Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 73-82

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 73- 82.

House Bill 73 (HB73)-  (Richard) requires a 10% reduction in the total dollar amount for professional, personal,and consulting service contracts under the jurisdiction of the office of contractual review for the 2013-2014 fiscal year- Contracts that would put it over the 10% reduced amount would have to meet several requirements to be allowed.

House Bill 74 (HB74)- (Lorusso) adds a prohibition on placement of obstructions within six feet of any part of a levee fronting the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue, or London Avenue outfall drainage canal in Orleans Parish not used for commercial navigation

House Bill 75 (HB75)- (W. Bishop) extends a local sales and use tax exemption for “St Bernard Project Inc” to include state sales and use tax.

House Bill 76 (HB76)- (Hoffman) the law that allows the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board to collect an assessment of up to $1500 along with applications for initial or renewal licenses is set to expire and this would repeal the clause that causes the law to expire.

House Bill 77 (HB77)-  (Howard) would dedicate 10% of the state excise tax on low alcohol content beverages to the Louisiana Wounded Warrior Fund

House Bill 78 (HB78)- (Hoffman) sets aside funds for a judgement against the DOTD

House Bill 79 (HB79)- (Hensgens) Adds additional requirements to school’s crisis management plans such that plans must be made jointly with law enforcement, require locks on classroom doors to remain locked during instruction time, and requires safety drill for plan rehearsal  This seems a bit overkill- schools already have to have a crisis management plan as required by present law- forcing them to use time and resources to remake it and forcing law enforcement to use time and resources to participate seems wasteful.

House Bill 80 (HB80)- (Schroder) sets aside funds for a judgement against the DOTD

House Bill 81 (HB81)- (Armes) Withdrawn prior to introduction. It had been something to do with purple heart recipients and hunting and fishing licenses… ?

House Bill 82 (HB82)- (Hill) limits the sale of dextromethorphan (the active ingredient in robotussin) – annoyingly this would mean you have to show an ID and likely deal with it being behind a counter and such to buy cough meds containing it, which is an obnoxious hassle to have to deal with over teen robotripping paranoia