Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 83- 92

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 83- 92.

House Bill 83 (HB83)-  (Brossett) Authorizes the state of Louisiana to forgive loans it made to local areas effected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita

House Bill 84 (HB84)- (Barrow) Sets aside funds for a judgement in a DOTD case

House Bill 85 (HB85)- (Badon) Would prohibit discrimination in state employment based on sexual orientation  gender identity or gender expression.

I wish HB85 would pass but unfortunately I know our terrible state legislature better than that. 😦

House Bill 86 (HB86)- (Havard) changes a law allowing local sales/use tax exemption in east Feliciana parish for charges for the furnishing of repairs to tangible personal property when the repaired property is delivered to a customer in another state to one requiring such an exemption

House Bill 87 (HB87)- (Carmody) Currently the imposition of a new fee or increase in a fee requires a 2/3 approval by the legislature- this seeks to add a constitutional amendment to exclude tuition and fees for post secondary education from that requirement- They want to make it easier to up tuition and fees- if this passes the legislature it will go to voters on November 4th, 2014.

House Bill 88 (HB88)- (Champagne) Also a constitutional amendment that would be up to voters Nov, 2014- Adds term limits of three consecutive terms for statewide elected offices (except for the governor who is already term limited)

House Bill 89 (HB89)- (Hoffman) because the special education category includes both gifted and disabled students currently schools are required to have rules and guidelines for the appropriate use of seclusion, physical restraint, and mechanical restraint of students with both. This removes gifted students who do not also have a disability from triggering that requirement for schools.

House Bill 90 (HB90)- (Mack) Lets the dept of public safety and corrections sell bullet proof vests to law enforcement agencies (It says they are going to sell ones where the warranty has expired and I am under the impression – admittedly from watching a bullet proof vest be valued by an expert on pawn stars- that they lose effectiveness with age. So perhaps not the safest idea?)

House Bill 91 (HB91)- (Pugh) sets asides funds for a judgment in a DOTD case

House Bill 92 (HB92)- (Burrell) Alters the appropriations bill by adding a new definition of “authorized other charges positions” as the number of positions in an appropriation bill to be funded by the other charges continuing category of the accounting system of the state.