Louisiana State House 2013 Session- HB 573-582

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 573- 582

House Bill 573 (HB573)- (Connick) States that pilotage fees and  rates shall pay for the reasonable legal and consulting costs of industry members of the Pilotage Fee Commission.

House Bill 574 (HB574)– (Robideaux) Increases tobacco taxes and repeals alcohol, motor fuel, tobacco, hazardous waste disposal, and telecommunications tax discounts. Unlike some other bills to increase tobacco taxes, this bill does not designate the funds for a particular purpose.

House Bill 575 (HB575)– (Montoucet) Defines a Rural Hospital for the purposes of the Rural Hospital Preservation Act. Defines it as located in a municipality with a population of less than 13,300, in a parish of less than 62,000, and with no more than 60 hospital beds.

House Bill 576 (HB576)– (Broadwater) Creates the Higher Education Improvement District with a board which has authority to levy taxes the proceeds of which would go to public post secondary education institutes in the state.

House Bill 577 (HB577)– (Billiot)  Requires commercial vehicles to have their load covered in a manner that prevents waste from falling or blowing off the vehicle in order to have the waste accepted at a commercial solid waste disposal facility.

House Bill 578 (HB578)– (N Landry) Clarifies and regulates adoption procedures from both Hague convention and non- Hague convention foreign countries.

House Bill 579 (HB579)- (Adams) Allows a local governing body to take legal action to recover costs associated with a disaster, accident or emergency from the party responsible for the disaster accident or emergency.

House Bill 580 (HB580)–  (Greene) Requires a review of the state uniform construction code and the adoption of part 5- mechanical of the international residential code. Clarifies the list industrial facilities that provisions of the code do not apply to.

House Bill 581 (HB581)- (Connick) Exempts from seizure for payment to a seizing creditor any amount from the income of a worker whose income is less than 125% of the federal poverty line. Also has a provision for a minimum  weekly exemption from seizure of 50 times the federal minimum hourly wage.

House Bill 582 (HB582)– (Simon) Requires no parking to be written on the pavement in an access aisle for a handicapped parking space (access aisle = the area next to the van spaces to provide for wheel chair lifts)