Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 43- HB 52

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 43- 52

House Bill 43 (HB43)-  (Thibaut) removes any responsibility for local school boards to pay to the Louisiana state retirement fund any unfunded accrued liability related to positions the school board has privatized.

House Bill 44 (HB44)-  (Hazel) makes an exemption to confidentiality laws surrounding addresses of public employees in the case or a member of the firefighters retirement system if requested by a state legislator, an agency or employer reporting information to the retirement system, or a recognized association of system members.

House Bill 45 (HB45)-  (Lopinto) This law creates a separate system for firearms manufactured in Louisiana for sale in Louisiana and claims there is no federal authority to regulate them. It establishes guidelines for manufacturing licenses as well as creating a system surrounding retail. It states that they are exempt from any federal registration requirements. It also creates an alternative background check system designed to exclude the FBI. This is a bill designed to pick a fight with the federal government not unlike HB 5.

House Bill 46 (HB46)-   (Price) Authorizes a cost-of-living benefit increase for certain retirees in the La. School Employees’ Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 2001. The law only allows for such a cost of living adjustment through legislative action.

House Bill 47 (HB47)-  (Hollis) parishes or municipalities can only send automated traffic violation notices if the vehicle is registered to an address in an area that uses such automated systems as well.

House Bill 48 (HB48)-  (H. Burns) extends exemption for law enforcement officers to carry a firearm in a bar from only when acting in an official capacity to include when they are off duty

House Bill 49 (HB49)-  (Pearson) reduces the board of trustees of the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans from 10 members to 5. Reduces the number of active and firefighters serving on the board severely.

House Bill 50 (HB50)- (Pearson) changes employee contribution for the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans from 6% to 10% and eliminates exemption from contribution for members with 20 years of service

House Bill 51 (HB51)- (Pearson) Changes number of months used to calculate highest average salary for   the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans from 48 to 60.

House Bill 52 (HB52)-  (Pearson) removes the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans from the city of New Orleans and transfers it to Orleans Parish. Law that would be removed established funding requirements from the city for the fund and new law does not establish a similar requirement for the parish. This same legislator put in the bill to raise the required contribution for the firefighters.

In fact, Bills 49- 52 were all introduced by Representative J. Kevin Pearson (R- District 76). All these bills also seem like they will negatively impact members of the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans.