Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XVII

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: HB1008, HB1024, HB1038, and HB1041

House Bill 1008 (HB1008)  (Johnson) This bill states that “squirrel or rabbit may be hunted while mounted on a horse or mule with or without the aid of dogs in wildlife management areas” in accordance with rules which will be set forth by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission… All I have to say to this is someone clearly wants to use a bugle and yell “tally ho” Update: This bill is scheduled for a March 26th committee meeting.

House Bill 1024 (HB1024)  (Jackson)   Currently increased sentences for drug free zones do not apply to offenses in private residences with no minor’s presence. This bill is trying to remove that provision so as to increase penalties in those cases that are taking place in private residences and do not involve children. (Here is a bit about the actual impact of these “drug free zone” laws).

House Bill 1038 (HB1038)  (Dixon)  In present law, post conviction DNA relief must be filed within two years but there is an exception until August 31st, 2014.  This would extend that exception until August 31st, 2019.

House Bill 1041 (HB1041)  (Hollis)  This creates a fund to defend the state’s policies regarding the Affordable Care Act. (Defending opposition to federal law can be costly for a state and evidently Rep Hollis thinks we can afford that but I have a sneaking suspension he doesn’t think we can afford to provide the poor with health care through the medicaid expansion.)