Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 473-482

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 473- 482.

House Bill 473 (HB473)– (Pugh)  Changes the number of meetings of the Louisiana Agricultural Commodities Commission from at least once each quarter with possible additional meetings to exactly four times per calendar year. Does not change any other measure of the law pertaining to the commission.

House Bill 474 (HB474)– (S. Bishop) Current law has a 12.5% severance tax on oil produced in the state with a 5 year exemption for wells classified as inactive. The bill would create a reduced rate of 6.25% for 10 years on oil produced from wells classified as inactive rather than the current 5 year tax exemption.

House Bill 475 (HB475)– (Mack) Specifies that the 19th Judicial District Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction in any suit or civil action brought by the state against a firearm or ammunition manufacturer.

House Bill 476 (HB476)– (Brossett) Creates a state automobile rental tax and and specifies that the revenues from the tax will go to the Airport Construction and Development Priority Program.

House Bill 477 (HB477)– (M. Guillory) Removes retirees who are elected after retirement to the school board from the definition of “members of the school board” for the purposes of determining eligibility to participate in group health insurance.

House Bill 478 (HB478)– (Champagne) Removes performance to be considered as a factor when a reduction in teacher numbers requires dismissals leaving only demand for the teacher’s position and effectiveness (to be determined through the performance evaluation program) as factors to be considered. Also specifies that no teacher dismissed due to a reduction in teacher numbers shall have a preference in hiring regardless of the teacher’s tenure status at the time of dismissal. Prohibits including seniority or tenure when making dismissal decisions related to such a reduction. — This is the kind of legislation that caused the State Capitol Park to be teeming with teachers last year.

House Bill 479 (HB479)– (Barras)  Exempts employees of hospitals owned or operated by a hospital service district whose primary duties involve maintenance, custodial services, or food service from annual ethics education and training requirements unless their duties also involve supervising another employee.

House Bill 480 (HB480)- (Schexnayder)  Moves responsibility for regulation of seismic activity from the office of fisheries to the office of wildlife. Both are within the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

House Bill 481 (HB481)– (Garofalo) Sets out the legal procedures related to asbestos and silica claims.

House Bill 482 (HB482)- (Stokes) This bill states that an agency head of an audited agency which receives a disclaimer of opinion audit report for three consecutive years while that person is agency head shall be guilty of malfeasance in office and gross misconduct in office  as well as subject to a fine of at least $500 and no more than $5,000.