Senate Daily Digest
May 12, 2015
2:00 pm
Senate Chamber


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Senate Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SR102BROOMECONDOLENCES - Express sincere and heartfelt condolences for the death of Irwin Richard "Dick" Schneider.
 SR103NEVERSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Mary Grace Brister Jackson on the celebrated occasion of her 87th birthday.
 SR104NEVERSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Gordon Burgess, Tangipahoa Parish President, on his thirty-two years of public service to the parish and for his many contributions to the state of Louisiana.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SCR86MORRISHCOMMENDATIONS - Commends the Hackberry High School softball team for earning the 2015 Class C state high school softball championship for the fifth consecutive year.
 SCR87JOHNSCONDOLENCES - Express condolences upon the death of James Leo McGough Sr.
 SCR88JOHNSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends the Sam Houston High School Lady Broncos Softball team upon its 2015 State Championship.
 SCR89ALLAINCONSERVATION - Establishes a task force to study the performance audit on the regulation of oil and gas wells and management of orphaned wells.
 SCR90MORRELLCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Brad Richard as the recipient of the 2015 Louisiana Culture Award for Artist of the Year.

House Bills on Second Reading to be Referred
 HB18SAM JONESHOLIDAYS - Provides for a legal holiday in St. Mary Parish
 HB39T.BURNSRETIREMENT/CONTRIBUTIONS - Provides relative to retirement contributions for employees of the city of Mandeville to the Municipal Employees' Retirement System (EN NO IMPACT APV)
 HB46REYNOLDSRETIREMENT/STATE EMPS - Provides relative to benefits for minor children of certain wildlife agents in the enforcement division of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (EN INCREASE APV)
 HB48THIBAUTRETIREMENT/STATEWIDE SYS - Provides relative to the authority of statewide retirement systems to fund cost-of-living increases with funding deposit account balances (EN NO IMPACT APV)
 HB63ANDERSCIVIL SERVICE/FIRE & POL - Provides that the positions of fire chief and assistant fire chief for Parishwide Fire Protection District No. 1 of the Parish of Tensas are in the unclassified service
 HB65LORUSSOLEVEES - Provides relative to the placement of obstructions upon certain levees in Orleans Parish
 HB104ARNOLDCOURTS/COURT COSTS - Authorizes a support obligation fee in the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District (EN +$45,200 LF RV See Note)
 HB118JIM MORRISCOURTS/JUSTICE OF PEACE - Provides relative to the appointment of a deputy constable of a justice of the peace court in Caddo Parish (EN NO IMPACT LF EX See Note)
 HB119RITCHIETAX/TOBACCO TAX - Levies an additional tax on cigarettes and dedicates the proceeds of the tax (EN +$106,400,000 SD RV See Note)
 HB126HENSGENSDISTRICTS/WATERWORKS - Provides relative to Cameron Parish Waterworks District No. 10
 HB146HONORETAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY - Authorizes the city of Baker to levy a hotel occupancy tax (EN +$55,150 LF RV See Note)
 HB218BROADWATERTAX/CORP INCOME - Provides with respect to the net operating loss deduction for purposes of the corporate income tax (EN +$29,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB402STOKESTAX/INCOME TAX - Adds requirements for eligibility for the income tax credit for taxes paid in other states (EN +$34,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB549THIBAUTTAX/SEVERANCE-EXEMPTION - Modifies exemptions, suspensions, and special rates from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 (EN NO IMPACT GF RV See Note)
 HB624JACKSONTAX/CORP INCOME - Reduces the amount of certain corporate income tax exclusions and deductions (EN +$122,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB629JACKSONTAX CREDITS - Reduces income and corporation franchise tax credits (EN +$31,500,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB635JACKSONTAX/TAX REBATES - Reduces all tax rebates (EN +$5,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB779PONTITAX CREDITS - Provides with respect to the solar energy systems tax credit (EN +$19,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB805B.ADAMSTAX CREDITS - Provides for the carry forward rather than the refund of a certain portion of the tax credits for ad valorem taxes paid to local governments (EN +$129,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB829ROBIDEAUXTAX CREDITS - Provides relative to the motion picture investor tax credit (EN +$77,000,000 GF RV See Note)

House Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 HCR8MONTOUCETTAX/SALES-USE, ST-EXEMPT - Suspends the exemption for business utilities as to the 0.97% state sales and use tax levy (EN +$103,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 HCR120LOPINTOSPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH - Designates May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week in the state of Louisiana and commends the service of law enforcement officers
 HCR121HODGESINTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS - Expresses the sense of the legislature concerning the right of Israel to exist and to defend itself
 HCR122LEGERCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company upon its 25th anniversary
 HCR123ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority for more than forty years of service to the state
 HCR124BURRELLCRIME - Requests that the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory be named in honor of Charles Rex Scott
 HCR127BURRELLSPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH - Commends Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., upon the celebration of its 109th anniversary
 HCR128JEFFERSONCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Ethan Laine Coker of Haynesville High School upon being named Louisiana's Middle School Student of the Year
 HCR130PRICERETIREMENT/SCHOOL EMPS - Requests the La. School Employees' Retirement System and the La. School Boards Association to develop and implement an appeals process for audits of privatized positions
 HCR131BROADWATERCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Gene Rushing upon his retirement as head coach of Louisiana College's men's basketball program
 HCR132HENRYCHILDREN/ABUSE - Requests a study on prospective implementation of a system to help health practitioners identify child abuse
 HCR133SCHEXNAYDERHEALTH/SPINAL CORD DYS - Urges and requests the Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Advisory Board to study and make recommendations for providing services to persons with injuries arising from sudden internal medical conditions
 HCR135DOVECOASTAL COMMISSION - Requests the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to establish a subcommittee to study at-risk energy infrastructure in the coastal area

Senate Bills Reported by Committee
 SB22ERIC LAFLEURHOUSING - Authorizes coverage risk which may be pooled by local housing authority members of the interlocal risk management agency. (gov sig)
 SB25PETERSONSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Provides relative to the Broadmoor Neighborhood Improvement District within the parish of Orleans. (8/1/15)
 SB29CORTEZMUNICIPALITIES - Provides relative to the city of Lafayette municipal fire and police civil service system. (8/1/16)
 SB34CORTEZCURRICULA - Requires passage of a test identical to the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test to earn high school credit in Civics. (6/30/15) (OR NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB38JOHNSMUNICIPALITIES - Provides relative to the city of Lake Charles municipal fire and police civil service system. (gov sig)
 SB42WALSWORTHFISCAL CONTROLS - Provides for the procedure for notification for certain contracts. (gov sig) (EN DECREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB53MORRELLSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Provides relative to the Oak Island Neighborhood Improvement District within the parish of Orleans to levy and collect a parcel fee. (gov sig)
 SB107PEACOCKWORKERS' COMPENSATION - Eliminates the benefit deadline in the Workers' Compensation Second Injury Fund. (gov sig) (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB149MORRELLSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Creates and provides relative to the Law Enforcement Management District of Orleans Parish. (gov sig)
 SB153MARTINYMUSEUMS - Provides relative to the Louisiana State Museum. (1/12/16)
 SB157MARTINYCOURTS - Provides for the increase of certain fees for the courts of appeal. (7/1/15) (EN INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 SB173HEITMEIERHEALTH CARE - Provides for treatment of morbid obesity. (1/1/17) (RR NO IMPACT GF EX See Note)
 SB192JOHNSSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Provides for the special taxing district within the city of Lake Charles. (8/1/15)
 SB193THOMPSONSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Authorizes the Walnut Street Special District as a tax increment finance district in the city of Monroe. (gov sig) (EN INCREASE LF See Note)
 SB207RISERREGISTRARS OF VOTERS - Provides for election costs paid by secretary of state; governing authorities; reimbursement. (See Act) (EN DECREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB211JOHNSMUNICIPALITIES - Provides relative to lease or sale of certain lakefront property in the city of Lake Charles. (8/1/15)
 SB221ADLEYFUNDS/FUNDING - Provides for the dedications and uses on the deposit of certain monies derived from certain general fund revenues attributable to an increase in the base amount of mineral revenues received by the state as certified by the Revenue Estimating Conference for various Transportation Trust Fund and other transportation uses. (See Act) (EN -$4,400,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB244ADLEYFUNDS/FUNDING - Increases the available monies expended from the Motor Fuel Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund from one million dollars to one million five hundred thousand dollars. (8/1/15) (EN +$575,000 SD EX See Note)
 SB247J.SMITHVETERANS - Provides for in-state tuition and fee rates for veterans and qualified dependents enrolling in public postsecondary educational institutions. (1/1/16) (RE DECREASE SG RV See Note)
 SB255MORRELLPOSTSECONDARY ED - Provides relative to sexual assault on college campuses. (gov sig) (EN INCREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB257THOMPSONSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Authorizes certain additional tax increment finance authority for certain Tax Increment Development Corporations. (gov sig) (EN INCREASE LF See Note)
 SB260BROOMEGROUP BENEFITS PROGRAM - Provides for the organization of the Office of Group Benefits. (1/1/16) (EN SEE FISC NOTE SG EX See Note)
 SB269ADLEYTAX/TAXATION - Requires corporations subject to Louisiana income or franchise tax which have either corporate gross revenues everywhere of $8 billion or $8 million of assets everywhere to file combined returns and limits their NOL deduction to 50% of tax liability. (gov sig) (EG INCREASE GF RV See Note)
 SB271BODI WHITETAX/TAXATION - Provides for equivalency of the special fuels tax with the gasoline tax on motor vehicles that operate on the highways using liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, or compressed natural gas. (7/1/15) (EN +$6,000,000 SD RV See Note)
 SB272ERDEYTAX/SALES - Exempts from local sales tax prosthetic devices prescribed by physicians for personal consumption or use, when the patient is covered by Medicaid or a Medicaid program administered by a third party on behalf of the state. (7/1/15) (EN DECREASE LF RV See Note)

House Bills Reported by Committee
 HB28MONTOUCETHIGHWAYS - Designates portions of certain highways
 HB36SHADOINHIGHWAYS - Designates a bridge located on Louisiana Highway 2 in Union Parish as the "Alvin Green Memorial Bridge"
 HB75SEABAUGHCOURTS/COURT REPORTERS - Provides for changes in the amount collected by the clerk of court in the 1st Judicial District for the court reporters' fund (EN +$114,850 LF RV See Note)
 HB93HAVARDPORTS/HARBORS/TERMINALS - Provides for meetings of the West Feliciana Port Commission
 HB106HAVARDCOURTS/COURT COSTS - Provides for the reallocation of certain funds from the Feliciana Juvenile Justice District to the district attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District (EN NO IMPACT LF RV See Note)
 HB128CHANEYHIGHWAYS - Designates certain highways in the state highway system
 HB227JIM MORRISHIGHWAYS - Designates the section of I-49 from the overpass at the U.S. Hwy. 71 interchange, in Caddo Parish, to the Arkansas state line in memory of Greg Wall, P.E.
 HB305HARRISONCOURTS/COURT COSTS - Provides for an increase in fees that the office of marshal of Houma may charge in civil matters (EN +$218,000 LF RV See Note)
 HB338DANAHAYTAX APPEALS/BOARD - Provides with respect to the enforcement and adjudication of state and local taxes and the Board of Tax Appeals (EN +$60,000 SG EX See Note)
 HB417BERTHELOTMTR VEHICLE/PUBLIC - Creates an ALS special prestige license plate
 HB470MIGUEZCOURTS/COURT COSTS - Provides for an increase in court costs for the Sixteenth Judicial District Court's Judicial Expense Fund (EN +$387,500 LF RV See Note)
 HB674WHITNEYBRIDGES/FERRIES - Renames a portion of Louisiana Highway 24 over Bayou Terrebonne in Gray, La., as the "Northpark Bridge"
 HB699ABRAMSONMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the "300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans" specialty license plate

Special Order No. 1 for 5/12.
 SB219MURRAYEMPLOYMENT - Provides for equal pay regardless of sex and prohibits discrimination based upon sex. (8/1/15) (RE SEE FISC NOTE See Note)

Senate Resolutions Reported by Committee to be Adopted
 SR73BODI WHITEGOVERNOR - Requests that the governor issue an executive order directing state agencies and local governments to continue to support the Louisiana State Use Program, managed by Employment Development Services.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee
 SCR50TROY BROWNLIBRARIES - Expresses legislative support for naming the Reserve Branch Library in St. John the Baptist Parish as the "Leroy D. Williams Public Library".

Senate Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage Subject to Call
 SB56DORSEY-COLOMBCHIROPRACTORS - Provides for the practice of chiropractic. (gov sig)
 SB61BUFFINGTONHEALTH SERVICES - Provides relative to hospital service districts. (gov sig)
 SB66SMITHPUBLIC CONTRACTS - Extends time for ports to use the design-build method on certain construction projects. (8/1/15)
 SB87PERRYETHICS - Provides exception from financial disclosure requirements for members of certain boards and commissions that do not earn compensation or per diem and provides exception to post service restrictions for certain contracts. (See Act)
 SB102MORRELLTAX/TAXATION - Limits expenditures for ATL services eligible for motion picture investor tax credits to 40% of total production expenditures in the state. (See Act) (EN INCREASE GF RV See Note)
 SB106MORRELLTAX/TAXATION - Provides relative to motion picture investor tax credits. (See Act) (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF RV See Note)
 SB146CLAITORFUNDS/FUNDING - Provides relative to the Budget Stabilization Fund. (See Act) (EG +$25,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB162SMITHPUBLIC CONTRACTS - Authorizes construction management at risk pilot program. (8/1/15) (EN SEE FISC NOTE SD EX See Note)
 SB167BUFFINGTONMEDICAID - Provides relative to the Medical Assistance Program. (8/1/15) (EG NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB177ADLEYTAX/AD VALOREM - Constitutional amendment to add certain property tax exemptions and reductions and to provide with respect to tax credits associated with them; to dedicate the net state revenue increase to a Tax Credit Reduction Fund and provide for allocations from the fund; and to provide for appropriations to local tax authorities. (2/3-CA 13sl(A)) (EG -$597,000,000 LF RV See Note)
 SB181ADLEYTAX/INCOME/PERSONAL - Repeals an income tax deduction for the net capital gains on the sale of a nonpublicly traded business commercially domiciled in Louisiana. (gov sig) (EG +$3,700,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB217GALLOTPUBLIC BUILDINGS/GROUNDS - Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in Rapides and East Baton Rouge Parishes. (8/1/15)
 SB218MURRAYFUNDS/FUNDING - Establishes a program to attract major events to the state and dedicates funds therefor. (7/1/15) (EN DECREASE GF RV See Note)
 SB234DONAHUETAX/TAXATION - Makes certain food businesses and any retail business except grocery stores and pharmacies with a certain number of employees ineligible for Enterprise Zone contracts. (gov sig) (EG +$1,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB240ERIC LAFLEURPUBLIC LANDS - Provides for the exchange of school lands by the Avoyelles Parish School Board. (gov sig)

House Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee to be adopted
 HCR1DOVECOASTAL RESOURCES - Approves the 2015-2016 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration

House Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage
 HB665KLECKLEYTAX/SALES-USE, LOCAL - Excludes certain repairs on tangible personal property from local sales and use tax by certain taxing authorities in Calcasieu Parish (EN SEE FISC NOTE LF RV See Note)