Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 253-262

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 253-262.

House Bill 253 (HB253)- (Leopold) Currently law enforcement officers can not be stationed at polling places on election days. This would create an exception for law enforcement who ordinarily provide security for that public building and says that the officer can not interfere with the election, voters, or election officials.

House Bill 254 (HB254)- (Fannin)  Would require legislative oversight and approval of updates to the uniform state construction code no less than 10 days before the bill filing deadline. Such updates will not become effective until it is approved by the legislature by concurrent resolution while in session.

House Bill 255 (HB255)-  (Leger) For the purposes of the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Act, this bill redefines “Multifamily residential housing” from meaning a minimum of ninety and a maximum of 200 attached dwelling units  to a minimum of ninety with a maximum of 300. Also changes the commercial/retail  space required for a “Transit-oriented development” from 15% of the site to 20,000 square feet.

House Bill 256 (HB256)-  (P. Williams) This is a constitutional amendment. Currently property sold at a tax sale is redeemable by paying the price given plus a penalty and interest for up to three years. Property which was abandoned or blighted in New Orleans is redeemable for 18 months. This would remove the provision pertaining to blighted/abandoned property in New Orleans. It would be replaced with a provision that statewide blighted or abandoned property would be redeemable for 12 months.

House Bill 257 (HB257)-  (Ritchie) Adds an additional member to the board of directors of the Louisiana Citizens  Property Insurance Company Corporation

House Bill 258 (HB258)-(Pierre) Updates the geographical boundaries of the  North Lafayette Redevelopment Authority. Increases the board membership from 9 to 11 and changes board composition. Also makes some technical changes to the way the board functions.

House Bill 259 (HB259)- (T. Landry) Makes some changes to the board of commissioners composition of the Hopkins Street Economic Development District.

House Bill 260 (HB260)-  (A. Williams) Creates the Goodwood Homesites Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District in East Baton Rouge Parish. Sets up the board, its duties, its funding, and other technical items to set up the district.

House Bill 261 (HB261)- (Hazel) Adds the designation that imprisonment will be at hard labor for various prostitution related offenses if they are involving a person under 18. (It is unclear to me from this bill whether that would mean a 17 year old tried as an adult for prostitution would be subject to the enhanced penalty because of their own age. I wish the bill offered some clarity on that.)

House Bill 262 (HB262)-  (St Germain) Adds two offenses to the list of offenses which a fire marshal is allowed to investigate and make arrests because of. The two added offenses are failure to register as a convicted arsonist and violations of a fire marshal’s orders.