Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XV
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: HB804, HB813, HB826, HB827, HB828, HB829, HB835, HB836, HB839, HB849, HB859, HB861, HB871, HB876, HB877, HB887, HB889, and HB896
House Bill 813 (HB813) (Hunter) This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on a job application if state or federal law does not require a criminal background check for the position for which the applicant is applying.
House Bill 849 (HB849) (Hunter) This bill would prohibit employers in a municipality with a population greater than 48,000 from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on a job application if state or federal law does not require a criminal background check for the position for which the applicant is applying.
House Bill 861 (HB861) (Willmott) This bill would prohibit the transport of dogs and cats in the beds of pickup trucks on roads with a speed limit of 40 mph or higher unless properly crated and secured.
House Bill 871 (HB871) (Smith) This adds certain measures to the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act including protections for sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran’s status, lawful source of income, and status as a victim of domestic abuse. It also prohibits discrimination based on an arrest or conviction record unless there is a reasonable fear of safety.
House Bill 876 (HB876) (Seabaugh) This bill authorizes “traditional” greetings and symbols for winter holidays in schools. It is essentially a “war on christmas” related bill to solve an imaginary problem. Update: This bill is scheduled for a March 26th committee meeting
House Bill 877 (HB877) (Hollis) This is another law attempting to outlaw federal law. It declares the Affordable Care Act invalid in the state and prohibits the state and state officials from enforcing it or participating in it.
House Bill 896 (HB896) (Danahay) This prohibits the use of automated speed enforcement cameras on interstates. Update: This bill is scheduled for a committee meeting on March 24th. Update: This bill was unanimously reported favorably from committee and will got to the full house.