Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 313-322

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 313-322.

House Bill 313 (HB313)–  (Honore) Allows the Constable of Baton Rouge to collect a $35 fee to cover costs of executing bench warrants which were issued for contempt of court.

House Bill 314 (HB314)– (James) Creates the Social Media Privacy Protection Act which prohibits employers from requiring access to a employee or applicant employee’s social media account. Employers can require access to services they are paying for as part of employment and are permitted to terminate employees who share proprietary info without authority to do so. The law shall not prevent investigations into misconduct. The employer can monitor web activity on employer devices but not when using employees own device on employers wifi. Does not protect from looking at any info publicly available without a login. Educational institutes are prohibited from requiring access to a student or prospective student’s social media account. They can require access to services they are paying for as part of educational purposes. Does not protect anything in the public domain for student’s either. This Act creates both a misdemeanor and grounds for civil suits.

House Bill 315 (HB315)– (P. Williams) Was withdrawn before I could summarize it. Had to do with Shreveport’s Convention Center and Independence Stadium

House Bill 316 (HB316)- (K. Jackson) Requires state agencies which offer tax incentives to report to the legislature by March 1st each year on the effects of the tax incentive.

House Bill 317 (HB317)- (Leger) Sets aside funds for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 318 (HB318)– (A. Williams) Changes the election settings and number of judges elected in election section one and two for the City Court of Baton Rouge.

House Bill 319 (HB319)- (Honore)  A law to change the Louisiana sentencing guidelines for minors found guilty or pleading guilty to first or second degree murder to bring them in line with the supreme court’s Miller V Alabama which found mandatory sentencing of minors to life without considering age in sentencing to be unconstitutional. Also addresses the minors sentenced under the now unconstitutional guidelines. Similar to HB 152

House Bill 320 (HB320)– (Leger) Requires a portion of the money collected from the operation of a land-based casino to be deposited into a special fund to be used to compensate the parish governing authority for support services.

House Bill 321 (HB321)– (Huval) Sets up in detail a system for an expedited jury trial in some civil matters.

House Bill 322 (HB322)- (Thierry) Requires birthing facilities to perform screening on newborn babies for congenitial heart disease before discharge from a birthing facility