Senate Daily Digest
May 19, 2015
2:00 pm
Senate Chamber

Adjourned
 

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Senate Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SR120BROOMESENATE - Requests the Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs to study and make recommendations on how to establish recurring funding for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund.
 SR121WALSWORTHCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Ethan Coker for being named Louisiana's Middle/Junior High School Student of the Year.
 SR122JOHNSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends William Sommers as the recipient of the prestigious Don E. Wydra Memorial Award for his extraordinary contributions to juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.
 SR123ERDEYTRANSPORTATION/DEV DEPT - Requests DOTD to convert inside shoulder of I-12 between the I-10/I-12 split and Walker to a travel lane.
 SR124HEITMEIERCONDOLENCES - Expresses condolences upon the death of Rebecca "Becky" Underwood Brechtel.
 SR125NEVERSCOMMENDATIONS - Designates May 20, 2015, as LouisianaChildren.org Day at the Louisiana State Capitol and recognizes the efforts of LouisianaChildren.org in striving to give every child in Louisiana the opportunity to thrive.
 SR126NEVERSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Carol "Fran" Nevers on being named the 2015 Louisiana CASA DCFS Staff Member of the Year.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SCR103ALARIOCONDOLENCES - Expresses condolences upon the death of Edwin William "Bill" Curry, former Senate comptroller.
 SCR104CLAITORCOMMENDATIONS - Commends James B. Smith on graduating from Louisiana State University at the age of sixteen.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading Subject to Call
 SCR101NEVERSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Al J. Ransome for his service to the state of Louisiana.

House Bills on Second Reading to be Referred
 HB191COXPAROLE - Provides relative to certain infectious disease testing of inmates released from state prison facilities (EN +$17,586 FF EX See Note)
 HB199CROMERINSURERS - Enacts the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Act (EN SEE FISC NOTE See Note)
 HB211MORRISLEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES - Provides relative to the membership of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay
 HB255PIERREINSURANCE COMMISSIONER - Provides relative to the authority of the commissioner of insurance to supervise insurance holding company systems
 HB260A.WILLIAMSHEALTH/SICKLE CELL ANEM - Establishes the Sickle Cell Patient Navigator Program (RE1 +$440,000 GF EX See Note)
 HB343HAZELALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Provides relative to the public possession of alcohol by persons under the age of twenty-one years
 HB369BARROWDOMESTIC ABUSE - Provides due process measures for members of the state domestic violence coalition
 HB498TALBOTHEALTH SERVICES - Provides for transparency in health services pricing and healthcare quality measures
 HB568THIERRYPHARMACISTS - Provides relative to the licensing and regulation of pharmacists
 HB647IVEYLEGISLATIVE AUDITOR - Provides relative to the powers of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council (RE SEE FISC NOTE GF EX)
 HB701WHITNEYABORTION - Prohibits abortion based on sex selection
 HB836HODGESMARRIAGE/LICENSE - Provides for documentation and verification of certain information submitted by applicants for marriage licenses

House Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 HCR143HARRISONFINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS - Relative to Louisiana insurance laws regulating both financial institutions and the unfair trade practice of tying banking products or services to insurance products
 HCR144P.SMITHSPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH - Designates Tuesday, June 2, 2015, as Louisiana School Psychological Association Day at the state capitol
 HCR145ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Kirstyn Marie Torres upon her receipt of a 2015 High School Woman of Excellence Award and scholarship from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR146ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Tabitha Ann Kearns upon her receipt of a 2015 High School Woman of Excellence Award and scholarship from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR147ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Naomi Maria Smith upon her receipt of a 2015 High School Woman of Excellence Award and scholarship from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR148ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Tiffany Amber Landry upon her receipt of a 2015 Women of Excellence Award and Scholarship from the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR149ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Dr. Tiffany M. Stewart upon her receipt of a 2015 Women of Excellence Award from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR150ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Madeline Joan Janney upon her receipt of a 2015 Women of Excellence Award and Scholarship from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR151ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends B. Ronnell Nolan, a Baton Rouge businesswoman, upon her receipt of a 2015 Women of Excellence Award from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR152ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends The Cinderella Project, a nonprofit organization, upon its receipt of a 2015 Women of Excellence Award from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation
 HCR153ST.GERMAINCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Jennifer Barnes Maggio upon her receipt of a 2015 Women of Excellence Award from the La. Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation

Senate Bills Reported by Committee
 SB41ALLAINCONSERVATION - Provides relative to the Louisiana Oilfield Site Restoration Law. (8/1/15) (OR DECREASE SD EX See Note)
 SB43APPELBESE - Provides relative to the adoption of BESE rules and the role of legislative committees and the governor for oversight purposes. (See Act)
 SB75FRED MILLSTAX/TAXATION - Constitutional amendment to establish the Exemption Review Conference and provide for the review of and recommendation concerning tax exemption, exclusion, deduction and credit instruments filed for certain regular sessions and to establish procedures for such instruments. (2/3-CA13s1(A)) (See Act) (EG INCREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB78FRED MILLSTAX/TAXATION - Provides the information to be submitted to the legislative fiscal information for the review of instruments relative to tax exemptions, exclusions, deductions, and credits. (RE SEE FISC NOTE GF EX)
 SB132NEVERSPOSTSECONDARY ED - Provides for the reverse transfer of academic credits and the award of certain credits to veterans and their spouses. (gov sig) (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 SB157MARTINYCOURTS - Provides for the increase of certain fees for the courts of appeal. (7/1/15) (EN INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 SB223DONAHUETAX/TAXATION - Establishes the Student Adjustment for a Valuable Education (SAVE) Credit Program. (gov sig)
 SB249WARDSCHOOLS - Creates the School Choice Loan Fund. (gov sig) (RE SEE FISC NOTE SD EX)
 SB278TROY BROWNSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Creates and provides for the North Lafourche Recreation Enhancement District. (1/1/16)
 SB282MORRELLSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Repeals certain appointments to the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority. (8/1/15)

House Bills Reported by Committee
 HB26GREGORY MILLERPROPERTY/SUBSTANDARD - Provides with respect to powers of the governing authority of St. Charles Parish relative to grass cutting
 HB85GREGORY MILLERCOLLEGES/COMMUNITY - Provides relative to the name of the technical college in St. John the Baptist Parish
 HB94SAM JONESLEVEES/BDS & DISTRICTS - Provides relative to the powers and duties of the St. Mary Levee District
 HB97CHANEYPROPERTY/PUBLIC - Authorizes the transfer or lease of certain state property in Richland Parish
 HB119RITCHIETAX/TOBACCO TAX - Levies an additional tax on cigarettes and dedicates the proceeds of the tax (EN +$106,400,000 SD RV See Note)
 HB140JEFFERSONHIGHWAYS - Dedicates the interchange of I-20 and LA Hwy. 149 in Lincoln Parish in memory of former State Representative Pinkie Wilkerson
 HB145BURFORDDISTRICTS/FIRE PROTECT - Authorizes DeSoto Parish Fire District No. 3 to collect a service charge on structures
 HB147MONTOUCETTAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY - Authorizes the town of Duson to levy a hotel occupancy tax (EN +$56,092 LF RV See Note)
 HB154STEVE CARTERLEGISLATION - Provides for technical corrections to various provisions of Title 17 of the La. Revised Statutes
 HB155DANAHAYPROPERTY/PUBLIC - Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in Calcasieu Parish
 HB178DOVELEVEES/BDS & DISTRICTS - To provide for the transfer of certain property from the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District to the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District in Terrebonne Parish
 HB193GUINNPROPERTY - Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in Calcasieu Parish
 HB200HARRISONDISTRICTS/ECONOMIC DEVEL - Provides relative to the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority
 HB201MONTOUCETTOURISM/COMMISSION - Provides relative to the board of directors of the Acadia Parish Convention and Visitors Commission
 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)
 HB219TERRY BROWNPROPERTY/PUBLIC - Authorizes the transfer of certain state property located in Union Parish
 HB303GISCLAIRFISHING/FINFISH - Provides relative to the method of determination of a stock assessment for black drum, sheepshead, and flounder
 HB327DOVELEVEES/BDS & DISTRICTS - Provides for the membership of the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District
 HB332BILLIOTFISHING/CRABS - Expands eligibility for a commercial crab trap gear license to holders of a seafood dealer's license who can document appropriate crab landings
 HB339DOVEPUBLIC CONTRACTS - Provides for the functions and responsibilities of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority relative to certain projects
 HB341GAROFALOFISHING/OYSTERS - Provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage
 HB345HOFFMANNTEACHERS/EVALUATION - Provides relative to the teacher evaluation advisory subcommittee
 HB352LEGERCOASTAL RESOURCES - Relative to approval for land acquisition for integrated coastal protection projects by "acquiring authorities"
 HB384JACKSONSTUDENT/TUITION - Authorizes the Board of Supervisors to impose additional fees for enrollment in the dental hygiene program, University of Louisiana at Monroe (EN +$83,100 SG 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)
 HB420H.BURNSHIGHWAYS - Designates portions of certain highways in Bossier Parish
 HB463BERTHELOTMUNICIPALITIES - Provides relative to the appointment and terms of municipal officials in Lawrason Act municipalities
 HB529GREGORY MILLERLEVEES/BDS & DISTRICTS - Provides relative to the Lafourche Basin Levee District
 HB549THIBAUTTAX/SEVERANCE-EXEMPTION - Modifies exemptions, suspensions, and special rates from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 (EN NO IMPACT GF RV See Note)
 HB598FOILEXCEPTIONAL PERSONS - Provides for implementation of the ABLE Account savings program for persons with disabilities (EN +$64,000 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)
 HB656HARRISONTRANSPORTATION - Provides relative to the composition of state planning and development districts
 HB705BROADWATERSTUDENT/LOANS-SCHOLARSHP - Provides for technical corrections to TOPS
 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)

Senate Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee
 SCR66CHABERTFISH/FISHING - Memorializes Congress to take action against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in Louisiana's sovereign waters by passing H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015.
 SCR69LONGSTUDENTS - Expresses support of Louisiana students to assemble for religious expression and to express their religious beliefs in public elementary and secondary schools and public postsecondary education institutions.
 SCR79CLAITORSTUDENTS - Requests each local public school board to provide for high school student interaction with the board in an informative, advisory, and nonvoting capacity.
 SCR83THOMPSONWILD REFUGES/PRESERVES - Requests the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to change the name of the Sicily Island Hills Wildlife Management Area to the J.C. "Sonny" Gilbert Wildlife Management Area.
 SCR89ALLAINCONSERVATION - Establishes a task force to study the performance audit on the regulation of oil and gas wells and management of orphaned wells.
 SCR92ERDEYSCHOOL BUS DRIVERS - Directs BESE and DOE to establish policies and procedures to evaluate bus driver training curricula developed by private providers and certify qualified private providers to deliver required school bus driver training.

Senate Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage Subject to Call
 SB29CORTEZMUNICIPALITIES - Provides relative to the city of Lafayette municipal fire and police civil service system. (8/1/16)
 SB38JOHNSMUNICIPALITIES - Provides relative to the city of Lake Charles municipal fire and police civil service system. (gov sig)
 SB47PERRYDWI - Provides technical changes to current law relative to the crime of driving while intoxicated. (gov sig)
 SB61BUFFINGTONHEALTH SERVICES - Provides relative to hospital service districts. (gov sig)
 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)
 SB112GALLOTLOCAL OPTION - Provides for a local option election for the sale of liquor and wine in certain areas of Rapides Parish. (gov sig)
 SB146CLAITORFUNDS/FUNDING - Provides relative to the Budget Stabilization Fund. (See Act) (EG +$25,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB167BUFFINGTONMEDICAID - Provides relative to the Medical Assistance Program. (8/1/15) (EG NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB171MORRISHHEALTH/ACC INSURANCE - Provides for self-insured trust health insurance plans. (8/1/15)
 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)
 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)
 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)

House Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee to be adopted
 HCR4SIMONHEALTH SERVICES - Expresses the intent of the legislature regarding the standard of care prescribed by law for the practice of telemedicine
 HCR44FOILSTATE AGENCIES - Requests all state agencies in the executive branch of state government to provide for a crisis leave pool and requests the Department of State Civil Service to report progress to the legislature
 HCR1DOVECOASTAL RESOURCES - Approves the 2015-2016 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration
 HCR5ST.GERMAINNATURAL RESOURCES DEPT - Approves the 2015-2016 Atchafalaya Basin Annual Plan
 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)
 HCR66HODGESTRANSPORTATION - To continue the Comite River Diversion Canal Task Force to study and make recommendations on the actions necessary to complete the Comite River Diversion Canal Project

House Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage
 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
 HB7THIBAUTCRIME - Amends provisions of law regarding unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure
 HB139HODGESCRIME/SEX OFFENSES - To amend references of "simple rape", "forcible rape", and "aggravated rape" to "first degree rape", "second degree rape", and "third degree rape" respectively
 HB173T.LANDRYAGRICULTURE/SWEET POTATO - Modifies the disbursement amount of sweet potato tax money collected
 HB174LEBASCONTROLLED SUBSTANCES - Provides with respect to the scheduling of controlled dangerous substances
 HB243CHANEYAGRICULTURE - Modifies certain powers of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority
 HB269ANDERSAGRICULTURE - Authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue certifications and registrations
 HB299CHANEYCOURTS - Provides with respect to surplus monies in the witness fee fund of the 6th Judicial District Court
 HB344HAZELGAMING - Provides with respect to the regulation of video draw poker employee permits
 HB641M.GUILLORYGAMING - Provides relative to the central computer monitoring system for gaming regulation
 HB79BURFORDPUBLIC HEALTH - Provides relative to producers of raw honey in the home for sale
 HB177WHITNEYEXCEP PERSON/DEV DISABLE - Provides relative to roles of human services authorities and districts in implementation of the Developmental Disability Law (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB184HUVALINSURERS/AGENTS - Provides relative to renewal of an insurance producer license
 HB210MORENODRUGS - Authorizes the prescribing or dispensing of naloxone to third parties
 HB214PIERREINSURANCE/SURPLUS LINE - Provides relative to the creation of domestic surplus lines insurers
 HB215LEBASINSURANCE COMMISSIONER - Specifies the contents of a notice of wrongful conduct, including showing cause as to why regulatory action should not be taken by the insurance commissioner
 HB221HALLINSURANCE/SURPLUS LINE - Provides relative to reporting requirements for the surplus lines insurance tax
 HB257SEABAUGHINSURANCE/HEALTH - Provides relative to healthcare provider credentialing
 HB270ARMESMEDICAID - Provides relative to filing of Medicaid claims (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB304HALLDRUGS/PRESCRIPTION - Provides relative to sharing of prescription monitoring program information with equivalent programs of other states
 HB357RITCHIEBANKS/BANKING - Provides with respect to banks and financial institutions (EN SEE FISC NOTE SG EX See Note)
 HB381JACKSONHEALTH CARE/PROVIDERS - Exempts certain providers from licensure as behavioral health services providers
 HB394GREGORY MILLERTRADEMARKS/TRADE NAMES - Provides relative to names of business entities, trade names, trademarks, and service marks (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB468N.LANDRYREAL ESTATE/REALTORS - Provides relative to realtors
 HB491WILLMOTTDENTISTRY/DENTISTS - Amends the requirements for dental license applicants
 HB554RITCHIEFUNERALS & FUNERAL HOMES - Provides relative to licensed embalmers and funeral directors and related funeral establishments
 HB572ARNOLDPILOTS - Provides relative to steamship pilots
 HB592RITCHIECEMETERY/BOARD - Provides relative to regulatory rates for certain cemetery board matters (EN INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 HB666REYNOLDSBANKS/BANKING - Provides relative to banking provisions and liability of banking directors and officers