Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 263-272

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 263-272.

House Bill 263 (HB263)- (Hoffman) Adds a state income tax deduction for amounts paid for food donated to food banks.

House Bill 264 (HB264)- (Foil) Excludes from the definition of public employee (and the ethics code which applies to public employees) anyone whose public service is limited to a contract to provide professional certified public accountant services or professional services (Which includes engineer, architect, or landscape architect services)

House Bill 265 (HB265)– (Ivey) Creates a legal system for issuing lifetime concealed handgun permits in addition to the current 5 year permits.

House Bill 266 (HB266)– (Thierry) Allows the use of e-mail  by the clerk of court to send notice of judgment of bond forfeiture if the defendant, the personal surety, the agent, or the bondsman have agreed to receive notice by email and the clerk has a valid email address provided by them.

House Bill 267 (HB267)– (Hensgens)  Prohibits public high schools from participating in interscholastic athletics directed/regulated by any group that discriminates among schools based on school admissions criteria in classifying schools for competition in any sport. Also repeals part of present law which was found to violate the state constitution in relation to students of non public schools participating in interscholastic athletic activities.

House Bill 268 (HB268)- (Foil) Creates and lays out the system for an income tax deduction for taxpayers who employ qualified disabled individuals (as defined in the law).

House Bill 269 (HB269)– (Reynolds) Removes C schools from the list of C, D, and F schools which trigger special performance targets to be required in a superintendents contracts. Also increases notice of termination that must be given to a superintendent from 30 to 90 days. Lastly changes a required removal of a superintendent under certain circumstances to an authorized- but not required-  one.

House Bill 270 (HB270)– (S. Bishop) Sets asides funds for a judgement in a DOTD case. 

House Bill 271 (HB271)– (Greene) Phases out the individual state income tax over the course of ten years with the amount paid going down 10% per year. (Part of Jindal’s Tax Swap plan is to get rid of income tax in favor of higher sales taxes- which is bad for the poor, the middle class, and essentially everyone but the wealthy- I wrote about his plan here)

House Bill 272 (HB272)– (Greene) Establishes application fees for licensing geoscientists.