Louisiana State Senate 2013 Session – SB 51-60

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 Senate Bills 51-60.

Senate Bill 51 (SB51)-  (Long) Adds violations for building code, zoning, vegetation  and nuisance ordinances to the list of reasons a municipality or parish may impose fines. Makes other provisions of the law applicable regardless of city population. (Which are currently only applied with a population over 300,000)

Senate Bill 52 (SB52)- (F. Thompson) Establishes that possession of controlled substances in a prison contraband situation also can be punished in accordance with the laws pertaining to distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

Senate Bill 53 (SB53)- (Erdey) Increases the amount of continuing education required for title insurers to renew their licenses from 6 to 12 hours.

Senate Bill 54 (SB54)- (Broome) This bill was withdrawn prior to me summarizing it. It was on the topic of human trafficking victims.

Senate Bill 55 (SB55)- (Johns) Requires the Dept of Health and Hospitals to report on Medicaid to the senate and house committees on health and welfare annually as well as make more information on the state’s medicaid program available on their website. Lays out in depth the information which must be reported to the committees.

Senate Bill 56 (SB56)- (Morrell) This constitutional amendment would add an exemption from showing that their income was under the required amount to receive a special property assessment level for individuals who are permanently and totally disabled. Such an exemption already exists for individuals over 65.

Senate Bill 57 (SB57)- (Dorsey-Colomb) Creates the Louisiana Sickle Cell Commission. Establishes the composition of its board and the function of the commission. (ensure sickle cell care is provided, publish annual reports, assess programs, etc)

Senate Bill 58 (SB58)- (Buffington) allows a non-profit or charity organization to receive and use any commercial or game fish, migratory and resident game bird, game quadruped, alligator, or feral hog in food or meal distribution.

Senate Bill 59 (SB59)- (Buffington) Would require that meetings by the boards of supervisors for the Louisiana State University system, the Southern University system, the University of Louisiana system, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College system or any of their committees be broadcast live over the Internet and archived and made available for at least a year. This law does not apply to executive sessions. Technical problems preventing the recording will not be considered a violation of the law. 

Senate Bill 60 (SB60)- (Adley) Makes it a crime to pretend to be a veteran or a veteran owned business for the purposes of gaining some sort of privilege, economic gain, or other benefit. Establishes penalties for this offense.