Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB1-HB12 (not including HB2 and 3)

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 1-12 (with the exception of 2 and 3 which are not listed on the state legislature site)

House Bill 1 (HB1)- (Fannin) This is the appropriations bill for the expenses of operating the state government. If you are particularly interested in the operating expenses of the state this bill may be of interest to you.

There are no bills listed for HB2 & HB3

House Bill 4 (HB4)- (Norton) makes it a crime to store a firearm in a way where it is not either rendered inoperable by a locking mechanism or stored in a locked box.

House Bill 5 (HB5)-  (Jim Morris) This bill pre-emptively picks a fight with the federal government. It seeks to prohibit enforcement of any federal ban or registration requirement for any semi-automatic firearm, magazine, accessory or ammunition. It would seek to punish federal agents who enforced such laws in the state with up to a $5000 fine and/or up to 2 years imprisonment. It would also require the Louisiana state attorney general to defend any Louisiana resident charged under such a law. Note the inclusion of magazine- this is significant as one of the main gun control pieces being discussed is a high capacity magazine ban. Also note that they are opposed to not only a ban but to any registration laws as well.

House Bill 6 (HB6)- (Schroder) currently police officers are only exempt from laws prohibiting guns on school properties if they are in performance of their official duties. This would extend their exemption to include when they are off duty.

House Bill 7 (HB7) – (Arnold) provides some tax exemptions for non profit blood banks and collection centers. I suspect that a non profit blood bank or collection center approached the legislator to make this bill happen.

House Bill 8 (HB8) -(J. Thompson) prohibits release of information associated with concealed handgun permits or applications for such without a court order. Creates penalties for anyone who releases such information including up to a $5000 fine and/or up to two years imprisonment. I would guess this is response to the New York newspaper which used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information on gun permits.

House Bill 9 (HB9) – (P. Williams) Increases the amount in dispute allowed to be handled by the City court of Shreveport up to any amount which does not automatically trigger a jury trial.

House Bill 10 (HB10) – (Pearson) Adds 27 chemicals to the hallucinogenic substance section of the schedule 1 substances.

House Bill 11 (HB11)– (Foil) sets aside funds for a judgement against the DOTD.

House Bill 12 (HB12)-  (Guinn) sets aside funds for a judgement against the DOTD.