Louisiana State Senate 2013 Session – SB 21-30

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 21-30.

Senate Bill 21 (SB21)- (Mills)  was withdrawn- had something to do with limiting liability for non profits working with Dept of Health and Hospitals to do certain things. (withdrawn bills are not available on the website, only a very brief subject matter statement)

Senate Bill 22 (SB22) – (Nevers) also withdrawn – was a constitutional amendment which pertained to prohibiting unfunded mandates.

Senate Bill 23 (SB23)-   (Peacock) changes the area which is used to determine whether the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission is required to notify existing motorcycle dealers of a new or relocated dealership selling the same motorcycles from being based on areas surrounding existing dealerships to being based on the area surrounding the location for the new or relocated dealership. I really am confused by this present law honestly. Why do they have to notify existing dealers that they have new competition? How is this something that is required by law?

Senate Bill 24 (SB24)- (White) creates immunity from civil liability in cases where a person was “in good faith” reporting “suspicious behavior or liability.” Does not apply to cases where the person knows they are making a false report or in cases with a reckless disregard for the truth.

Senate Bill 25 (SB25)-  (Broome) Creates the Southern Heights Neighborhood Crime Prevention and Improvement District in East Baton Rouge Parish, specifies its boundaries, sets up a system for its governance, lays outs its authority and duties, and  sets up its funding.

Senate Bill 26 (SB26)-  (Peterson) Repeals the “Louisiana Science Education Act”  which allows the use of supplemental material in science classes to introduce alternative theories of established science, often thought of as a law to allow creationism under the guise of “intelligent design” into public schools. This is not the first repeal effort.

Senate Bill 27 (SB27)-   (Broome) Adds a 90 day in advance of a sale date requirement to the requirements for a sheriff serving notice of a property seizure. Requires the use of a form that was previously optional. Adds information on home-owners rights and counseling to the information that must be given when notice is given.

Senate Bill 28 (SB28)-   (Murray) Very similar to house bill 69 which changes 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. This bill (but not HB69) in addition also changes the amount of time the complaints received by the assessor’s office have to be forwarded to the board of review from 7 to 10 days.

Senate Bill 29 (SB29)-  (Nevers)  Currently there is a constitutional prohibition on unfunded mandates for political subdivisions and school systems with certain exceptions laid out. This constitutional amendment seeks to eliminate the bulk of these exceptions (including one for mandates to comply with federal law) leaving just the ones for laws put in place before the prohibition of the mandates and one for laws providing for firemen and municipal policemen.

Senate Bill 30 (SB30)-  (Morrell) Creates a commission to study, report on, and make recommendations for justice reform in Orleans Parish.