Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 203-212

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 203-212.

House Bill 203 (HB203)-  (Ivey) Currently after a failed evaluation, a teacher must complete an assistance program. If they fail to do so or still are evaluated to be ineffective afterwards, the local school system is required to fire them. This would change that status to being permitted to fire them rather than required to do so.

House Bill 204 (HB204)-   (Dove) Increases the size of the board of the Bayou Cane Fire Protection district from 5 members to 7.

House Bill 205 (HB205)-  (Leger)this is a constitutional amendment- Currently the legislature has to approve local sales taxes above a certain rate. This would remove that requirement but not the requirement that such taxes are subject to voter approval.

House Bill 206 (HB206)-  (Reynolds) This is a constitutional amendment which would make it so that school districts can be created without being “parish” school districts. Essentially this would allow for the creation of multiple mini-districts within a parish. The creation of such districts would be subject to voter approval. I think this is very concerning as it would make it easier for wealthier areas to separate their schools from poorer areas leaving the poorer areas with even less resources.

House Bill 207 (HB207)-  (Carmody) Lets public post-secondary institutions name buildings in honor of living people. Public buildings/parks/roads etc are not ordinarily allowed to be named for living people unless it is specifically authorized by a law.

House Bill 208 (HB208)-  (Pylant) Creates an exemption to a requirement of a licensed well driller for wells drilled on private property, to a depth no less than 200 feet, when the water will be used solely for agricultural purposes on that person’s property.

House Bill 209 (HB209)-  (Garofalo) Lets the legislative fiscal staff have access to state agency information in a manner similar to that which the legislative auditor and legislative fiscal officer currently do.

House Bill 210 (HB210)-  (Pylant) Sets aside funds for a judgement in a DOTD case.

House Bill 211 (HB211)-  (Connick) Allows local governing bodies to create local transportation districts and sets up all the powers and duties such districts would have including the ability to collect fees, incur debts, enter into contracts, conduct property surveys, acquire property, and have a seal.

House Bill 212 (HB212)-  (Brossett) Sets up a mapping system for building plans and emergency prep information for non-public schools and colleges in the state so that the first responders have useful information in an emergency.