesday

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Bill aimed at aiding sexual assault victims advances, would ensure victims aren’t charged for medical care

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Bill to fund rape exams with unclaimed gambling winnings passes Louisiana House, heads to Senate

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From Reporting The News To Doing Something About It

Prior to serving in public office, Rep. Moreno was a household name as an award winning journalist at WDSU-TV the NBC affiliate in New Orleans. During her career, she received several awards from the Associated Press, was voted best television reporter by Gambit Magazine readers for four consecutive years and was part of the team awarded an Emmy for outstanding coverage during hurricane Katrina. She left her broadcast news career in 2008 to pursue public service.

Moreno is a native of Houston, TX, but was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. She holds a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her job at WDSU-TV brought her to New Orleans, and now she has made this city her permanent home.

  • Legislative Committees: Appropriations, Administration of Criminal Justice (vice-chair), Judiciary, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Executive Committee
  • State Boards and Commissions: Sentencing Commission, Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Latino Commission and Audubon Commission


HB 194: Supporting Rape Victims

Current Status: Pending House Judiciary

Provides relative to the treatment of victims of a sexually-oriented crime; to require the coroner to examine victims; to require the use of a barcode to maintain confidentiality; to provide for the transfer of evidence; to provide for the forensic medical examination; to provide for ancillary healthcare services; to require a regional sexual assault response plan; to provide for input by stakeholders; to provide procedures for the billing of services provided to a victim; to authorize certain licensure disciplinary actions for violations; to provide for a costs schedule; and to provide for related matters.

HB 210: Preventing Drug Overdoses

Current Status: Scheduled for floor debate on 4/27/2015

Provides relative to the treatment for overdose of controlled dangerous substances; to require pharmacists to dispense naloxone; to limit liability for prescribing or dispensing naloxone; to authorize the receipt and administration of a naloxone prescription by a third party; to limit liability for the administration of naloxone by a third party; to provide for definitions; and to provide for related matters.

HB 488: Fighting Domestic Violence

Current Status: Pending House Administration of Criminal Justice

Provides relative to domestic abuse; to provide relative to criminal offenses and procedures involving domestic abuse; to provide relative to the crime of second degree battery; to amend the definition of “serious bodily injury” in the crime of second degree battery to include strangulation; to amend the crimes of domestic abuse battery and domestic abuse aggravated assault to include family members and dating partners as possible victims; to provide relative to the types of offenses that are designated as “domestic abuse” for consideration in any criminal or civil proceeding…

HB 459:Creating the Public Safety Fund

Current Status: Pending House Appropriations

Provides relative to lottery revenues; to create the New Orleans Public Safety Fund in the state treasury; to provide for deposit, use, and investment of the money in the fund; to provide for the use of certain unclaimed lottery prize money; and to provide for related matters.


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