Louisiana State House 2013 Session HB 273-282

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 273-282.

House Bill 273 (HB273)– (Lorusso) Revises the reports, records, and functions of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners by adding to who must receive certain reports, increasing the number of members needed for a quorum, addressing what can be in certain reports, addressing whether certain board related information is public record, addressing hearing panel requirements and authorities, addressing time a case must be resolved in, and addressing destruction of certain records.

House Bill 274 (HB274)– (Talbot) Changes the time frame to use a claim based on a homestead exemption from three to five years when taxes were erroneously paid.

House Bill 275 (HB275)– (Willmott) Allows podiatrists to obtain a patient history and conduct a physical examination related to a procedure he or she is authorized to perform.

House Bill 276 (HB276)– (Geymann) Sets aside funds for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 277 (HB277)– (Lambert) Repeals a state law (which is in existence in order for the state to comply with federal law) which requires prior approval to possess certain specified types of firearms (includes, among other things, sawed off shotguns, weapons with the serial number removed, bazookas, etc) and also approval and notification of transfers of such weapons.

House Bill 278 (HB278)– (Hodges) Defines coercing a female child to have an abortion as a form of child abuse.

House Bill 279 (HB279)– (Henry) Adds the following crimes to the list of crimes for which the term “racketeering activity” can apply: female genital mutilation, aggravated kidnapping of a child, human trafficking, trafficking of children for sexual purposes, bigamy, abetting in bigamy, and the sale of minor children. (I really don’t think bigamy-or abetting bigamy- belongs on this list with all these serious crimes)

House Bill 280 (HB280)– (Hodges) Currently parishes can create governing boards for airport districts of five or seven members. This bill would allow the parishes to create 5, 7, or 9 member boards.

House Bill 281 (HB281)– (Simon) Creates a single license type for Behavioral Health Services Providers to cover mental health services, substance abuse/addiction services, and combinations thereof. Sets forth the rules and procedures surrounding such licensing through the dept of health and hospitals.

House Bill 282 (HB282)– (Willmott) In Jefferson Parish, allows for political subdivisions to appeal decisions of hearing officers related to public health, housing, fire code, historic district, and environmental violations. Such appeals are to be filed in district court.