Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 223-232

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 223-232

House Bill 223 (HB223)- (H. Burns) Defines timely payments for the purposes of payment of royalties to mean 60 days after the end of the calendar month in which subsequent oil production is sold or 90 days after the end of the calendar month in which subsequent gas production is sold.

House Bill 224 (HB224)- (Hollis) Requires immediate removal of nontenured bus drivers convicted of driving a vehicle while intoxicated whether or not they were in their official duties at the time. (Current law pertains specifically to during official duties.) Also adds such convictions to the list of offenses for which a tenured bus driver can be terminated.

House Bill 225 (HB225)- (Howard) Gives Sabine parish authority over citations based on weight, width and size limit violations for vehicles in the parish.

House Bill 226 (HB226)- (Richard) Makes sexual contact between psychotherapists and clients illegal. Covers both relations between therapists and current clients and former clients (within a year) when the client-therapist relationship ended in order to enter into a sexual relationship.

House Bill 227 (HB227)- (Lorusso) Changes the composition requirements of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana Board so that there is no longer a requirement for proportional stock and non stock members. Changes the office requirement from in New Orleans to in Louisiana. Removes the power to call an audit. Makes stopping services to delinquent insurers and revoking their licenses an option rather than a requirement.

House Bill 228 (HB228)- (Fannin) Lays out a system for direct health insurance payment requirements for “non-contracted facility based physicians” which means a physician licensed to practice medicine who is required by a health care facility to provide services in the facility (including an anesthesiologist, hospitalist, intensivist, neonatologist, pathologist, or radiologist) who does not contract with a health insurance issuer.

House Bill 229 (HB229)- (Anders) Increase the max per diem payment for members of the board of Concordia Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 from $40 to $100. The minimum of $25 stays the same.

House Bill 230 (HB230)- (Pope) Requires that for a student entering kindergarten to be eligible to participate in the voucher program, the public school he would have otherwise attended or the recovery school district school he enrolled in must have received a “C”, “D”, or “F” for the most recent school year. Currently there is no requirement for those student’s schools to have a specific grade for them to be eligible.

House Bill 231 (HB231)- (Pierre) Allows Lafayette parish to make a car rental tax district within their parish through which they can tax vehicle rentals. (with some exceptions listed) Any funds received as a result would go to the Lafayette Redevelopment Authority.

House Bill 232 (HB232)-  (Terry Brown) Increases the hotel tax that the Grant Parish Tourist Commission is permitted to levy from 2% to 10%.