Louisiana State Senate 2013 Session SB 11-20

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 Senate Bills 11-20.

Senate Bill 11 (SB11)-  (E. Guillory) This law requires an increase in employee contributions to state retirement plans. It also changes the averaging period for figuring highest average pay for such plans from 36 to 60 months. The law also has an increase for some state retirees in post retirement benefits.  It has qualifications for eligibility for this increase and lays out the increase amount.

Senate Bill 12 (SB12)- (Murray)  Adds an income tax credit of up to $600 for  deposits into a Wind and Hail Deductible Savings Account to cover the deductible of one’s home owner’s insurance in the event of wind or hail damage.

Senate Bill 13 (SB13)-  (Long) Sets up a system for the board of trustees of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System to appoint an actuary and lays out the duties of said actuary. Sets up a system for interest rates for the retirement system and requires disclosure.

Senate Bill 14 (SB14)-  (Martiny) Sets out a system for transferring service credits between state retirement systems under certain circumstances.

Senate Bill 15 (SB15)-  (Perry) Lets the registrar of voters make changes of address, name, or party affiliation after the close of registration as long as those changes were received prior to the close of registration.

Senate Bill 16 (SB16)- (Long) Adds to a law the definition that references to “regular retirement plan” mean “tier 1 of the teachers’ defined benefit plan”

 Senate Bill 17 (SB17)-  (E. Guillory) Sets up a plan for 2% of state revenue in excess of 2011-2012 levels to go to dealing with unfunded accrued liabilities of the state retirement plans and also for funding benefit increases for state retirees.

Senate Bill 18 (SB18)-  (Ward) Any cakes or cookies made in the home for sale (as long as they don’t sell more than $50,000 worth of them in a year) are not subject to health/ sanitation code requirements. The Dept of Revenue has to let the Dept of Health know about any producers in excess of the $50,000 amount.

Senate Bill 19 (SB19)- (Allain) prohibits the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Company from raising rates by more than 25% in a year without approval of the House and Senate committees on insurance.

Senate Bill 20 (SB20)-  (Allain)  Extends public notice requirements for meetings in which a political subdivision is considering levying a tax or calling an election to do so to require the notice to be published between 30 and 60 days before the meeting and also sets up a system requiring 10 day notice for a rescheduled meeting if the meeting or the vote on the topic is postponed.