Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB103-112

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 103- 112

House Bill 103 (HB103)-  (Badon) This bill reduces the penalties for second, third, and later offenses for possession of marijuana. It also removes marijuana possession from the violations that can be used to establish sentencing under the Habitual Offender law. It also has a provision to allow for motions to reconsider sentences for those sentenced under the old legal sentencing.

House Bill 104 (HB104)- (Thibaut) Currently auto insurers offer a 25% discount to all active military in the state (in exchange they get a tax credit), this bill extends that discount to cover Louisiana National Guard and reservists.

House Bill 105 (HB105)- (Whitney) Specifies that the tasks of the jury commission in Terrebonne Parish are to be performed by the parish’s Clerk of Court.

House Bill 106 (HB106)- (Dove) Increases the maximum rate of the hotel occupancy tax that the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau may levy from 4 to 5 percent with the extra to be used for recreational and tourism infrastructure.

House Bill 107 (HB107)- (Badon) Changes the boundaries of the McKendall Estates Neighborhood Improvement District in Orleans Parish from being bounded by Bullard Avenue, Dwyer Road, Jahncke Road or Canal, and Lake Forest Boulevard to being bounded by Bullard Avenue, South Easterlyn Circle, Jahncke Road or Canal, and Lake Forest Boulevard (not including 5555 and 5661 Bullard Avenue).

House Bill 108 (HB108)- (Broadwater) Authorizes local governments to approve placement of cable services in the public right of way.

House Bill 109 (HB109)-  (Howard) Removes the recreational fishing possession limits for Toledo Bend Reservoir and the authority of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish such limits by rule.

House Bill 110 (HB110)- (Norton) Would require Louisiana to participate in the Medicaid expansion laid out by the Affordable Care Act.

House Bill 111 (HB111)- (Hoffman) Prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a state building and sets up a fine system for violations of this prohibition.

House Bill 112 (HB112)- (Hill) Allows the mayors of DeQuincy, Iowa, Vinton, and Westlake to impose up to an additional $20 in court costs for municipal ordinance or traffic violations. Half of the additional amount will go to the 14th Judicial District’s Indigent Defender Fund. This law would expire on August 1st, 2016.