Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB13- HB22

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

I am going to be giving a quick 2-3 (sometimes more for more interesting bills) sentence summary of each of the Louisiana State House and Senate 2013 Bills. I will be doing about 10 an entry and a few entries a day until I get caught up. Once I am caught up, I will cover new bills as they are filed. This entry covers House Bills 13-22.

House Bill 13 (HB13)– (Hazel) sets aside funds for a legal judgement against the DOTD

House Bill 14 (HB14)– (Richard) Currently a legislator is prohibited from being appointed to or employed in any position in state government for a period of one year following the termination of his service as a legislator. This bill seeks to change that period to two years. Update: This bill was withdrawn on 3/19. 

House Bill 15 (HB15)– (Mack) Adds substances to both the stimulant and synthetic cannabinoid sections of the schedule 1 substance list.

House Bill 16 (HB16)- (Dixon) Transfers some property from the state Dept of Health and Hospitals to the city of Pineville.

House Bill 17 (HB17)– (M. Guillory) Extends what types of vehicles need a noncritical off road equipment permit to include more axle variations.

House Bill 18 (HB18) – (Danahay) Changes from monthly to quarterly meetings for the Sulphur Industrial Development District commissioners.

House Bill 19 (HB19)– (Richard) Makes governor’s office records subject to public records laws. Provides for certain interoffice communications to be privileged and for that privilege to lapse after 10 years from creation of the document. Requires governor’s documents to be turned over to the state archive. Currently the governor’s records are not subject to public record laws.

House Bill 20 (HB20) – (Montoucet) Extends the deferred retirement option plan for firefighters with 27 years of service to five years from three.

House Bill 21 (HB21)– (H. Burns) Requires certain types of information regarding a person’s mental health to be collected and sent to DPS&C and the FBI. Essentially if a court has information that a person has a mental health reason to not be able to possess a firearm (like if they were acquitted in a criminal trial due to insanity), they have to share that information with the appropriate agencies promptly.

House Bill 22 (HB22) – (Danahay) makes some changes to how the average compensation over five years is calculated for the sheriff’s pension and relief fund in order to bring the five year system more in line with present law for the way averages are calculated over three years.