Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 183-192

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 183-192.

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 184 (HB184)- (Honore) Authorizes background checks for applicants to jobs under the Volunteer LA Commission and any program funded by AmeriCorps

House Bill 185 (HB185)- (Cox) Creates a tax credit for donations made to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

House Bill 186 (HB186)- (H. Burns) Changes the route requirements for the transportation of hazardous chemicals in Caddo and Bossier Parishes.

House Bill 187 (HB187)- (Thibaut) Increases the required number of days from 10 to 24 for horse racing at certain facilities. In order to have offtrack wagering, the tracks have to meet a minimum number of days per year of races. This law change is specific to facilities with revenue from slot machines limited to a certain expressly stated number of machines.

House Bill 188 (HB188)- (Ponti) Would not allow any secondhand dealer to pay for a precious metal object (gold, iridium, palladium, platinum, or silver) with cash. They would be required to mail a check to the address on the photo ID of the seller after waiting at least 5 days. This seems like a huge, huge problem for pawn shops.

House Bill 189 (HB189)- (Gaines) Currently there is an attempted theft statute uses a threshold of $300 minimum value and the equivalent theft statute uses a threshold of $500. This brings the attempted theft value threshold to $500 and in line with the other statute.

House Bill 190 (HB190)- (Schexnayder) Replaces a requirement for the Private Works Act which currently requires an itemized list of elements to requiring a general description of materials supplies/services rendered.

House Bill 191 (HB191)- (S. Bishop) Requires the state to take actions to ensure the ability to vote for registered voters who can not vote during early voting or vote at their polling place due to out of state work requirements related to a declared emergency.

House Bill 192 (HB192)- (Edwards)  For the code of civil procedure, adds articles addressing proper venue in actions involving certain retirement systems and employee benefit programs, actions involving voting trusts, and actions involving application for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment to the list of articles providing exclusive venue and the rules for application when two or more articles conflict. Also requires the proof for a default judgement to be placed into the court record prior to a judgement. In addition, requires hearings for amending final judgments and for courts to explain their reasons for granting motions for new trials.

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