Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 393-402

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

I am posting summaries of the Louisiana state bills in simple, easy to understand language.

This post covers House Bills 393- 402.

House Bill 393 (HB393)– (Anders) Governs the prescription drug benefits of managed care organizations participating in the La. Medicaid coordinated care network program and creates a committee for the oversee of such.

House Bill 394 (HB394)- (Ritchie)  Reduces the state income tax rates for individuals by one percentage point in each of the tax brackets.

House Bill 395 (HB395)– (Guinn)  Requires the words “situs inversus totalis” to be on a person’s driver’s license and special identification cards if requested and documentation is provided that the person has the condition.

House Bill 396 (HB396)- (T. Landry) Amends the law relating to traffic signals to add a measure addressing U-turns at signalized U-turn spots as well as a measure addressing flashing yellow arrows. Also alters the provisions for solid yellow lights to say to changing the measure that says a vehicle may not enter or be crossing an intersection when a red light is displayed to just may not enter.

House Bill 397 (HB397)- (Honore) Sets up a system for open file and reciprocal open file discovery in criminal cases. Open file discovery is  a process through which the entire files of the prosecutor are available to the defendant.

House Bill 398 (HB398)– (Miller) Sets aside funds for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 399 (HB399)- (Danahay)   Changes the present law to require that the state examiner and the deputy state examiner be paid a salary set by the State Civil Service Commission in accordance with the commission’s uniform pay plan and also adds the evaluation of job performance and the approval of pay actions to the powers granted to the commission related to the state examiner and deputy state examiner.

House Bill 400 (HB400)– (Ritchie) This bill states that a home service contract provider can not deny a contract holder’s claim for repair based solely on the contract holder’s failure to obtain prior approval before starting the repair.

House Bill 401 (HB401)– (Carter) Allows the public postsecondary education management boards to impose in or after 2016 a one-time tuition and fee increase (up to the average amount of annual tuition and mandatory fees for SREB peer institutions) if the institution meets graduation and retention rate criteria.

House Bill 402 (HB402)– (Seabaugh) States that any employment discrimination claim filed in court which is for a practice not specifically prohibited in R.S. 23:312, 323, 332, 342, 352, or 368 (covers age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sickle cell trait, and genetic discrimination) shall be dismissed and considered frivolous.