Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 173-182

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 173-182.

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 174 (HB174)- (Arnold) A 4% pay increase for the Clerks of Court which requires them to complete annual certification updates and renewal courses.

House Bill 175 (HB175)- (P. Smith) Limits the “suspension of voting rights” due to a felony to the period when a person is confined in a corrections facility. So felons would no longer be banned from voting during parole/ probation/ etc.

House Bill 176 (HB176)- (Ritchie) Changes document requirements for withdrawals from a cemetery merchandise trust fund from a death certificate to documents chosen by rules established by the related board.

House Bill 177 (HB177)- (Leger) Makes the Institute of Public Health and Justice the primary researcher for the legislature on youth criminal justice and behavioral problem issues which will serve as a statewide data repository and resource with information on best practices in juvenile justice. Authorizes funding for the institute as well as cooperation with other educational/research institutes.

House Bill 178 (HB178)- (Talbot) Completely repeals the state income tax for corporations and also repeals the franchise tax for corporations.

House Bill 179 (HB179)- (H. Burns) Allows the Shreveport Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau to increase the hotel tax they levy from 4.5 to 7 % with a portion of that increase to go to activities for sports tourism and to the Independence Bowl Foundation.

House Bill 180 (HB180)-  (Terry Brown) Allows for an election to abolish the office of chief of police in Goldonna after which (if the office is abolished) the mayor and board of alderman can contract with any law enforcement agency/entity within Natchitoches Parish for police services.

House Bill 181 (HB181)- (LeBas) Lets Evangeline Parish accept a bid from a local (in parish) contractor who is not the lowest bidder if the lowest bidder is not local, the local bid is no more than 5% higher than the lowest bid, and the local contractor agrees to do the contract at the same price as the lowest bid. Basically allows for preference to be given to local contractors when accepting bids.

House Bill 182 (HB182)-  (Anders) Current law requires the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to develop guidelines for tax exemptions for raw agricultural commodities, this bill would change that requirement to something the department is allowed to do rather than required to do.