Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XVIII

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: HB1054, HB1059, HB1066 and SB571


House Bill 1054 (HB1054)  (Richard) This is a bill to require teachers to take any tests which are based on the Common Core standards before giving them to students and to report on the tests.

House Bill 1059 (HB1059)  (Talbot)  This bill would make it so public employees in the state can no longer authorize their union dues to be withheld from their pay checks. (Attacking unions of public employees is a popular GOP strategy in the states.)

House Bill 1066 (HB1066)  (Thompson)  Present law requires background checks for concealed carry permits in the state and this law adds two measures to that procedure. It requires a check to be made through the “FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check
System” and requires additional information to be provided by non citizens applying for such a permit.

Senate Bill 571 (SB571)  (Walsworth) This bill would require the bureau of criminal identification and information to make any information in their criminal history record and identification files available to the investigative units of a district public defender office.  (How do they not already have to do that? Seems crazy)