Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 153-162

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 153-162.

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 154 (HB154)- (P. Smith) Presently the law allows for principal and accessory parties to a crime. This bill would change the classifications to principal, aider and abbetor, and accessory after the fact. It would remove individuals who aid and abet from the principal category and place them in the new category. It also provides a system to figure out penalties for the other parties based on the penalties for the principal party.

House Bill 155 (HB155)- (Cox) requires that a school’s emergency plan be prepared jointly with fire/police officials, not just consider and include input from them. (see HB 79 for a similar bill) Also specifies additional focuses for such a plan, requires fire/police official review of such plans annually, and requires additional training related to the plan.

House Bill 156 (HB156)-  (Schexnayder) Abolishes a long list of boards/councils/commissions in some cases eliminating their functions and in others moving the function to another board/council/commission. The list being abolished is to long to reproduce here, view the bill for the list, check the digest (pgs 20-25 of the bill) for the easiest way to view the list.

House Bill 157 (HB157)- (Willmott) Sets asides for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 158 (HB158)- (T. Landry) Allows certain judicial districts (the 14th, 16th, and 36th) to set up pilot programs to conduct supervised probation for certain eligible first and second felony (not violent or sex crimes) offenses.

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.

House Bill 160 (HB160)- (Reynolds) Delays implementation of certain teacher assessment models and the related evaluation program for a year and makes implementation contingent upon approval of the assessment models by the house and senate education committees.

House Bill 161 (HB161)- (James) Changes the system for the income tax credit for state certified productions. (The movie tax credits) Reduces the amount of tax credit, reduces the number of years a credit can be carried forward, and gets rid of the ability for such a credit to be transferred or sold.

House Bill 162 (HB162)- (Pearson) Constitutional amendment to allow a taxing authority to increase its millage rate up to any maximum authorized millage rate established within the last 10 years rather than the maximum authorized rate in effect the prior year. Also establishes additional public notice requirements for meetings at which a millage increase will be voted on.