Louisiana State House 2013 Session HB 333-342

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 333- 342. 

House Bill 333 (HB333)- (Talbot) Completely repeals the state corporate franchise tax.

House Bill 334 (HB334)– (Ortego) Creates a Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation license plate.

House Bill 335 (HB335)– (Pylant) Requires the Dept of Public Safety and Corrections to facilitate a plan to house inmates in a cost efficient way and to house in state and local facilities as much as possible before using any private facilities. All facilities must meet the standards of the department

House Bill 336 (HB336)– (Garofalo) Sets aside funds for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 337 (HB337)- (Lorusso) Sets up permit fees for licensing retail food establishments through the dept of health and hospitals. Also includes a food permitting fee for daycares. Also has a system for seasonal or short term permitting.

House Bill 338 (HB338)- (Ritchie) Reduces the Louisiana Corporate income tax by 1% in each of the 5 income brackets. This would reduce the rate in the over $200k bracket from 8 to 7 %

House Bill 339 (HB339)– (Berthelot) Allows fire departments to use public funds for length of service awards.

House Bill 340 (HB340)- (Burford)  Requires the state registrar of vital records to take (largely unspecified- the bill says an administrative actions necessary) actions to ensure timely and efficient preparation, filing, and issuance of vital records.

 House Bill 341 (HB341)- (T. Burns) Revises the LA election code. Most of the changes seem to be relative minor issues, changes to how computerized registration is handled, some deadline changes for candidates and presidential electors for the electoral college, no longer refunding qualifying fees to candidates who drop out of races, etc.  Nothing I could spot to make significant changes to the registration process or voting process for average individuals.

House Bill 342 (HB342)- (Huval) Requires health insurance companies to pay health insurance providers they do not contract with directly when they rendered emergency care to someone enrolled in that health insurance company’s plan. The enrollee shall not be responsible for payments beyond their in-network copay, coinsurance, deductible or cost of non-covered services.