House convenes at 9:00 a.m.
Senate convenes at 9:00 a.m.
HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Judiciary. At adjournment in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes:
HB408 Creates the Sheriffs’ Executive Management Institute.
SB64 Provides for issuance of certain retail permits.
SB65 Creates an Indigent Transcript Fund for the 38th Judicial District Court.
SB72 Authorizes the 16th Judicial District Court to transfer excess funds from the off-duty officer witness fee fund to the criminal court fund.
SB91 Authorizes a constable of a justice of the peace court in Calcasieu Parish to appoint a deputy constable.
SB97 Creates the LA Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute.
SB173 Provides relative to the Traffic Court of New Orleans.
SB174 Provides relative to appeals by persons from traffic violations enforced by the city of New Orleans’ automated traffic enforcement system.
SB234 Provides for the Louisiana Responsible Vendor Program.
SB280 Extends the term of the judge of Division D of New Orleans Traffic Court, then abolishes Division D, followed by Division A.
SB324 Provides an automobile expense allowance for the Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court.
SB434 Provides relative to the judicial district indigent defender fund in Orleans Parish.
SB457 Provides relative to the jurisdiction of certain city courts.
SB535 Expands jurisdiction of the mayor’s court in the town of Westlake.
SB621 Provides relative to the Municipal Court and Traffic Court of New Orleans and certain court fees and salaries.
SB625 Provides relative to the consolidation of courts in Orleans Parish.
SB642 Permits city marshals and city constables to provide police manpower and equipment to a police department or sheriff’s office, upon request, during an emergency or special event.
SB700 Requires the parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness to establish a voluntary registry of persons with special needs.
Labor & Industrial Relations. At adjournment in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes:
HB364 Provides with respect to an employee’s protection against reprisal.
HB572 Provides with respect to suitable jobs for disabled employees.
HB621 Provides for parties authorized to procure and release medical records.
HB669 Provides with respect to the monetary limit for prior authorization for medical treatment.
HB672 Provides relative to the prescriptive period for certain injuries.
HB733 Provides with respect to verification of compliance under the Worker’s Compensation Act.
HB1073 Provides with respect to the determination of wages for professional athletes.
SB386 Provides for payment of medical benefits within 30 days rather than 60 days contingent upon medical providers’ adoption and utilization of electronic billing rules and regulations.
SB472 Prohibits certain employees of staffing services from being classified as independent contractors.
SB676 Provides for overpayment of benefits and the recovery thereof.
Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs. At adjournment in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes:
HB335 Relative to the New Orleans City Park Taxing District, provides with respect to procedures relative to use of state sales tax increments for tax increment financing.
HB681 Provides relative to energy efficiency or renewable energy improvement loans.
HB968 Prohibits an unpaid traffic citation that was issued by an automated traffic enforcement system from being sent to a collection agency.
HB973 Creates a hospital service district.
HB1103 Provides relative to the La. Sports and Entertainment District.
HB1119 Authorizes hospital service districts to operate facilities outside of the district’s boundaries.
HB1137 Provides relative to the filling of vacancies in certain positions in the classified police service.
HB1165 Provides relative to hotel occupancy taxes levied and collected in certain municipalities.
SB80 Provides for the powers of the chief of police of Youngsville.
SB98 Provides for the expenditure of public funds by any fire protection district, municipal fire department, or volunteer fire department.
SB312 Provides that the position of assistant police chief, relative to the towns of Broussard, Carencro, Scott and Youngsville, shall be in the unclassified service.
SB315 Re-creates the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
SB361 Provides relative to 9-1-1 fees for the Orleans Communication District.
SB496 Provides relative to the authority of the chief of police for the city of Kaplan and the position of assistant to the chief of police.
SB617 Changes the composition of the board of commissioners of the St.Tammany Parish Development District.
SB622 Authorizes the lieutenant governor to perform the duties, functions and responsibilities of the secretary of culture, recreation and tourism.
SB630 Authorizes a fixed rate for emergency telephone service charges in St. Bernard Parish.
Retirement. At adjournment in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes:
HB7 Provides for annual reporting to the La. School Employees’ Retirement System on privatized jobs.
HB988 Provides for a five-year deferred retirement option plan for certain members of the Firefighters’ Retirement System.
HB1030 Prohibits members of the La. School Employees’ Retirement System from remaining in that system after taking a job that is covered by a different retirement system.
SB2 Provides for attendance of legislative staff at certain executive sessions of public retirement boards.
SB10 Provides for clarification of valuation method application in state and statewide retirement systems.
SB11 Provides for definition of terms.
SB18 Provides for technical corrections.
SB19 Provides relative to the Teachers’ Retirement System of La. and provides relative to rehired retirees.
SB20 Allows retired adjunct professors to avoid benefit suspension during reemployment, subject to an earnings limitation.
SB24 Provides for compliance with federal tax qualification requirements.
SB31 Provides for purchase of service credit and membership in the system.
SB43 Provides for tax qualification.
SB657 Provides relative to the membership of the board of trustees of the District Attorneys Retirement System.
SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Education. At adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes: Receive and consider report issued Jan. 12, 2012 by the Governance Commission established by the Board of Regents pursuant to HCR 184 of 2011 Regular Session
HB98 Authorizes public school boards to name certain school athletic facilities after living persons.
HB149 Defines the terms “elementary school”, “middle school”, “junior high school”, and “high school” for purposes of general school law.
HB273 Provides relative to the membership of the College and Career Readiness Commission.
HB579 Provides relative to the official working language and certain designations of the Council for the Development of French in La.
HB926 Specifies circumstances under which an award applicant’s ACT/SAT test score can be submitted to and considered by the TOPS administering agency after statutorily established submission deadlines.
HB945 Extends TOPS eligibility for certain students who reenlist in the U.S. Armed Forces and maintain continuous active duty.
HCR63 Requests that legislators, statewide elected officials, and members of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education volunteer to teach in a public school for at least two days of each year of their term of office.
SB305 Removes geographic limitations on the legislature’s authority to create new school boards and provide relative to the financing of public education.
SB507 Permits participation of student athletes at certain camps and showcase opportunities provided that such participation complies with law, policies, guidelines, rules, and regulations regarding recruitment.
SB650 Provides relative to teacher tenure and for evaluation of teachers utilizing multiple indicators and data sources.
SB654 Provides relative to parental involvement as a factor in determining the effectiveness of a teacher using the value-added assessment model.
SB692 Provides for the care of students with diabetes.
SB728 Requires BESE to consider and provide funding for the individual needs of each student with special needs in the MFP.
Finance. 1:30 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes: Overview and discussion of HB 1 for the Dept. of Health and Hospitals, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, LSU Health Care Services Division
Labor & Industrial Relations. At adjournment in Committee Room C. Agenda includes:
HB271 Amends provisions of law regarding inspection of riverboats.
HB363 Provides for the reporting of overtime compensation data to the Department of Revenue.
HB498 Provides for access to data from workers’ compensation insurers for fraud detection.
HB931 Provides for employer reporting of injury data.
SB113 Repeals the prohibition of smoking discrimination in the workplace.
SB521 Prohibits a parish or municipality from establishing a mandatory, minimum number of employee vacation or sick leave days.
SB560 Provides relative to workers compensation and the Louisiana Workers Compensation Law.
SB577 Establishes and provides for the Louisiana Equal Pay Task Force to study and make recommendations relating to equal pay issues in Louisiana.
SB604 Provides relative to the eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits.
SB612 Provides relative to the employment of minors.
SB613 Provides for workers’ compensation benefits, medical treatment and rehabilitation, and fraudulent conduct.
Local & Municipal Affairs. At adjournment in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:
HB131 Provides relative to public hearings held by municipal governing authorities regarding zoning regulations and restrictions.
HB181 Increases the membership of the governing board of the Beauregard Parish Fire Protection District No. 2.
HB250 Provides relative to the Concordia Economic and Industrial Development District.
HB252 Provides relative to the Broadmoor Crime Prevention and Improvement District in East Baton Rouge Parish.
HB256 Provides relative to per diem paid to members of the governing board of the Concordia Parish Hospital Service District No. 1.
HB998 Provides relative to investments by political subdivisions.
SB85 Requires voter approval before local governing authorities may impose civil fines for traffic violations captured by automatic traffic enforcement systems.
SB589 Provides relative to the Evangeline-Ville Platte Recreation District.
Natural Resources. 8:00 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes: Note: Committee will convene at 8:00 AM and begin with SB 731; recess at 9:00 AM for the Senate to convene, and return after adjournment to continue committee meeting.
HB143 Authorizes the transfer of property in Lafourche Parish to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.
HB216 Authorizes the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries to issue certain commercial fish licenses via the Internet.
HB230 Provides for weapons used during primitive firearms season.
HB255 Authorizes the transfer of specified property by the Orleans Parish School Board.
HB346 Provides for an exchange of property in Ouachita Parish.
HB401 Provides relative to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s powers to manage and control the taking of shrimp including bait shrimp.
HB406 Authorizes the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish recreational reefs where oyster harvest is prohibited.
HB431 Extends the application period for an oyster seed ground vessel permit.
HB486 Provides relative to expenditure of the funds received from the sale of Wild La. Stamps.
HB557 Authorizes the taking of certain nuisance animals.
HB643 Provides relative to the Alligator Resource Fund.
HB651 Provides for uniformity for fishing gear authorized to be used on certain freshwater lakes.
HB1190 Provides relative to alternative oyster culture.
HCR6 Specifies accreditation requirements for exemption from Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rules governing possession of exotic cats.
HCR10 Memorializes congress to encourage the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Gulf of Mexico Marine Fisheries Council, and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council to adopt a weekend only fishery for red snapper.
HCR49 Requests the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries to study Bayou Teche for possible inclusion into the Historic and Scenic Rivers program.
HCR64 Requests the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries to study for possible implementation the issuance of hunting and recreational fishing licenses for a year from the date of issuance.
HCR94 Memorializes congress to encourage and enable the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review and approve Cheniere’s Sabine Pass Liquid Natural Gas facility.
SB479 Provides for sales of certain public lands for economic development purposes.
SB670 Requires liability insurance for charter boat fishing guides and charter vessels.
SB702 Provides for the transfer of certain state property in Orleans Parish.
SB731 Provides relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.
SCR16 Specifies accreditation requirements for exemptions from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rules governing possession of exotic cats..
SCR40 Requests the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, in conjunction with appropriate member agencies, to jointly study the freshwater needs of the Mermentau Basin and the feasibility of diverting Atchafalaya River water into the Mermentau Basin..
Transportation, Highways, & Public Works. At adjournment in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:
HB234 Creates a prestige license plate to protect the honeybee.
HB585 Requires proof of financial responsibility and notice of cancellation or termination to be submitted electronically.
HB588 Extends the time for which special temporary registration plates or markers are valid.
HB590 Exempts veterans from the payment of fees for special identification cards.
HB633 Provides relative to Weigh-In-Motion System.
HB832 Creates the Town of Ball 40th Anniversary Prestige License Plate.
HB996 Clarifies the application of E-Verify.
HB1028 Provides for the advertisement of the availability of certain license plates.
HCR16 Approves certain rules and regulations promulgated by the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District.
SB79 Authorizes ready-mixed concrete trucks to exceed maximum allowable gross vehicle weight under certain conditions.
SB168 Provide other penalties for various traffic violations.
SB172 Restricts the use of automated enforcement systems for the detection of speed.
SB338 Provides for time period between award and execution of certain public works contracts.
SB376 Provide for notice of a violation of provisions regarding transportation of hazardous waste.
SB420 Provides relative to motor carrier transportation contracts.
SB424 Provides relative to speed cameras.
SB693 Provides relative to motor carrier transportation contracts and construction contracts.
SB699 Provides relative to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
SCR41 Approves the annual integrated coastal protection plan for Fiscal Year 2012-2013..
SCR46 Approves the comprehensive master plan for integrated coastal protection.
ISSUES TO WATCH WEDNESDAY
- HB1165 would allow City of Zachary to keep hotel occupancy tax paid by the lodging in that city in House Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs committee.
- SB731, legislation that would address legacy lawsuits is being considered in Senate Natural Resources committee.
- Overview and discussion of HB 1 for the Department of Health and Hospitals, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, LSU Health Care Services Division in Senate Finance committee.
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