Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 63- 72

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 63- 72.

House Bill 63 (HB63)-  (Robideaux) Authorizes a cost-of-living benefit increase for retirees and beneficiaries of state retirement systems. Such a cost of living increase has to be approved by the state legislature.

House Bill 64 (HB64)- (Arnold) Increases employee contribution requirements for the Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund in the city of New Orleans.

House Bill 65 (HB65)– (Johnson) removes the requirement for the increased proportion and requires the health insurance premiums for Haz Duty Plan members to be calculated according to the same method as other state retirees.

House Bill 66 (HB66)-  (Chaney) requires the premium costs of group hospital, surgical, and medical expense insurance, and the first $10,000 of life insurance to be paid by the sheriff of Richland Parish for all sheriffs and deputy sheriffs who retire after Aug. 1, 2013, as follows:(1) 50% with at least 25 years of service with the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office at 55 years of age. (2) 100% with at least 30 years of service with the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office, regardless of age.

House Bill 67 (HB67)- (Arnold) Changes retirement requirements for Harbor Police Retirement System in the city of New Orleans Members who are hired after January 1, 2014. Also establishes an option for a cost of living adjustment based retirement plan. Alters system for disability retirement. Also makes alterations to survivor benefit system.

House Bill 68 (HB68)– (Pearson) requires certain members to have membership in both a regular defined benefit plan and a cash balance plan and lays out all the rules to govern said dual membership.

House Bill 69 (HB69)-  (Brossett) beginning in tax year 2013, that the period for inspection of assessment lists in Orleans Parish be for a period of 32 calendar days, beginning no earlier than July 15 and ending no later than Aug. 15 of each year, rather than the current 15 days. This change does not effect any other parishes.

House Bill 70 (HB70)-  (Fannin) an increase in the per diem that may be paid to board members ofthe Bienville Parish Ward 4 and 5 Fire Protection District to $50 (from $30), for attending meetings (up to 14 per year). Also authorizes payment of a per diem to the chairman of the board, which may not exceed $250 for up to 14 meetings per year.

House Bill 71 (HB71)- (H. Burns) requires that officers who stop vehicles check not only for proof of liability insurance but to their best ability for proof that the insurance is current.

House Bill 72 (HB72)-  (Hensgens) requires all sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, constables, marshals and justices of the peace to take custody of and impound any livestock found roaming at large upon certain state highways and increases the daily amount charged to owners for feed and care of animals from $2 to $6.