Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part II

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of  legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers HB10, HB12, HB13, HB14, HB20, HB38, HB71, HB72, HB96, and HB101.

House Bill 10 (HB10) (Burns) – Currently police officers must be acting in an official capacity to carry their firearm in an alcohol serving establishment, this bill would allow them to carry off duty. (A related news item) There are multiple bills with this theme.

House Bill 12 (HB12) – (Smith) – This removes the part of the Crimes Against Humanity law which pertains to consensual sex between adults which was held to be unconstitutional based on Lawrence v Texas.  There were recent arrests in Baton Rouge based on this unconstitutional law.

House Bill 13 (HB13) – (Badon) – Makes it a crime for a holder of a Federal Firearms License to sell any firearm without verification that the purchaser has completed a firearms safety or training course and it lays out a variety of options for those courses. Also prohibiting is falsifying information to prove training to purchase a firearm. Also states sellers shall not be liable for acts committed by purchasers of firearms unless they knew the person was ineligible to purchase the firearm.

House Bill 14 (HB14)(Badon) – Reduces sentencing for second and later marijuana convictions. Also removes habitual offender status if all the related charges are for marijuana. (Marijuana prohibition is very expensive and incarceration is pricey)

House Bill 20 (HB20) –  (Thompson) –  This would change the law surrounding possession of firearms on the premises of an alcohol serving establishment. It would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in alcohol beverage selling businesses that have a Class A restaurant permit. There are multiple bills related to carrying firearms in businesses serving alcohol.

House Bill 38 (HB38) – (Pearson) – This raises the retirement age for members of various state retirement systems who are joining the system on or after July 1, 2014 from 60 to 62. Update: This bill was considered at a March 20th committee meeting but has not progressed.

House Bill 71 (HB71)  – (Havard) – Currently people who have been sentenced to death have appeals options which this law would repeal. (Appeals are important, mistakes happen)

House Bill 72 (HB72) – (Lopinto) – This would change the law surrounding possession of firearms on the premises of an alcohol serving establishment. It would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in alcohol beverage selling businesses that have a Class A restaurant permit. It would also allow off duty and retired police officers to carry in alcohol serving establishments. Current law requires officers to be acting in an official capacity. (A related news item) – This topic seems to be a fixation for the legislature this year with several items about it.

House Bill 96 (Hb96) (Edwards) –  This constitutional amendment would remove the mandatory retirement age for judges.

House Bill 101 (HB101) (Edwards) – Currently charter school teachers do not have to meet the eligibility standards for public school teachers and this would require them to start meeting those eligibility requirements.

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