Louisiana State House 2013 Session – HB 553-562

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 553- 562

House Bill 553 (HB553)– (Franklin) Creates two geographical regions for the election of the two judges for the city court of Lake Charles.

House Bill 554 (HB554)- (Garofalo) Creates the Fort Pike Fire Protection District in Orleans Parish- to provide additional fire fighting in that district. Sets up the board, the powers and duties of the district, and the boundaries of the district.

House Bill 555 (HB555)– (Jay Morris) In Ouachita Parish, this bill requires the parish to stop collecting a tax dedicated to providing a service on the population of a municipality if the municipality begins levying a tax with the same rate, purpose, and duration.

House Bill 556 (HB556)– (W Bishop) Authorizes both the Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board to use (according to procedures laid out in the law) the competitive sealed proposal method (As defined in the law) to contract out work to be done on certain hurricane damaged property in Orleans Parish until July 1, 2015.

House Bill 557 (HB557)– (Willmott)  Requires all mandatory reporters to receive training on mandatory reporting laws and the consequences of failing to report.

House Bill 558 (HB558)– (Hollis) This bill makes several grammatical changes to the law for the “Course Choice Program.” It also adds a measure stating that if a provision or provisions of the law are found invalid, it will not effect other provisions of the law.

House Bill 559 (HB559)- (Brossett) This extends the authority of areas damaged by hurricane Katrina or Rita to use a “design  build contract” from the current 6 years to 7.

House Bill 560 (HB560)– (G Jackson) This bill provides amnesty for, erases fines related to, refunds fees based on, and cancels violation notices related to failing to pay the toll on the Crescent City Connection between January 1, 2013, and March 5, 2013. Related to this court decision. 

House Bill 561 (HB561)– (T Burns) This bill addresses how the governing authority of St Tammany Parish is to collect taxes related to their coroner’s office and what the required uses of those taxes are. Lays out regulations to govern the coroner’s office’s functioning in the parish.

House Bill 562 (HB562)– (Johnson) This provides an exception the “financial viability” (which involves a certain line of credit, liability insurance and worker’s comp)  requirement for licensing home and community based service providers if that provider  1)Has operated and provided services to functionally impaired adults continuously for over 25 years and 2) Provides adult day care, day habilitation, pre-vocational training, or supported employment to a combined total of fewer than 100 clients.