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Jindal to speak at Liberty University

Gov. Bobby Jindal was named Thursday as the keynote speaker at Liberty University’s 2014 Commencement ceremony.

It’s highly sought-after gig for presidential candidates seeking the support of the conservative Christian community.

“Many believe he could hold the highest office in the land someday,” said Liberty University President Jerry Falwell in prepared statement. “I believe he will be an inspiration to our graduates, not only because of his life’s story, but because he shares many of the conservative and Christian values that Liberty University graduates hold dear.”

Liberty was founded in 1971 by Falwell’s late father, the televangelist and political commentator of the same name. The Lynchburg, Va. college calls itself the largest private Christian university in the world. It has 350 programs and claims more than 100,000 residential and online students.

Notable alumni include Tony Perkins, a former Louisiana legislator who now is in charge of the Family Research Council, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates conservative Christian values in government policy and opposes of gay rights.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Falwell said he was hesitant to give his personal opinion of Jindal since they have never met. Instead, he deferred to Liberty’s law school dean, Mat Staver.

“He’s a committed Christian,” Falwell said. “Mat Staver said he heard him speak and he sounded like a Baptist preacher.”

Jindal’s May 10 speech will begin at 10 a.m. in Williams Stadium on the 7,000-acre campus near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wednesday at the Louisiana Legislature

House convenes at 2:00 p.m.
Senate convenes at 9:00 a.m.

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Criminal Justice. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 258, HB 673, HB 745

  • HB13 Creates the crime of unlawful sales of firearms.
  • HB71 Limits appeals of death row inmates.
  • HB494 Provides that the right to keep and bear arms includes the right to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or license.
  • HB508 Provides relative to certain offenses of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • HB511 Provides relative to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • HB519 Authorizes the possession of short barrel firearms without federal registration for lifetime concealed handgun permit holders.
  • HB520 Excludes carrying a concealed handgun from the crime of illegal carrying of weapons for certain persons.
  • HB546 Provides with respect to restitution in criminal cases.
  • HB638 Provides relative to the crime of failure to register as a sex offender or child predator.
  • HB639 Amends the definition of criminal offense against a victim who is a minor to include certain convictions of stalking.
  • HB697 Provides relative to the in-person periodic renewals of persons who are required to register but do not have a fixed residence address.
  • HB707 Creates an exception to the crime of carrying a concealed weapon on a school campus for concealed weapons holders who are teachers or administrators of certain schools.
  • HB885 Provides for certain procedures relative to the end of registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders and child predators.
  • HB1142 Provides relative to bail restrictions for offenses against a family or household member or dating partner.
  • HB1157 Amends provisions of law regarding intensive parole supervision.
  • HB1158 Creates the crime of solicitation of funds or transportation for certain unlawful purposes.
  • HB1216 Amends the crime of unlawful presence of a sex offender relative to a former victim.
  • SB296 Provides relative to inventory of untested sexual assault collection kits.
  • SB542 Requires annual report from the Gaming Control Board on impact of technology advances on gaming industry.

Education. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes: Added: HCR 61; Removed: HB 407, HB 867.  NOTE: Committee will reconvene after adjournment and may consider any instrument not disposed of during the morning session. HB 1177 WILL BE heard after adjournment.

  • HB89 Provides relative to the payment of accrued liabilities of retirement systems and other retirement obligations from minimum foundation program funds allocated to charter schools.
  • HB184 Provides relative to assets or property acquired or used by charter schools under certain circumstances.
  • HB701 Provides relative to student eligibility for vouchers.
  • HB702 Provides relative to eligibility of kindergarten students for participation in the voucher program.
  • HB703 Prohibits the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from authorizing charter schools under certain circumstances.
  • HB816 Requires that the Recovery School District provide advance notice to contractors when decisions have been made to cancel contracts.
  • HB836 Requires the state Dept. of Education to develop an accountability system for nonpublic schools participating in the voucher program and requires compliance with the system by such schools.
  • HB876 Provides relative to greetings and displays associated with traditional celebrations in winter in public schools.
  • HB941 Provides for allocations of certain public school funds to building renovation and replacement purposes in certain school districts.
  • HB1177 Provides relative to the governance of schools in large school systems.
  • HB1199 Provides relative to parents’ access to information about schools and instructional materials used by schools.
  • HB1228 Provides relative to a program for educating students with exceptionalities.
  • HB1243 Provides conditions and prohibitions relative to approval of certain charter school proposals.
  • HCR61 Urges and requests BESE to develop a statewide funding model for early childhood care and educational services.

Health & Welfare. 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes: Removed:  HB 720; Added: HCR 43, HB 1200

  • HB66 Requires state-affiliated physicians to serve on the State Medical Disability Board upon request of the Firefighters’ Retirement System.
  • HB216 Provides for preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.
  • HB228 Relative to criminal history of an adult living in a foster home.
  • HB294 Provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.
  • HB396 Provides relative to the membership of the Nursing Supply and Demand Council.
  • HB403 Provides for certificates of stillbirth and hospital policies concerning disposition of fetal remains.
  • HB775 Provides relative to home processors of food for sale.
  • HB889 Establishes a fund to educate Louisiana citizens on ways to opt out of the Affordable Care Act.
  • HB1052 Creates the Domestic Violence Prevention Commission.
  • HB1061 Provides relative to legal representation for children and indigent parents in child protection cases.
  • HB1148 Provides with respect to certain food service establishment permits.
  • HB1200 Provides relative to Medicaid recovery audit contractors and procedures.
  • HB1215 Provides relative to collaborative practice agreements between advanced practice registered nurses and physicians.
  • HCR38 Urges Louisiana’s congressional delegation to support a national moratorium on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • HCR43 Requests the State Board of Medical Examiners to study and make recommendations concerning authorization to perform certain surgical procedures.
  • HCR67 Provides for the Louisiana Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to be coordinated by the School of Public Health of the LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans.

House & Governmental Affairs. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 2. Agenda includes: Added: HB 616, HB 1178
Removed: HB175, HB 270, HB 627

  • HB121 Provides relative to records of the office of the governor.
  • HB198 Provides for the election sections for the City Court of Baton Rouge and for the number of judges elected from such sections.
  • HB318 Provides a public records exemption for certain documents of or in the possession of the Board of Tax Appeals.
  • HB614 Provides relative to certain deadlines relative to meetings of public bodies.
  • HB616 Provides relative to public records requests.
  • HB684 Exempts certain security districts and similar districts from certain requirements for public notice and for recording or broadcast of certain meetings.
  • HB686 Provides relative to disclosure of information concerning certain boards and commissions.
  • HB716 Establishes protections for certain independent public contractors who report criminal activity on the part of public entities.
  • HB879 Provides relative to insurance holding companies.
  • HB1121 Provides an exemption from the Public Records Law for certain commercially sensitive information of a public power authority.
  • HB1135 Exempts certain records and information pertaining to selection or service of a grand or petit jury from the Public Records Law.
  • HB1151 Provides relative to the election of judges for the City Court of Baton Rouge.
  • HB1178 Provides relative to the membership and election of members of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
  • HB1207 Provides references in the Public Records Law to exemptions applicable to certain records relative to insurance.

Insurance. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 722, SB 169

  • HB470 Requires insurers who are admitted to write homeowner’s policies in the state to provide coverage on any residential structure which has been constructed or retrofitted to comply with the Uniform Construction Code.
  • HB1163 Requires an insurer who obtains a consumer’s credit report to provide a copy of the credit report to the applicant.
  • HB1203 Provide that insurers may not use claims that did not exceed the insured’s deductible to cancel coverage.
  • HB1218 To provide with respect to notice of uninsured motorist coverage.
  • SB178 Provides with respect to health care sharing ministries.
  • SB181 Provides with respect to the Louisiana Citizens Insurance Corporation policy take-out program.
  • SB243 Provide with respect to the Insurance Fraud Investigation Unit.
  • SB247 Provides with respect to insurance fraud.
  • SB254 Provides relative to travel insurance.
  • SB436 Changes the sunset date of the “Sledge Jeansonne Louisiana Insurance Fraud Prevention Act”.

Natural Resources & Environment. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 1082

  • HB311 Removes lands located in the Atchafalaya Basin from certain state lease requirements.
  • HB609 Provides with respect to state property in Orleans parish.
  • HB782 Deposits proceeds collected by the state from the use or withdrawal of surface water into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund for aquatic weed control and eradication.
  • HB1081 Provides for the authority to transfer or lease certain state property in Lafayette Parish.
  • HB1085 Provides for the lease of certain state property in Ascension Parish.
  • HB1120 Determines that the Southern Hills Aquifer System is an area of groundwater concern and a critical area of groundwater concern and provides for limitations on groundwater removal from such aquifer system.
  • HB1154 Provides for the size and number of escape rings on crab traps.
  • HB1160 To require the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish a program to enhance and elevate professionalism in the commercial crab industry.
  • HB1204 Provides for alternate unit well permits.
  • HB1242 Authorizes the use of kayaks, canoes, and pirogues at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.
  • HCR52 Urges the commissioner of conservation to evaluate the appropriateness of restrictions on withdrawals from the Southern Hills Aquifer System.

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Education. At adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes: Added: SB 358; Removed: SB 458

  • HB1016 Provides for State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who meet certain academic eligibility criteria relative to language proficiency.
  • SB144 Provides relative to the review and adoption of textbooks and other instructional materials.
  • SB225 Provides relative to assets or property acquired or used by charter schools under certain circumstances.
  • SB312 Enacts the “Parents’ Bill of Rights”.
  • SB358 Provides relative to the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas Act to provide that certain high level autonomies relative to procurement apply to certain institutions under a shared service model.
  • SB366 Requires BESE to develop a master plan for K-12 education.
  • SB598 Authorizes appropriate early childhood programs to engage in cooperative purchasing.
  • SB599 Provides relative to TOPS reporting requirements.
  • SB635 Moves the Cecil J. Picard Educational and Recreational Center from the Department of Education to the office of juvenile justice.

Labor & Industrial Relations. At adjournment in Committee Room C. Agenda includes:

  • SB159 Provides relative to definition of wages.
  • SB359 Limits penalty for failure to pay wages.
  • SB372 To provide for auditing of employer records for unemployment compensation.
  • SB412 Provides with respect to retaliation in employment.

Local & Municipal Affairs. At adjournment in Committee Room F. Agenda includes: Removed: SB 579, HB 577

  • HB97 Provides relative to a sales and use tax for the Union Parish School Board.
  • HB173 Provides relative to the Sherwood Forest Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District.
  • HB201 Provides relative to the powers granted to the mayor pro tempore in a Lawrason Act municipality.
  • HB253 Authorizes the governing authority of St. Tammany Parish to create a geographic information system district.
  • HB456 Provides that the position of police chief for the city of Covington is in the unclassified service.
  • HB576 Exempts Mandeville from certain laws regarding wages and hours of police officers.
  • HB579 Grants the governing authority of the city of Sulphur the power to grant certain powers and duties to the city’s zoning commission.
  • HB904 Provides relative to the civil service status of employees of the Cottonport Housing Authority.
  • HB1012 Provides relative to a special taxing district in Jefferson Parish.
  • SB425 Provides relative to private water supply or sewer system providers.
  • SB593 Limits the number of terms of office of any elected official of certain municipalities.
  • SB674 To provide relative to incorporation of unincorporated areas.

Transportation, Highways, & Public Works. At adjournment in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:

  • HB254 Provides relative to leasing of certain marina facilities operated by Jefferson Parish.
  • HB316 Exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.
  • HB364 Provides for suspension and seizure of a person’s driver’s license.
  • HB419 Provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.
  • HB655 Requires a person applying for a commercial driver’s license to provide a current medical examiner’s certificate.
  • HB860 Provides for the registration expiration date for certain commercial trucks and trailers.
  • HB896 Prohibits the use of photo speed enforcement devices on interstates.
  • SB79 Provides relative to flood protection authorities.
  • SB316 Provides relative to payments under public contracts.(8/1/14).
  • SB552 Provide relative to early contractor involvement (ECI) method for public contracts.
  • SB644 Provides relative to disposition of traffic citations on state highways.
  • SCR63 Requests DOTD to take action to provide greater safety to the motoring public at the intersection of Thomas Road and Scenic Highway in East Baton Rouge Parish..

 

Source: Louisiana News Bureau

Nevers not David, Jindal not Goliath

Democrats are pushing legislation that would call for a statewide vote on whether Louisiana should accept the federal dollars and expand the rolls of Medicaid. Facing a Republican-dominated Louisiana Legislature and the opposition of Gov. Bobby Jindal, many believe that there’s not much hope it’ll pass.

State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, says when he’s asked why he’s pushing that legislation against such odds, he answers: “I’m certainly not a David, but I’ll tell you what, our governor is not a Goliath either. It’s time we the people stood up and said why would we want to turn down $16 billion over the next 10 years.”

Tuesday at the Louisiana Legislature

House convenes at 2:00 p.m.
Senate convenes at 5:00 p.m.

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Appropriations. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes: Added: HB 142, HB 664
Removed: HB 724, HB 865

  • HB142 Provides for a 10% reduction of all state professional, personal, and consulting service contracts and provides for deposit of the savings into the Higher Education Financing Fund.
  • HB389 Provides relative to the casino support services contract.
  • HB444 Provides for the availability of the executive budget to members of the legislature 14 days prior to submission to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
  • HB664 Provides for funds transferred to public and quasi-public entities which are not budget units of the state.
  • HB805 Provides for required information from entities with state contracts.
  • HB853 Provides for information included in the executive budget and the General Appropriation Bill.

Civil Law & Procedure. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: Time changed to 9:00 AM
Added: HB 125, HB 338, HB 799

  • HB125 Provides for the statewide election of the state superintendent of education.
  • HB271 Provides relative to paternity.
  • HB338 Provides relative to the effective period of a temporary restraining order under certain circumstances.
  • HB412 Provides with respect to the payment of court costs and attorney fees in certain cases.
  • HB421 Provides relative to court-ordered treatment programs required for a parent with a history of family violence.
  • HB488 Authorizes agents of the tax collector to sell property for delinquent taxes and requires the fee of the authorized agent to be included within the costs recoverable in the tax sale.
  • HB505 Provides limitation of liability for employers of convicted offenders.
  • HB545 Requires certification by landlords that rental properties are free of toxic mold.
  • HB591 Provides relative to parental rights.
  • HB654 Provides relative to the rights of military personnel to terminate a lease.
  • HB799 Provides relative to the employment of special attorneys or counsel.
  • HB856 Provides relative to child custody.
  • HB862 Provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program.
  • HB1114 Provides relative to successions and donations.
  • HB1122 Provides for the Protection From Stalking Act.
  • HB1165 Provides for liability for civil damages against persons alleging certain unsubstantiated acts of malfeasance in office against elected officials.
  • HB1196 Authorizes retired justices of the peace to perform certain duties relative to waivers.
  • HCR63 Authorizes and directs the Louisiana State Law Institute to study and make recommendations regarding the law of lesion beyond moiety.

Commerce. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes:

  • HB429 Authorizes the collection of a handling fee for the rental of heavy equipment.
  • HB570 Provides relative to carbon monoxide detectors.
  • HB1188 Requires state contractors and subcontractors to pay workers performing such contract a minimum wage.
  • SB265 Provides relative to registration of securities.
  • SB287 Re-creates the Department of Public Service.
  • SB288 Re-creates entities transferred to or placed within the office of the governor.
  • SB362 Provides relative to licensing renewal dates for currency exchange services through use of an electronic system.

Transportation, Highways & Public Works. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 908, HB 1139, HB 1237

  • HB907 Provides for the issuance of REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.
  • HB939 Provides for driver’s licenses and special identification cards not compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005.
  • HB966 Provides relative to required documentation for the issuance of driver’s licenses and special identification cards.
  • HB979 Provides for the creation of the Louisiana Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
  • HB1123 Increases the truck registration fee.
  • HB1146 Requires vehicles in adajcent lanes to stop for all buses loading or unloading passengers.
  • HB1182 Requires a traffic signal on La. Hwy. 182 and Fairview Drive in Berwick, Louisiana.
  • HB1219 Provides for the waiver of any increase in the renewal fee of a driver’s license for persons returning from military service.
  • HR66 Urges and requests the Department of Transportation and Development to conduct a traffic study at the United States 171-Moeling Street intersection in Calcasieu Parish.

Ways and Means. 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 1170, HB 1202

  • HB236 Authorizes the office of debt recovery to utilize the offset of certain gaming winnings as a means to collect delinquent debt owed to state agencies.
  • HB463 Provides for the forgiveness of loans to the city of New Orleans under the Local Debt Service Assistance Program.
  • HB824 Provides relative to the application fee for projects applying for the rehabilitation of historic structures tax credit applicable to nonresidential property.
  • HB1118 Changes requirements for public hearings at which millage adjustments are considered by certain taxing authorities.
  • HB1119 Changes the deadline for submission of reports by agencies which administer certain tax incentives and authorizes electronic submission of such reports.
  • HB1137 Creates individual income tax checkoffs for The Louisiana Association for the Blind, the Louisiana Center for the Blind, and Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Inc..
  • HB1175 Provides with respect to the issuance of bonds, notes, or other indebtedness of certain political subdivsisions.
  • SB58 Changes the Louisiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as an entity to which donations may be made on individual tax returns.

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Agriculture. 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room C. Agenda includes:

  • HB119 Revises a certain highway intersection designation in the statutory list of public highways prohibiting livestock at large.
  • SB631 Provides relative to turtle farmer license requirements.
  • SCR41 Requests the United States Department of Agriculture to develop tastier food options for the National School Lunch Program..

Commerce. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes: Removed SB 158, SB 378, SB 424

  • SB66 Provides relative to the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors.
  • SB121 Clarifies certain definitions within the Louisiana Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act.
  • SB167 Provides relative to the Board of Dentistry.
  • SB266 Provides relative to the registration of certain investment adviser representatives.
  • SB299 Provides relative to civil justice funding companies.
  • SB426 Prohibits required use of settlement service providers in residential real estate transactions.
  • SB447 Requires the State Licensing Board for Contractors to provide testing specifically for solar installers.
  • SB483 Repeals certain outdated information collection and reporting requirements of the Louisiana Deferred Presentment and Small Loan Act.
  • SB573 Creates the office of multimodal commerce in the Department of Economic Development and Multimodal Commerce created from a restructured Department of Economic Development, and transfers powers, duties, and responsibilities with respect to multimodal commerce and corresponding department employees, equipment, facilities, funding, and statutory entities from the Department of Transportation and Development to such office and department.
  • SB605 Provides relative to marine products.
  • SB637 Provides relative to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology.

Environmental Quality. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes:

  • HB1075 Provides for disposing of cigarettes and cigarette butts as litter.
  • SB407 Provides for preemption under the Right-to-Know Law.
  • SB650 Authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality to establish regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units.
  • SB664 Authorizes the commissioner of agriculture and forestry to receive and investigate complaints about prescribed burns and to revoke his authorization in certain situations.

Health & Welfare. 1:00 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes: Added: HB 746

  • HB63 Revises terminology referring to persons with disabilities and other persons with exceptionalities.
  • HB513 Requires the Department of Health and Hospitals to provide information concerning velocardiofacial syndrome and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
  • HB736 Provides relative to the Louisiana Commission on HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C.
  • HB746 Prohibits the use of tanning equipment by a minor.
  • HB833 Creates the ABLE Account savings program for persons with significant disabilities.
  • HB891 Authorizes access to investigational treatments for terminally ill patients.
  • HCR20 Recognizes No-Shave November in Louisiana, an effort to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
  • SB341 Provides for certain limitations relative to actions or rules requiring modification of certain existing community water systems.
  • SB497 Provides for the payment of health care services.
  • SB501 Provides for telemedicine.
  • SB516 Provides for direct primary care.
  • SB539 Provides relative to suicide assessment, intervention, treatment, and management training for certain professions.
  • SB545 Provides relative to third party initiated medication substitutions.
  • SB619 Transfers the powers, duties, and functions relative to regulating pain management clinics from the Department of Health and Hospitals to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • SB621 Provides for compensation for home and community-based health care services.
  • SCR62 Requests the Department of Health and Hospitals to seek a Medicaid state plan amendment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include as a Medicaid service the Tdap vaccine to pregnant women and to provide a cost analysis to the legislature for providing this Medicaid service..

Insurance. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes:

  • SB69 Prohibits insurers from excluding from coverage the intentional acts of policy holders’ minor child.
  • SB165 Provides relative to prescription drug specialty tiers.
  • SB221 Provides relative to premiums.
  • SB403 Provides relative to third party payments of health insurance premiums of individuals with HIV/AIDS.
  • SB554 Provides relative to insurance rate review and approval.
  • SB645 Relative to certain health maintenance organization disclosures.

Judiciary A. 9:00 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes: Removed: SB 445

  • SB233 Provides relative to the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act.
  • SB302 Provides relative to medical consent and certain immunities.
  • SB308 Provides relative to the fundamental rights of parents.
  • SB373 Provides relative to motions for summary judgments.
  • SB586 Provides relative to adoptions and prohibits the re-homing of a child.
  • SB606 Provides for the use of electronic signatures by judges and justices.

Judiciary B. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:

  • HB55 Revises provisions of law regarding expungement.
  • HB480 Designates “Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation” weekend the second weekend in July.
  • SB229 Provides relative to reducing certain habitual offender sentences.
  • SB242 Provides relative to sheriffs appointing non-licensed appraisers.
  • SB361 Provides for the carrying of concealed weapons by certain law enforcement officers in all public places.
  • SB571 Requires the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information to make certain records available to public defenders.
  • SB608 Provides relative to arrest warrants.
  • SCR40 Reduces the amount of insurance required of licensed private security companies for care, custody, and control from $500,000 to $100,000..

Judiciary C. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:

  • HB212 Adds certain compounds to the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.
  • HB229 Adds substances to the listing of Schedule I controlled dangerous substances.
  • HB308 Increases the possible term of imprisonment for the crime of aggravated flight from an officer.
  • HB414 Amends responsive verdicts for theft and attempted theft.
  • HB544 Provides penalties for fire prevention interference.
  • HB741 Provides for a contradictory hearing for a motion to withdraw a guilty plea.
  • SB63 Provides criminal penalties for claiming a tax credit when a contractor has failed to meet contractual obligations relative to installation and maintenance of solar electric or thermal systems.
  • SB87 Increases the maximum term of imprisonment for possession or distribution of heroin to 99 years.
  • SB187 Allows enhanced sentencing for drug offenses committed in a private residence located in a drug free zone.
  • SB293 Provides relative to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • SB330 Creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images (DRONE Act).
  • SB592 Provides relative to penalties for second degree battery.

Senate & Governmental Affairs. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:

  • SB108 Provides relative to the commissioner of higher education.
  • SB161 Provides relative to restitution of audit costs.
  • SB271 Provides relative to vacancy in the office of a judge.
  • SB300 Provides relative to the inspector general.
  • SB332 Provides bidding documents prior to opening bids are not subject to public records requirements.
  • SB353 Provides that certain records relative to jury selection and jurors are not public records.
  • SB415 Provides a framework for decreasing the number of judges.
  • SB446 Provides relative to public records.
  • SB630 Provides for the qualification of a newspaper to publish official proceedings, legal notices, or advertisements in Orleans Parish or Jefferson Parish.
  • SB642 Increases annual audit requirements for certain entities in certain parishes.
  • SB649 Provides for the Louisiana State Health Care Profession Institute.

 

Source:  Louisiana News Bureau

Indian television network highlights Jindal’s presidential ambition

India TV, a Hindi news channel, highlighted Gov Bobby Jindal’s upcoming fundraising trip on behalf of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley – the nation’s other chief executive of Indian ancestetry – in its report Thursday on the Louisiana’s governor’s race for 2016 presidential nomination.

Jindal is set to address “Silver Elephant Dinner,” on June 6.

The dinner is the key event at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention in Columbia, S.C.

As the first presidential primary state in the South, the South Carolina event attracts aspiring politicians.

 

Jindal in Atlanta

Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling to Atlanta Thursday for America Next meetings, his office announced.

Jindal organized the 501(c)(4) group, which operates from an office in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., as a “conservative policy group.” Day-to-day operations are handled by Jill Neunaber, who worked on GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Curt Anderson, who runs the company that advises Jindal on political strategy, acts as the spokesman for America Next.

Jindal plans to return to Baton Rouge on Friday.

Thursday at the Louisiana Legislature

House convenes Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Senate convenes  Monday at 4:30 p.m.

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Agriculture. At adjournment in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 1098

  • SB82 Re-creates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
  • SB93 Provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.
  • SB119 Provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.

Judiciary. At adjournment in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes: Removed HB 221, HB 281

  • HB47 Provides relative to the Bossier Parish Retired Employees Insurance Fund.
    HB61 Provides relative to the Livingston Parish Retired Employees’ Insurance Fund.
    HB70 Requires the Crime Victims Reparation Board to submit its report electronically.
  • HB96 (Constitutional amendment) Removes the mandatory retirement age of judges.
  • HB149 Requires monthly reporting on all contracts with the attorney general.
  • HB208 Provides relative to alternative nicotine products.
  • HB237 Removes the mandatory retirement age for constables.
  • HB387 Provides relative to the payment of health insurance premiums for district attorneys.
  • HB438 Provides for special railroad law enforcement officers.
  • HB471 Authorizes the sale of wine ice cream in the state of Louisiana.
  • HB517 Provides for the reporting of information relative to certain orders involving mental illness.
  • HB526 Provides with respect to the exemption of fees for certain expungement cases.
  • HB539 Provides relative to time delays and methods of timely submission of notices of repossession.
  • HB541 Authorizes the use of video conferencing for juveniles for court appearances and contact with family and probation and parole officers.
  • HB553 Provides an increase in court costs relative to judicial commitment procedures.
  • HB625 Provides for the recusation of judges in certain civil matters.
  • HB637 Provides relative to the use of monies appropriated to the Sex Offender Registry Technology Fund.
  • HB729 Creates a Uniform Alcoholic Beverage Permit Application.
  • HB772 Provides relative to the payment of group insurance premiums for retired sheriffs and employees hired on or after July 1, 2014, for Lafayette Parish.
  • HB837 Provides relative to training requirements for municipal chiefs of police.
  • HB843 Prohibits a justice of the peace from issuing an arrest warrant for persons who commit felonies.
  • HB915 Authorizes the levy of a warrant recall fee to fund a misdemeanor jail in East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • HB989 Provides with respect to qualifications for justices of the peace.

Labor & Industrial Relations. At Adjournment in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes: Added HB 675

  • HB356 Establishes a state minimum wage.
  • HB382 Creates a state minimum wage.
  • HB589 Provides for a state minimum wage.
  • HB644 Provides with respect to the prohibition of any parish or municipality establishing a minimum wage rate.
  • HB645 Provides a state minimum wage.
  • HB646 Provides for a state minimum wage.
  • HB675 Provides for a local minimum wage in West Monroe.
  • HB676 Provides a local minimum wage for the city of Monroe.
  • HB677 Provides for a local minimum wage for Ouachita Parish.
  • HB969 Provides with respect to minimum wage for federal contractors and subcontractors.

Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs. At adjournment in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 489, 699, 725, 794, 928, 1001, 1051; Added HB 109, 110, 372, 575, 787, 1086, 1109

  • HB109 Provides relative to hospital service districts in Jefferson Parish.
  • HB110 Requires voter approval of the lease of hospitals in Jefferson Parish hospital service districts unless all are leased to a single lessee.
  • HB372 Provides for a local referendum on the question of selecting a lessee for hospitals in Jefferson Parish.
  • HB457 Provides relative to the boundaries and governance of the North Lafayette Redevelopment Authority.
  • HB499 Requires voter approval prior to the imposition of civil fines for traffic violations based on evidence captured by automated traffic enforcement systems.
  • HB503 Provides for the official state book.
  • HB568 Provides relative to financial security benefits for surviving spouses and children of fire operation personnel.
  • HB575 Provides with respect to the duration of taxes levied for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Services Financing District.
  • HB584 Provides relative to the naming of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau building.
  • HB768 Provides relative to incorporation petitions.
  • HB787 Provides relative to the qualification of a newspaper to publish official proceedings, legal notices, or advertisements in Orleans or Jefferson Parish.
  • HB923 Requires governing authorities of parishes and municipalities to make meeting agendas, minutes, and votes available on the Internet.
  • HB950 Provides relative to the Goodwood Homesites Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District.
  • HB955 Provides relative to training requirements for board members of transit authorities.
  • HB981 Authorizes political subdivisions in St. John the Baptist Parish to establish local sales tax holidays.
  • HB1086 Authorizes economic development districts or authorities to approve the creation of nonprofit economic development corporations.
  • HB1109 Provides with respect to meetings of planning commissions located in certain municipalities.
  • HCR42 Designates the community of Thornwell, Louisiana, as the Yellow Rail Capital of the World.
  • HR44 Recognizes the town of Grand Coteau, Louisiana, as the Sweet Dough Pie Capital of the state.

Retirement. At adjournment in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: Added HB 87, HB 90

  • HB5 Provides relative to the composition of the board of trustees of the Municipal Employees Retirement System.
  • HB7 Provides relative to the accrual rate for members of Plan A of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System first hired on or after July 1, 2014.
  • HB23 Provides relative to expenses and funds of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.
  • HB27 Provides relative to the Deferred Retirement Option Plan in the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans.
  • HB38 Provides relative to retirement eligibility for certain members of state retirement systems.
  • HB39 Provides relative to the Back-Deferred Retirement Option Plan (Back-DROP) in the Louisiana Assessors’ Retirement Fund.
  • HB45 Provides relative to membership in state retirement systems for certain new hires.
  • HB87 Provides for shared employment between the Vinton Public Power Authority and another employer in the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System and provides guidelines and restrictions relative to creditable service for such employment.
  • HB90 Requires occasional supplemental payments to retirees and beneficiaries of the four state retirement systems from monies available from the Seniors’ Supplement Fund.
  • HB1034 Relative to the reduction in benefits of certain rehired retirees of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Finance. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes: Overview and discussion of FY15 budget for Dept. of Revenue, Dept. of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries, Dept.of Civil Service.

Source: Louisiana News Bureau

Wednesday at the Louisiana Legislature

House convenes at 2:00 p.m.
Senate convenes at 9:00 a.m.

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Criminal Justice. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 71

  • HB12 Amends crime against nature and aggravated crime against nature relative to certain provisions held to be unconstitutional.
  • HB159 Reduces length of time that must be served by certain offenders before becoming parole eligible.
  • HB196 Provides with respect to work release eligibility for habitual offenders.
  • HB279 Requires certain law enforcement officers to take action on request to purchase firearms.
  • HB280 Provides reduced fees for concealed handgun permits for veterans.
  • HB325 Amends provisions of law regarding justification in the use of force or violence.
  • HB417 Creates the crime of residential contractor fraud.
  • HB512 Creates the Aged and Law Enforcement Response Team.
  • HB546 Provides with respect to restitution in criminal cases.
  • HB638 Provides relative to the crime of failure to register as a sex offender or child predator.
  • HB639 Amends the definition of criminal offense against a victim who is a minor to include certain convictions of stalking.
  • HB697 Provides relative to the in-person periodic renewals of persons who are required to register but do not have a fixed residence address.
  • HB885 Provides for certain procedures relative to the end of registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders and child predators.
  • HB1025 Provides relative to human trafficking, trafficking of children for sexual purposes, and commercial sexual exploitation.
  • HB1037 Amends criminal penalties for violations of the statute regarding Peeping Toms.
  • HB1066 Provides with respect to federal background checks for concealed handgun permit holders.
  • HB1105 Requires posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in outpatient abortion facilities.
  • HB1108 Provides with respect to the issuance of arrest warrants by magistrates.
  • HB1126 Provides with respect to correctional facilities.
  • HB1131 Provides relative to training for part-time law enforcement officers.
  • HB1223 Provides relative to the expenditure of slot machine proceeds for capital improvements and maintenance of the horse racing facility in Orleans Parish.
  • SB129 Provides for the regulation of explosives.

Education. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 100, HB 999, HB 1208, HB 1228

  • HB89 Provides relative to the payment of accrued liabilities of retirement systems and other retirement obligations from minimum foundation program funds allocated to charter schools.
  • HB101 Requires charter school teachers to meet same certification requirements as other public school teachers.
  • HB124 Provides relative to employment eligibility requirements for teachers in charter schools.
  • HB125 Provides for the statewide election of the state superintendent of education.
  • HB127 Provides for election of the state superintendent of education.
  • HB171 Requires school boards and charter school governing authorities to offer to their employees the opportunity to participate in the La. Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • HB184 Provides relative to assets or property acquired or used by charter schools under certain circumstances.
  • HB192 Provides relative to the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence (voucher) Program, including scholarship amounts, funding, and eligibility requirements for kindergarten students.
  • HB276 Makes the office of state superintendent of education an elective rather than an appointed office.
  • HB701 Provides relative to student eligibility for vouchers.
  • HB702 Provides relative to eligibility of kindergarten students for participation in the voucher program.
  • HB703 Prohibits the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from authorizing charter schools under certain circumstances.
  • HB836 Requires the state Dept. of Education to develop an accountability system for nonpublic schools participating in the voucher program and requires compliance with the system by such schools.
  • HB954 Provides relative to the Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program.
  • HB988 Permits local school boards to develop and implement curriculum content and methodology in lieu of that recommended by the state Dept. of Education or the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Health & Welfare. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 228, HB 335

  • HB305 Prohibits providers of elective abortions and their affiliates from delivering any instruction or materials in schools.
  • HB487 Provides relative to criminal background checks of ambulance personnel.
  • HB674 Allows the use of a mode of transportation other than an ambulance for a nonemergency situation.
  • HB719 Provides for a three year moratorium on implementation or enforcement of the Affordable Care Act.
  • HB727 Requires provision of psychological health information prior to abortion.
  • HB802 Establishes a task force on toxic mold.
  • HB877 Exempts Louisiana’s citizens from the mandates in the Affordable Care Act.
  • HB889 Establishes a fund to educate Louisiana citizens on ways to opt out of the Affordable Care Act.
  • HB1062 Provides for a task force to make recommendations concerning electronic issuance of SNAP benefits.
  • HB1090 Provides relative to the Interstate Health Care Compact.
  • HCR38 Urges Louisiana’s congressional delegation to support a national moratorium on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

House & Governmental Affairs. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 2. Agenda includes:

  • HB74 Eliminates nomination by legislators of students for free tuition to Tulane University and granting of such free tuition.
  • HB107 Prohibits legislators from accepting campaign contributions from persons they nominate for Tulane scholarships or members of their families.
  • HB213 Provides relative to election day expenditure reports.
  • HB264 Clarifies provision requiring disclosure of interest in immovable property.
  • HB299 Relative to legislative scholarships, requires certain information on application forms, provides for certain forms and material to be public record, and provides for the custodian of such records.
  • HB307 Concerning Tulane University scholarships for students nominated by legislators, provides relative to requirements, procedures, limitations, and publication of information.
  • HB405 Provides relative to prescription of certain campaign finance violations.
  • HB431 Provides relative to certain penalties applicable to certain political committees for participation in certain specified elections.
  • HB486 Requires political committees to provide certain notifications to candidates and principal and subsidiary campaign committees of candidates.
  • HB626 Requires certain quasi public and nongovernmental entities to submit information to the legislative auditor and be approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget prior to receiving state monies or assistance.
  • HB694 Provides relative to certain notifications regarding the filing of certain Tier 2 personal financial disclosure statements.
  • HB695 Authorizes the supervisory committee or its staff to solicit information from a person required to file campaign finance reports or the report preparer.
  • HB858 Provides that an action by a state agency which results in the termination of one hundred or more employees or a change in the parish in which one hundred or more employees report to work shall not be effective or enforcable unless it meets certain requirements.
  • HB873 Provides relative to the confidential and privileged nature of certain records of the Board of Ethics.
  • HB991 Provides relative to Tulane University scholarships granted to students pursuant to nominations by state legislators.
  • HCR28 Applies to the U.S. Congress to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to address concerns raised by the 2010 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Insurance. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 1092; Added: HB 852

  • HB302 Requires insurers to provide to the homeowner certain documentation relative to homeowner insurance claims.
  • HB470 Requires insurers who are admitted to write homeowner’s policies in the state to provide coverage on any residential structure which has been constructed or retrofitted to comply with the Uniform Construction Code.
  • HB764 Provides for the licensing and regulation of health insurance navigators and similar individuals and entities.
  • HB852 Provides relative to the disclosure of insurance claims data.
  • HB909 Provides for the Property Insurance Clarity Act.
  • HB1057 Provides relative to risk-based capital for health organizations.
  • HB1060 Provides relative to homeowner’s insurance.
  • HB1149 Adds a representative of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies to the Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission.
  • HB1169 Provides with respect to insurance premium finance companies.
  • HB1195 Provides relative to unfair trade practices in the business of insurance.

Natural Resources & Environment. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: Removed: HCR 52, HB 1120; Added HB 1071

  • HB297 Relative to the methods of payment for deposits accompanying bids for mineral leases on state lands.
  • HB408 Provides for audits of certain coastal restoration projects.
  • HB810 Provides for freshwater diversions effects on fisheries.
  • HB957 Provides relative to plugging and abandoning of disposal wells and injection wells and restoration of such well sites.
  • HB1071 Reduces the time required to qualify as a resident for hunting and fishing licenses.
  • HCR13 Approves the 2014-2015 Atchafalaya Basin Annual Plan.
  • HCR49 Urges and requests the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to create a body of coastal parishes to aid in compliance with the RESTORE Act.
  • HCR50 Memorializes congress to provide for certain aspects of the RESTORE Act.
  • HCR54 Requests the office of conservation to study the effect of implementing certain requirements for operators of salt dome caverns.

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Education. At adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:

  • SB61 Provides for the Louisiana Public School Choice Act.
  • SB162 Provides with respect to ownership of assets by certain charter schools.
  • SB179 Provides with respect to the Course Choice Program.
  • SB191 Provides for equal recognition of International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment courses.
  • SB225 Provides relative to assets or property acquired or used by charter schools under certain circumstances.
  • SB533 Provides for a local enrollment coordination process for publicly funded early childhood care and education.
  • SB558 Provides relative to foreign language immersion programs in public schools.
  • SB622 Requires the Department of Education to develop and implement a statewide educational technology plan for public elementary and secondary schools.
  • SB633 Prohibits certain schools from being a member of any interscholastic extra-curricular athletic association or organization that doesn’t provide for third party arbitration of eligibility issues and requires certain schools to submit its budget for interscholastic extra-curricular athletics to the Department of Education.
  • SB636 Provides relative to the organization and management of large school systems.
  • SB666 Provides relative to charter school funding.

Labor & Industrial Relations. At adjournment in Committee Room C. Agenda includes:

  • SB627 Exempts certain home improvement contractors who have no employees from the requirements of workers’ compensation.

Local & Municipal Affairs. At adjournment in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:

  • SB530 Requires parishes to establish and maintain a registry of foreclosed properties.
  • SB566 Provides relative to the board of commissioners of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS).
  • SB567 Changes the date from June 1 of each year to September 1 of each year for information to be supplied to the assessor and legislative auditor by tax recipient agencies in St. Charles Parish.
  • SB590 Provides relative to the Oak Island Neighborhood Improvement District.
  • SB601 Provides relative to the abolition of the position of police chief and the police department of the town of Sorrento.
  • SB624 Authorizes by population certain municipalities to levy a sales tax not to exceed one percent.
  • SB665 Provides relative to the Lafayette Parish Visitors Enterprise Fund.
  • SB675 Authorizes the appointment of deputy constables in Caldwell Parish.

Natural Resources. At adjournment in Committee Room A. Agenda includes:

  • HB241 Makes a technical correction to remove the effective date reference contained in the ballot language for the proposed constitutional amendment that would specify certain geographical qualifications for members of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
  • HB440 Relative to size and configuration of skimmer nets.
  • HB913 Creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.
  • SB209 Provides for permitting requirements of solution mining injection wells and solution mined caverns.
  • SB250 Exempts certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules.
  • SB325 Provides relative to certain indemnification agreements concerning environmental damage.
  • SB462 Prohibits the drilling for oil and gas within the three hundred thirty-foot unit boundary.
  • SB467 Requires the court to stay proceedings under certain conditions in a lawsuit involving the remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.
  • SB662 Allows for the taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds from a moving land vehicle on private property.
  • SB667 Provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.

Transportation, Highways, & Public Works. At adjournment in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:

  • HB284 Re-creates the Dept. of Transportation and Development.
  • HB304 Creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate.
  • HB317 Creates the “U.S. Army Ranger” military honor license plate.
  • HB323 Creates the “Down Syndrome Awareness” special prestige license plate.
  • HB450 Designates a portion of La. Highway 21 in St. Tammany Parish as “South Tyler Street”.
  • HB793 Provides for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.
  • HB902 Creates the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation special prestige license plate.
  • HB935 Creates the “Lung Cancer Alliance” special prestige license plate.
  • SB117 Provides relative to penalties for certain traffic violations.
  • SB582 Provides for driver’s license renewal every six years.
  • SB610 Creates a prestige license plate for Cedar Creek School in Ruston, Louisiana.
  • SR13 Requests the Department of Transportation and Development to incorporate an East Washington Street exit plan into its road design plan.

Source: Louisiana News Bureau

Tuesday in the Louisiana Legislature

House convenes at 2:00 p.m.
Senate convenes at 3:00 p.m.

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Appropriations. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes: Overview and Discussion on HB 1: Special Schools/Commissions, Dept. of Education
Any instruments not discussed on April 7th will carry over into today.

  • HB1 Provides for the ordinary operating expenses of state government for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
  • HB479 Requires the commissioner of administration to develop policies and procedures for notification of the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center regarding public bid and other competitive opportunities for state procurements and public contracts.

Civil Law & Procedure. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: Removed: HB 862

  • HB111 Provides relative to ad valorem taxes for fire and police protection in Orleans Parish.
  • HB114 Extends the time within which to commence a lawsuit in certain civil cases.
  • HB118 Provides relative to the penalties for failure to maintain compulsory motor vehicle liability security.
  • HB181 Provides relative to civil injunctions and restraining orders.
  • HB505 Provides limitation of liability for employers of convicted offenders.
  • HB700 Prohibits the recovery of penalties in class action suits against La. Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
  • HB738 Provides relative to notice of certain expenses under the Covenant of Marriage Act.
  • HB1028 Provides relative to certain birth records.
  • HB1133 Provides with respect to review of the actions of a mandatary.
  • HB1214 Provides relative to the partition of immovable property.
  • HCR18 Requests a study regarding the use of gender neutral language.

Commerce. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes:

  • HB466 Provides for requirements relative to the disposal of human remains.
  • HB469 Prohibits the payment of cash for the purchase of air conditioners and component parts of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
  • HB528 Requires any contract to put solar panels on residential property contain certain information.
  • HB659 Authorizes the use of solar water heating systems and provides for applicable codes to be used in their installation and maintenace.
  • HB661 Provides relative to the admissibility of electronic reproductions of records retained by financial institutions.
  • HB685 Places a moratorium on licensing of new deferred presentment and small loan institutions in the state.
  • HB803 Authorizes the state fire marshal to promulgate rules and regulations regarding workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters.
  • HB973 Provides relative to the licensing of gas fitters.
  • HCR3 Amends portion of law relative to repossession agency apprentices.
  • HCR4 Repeals provision of the sanitary code relative to solar water heating systems.

Transportation, Highways & Public Works. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes:

  • HB220 Specifies that the violation of failing to obtain a current and valid motor vehicle inspection certificate within a specified period of time constitutes a secondary offense.
  • HB285 Provides relative to documentation of school attendance as a condition of driving privileges.
  • HB474 Prohibits the submission of notice of nonpayment of tickets, issued automatically, to credit reporting agencies.
  • HB631 Prohibits the issuance of moving violations to alleged violators through mail.
  • HB811 Creates the Comite River Diversion Canal Project Task Force.
  • HB851 Increase penalties for driving with cancelled auto liability policy.
  • HB872 Provides relative to motor vehicle liability security.
  • HB1055 Provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.
  • HB1070 Provides relative to contracts for public works in certain parishes.

Ways and Means. 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes: Time change to 10:30 AM; Added HB 788 and HB 1202

  • HB92 Increases the income limit for qualification for the special assessment level for property subject to ad valorem tax.
  • HB420 Establishes criteria for valuation of low-income housing property for purposes of assessment of ad valorem taxes.
  • HB465 Provides with respect to ad valorem taxes on shares of bank stock.
  • HB488 Authorizes agents of the tax collector to sell property for delinquent taxes and requires the fee of the authorized agent to be included within the costs recoverable in the tax sale.
  • HB583 Requires the Livingston Parish assessor to pay the cost of certain insurance premiums for eligible retirees of the assessor’s office.
  • HB712 Prohibits the state from paying interest on refunds for the overpayment of certain severance taxes.
  • HB713 Provides that severance taxes do not have to be paid during the period of a suspension or exemption from severance tax when the well operator holds a certificate of good standing.
  • HB788 Provides with respect to the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority.
  • HB792 Authorizes the Webster Parish Assessment District to provide for an automobile expense allowance for the office of the assessor.
  • HB1050 Provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.
  • HB1118 Changes requirements for public hearings at which millage adjustments are considered by certain taxing authorities.
  • HB1202 Provides for procedures and requirements relative to the supplemental assessment roll for omitted or erroneously assessed properties.

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Environmental Quality. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes:

  • SB537 Provides for the electronic notification of hazardous materials incidents.
  • SB650 Authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality to establish regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units.
  • SB664 Authorizes the commissioner of agriculture and forestry to receive and investigate complaints about prescribed burns and to revoke his authorization in certain situations.

Health & Welfare. 12:30 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:

  • SB401 Provides for third party contracts with pharmacies.
  • SB492 Provides for smoking and tobacco products.
  • SB496 Provides for limits on certain prescriptions.
  • SB497 Provides for the payment of health care services.
  • SB618 Moves carisoprodol from Schedule IV to Schedule II.
  • SB619 Transfers the powers, duties, and functions relative to regulating pain management clinics from the Department of Health and Hospitals to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • SCR53 Requests the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners to require an annual one hour of continuing education on end of life care for all disciplines licensed by the board..
  • SCR57 Requests that DHH and DCFS work to streamline the process of clearing the names of deceased recipients from the list of those eligible for SNAP benefits..

Insurance. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes: Removed SB 69 and SB 165

  • SB10 Prohibits the recovery of penalties in class action suits against La. Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
  • SB57 Mandates inclusion of lymphedema treatment as an option in health insurance coverage.
  • SB554 Provides relative to insurance rate review and approval.

Judiciary A. 9:00 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:

  • SB222 Provides relative to service of process.
  • SB233 Provides relative to the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act.
  • SB302 Provides relative to medical consent and certain immunities.
  • SB373 Provides relative to motions for summary judgments.
  • SB459 Prohibits contingency fee contracts for private attorneys handling matters for the Department of Health and Hospitals..
  • SB559 Provides relative to continuous representation of a client in action for legal malpractice.
  • SB603 Provides procedure for the escheatment of United States savings bonds presumed abandoned.
  • SB634 Provides relative to groundwater and surface water.

Judiciary B. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes: Added: HB 293

  • HB8 Reduces the length of time certain applicants are required to wait before filing a subsequent application with the Board of Pardons.
  • HB16 Authorizes the 15th JDC to provide for a reentry division of court.
  • HB293 Prohibits gambling by electronic sweepstakes device.
  • HB345 Provides relative to alcoholic beverage laws.
  • HB346 Provides relative to permits issued by the office of alcohol and tobacco control.
  • HB751 Provides relative to the reinstatement of good time credit in certain circumstances.
  • HB830 Provides relative to size limitations on containers of beverages of high alcoholic content.
  • HB893 Provides for physical inspections of a vehicle by a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officer.
  • SB103 Provides relative to suitability standards.
  • SB223 Creates the Louisiana Risk Review Panel.
  • SB311 Prohibits gambling by electronic sweepstakes device.
  • SB604 Provides for the donation of alcoholic beverages to certain organizations.
  • SB616 Provides with respect to certain receipts generated from slot machine gaming activity at live pari-mutuel wagering facilities.
  • SB654 Requires the issuance of certain alcoholic beverage permits to commercial film theaters.
  • SCR54 Creates the Capital Punishment Fiscal Impact Commission..

Judiciary C. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:

  • HB743 Adds two voting members and one nonvoting member to the La. Sentencing Commission.
  • HB752 Expands the crime of filing a false lien against a law enforcement or court officer to include liens against any clerk of court, recorder of mortgages, and their deputies.
  • SB87 Increases the maximum term of imprisonment for possession or distribution of heroin to 99 years.
  • SB148 Provides relative to vehicular homicide sentencing when there are multiple victims.
  • SB313 Provides for a five year minimum sentence for home invasions.
  • SB330 Creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images (DRONE Act).
  • SB356 Prohibits “drones” from flying over chemical plants or water facilities.
  • SB439 Provides relative to bail.
  • SB557 Provides relative to the crime of “sexting” through computers and telecommunications devices.

Senate & Governmental Affairs. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:

  • SB1 Enacts the “Legislative Scholarship Fairness Act” (gov sig).
  • SB122 Provides an exception to the Code of Governmental Ethics regarding certain contractual or other relationships by certain municipal elected officials.
  • SB199 Provides, relative to personal financial disclosure, that assessment of a late fee for which all appeal delays have expired will become executory and enforced as a money judgment.
  • SB213 Designates the American Paint Horse as the state horse.
  • SB220 Provides relative to notification of the legislative auditor and district attorney.
  • SB224 Provides relative to the posting of auditor notices.
  • SB300 Provides relative to the inspector general.
  • SB386 Provides relative to audits by the legislative auditor.
  • SB415 Provides a framework for decreasing the number of judges.
  • SB420 Eliminates the Tulane legislative scholarships.
  • SB456 Provides relative to application of nepotism provisions to certain hospital service districts.
  • SB651 Authorizes legislators and officers of the legislature to carry weapons.

Source: Louisiana News Bureau

Hearing on controversial bill postponed

State Rep. Joel Robideaux announced from the House Chamber floor Monday afternoon that he agreed to postpone the hearing on legislation environmental groups say would quash parishes’ lawsuits alleging environment damage by oil and gas companies.

House Bill 862 would require local governments seeking to enforce environmental regulations on oil and gas companies in coastal areas to first forward their complaints to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for review. That agency would then determine whether any violations occurred and whether the local government could pursue legal claims against the companies involved.

House Bill 862 was withdrawn from the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee hearing on Tuesday. Robideaux, R-Lafayette, said too many bills were placed on the committee’s agenda.

The measure would be the only bill on the agenda to receive hearing next Monday or Tuesday, he said.

Representatives of Levees.org, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network, and other environmental groups have called on state Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, to recuse himself from votes on HB862 because of his work representing energy companies in so-called “legacy lawsuits” over environmental damage allegedly caused by drilling. Abramson chairs the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee.