Focus Topic – For Those in Need

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

Bills that involve the impoverished, individuals at risk, and charity efforts

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 93 (HB93)-  (Thierry)Authorizes court costs up to $20 for the Opelousas City Court with the funds from such to go to a fund for services for juvenile delinquents, children in need of supervision, families in need of services, and similar items.

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.

House Bill 126 (HB126)- (Hodges) Authorizes the office of alcohol and tobacco control to set up requirements for posting information about the National Human Trafficking Resources hotline and lets them suspend or revoke alcohol licenses for failure to comply with such.

House Bill 147 (HB147)- (Huval) Creates a “I’m Cajun” license plate the proceeds from which will benefit the ”La Fondation Louisiane for the Escadrille Louisiane” scholarship program.

House Bill 153 (HB153)-  (Foil) Changes a checkoff on income tax forms through which an individual may donate some or all of their refund from being specific to prostate cancer to being for all types of cancer combating or research.

House Bill 159 (HB159)- (T. Landry) Creates a March of Dimes license plates, the funds from which will go to support the March of Dimes.

Senate Bill 32 (SB32)- (Crowe) sets up a system for connecting criminal defendants who are veterans with resources through veterans services.

Senate Bill 58 (SB58)- (Buffington) allows a non-profit or charity organization to receive and use any commercial or game fish, migratory and resident game bird, game quadruped, alligator, or feral hog in food or meal distribution.

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

House Bill 183 (HB183)- (Schexnayder)  Creates an exemption from dept of health and human services licensing requirements for parish voluntary councils and area agencies on aging.

House Bill 173 (HB173)-  (Hazel) Currently the safe haven law that allows for safe anonymous turning over of infants to the state applies to infants up to 30 days of age and this would extend that to infants up to 12 months old.

House Bill 233 (HB233)- (P. Smith) Requires Louisiana to opt in to the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and includes a legislative reporting process related to Medicaid to be put into place.  There is another medicaid opt in bill (HB110) but it does not include the reporting process.

House Bill 375 (HB375)– (Hoffmann) Replaces the Childnet intervention program for special needs toddlers and infants with the EarlySteps childhood disability intervention program. Sets up the EarlySteps program and all the procedures surrounding it. Authorizes a fee system for participation in services of the program.

House Bill 449 (HB449)– (Burrell) Expands medicaid as laid out in the Affordable Care Act until Dec 31, 2016.

House Bill 525 (HB525)– (Harris) Changes several provisions related to the “Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program” which provides temporary cash assistance to need families. Deletes some outdated provisions. Also deletes a provision requiring information about other programs (such as medicaid and food stamps) to be given out, a provision for intensive case management, a provision providing a transition plan for families leaving the system, a provision authorizing the DCFS to set up a system for program participants to bring grievances, etc. Adds and changes some provisions related to job placement. Authorizes the use of email for program communications.

House Bill 557 (HB557)– (Willmott)  Requires all mandatory reporters to receive training on mandatory reporting laws and the consequences of failing to report.

House Bill 562 (HB562)– (Johnson) This provides an exception the “financial viability” (which involves a certain line of credit, liability insurance and worker’s comp)  requirement for licensing home and community based service providers if that provider  1)Has operated and provided services to functionally impaired adults continuously for over 25 years and 2) Provides adult day care, day habilitation, pre-vocational training, or supported employment to a combined total of fewer than 100 clients.

House Bill 572 (HB572)- (W Bishop) Renames the Fatherhood Initiative system the Fatherhood First Initiative. Adds an objective to promote public education on substance abuse and addiction, anger management and conflict resolution, fiscal awareness and financial literacy, parenting skills, child developments, and family studies to the program. Establishes a council to help achieve the goals of the initiative.

House Bill 578 (HB578)– (N Landry) Clarifies and regulates adoption procedures from both Hague convention and non- Hague convention foreign countries.

House Bill 581 (HB581)- (Connick) Exempts from seizure for payment to a seizing creditor any amount from the income of a worker whose income is less than 125% of the federal poverty line. Also has a provision for a minimum  weekly exemption from seizure of 50 times the federal minimum hourly wage.

House Bill 582 (HB582)– (Simon) Requires no parking to be written on the pavement in an access aisle for a handicapped parking space (access aisle = the area next to the van spaces to provide for wheel chair lifts)

House Bill 583 (HB583)– (Cox) Prohibits employers from firing a veteran for attending medical visits which are necessary to receive his/her veteran benefits.

House Bill 590 (HB590)- (Hunter) Requires poultry plants that have received grant money or economic development funds from the state in the last ten year to offer poultry grower contracts to poultry growers who are veterans.

House Concurrent Resolution 4 (HCR4)– (Norton) Directs the Dept of Health and Hospitals to take actions needed to expand medicaid (to the affordable care act level)

House Concurrent Resolution 7 (HCR7)– (Barrow) Suspends R.S. 40:1300.321 through1300.323 which relates to resource allocation models for Medicaid-covered home- and community-based longterm care services until 60 days after the 2014 Legislative session ends.

House Concurrent Resolution 8 (HCR8)- (Edwards)  Amends the Medicaid eligibility rules of the dept of health and hospitals to conform to those established in the Affordable Care Act.  Directs the secretary of DHH to submit  any Medicaid state plan amendment necessary to implement the expansion.

House Concurrent Resolutions 15 (HCR15)- (H Burns) Requests a DHH study on the most effective way to reduce suicides in Louisiana.

House Concurrent Resolution 32 (HCR32)- (Greene) Requests the La. State Law Institute to review child support guidelines and laws regarding custody and visitation issues related to children with developmental disabilities and to submit specific proposed legislation based on that review by February 2014.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 (SCR7)– (Mills) Encourages the Louisiana Lottery Corporation to create a new lottery ticket the proceeds from which would go to benefit veterans.


–to be periodically updated as new bills are filed–