Louisiana's era of forcing certain convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders appears to be over. Governor Jindell's office signed a bill into law that moves ‘prostitution’ back to a level of misdemeanour.
Previously, police officers and prosecutors in Louisiana had a choice between charging accused sex workers under the prostitution law, or under Louisiana's 200-plus year-old "Crime Against Nature" law, a felony. Once convicted, they were also forced to register as sex offenders, which brought a long list of restrictions and requirements, including having the words "sex offender" printed in large letters on their driver's license, and the obligation to send a post card to all of their neighbours informing everyone of their conviction.
You can read the full article as reported on the Louisiana Justice Institute website here.