Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 143-152

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 143-152.

House Bill 143 (HB143)-  (Burford) Makes it a crime (and establishes penalties for such crime) to file or deposit false, forged or wrongfully altered documents related to a public water system or to interfere with, tamper, or modify without authorization such a system.

House Bill 144 (HB144)- (Terry Brown) Requires LSU to make available to each first time entering freshman (enrolled full time) at least one student ticket for purchase to attend each football game held in the LSU stadium. Tickets not bought during the student ticket purchase time frame laid out in the law will then be available to be sold to the general public.

House Bill 145 (HB145)- (Jay Morris) When a sex offender moves from another state to Louisiana, the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information makes a determination as to whether to use the registration period required by the other state or Louisiana- whichever is longer. This bill states that if the prior state required lifelong registration that that will be done automatically and the determination process is unnecessary.

House Bill 146 (HB146)- (Adams) Number of video poker machines allowed at a gas station is determined by gallons of fuel sold. This bill states that if gallons of fuel sold goes down due to a non commercial cause, such as a force of nature or road construction issue, that the station may continue to have the same number of machines as based on the fuel amount sold before this non commercial cause. A new determination of the fuel sold amount will be made once the cause is resolved.

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 148 (HB148)- (Pierre)  Changes the time someone has to provide proof of a motorcycle license to an insurer when applying for motorcycle insurance, extending that time frame to 90 days.

House Bill 149 (HB149)- (Talbot) limits the commission which a producer may receive from sales of La. Citizens insurance policies through its FAIR and Coastal Plans to no greater than 5% per policy premium and also adds collecting a larger commission to the list of prohibited activities for insurers and insurance producers.Update: This bill was withdrawn on 3/25

House Bill 150 (HB150)- (Greene) This bill is worded so densely that I had to have someone else look at it as well… Best we can tell it requires health insurance companies to deal with health care providers you authorize to file claims for you directly rather than paying you and having you deal with the health care provider.

House Bill 151 (HB151)– (Cox) Extends tax credits for heritage based cottage industries in the Cane River Heritage Area Development zone from ending in 2014 to 2018

House Bill 152 (HB152)- (Hazel) This bill is to address Louisiana’s mandatory life sentences without parole in cases where the offender was under 18 at the time of the crime. In Miller v Alabama, the supreme court ruled that the sentencing court must consider the age and that a mandatory sentence without parole is not allowable. This bill puts that consideration into place going forward and sets up a system for parole considerations for currently incarcerated individuals who were sentenced under the now disallowed system.