Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XII

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: HB503, HB516, HB520, HB521, HB536, HB556, HB589, HB590, HB591, HB592

House Bill 503 (HB503)  (Carmody)  – This bill makes the oldest edition of the Bible in the Louisiana state museum system the official book of the state.

House Bill 516 (HB516)  (Hunter)  – This bill would require that any bill that creates a new crime, modifies an existing crime, or modifies the penalty for an existing crime include a racial impact statement and lays out the system for creating such impact statements.

House Bill 520 (HB520)  (Ivey)  – This bill would allow anyone who is at least 21 and not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm to concealed carry a handgun without a concealed carry permit.

House Bill 521 (HB521)  (Ivey)– This bill would have the state change from the current jungle primary system to a party primary system for elections to federal house and senate.

House Bill 536 (HB536) (Smith)  This is a bill to expand medicaid to meet the eligibility standards of the affordable care act and includes a provision for the use of premium assistance.

House Bill 556 (HB556)  and House Bill 557 (HB557)  (Henry)  These are both bills to prohibit the implementation of the common core education standards.  I wonder if Rep. Henry is opposed to “math that includes letters” like this Arizona state senator. 

House Bill 589 (HB589) (Dixon)  This bill would create a constitutional amendment to set the state minimum wage 5 cents higher than the federal minimum wage unless the legislature enacts a higher wage in which case that wage will be used.

House Bill 590 (HB590) (Harris) This proposes to add to the state constitution an amendment “to prohibit any public monies, whether state or federal, from being used for elective abortion and to prohibit public monies from going to any provider of elective abortion, except when such use of monies may be required by the federal government to continue Louisiana’s participation in a major public health care program.” The definition of  elective the bill uses excludes for cases of rape and incest and for the life of the mother but does not include a more general health of the mother exemption.

House Bill 591 (HB591)   (Henry)  – This seeks to add a constitutional amendment “to establish a parent’s right to direct the  upbringing, education, and care of his child as a fundamental right and to limit the role of the state in the family.” This seems to make it harder to deal with things like parents denying children health care.  It is one of a few bills included this session that seem to emphasize that parents rights strongly outrank the rights of children – possibly at the risk of their safety and education.

House Bill 592 (HB592)  (Hunter) – This constitutional amendment adds an exception to the prohibition on the legislature passing local laws regulating labor to allow for the passage of local minimum wage laws.