Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 303-312

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 303-312.

House Bill 303 (HB303)– (Dixon) Allows employers to waive the requirement of certified mail for notices related to unemployment compensation cases- at which they can choose to receive notice by ordinary mail or electronically. Reduces required notice to appear at a hearing from 10 to 7 days notice.

House Bill 304 (HB304)– (Talbot) Increases cigarette tax from 36 cents to 60 cents a pack. Unlike Hb235 does not specify funds for the increased tax to go to.

House Bill 305 (HB305)– (Johnson) Sets aside funds for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 306 (HB306)– (Jay Morris) Would allow the creditor seizing a piece of property to submit a bid in writing prior to the auction of property to be sold at sheriff auction.

House Bill 307 (HB307)– (Lambert) The stay of a final permit action in a decision by the dept of environmental quality may only be ordered after notice has been sent and there has been an opportunity for a hearing.

House Bill 308 (HB308)- (Adams) In parish or municipal governing meetings, this bill allows action on consent agenda items – items which are routine or procedural- without reading the item descriptions allowed if the meeting has more than 50 items on the agenda.

House Bill 309 (HB309)– (Kleckley) Allows sheriffs to use electronic monitoring to supervise participants in work release programs.

House Bill 310 (HB310)– (Harris) Requires that for an increase in prices during a state of emergency to be permissible a seller must prove that the price charged or value is due to the seller’s cost of replacing the goods or increase in the expenses for the seller during the state of emergency

House Bill 311 (HB311)– (K. Jackson) This increases penalties for domestic abuse battery when it is committed by burning and results in serious bodily injury. Also adds such incidents to the list of crimes of violence.

House Bill 312 (HB312)- (Lorusso) Expands current law to suspends the payment of any governmental licensing renewal or reinstatement fees for a military servicemember and some spouses as specified in the law provided that any required renewal fee is paid within 180  days after the servicemember’s release from service.