ISSUES TO WATCH WEDNESDAY
- SB705 would make Louisiana a party to an interstate compact entitled the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote” in Senate and Governmental Affairs committee; and HB1095 would do the same thing in House and Governmental Affairs committee.
- SB744 would create the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange in Senate Insurance committee.
- HB178 Extends confidentiality to any proprietary or trade secret information submitted for economic development purposes in Senate Commerce committee.
- HB856 Authorizes a tuition increase at Southern University Laboratory School in House Education.
House convenes at 2:00 p.m.
Senate convenes at 3:00 p.m.
HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Criminal Justice. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes:
HB4 Increases criminal penalties for possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated serial numbers.
HB63 Creates the crime of reckless discharge of a firearm on a school campus.
HB204 Creates the crime of reckless discharge of a firearm in a residential area.
HB220 Amends penalty provisions for reckless discharge of a firearm at a parade.
HB221 Amends elements of the crime of carrying a firearm at a parade.
HB222 Provides with respect to prior offenses regarding the illegal carrying of weapons.
HB261 Provides relative to the exemption for law enforcement officers regarding carrying weapons in alcoholic beverage outlets.
HB290 With certain exceptions, reserves regulation of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition and related matters to the state and preempts local regulation.
HB445 Authorizes video draw poker device owners to hold franchise payments in trust until franchise payment is remitted to the state.
HB446 Prohibits certain persons associated or affiliated with charitable gaming licensees from benefitting from net gaming proceeds.
HB489 Limits the number of active probation cases of a probation officer in Orleans Parish.
HB829 Amends concealed weapons provisions with respect to correctional officers.
HB982 Provides relative to the standards, licensing, and disclosure requirements of juvenile detention facilities.
HB1039 Requires home incarceration and electronic monitoring supervision for certain convicted offenders.
HB1151 Repeals authority for administrative remedy procedures in correctional facilities.
HB1152 Provides relative to pricing of items or services in correctional facilities.
SB78 Amends the definition of illegal carrying of weapons to exclude certain knives.
SB255 Increases penalties for the crime of aggravated assault with a firearm.
SB572 Prohibits the purchase of firearms or ammunition with the intent of transferring such to a felon whether or not the transfer to the felon ever occurs.
Education. 8:30 a.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes: Receive and consider the report issued January 12, 2012, by the Governance Commission [established by the state Board of Regents pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution No. 184 of the 2012 Regular Session] relative to the governance, management, and supervision of postsecondary education.
HB165 Provides for a nine-member State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
HB211 Limits class size and requires two teachers in kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms.
HB395 Provides relative to the expenditure or allocation of funds appropriated to postsecondary education management boards.
HB396 Provides relative to the powers of the public postsecondary education management boards and the Board of Regents.
HB411 Provides relative to the sale of educational facilities and property in Orleans Parish.
HB661 Requires BESE to provide for a school health care system in all public schools.
HB662 Requires BESE to provide for a social services program in all public schools.
HB673 Requires 80% of MFP funds be spent on classroom instruction for students.
HB727 Provides for powers, duties and functions of the Board of Regents.
HB730 Requires students to have the same two teachers throughout K-4.
HB761 Provides relative to the administration of nutrition programs at LSU and Southern lab schools.
HB806 Authorizes a Dept. of Education survey of students regarding risk behaviors.
HB808 Provides for a program to grade parents on their required participation in the educational progress of their children.
HB820 Requires rather than authorizes sex education instruction in public schools.
HB856 Authorizes a tuition increase at Southern University Laboratory School.
HB901 Permits parents of public school students to opt out of certain LEAP tests.
Health & Welfare. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes:
HB1016 Provides for duties of the Dept. of Children and Family Services relative to licensure of day care centers and to facilitation of the La. Advisory Council on Child Care and Early Education.
HCR84 Urges and requests the Dept. of Health and Hospitals and the La. Hospital Association to promote and encourage all hospitals and medical clinics that receive state dollars to promote the “Text4baby” initiative.
HCR96 Requests a study of means by which to expand access to telehealth services in La..
HCR108 Establishes a study committee to study inpatient transfers between hospitals, public or private, and make recommendations on the establishment of transfer agreements.
SB115 Provides for immediate suspension of a license for a psychiatric hospital.
SB116 Provides for the naming of certain human services districts.
SB145 Deletes references to supports and services centers and employment service programs within the Department of Health and Hospitals that no longer exist.
SB212 Provides relative to a specific date for the term of appointment of board members.
House & Governmental Affairs. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 2. Agenda includes:
HB357 Provides for the territorial jurisdiction and election districts of the justice of the peace courts and constables in LaSalle Parish.
HB365 Requires candidates for certain offices to receive ethics education prior to qualifying.
HB421 Provides for effective date of rules promulgated by DOTD.
HB510 Provides for the territorial jurisdiction and election districts of the justice of the peace courts and constables in DeSoto Parish.
HB580 Provides for the posting of the notice of a meeting of a public body on the official website of the public body.
HB598 Provides for election sections in the City Court of Lake Charles.
HB694 Establishes a program to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the Board of Commerce and Industry for certain businesses.
HB711 Provides for the requirements of the notice of candidacy by additionally requiring a candidate to certify that he has filed any campaign finance reports previously due.
HB756 Exempts certain materials created pursuant to academic research and higher education from disclosure under the Public Records Law.
HB768 Provides with respect to membership on various boards, commissions, and entities that is based on congressional districts.
HB1022 Provides relative to meetings of public bodies.
HB1035 Provides relative to super watchers.
HB1036 Increases the compensation of absentee by mail and early voting commissioners for certain elections.
HB1095 Makes the state of La. a party to an interstate compact entitled the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.”
HB1102 Authorizes the disclosure of certain taxpayer information to the La. Clerks’ of Court Association.
HB1113 Exempts the La. Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners from certain provisions of Public Records Law.
Insurance. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes:
HB736 Transfers licensure of pharmacy benefit managers to the La. Board of Pharmacy.
HB908 Provides relative to health insurance rate review and approval.
HB921 Provides for the adequacy of health care services offered through providers in a health benefit plan’s network.
HB978 Provides relative to internal and external appeals.
SB118 Grants authority to the La. Insurance Commissioner to promulgate regulations for independent review of benefit determinations.
SB167 Provides for portable electronics insurance policies.
Natural Resources & Environment. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: Consideration of approval of certification as Land Conservation Organizations: The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund
HB142 Provides for roadside litter collection.
HB654 Requires timely remediation of oilfield sites.
HB703 Provides relative to environmental inspections of certain industrial sites.
HB720 Establishes the La. First Hiring Act to promote the hiring of residents of La.’s coastal parishes for public works projects for coastal restoration and protection.
HB1046 Creates the La. Beverage Container Law.
HB1067 Provides for reimbursement for processing waste tires.
HB1123 Provides relative to the harvest limits of white perch on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
SB341 Provides relative to firearm and hunter education.
SB355 Authorizes the transfer of certain state properties.
SB387 Provides for the positive evidence of sex identification of deer and turkey.
SB583 Authorizes the Department of Health and Hospitals to transfer certain state property in Lincoln Parish to Grambling State University.
SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Commerce. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:
HB8 Corrects the name of an office designated in statutes relative to equal access to governmental and public facilities for the disabled community.
HB25 Establishes an exemption to the subject matter exam for licensed arborists who apply for a landscape, grading, and beautification building contractors’ license in order to perform certain arborist work.
HB91 Changes the definitions of “transit-oriented development” and “multifamily residential housing” for purposes of the La. Enterprise Zone Act.
HB144 Corrects a reference in the Louisiana Securities Law.
HB161 Establishes a continuing education program for embalmers and funeral directors.
HB178 Extends confidentiality to any proprietary or trade secret information submitted for economic development purposes.
HB208 Extends sunset for confidentiality of company information submitted to the Dept. of Economic Development.
HB311 Authorizes alternative forms of insurance to satisfy the requirement that condominium associations carry a fidelity bond.
HB508 Provides relative to the La. S.A.F.E. Residential Mortgage Lending Act.
HB663 Makes various changes to the provisions governing cemetery authorities and merchandise trust funds.
HB732 Provides for licensure of individuals with military training and their spouses.
HB748 Creates an exception to the engineering licensing provisions for the practice of evaluation of oil and gas resources.
HB824 Provides for changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.
HB1029 Provides relative to warranties for manufactured and modular housing.
HB1128 Makes changes to various licensing renewal dates within the regulation of the office of financial institutions.
SB214 Eliminates the requirements of using written documents to meet certain qualifications and notifications by individuals engaging in the practice of pharmacy in Louisiana.
SB388 Provides relative to the offering, selling, or purchasing of mutual funds subject to foreign laws.
SB723 Creates the Louisiana International Trade Initiative (LITI).
Finance. At adjournment in Committee Room A. Agenda includes: Discussion of HB 1 regarding Dept. of Public Safety & Corrections, Corrections Services and Youth Services
Health & Welfare. 9:00 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:
SB87 Re-creates Department of Health and Hospitals.
SB191 Abolishes the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy and moves its functions to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board.
SB216 Amends definitions within the Mental Health Counselors Licensing Act.
SB320 Provides for the use of the title of “Doctor” or the abbreviation “Dr.” by certain healthcare providers.
SB378 Authorizes a pharmacist in a health professional shortage area to administer certain vaccines.
SB532 Provides for certain requirements for use of ground water from the Chicot Aquifer.
SB541 Provides for certain bid evaluation criteria relative to the procurement of certain medical products and services.
SB571 Provides for health care service districts.
SCR37 Requests the Department of Health and Hospitals to grant a license to operate a nursing facility.
Insurance. 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes:
SB40 Extends effectiveness of provisions regarding the insurance fraud investigation unit in the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to July 1, 2014.
SB222 Prohibits requirement that one use a mail-order pharmacy in order to obtain payment or reimbursement for pharmacy benefits, drugs, products, or services.
SB251 Creates the Louisiana Insurance Fraud Prevention Act.
SB373 Transfers to the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy the licensure authority of pharmacy benefit managers.
SB669 Provide with respect to eye or vision care services provided by choice of practitioners.
SB744 Creates the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange.
Senate & Governmental Affairs. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:
HB108 Provides relative to the membership of the Louisiana Health Works Commission.
HB578 Provides relative to early voting at additional locations.
HB763 Provides relative to retention and disposal of records of a clerk of court.
HCR46 Requests that state agencies, when translating information from English to French, make every effort to make such translations using La. French.
HCR58 Requires the legislature to recognize on the legislative website the sacrifices of our Armed Forces in Iraq.
SB81 Provides relative to the definition of a “transaction” that a public servant can engage in with his governmental entity.
SB99 Allow a parish governing authority to consolidate precincts as soon as all entities in a jurisdiction which uses precincts for redistricting purposes have completed redistricting..
SB123 Designates October 25th, 26th, and 27th as “Care Enough to Wear Pink” days in Louisiana.
SB226 Provides for an exception to the prohibition of a public servant from doing business with a person who has a business relationship with the agency of the public servant under certain circumstances.
SB568 Creates the Equal Pay for Women Act.
SB615 Provides relative to the records and subpoena powers of certain local ethics entities.
SB658 Provides for an exception to the prohibition of a public servant from doing business with a person who has a business relationship with the agency of the public servant under certain circumstances.
SB666 Provides for access to, and availability of, privileged information of offices subject to audit or review by the legislative auditor for such purposes.
SB705 Makes Louisiana a party to an interstate compact entitled the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.”
SB706 Provides for the confidential character of tax records.
SB729 Provides for an exception to the prohibition of contractual agreements for any contract with any plan providing Medicaid services to Medicaid recipients.
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