Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 493-502

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 493- 502.

House Bill 493 (HB493)– (St. Germain)  Requires the commissioner of conservation to make rules to govern solution mining injection wells and solution mined caverns. Lays out a minimum of 10 issues that the rules need to address such as monitoring of existing caverns, submission of post-closure plans, etc.  (I wonder if this bill is a response to the ongoing Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster.)

House Bill 494 (HB494)– (St. Germain) Adds proximity of property to a salt dome containing solution mining and storage caverns to the list of required disclosures by someone selling a property. (Possible this bill is partly in response to the Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster)

House Bill 495 (HB495)– (Moreno) Sets aside funds for a judgment in a DOTD case.

House Bill 496 (HB496)– (Mack) Creates an annual sales tax holiday during the last week of October which applies only to consumer purchases of firearms and ammunition manufactured in Louisiana.

House Bill 497 (HB497)– (Moreno) Increases the maximum term for a first and second conviction of domestic abuse battery from 6 months to one year. Does not change the minimum terms.

House Bill 498 (HB498)- (N. Landry)  Prohibits anyone who has contracted or is seeking to contract with the state or any political subdivision of the state to house prisoners from making campaign contributions in support of or opposition to candidates (or related political committees) for governor, legislator, or sheriff or to officials who hold those positions. Sets up penalties for the violation of the prohibition.

House Bill 499 (HB499)– (Burrell) Requires agencies which administer tax incentives to report annually to the legislature on those incentives. This report should include whether the tax incentive was successful in its goal as well as its effects on the state. Requires hearings on and analysis of these reports by the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs in odd numbered years.

House Bill 500 (HB500)- (Moreno) Sets requirements for election dates related to a parcel fee imposed within a security or neighborhood improvement district in certain parishes (those with a municipality of 300,000 population or more which appears to mean only Orleans parish currently). In these parishes, such elections  can only occur in a gubernatorial primary election.

House Bill 501 (HB501)– (Moreno) Extends the base investment tax credit for the musical and theatrical production income tax credit for projects which receive certification no later than Dec. 31, 2013 to January 1, 2015 for those projects.

House Bill 502 (HB502)– (Burford) Allows the nighttime hunting of outlaw quadrupeds (coyotes, armadillos and feral hogs), nutria, and beaver on private property by the landowner or his agent year round. Requires 24 hour notice to the parish sheriff before an attempt to take outlaw quadrapeds.