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Tuesday at the Louisiana Legislature

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

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.

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

Jindal won’t weigh in on Vitter

Gov. Bobby Jindal continued Monday to call for  ”kissing congressman” Vance McAllister’s resignation.

But Jindal refused to weigh in on questions about the “double standard” of Republicans who continued to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter after his name surfaced in a prostitution scandal some years ago.

Democrats and others are trying to link the two but “I’m not going to go down that path,” Jindal said during a news conference.

McAllister’s action has been an embarrassment to the state and the U.S. House, Jindal said. He said  McAllister had asked for privacy  “to work things out with his family” and  the best way to get that privacy is for McAllister to resign.

McAllister has been out of the public eye since the recent disclosure of video footage of him in a lengthy amorous embrace with a married staffer in his Monroe district office. He had campaigned on family values in the special election he won last fall.



Vitter rallies against taxes, stays mum on McAllister

While there’s no doubt many Louisiana political watchers would like to hear what U.S. Sen. David Vitter thinks about the scandal revolving around his congressional colleague, U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, Louisiana’s junior senator wasn’t talking on Saturday.

McAllister, of course, is the Swartz Republican now known as the “Kissing Congressman” after a video surfaced last week showing him sharing a lengthy kiss with a married staffer in his district office in Monroe.

And while Gov. Bobby Jindal and a host of other prominent Louisiana Republicans have called on McAllister to resign, Vitter’s take on the situation has become especially sought after considering he famously survived his own public embarrasment — a 2007 prostitution scandal.

But so far, Vitter has been mum on the issue. The Republican Senator was in Baton Rouge for the “Tax Day Rally” put on by the Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity, but he politely declined to take questions from reporters.

Vitter did however throw some red meat to the anti-tax crowd. He spoke for roughly 10 minutes, using his time on stage to stir up anti-tax sentiment just three days before tax day.

He called April 15 a “national day of mourning for hard working Americans.” He said the average American has to work January through April just to make enough money to pay their tax bills handed down from Washington, D.C.

It’s only after April, or sometimes May, when people “start working for themselves and not the government,” he said.

Vitter called on the crowd to make their voices heard in the Nov. 4 elections when voters will decide whether to keep U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu as the state’s senior senator. He also told the crowd he’d need their help next year during Louisiana’s gubernatorial election.

“Next year, I’m going to be trying to take on a new set of challenges,” he said. “Louisiana can be a great laboratory for conservative, reform ideals.”

Northwestern State president to retire

Northwestern State University President Randall J. Webb informed faculty and staff Friday that he will retire later this year. He’s served as Northwestern’s president since 1996.

In a message to the university community, Webb said his retirement date will be based on how quickly the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors can find his replacement.

“I want to ensure that we effect a smooth transition for the incoming president,” he said.

Webb added that he and his wife, Brenda “owe a debt of gratitude” to faculty, staff, students and alumni.

“Indeed, we feel our lives have been blessed beyond measure because of people who have graciously supported us and the cause of our beloved university.”

House Democratic leader: GOP, Jindal are hypo-hypocritical

House Democratic leader John Bel Edwards, of Amite, raised the question Friday of why U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister’s extramarital kiss was so objectionable to the state’s Republican officials.

“While I am as disappointed as anyone to see Louisiana embarrassed, yet again, by an elected official who professes family values in public but practices something else entirely in private, I can’t help but ask why Senator Vitter is not held to the same standard as Congressman McAllister,” he said.  “Everyone from Governor Jindal to the party chairman are calling for his resignation because he was caught kissing a married woman.  But when Senator Vitter was caught in a prostitution scandal these same people rushed to his defense.  Am I missing something here?”

Vitter, R-La., admitted to a serious sin in 2007 after his phone number was found in a madam’s records. McAllister, R-Swartz, got caught on videotape locked in a passionate embrace with an aide. Both men are married with children.

Roger Villere Jr., the chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana, and Gov. Bobby Jindal have called on McAllister to resign. So far, McAllister is ignoring their request.  Neither Villere nor Jindal will respond to questions about how McAllister’s indiscretion is worse than Vitter’s serious sin. Republican leaders did not call on Vitter to resign.

Edwards and Vitter are running against each other for governor next year.
“The Republican Party calling Rep. McAllister a ‘hypocrite’ after it defended Sen. Vitter reaches a level of hypocrisy so great I’m not sure the English language even has a word describe it. Maybe ‘hypo-hypocrisy?’  The people at Webster’s Dictionary have a busy weekend ahead of them,” Edwards said.

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.

Legislators still uneasy about alcohol-infused ice cream

State Rep. Patrick Connick holds one of the BuzzBars that could be sold in Louisiana if legislation to change state law is successful.

State Rep. Patrick Connick holds one of the BuzzBars that could be sold in Louisiana if legislation to change state law is successful.

Lobbyists representing an alcohol-infused ice cream maker brought sweet treats with them to the State Capitol Thursday. Legislators looked curiously at the BuzzBars, but they still raised concerns about making them legal in Louisiana.

For a second time this session, House Bill 471 ran into problems in the House Judiciary Committee.

“Part of me’s saying there’s much to do about nothing, but another part of me when I see on the label ‘BuzzBar,’ that kind of gives me some concern,” said state Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Marcus Hunter, said he will take another crack at fixing the legislation.

HB471 would allow vendors to sell alcohol-infused ice cream in Louisiana. The state Attorney General’s Office shot down a request by New York-based Mercer’s Dairy last year to sell cherry merlot, peach white zinfandel, red raspberry chardonnay and other alcohol-laced ice cream flavors in Louisiana. The Attorney General’s Office determined that the law would have to be changed before the frozen treats could hit grocers’ freezers.

The ice cream – with alcohol content ranging from .65 percent to 2.81 percent for the BuzzBars – is an adulterated food that needs an exemption in state law. Similar exemptions were given for boozy bonbons and fruitcake. HB471 would extend the exemption to alcohol-infused ice cream.

Previously, committee members raised concerns about minors being able to buy the ice cream. BuzzBar makes ice cream bars infused with whiskey, Irish cream liqueur, lemon vodka, bourbon, rum and cognac.

Hunter, D-Monroe, offered to create penalties for anyone who sells the ice cream to minors. The ice cream also would be sold with a label reading “Sale of this product to persons under the legal age for purchasing alcoholic beverages is unlawful.”

Some committee members still had problems with the legislation.

State Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Meraux, said the amendment would not resolve his concerns. He wanted to know who is going to monitor the age verification.

Steve Duke, a lobbyist for the California-headquartered BuzzBar, said the ice cream would be treated like booze-filled chocolates and rum cakes. He said any law enforcement agency in the state could enforce it.

“I guess my concern is: ‘Is this enough?’ You’re representing the seller so of course you’re going to think it is,” Garofalo told Duke.

Duke said the bars range from $5 to $9 in price and contain little alcohol. He said a child with a fake ID and $10 in his pocket isn’t going to blow the money on a BuzzBar.

“You don’t taste it. This is a low alcohol product,” he said.

Garofalo continued to point out problems, saying the ice cream would not be restricted to outlets with licenses from the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Instead, he said, small operations that do not think to ask for an ID would be able to sell it.

“Kids are going to want to try it,” he said.

Duke said he sampled a Bourbon St. Chocolate, containing chocolate ice cream and whiskey, and did not get a buzz from it. He said the ice cream just made him feel sluggish the next day because of the sugar content.

Still, legislators continued to raise concerns.

State Rep. Sherman Q. Mack, R-Albany, said Louisiana has an open container law prohibiting motorists from driving with unsealed alcohol in their cars. He questioned how law enforcement will regulate someone licking a BuzzBar as they drive down the road.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, wanted to know if BuzzBars will be loaded onto ice cream trucks that toddle through neighborhoods during the summertime. “On a hot Saturday afternoon when you hear the ice cream truck coming down the street, are we going to be selling ice cream to the kids and these bars to the adults?” he asked.

Hunter initially tried to press forward with the legislation, but he soon changed his mind. “I will voluntarily defer to get perfect legislation,” he said.

AG visits State Capitol

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell stopped by the State Capitol Thursday, where he met a group of schoolchildren. The students were told that Caldwell is the state's top lawyer.

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell stopped by the State Capitol Thursday, where he met a group of schoolchildren. The students were told that Caldwell is the state’s top lawyer.

Thursday at the Louisiana Legislature

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

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.

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