Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 213-222

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 213-222

House Bill 213 (HB213)- (James) A person can exclude (by written agreement) from their car insurance individuals who live with them. This extends the ability to exclude individuals to ones who have reasonable access to the vehicle.

House Bill 214 (HB214)- (Jefferson) This bill is designed to increase parental involvement in public schools. First, it authorizes partnerships with individuals and organizations designed to increase the involvement. Second, it encourages parenting classes to increase involvement. It also recognizes schools with high levels of involvement and encourages a system to get involved parents to get other parents involved. Also authorizes seeking funding for the related programs.

House Bill 215 (HB215)- (Hensgens)  Extends hunting restrictions to prohibit hunting deer (and other quadrupeds) while the animal is swimming or the hunter is in a watercraft. For the current law, it applies only if both of those conditions are the case and applies only to limited watercrafts.

House Bill 216 (HB216)- (Shadoin) Increases the amount the Patient’s Compensation Fund may invest to any amount as long as they are able to keep current on their payment requirements.

House Bill 217 (HB217)-  (Arnold) Would require any camera based fines (red light tickets, speed cams) to be approved by the local electorate and any areas with them already in place could operate them only until July 1, 2014 without holding an election. This would likely get rid of these systems if it passed as basically no voters are going to approve them.

House Bill 218 (HB218)- (Norton) In Louisiana law, an autocycle is essentially an enclosed motorcycle with a steering wheel. They do not trigger helmet laws or motorcycle license requirements. This extends the definition to include vehicles where the cycle in enclosed with a roll cage rather than a solid roof.

House Bill 219 (HB219)- (Jefferson) This law would prohibit courts from disapproving the placement of a child in an adoption based solely on the prospective parent having a criminal record. It would require the court to consider the nature and number of offenses as well as the amount of time since the offense(s).

House Bill 220 (HB220)- (Havard) Requires the legislative fiscal office to analyze the general appropriations bill and report on (an make available online for the public) increases, decreases, and other changes from previous years.  – Basically the same thing as HB97 which was withdrawn.

House Bill 221 (HB221)- (Connick) There is a law limiting dual office-holding and employment. This bill says that licensed physicians can be both faculty or staff of a public higher education institution as well as hold an appointive office or employment in the U.S. government in a health care facility.

House Bill 222 (HB222)-  (T. Burns) Changes the requirement that the year of experience required for CPA certification be supervised and verified by a licensee to only needing to be verified by a licensee. Clarifies what proceedings costs can be required to be paid by a licensee when those proceedings are needed to impose a remedy.