Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 413-422

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 413- 422.

House Bill 413 (HB413)-  (Reynolds) Dedicates ten percent of the state’s mineral income at Lake Bistineau to operate/manage/improve the lake.

House Bill 414 (HB414)- (Huval) Deletes an exemption in current law to allow agency fees on health and accident insurance policies.

House Bill 415 (HB415)– (Ortego) Requires the DOTD to adopt a system to allow for both English and French on some guide signs.

House Bill 416 (HB416)- (Connick) Lets someone donate all or part of their state income tax refund specifically to the cost of maintaining decorative lighting on the Crescent City Connection.

House Bill 417 (HB417)– (Ritchie) Increases the tax on most tobacco products and appropriates the funds to 12 different purposes including  (among others) tobacco research, state retirement system, and medicaid funds.

House Bill 418 (HB418)– (Edwards) Allows sales and use tax exemptions from state and local taxes for sales at events sponsored by non-profits.

House Bill 419 (HB419)–  (Johnson) Names a Hwy 190 bridge in Pointe Coupee Parish the “Nickie Gene Voinche Memorial Bridge”

House Bill 420 (HB420)– (Pierre) Sets aside $200,000 annually of the Lafayette Parish state hotel/motel sales tax to the Holy Rosary Redevelopment with the remainder to continue to be for planning, development, and capital improvements at, or adjacent to, the Cajundome site -as is the present law.

House Bill 421 (HB421)– (Ponti) Adds a license renewal fee for contractors (except those  issued for residential funding) with the funds from the fees to go to public university and community college schools of construction management or construction technology.

House Bill 422 (HB422)– (Talbot) Requires annual rather than biennial unified economic development budget reports and requires that all members of the legislature receive the report. Deletes a few current law report requirements to simplify things.