Louisiana State House 2013- HB 53-62

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 53- 62. 

House Bill 53 (HB53)- (Seabaugh) Repeals provisions providing for membership of La. High School Athletic Association employees who are not teachers in the Teachers’ Retirement System of La. and provides for refunds of employee contributions attributable to such membership but all service credit into the system from such membership will be abolished.

House Bill 54 (HB54)-  (Jones) provides a system for collection of ad valorem tax proceeds due to the Registrar of Voters Employees’ Retirement System which includes the state treasurer deducting the amount due from any payments due to delinquent party.

House Bill 55 (HB55)-  (Arnold) would change eligible groups for survivor benefits- eliminating payments to children unless they are disabled and eliminating payments to the parents of unmarried members- for the Harbor Police Retirement System. Would up the service requirement for disability retirement from 5 years to 10. Eliminates current actuarial assumptions and requires the board to put new ones in place.

House Bill 56 (HB56)-  (Jones) creates a different retirement earnings calculation system for members of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System if their pay increases at a rate greater than 15% from one year to the next. 

House Bill 57 (HB57)-  (Pearson) sets up a five year system for averaging pay for all state retirement systems and increases employee contribution requirements to these systems. Includes clause that if it is found unconstitutional for some classes of employees it will then apply to the others. 

House Bill 58 (HB58)-  (Foil)  Adds certain legal investigators in the East Baton Rouge Parish attorney’s office to membership in the Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System

House Bill 59 (HB59)- (Honore) increases the total number of credits that may be earned by an individual offender for participation  in certified treatment or rehabilitation programs from 250 days to 360 days.

House Bill 60 (HB60)-  (Talbot) For state and statewide retirement systems, requires the suspension of benefits for reemployed retirees who retire on or after July 1, 2013, and  prohibits the accrual of additional benefits during such reemployment. Also requires employer and reemployed retiree to notify the retirement system and requires any benefits paid if the system hasn’t received notice to be returned.

House Bill 61 (HB61)-  (Badon) establishes a new benefit calculation for any member of a state or statewide retirement system whose salary increases by more than 30%, comparing one month to the average of the previous 12.

House Bill 62 (HB62)-  (Honore) changes the state representative appointments to the Greater Baton Rouge Airport Authority board of commissioners from districts 63 and 64 to districts 63 and 29.