Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 243-252

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 243-252.

House Bill 243 (HB243)-  (Carter) Grants TOPS eligibility to students who graduate in 2011 or after with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from a high school located outside Louisiana and approved to issue such.

House Bill 244 (HB244)-  (Lorusso) Prohibits releasing law enforcement agency records which contain personal information about an officer without the consent of the officer.

House Bill 245 (HB245)-  (Lambert) Would reduce non-resident hunting and fishing license fees to be the same as the fees for residents. Effective only until Jan 2016 at which point the fees would return to their current rates.

House Bill 246 (HB246)-  (Gisclair) Authorizes the state to transfer certain property from the Dept of Transportation and Development to Lafourche Parish.

House Bill 247 (HB247)-  (PopeSame as HB238 The telecommunications tax for the telecommunications for the deaf fund is currently 5 cents a month and levied on all local phone lines. This would change it to 4 cents a month and being levied on local, long distance, pager and wireless lines.

House Bill 248 (HB248)-  (Talbot) Requires annual verification that a student meets the family income eligibility requirements to participate in the school voucher program.

House Bill 249 (HB249)-  (Richard) Currently students are eligible to be funded to take courses through the “Course Choice Program” by meeting one of three criteria. This changes the criteria that a student is attending a school that received a C, D, or F rating to only covering D or F rated schools. The other two possible criteria are unchanged.

House Bill 250 (HB250)-  (Danahay) Under this law, a former public servant whose public service in a calendar year lasted less than 90 days shall not be required to receive education and training on the Code of Governmental Ethics during that year

House Bill 251 (HB251)-  (Talbot) Would put into place “cost-sharing” requirements (co-pays, deductibles, etc) for medicaid recipients as well as limit non emergency visits to emergency rooms. The law will be subject to limitations based on federal regulations.

House Bill 252 (HB252)-  (Geymann) Sets asides funds for a judgment in a DOTD case