Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 423-432

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 423- 432.

House Bill 423 (HB423)- (Billiot) In present law, certain sex offenders may petition for relief from registration and notification requirements. This bill specifies that petitions which are not specifically laid out in present law are to be done through the district court in the parish where the state capitol is.

House Bill 424 (HB424)– (Lopinto) Under this bill  the minimum mandatory sentences for 3rd and later DWI offenders may be suspended if the offender is accepted for participation in a drug division probation program (does not apply to offenders who have already gone through such a program in a case like this).  It also  extends the time period  to request an administrative hearing regarding a driver’s license suspension after a DWI arrest from 15 to 30 days.

House Bill 425 (HB425)– (Henry) Requires photo ID to cash US treasury and state refund tax checks over $1000 and requires records of this to be kept by check cashing licensees.

House Bill 426 (HB426)– (Armes) This constitutional amendment adds 3 members (specifically from the northern part of the state) to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and increases terms for the members from 6 to 9 years.

House Bill 427 (HB427)- (Fannin) This constitutional amendment prohibits the Public Service Commission from regulating any nonprofit water utility cooperative or corporation owned by users where each user can vote for the cooperative’s directors.

House Bill 428 (HB428)– (Robideaux) This constitutional amendment requires  that federal income tax shall only be allowed as a deduction in computing state corporate income taxes not regular state income taxes (which is currently allowed).

House Bill 429 (HB429)- (Hollis) This constitutional amendment

1) prohibits a law or rule from compelling, directly or indirectly, anyone  (person, employer, or health care provider) to participate in a health care system

2) authorizes a person or employer to pay directly for health care services and provides that they shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for paying directly.

3) authorizes a health care provider to accept direct payment for health care services and provides that the health care provider shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for accepting direct payment.

4)  States that the purchase or sale of health insurance in private health care systems shall not be prohibited by law or rule.

Essentially this bill seems to be designed partly to pick a fight with the federal government over the affordable care act. (see point one through three). And also to preemptively pick a fight over any possible single payer health care system (see point four).

House Bill 430 (HB430)– (Leger) Increases the amounts of 10 different fees charged by the secretary of state.

House Bill 431 (HB431)– (Leger) Makes a variety of technical changes including removing many limitations pertaining to bonds issued by political subdivisions.

House Bill 432 (HB432)- (Geymann) Provides fund appropriations  for the ordinary operating expenses of state government (including executive branch of state  government, pensions, public schools, public roads, public charities, and state  institutions)  for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.