Senate Daily Digest
April 21, 2014
4:30 PM
Senate Chamber


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Senate Bills on Second Reading Subject to Call
 SB632RISERTAX/TAXATION - Authorizes the secretary of the Department of Revenue to establish a Solar Credit Secured Refund Pilot Program to allow taxpayers who are eligible to receive a solar credit refund to authorize their refunds to be paid directly to a properly secured third party lender. (gov sig)

Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SCR86MORRELLCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Mary P. Williams on thirty years of dedicated service.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading Subject to Call
 SCR8CLAITORHEALTH CARE - Expresses the sense of the Louisiana Legislature on the need for colorectal cancer screening examinations.
 SCR9CLAITORCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Claney Duplechin, coach of the Episcopal High School Knights boys varsity cross country team, on being selected as a 2013 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
 SCR84WHITECOMMENDATIONS - Commends the Southeastern Louisiana University men's indoor track and field team upon earning the 2014 Southland Conference Title and Coach Sean Brady on being named the Southland Conference Men's Indoor Coach of the Year.

House Bills on Second Reading to be Referred
 HB464BROADWATERSNAP/FOOD STAMPS - Establishes a pilot initiative for training and education to serve certain recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (EG INCREASE FF RV See Note)
 HB465BROADWATERTAX/AD VALOREM TAX - Provides with respect to ad valorem taxes on shares of bank stock (EG SEE FISC NOTE GF RV See Note)
 HB469HARRISSECONDHAND DEALERS - Prohibits the payment of cash for the purchase of aluminum-copper air conditioning coils
 HB583MACKASSESSORS - Requires the Livingston Parish assessor to pay the cost of certain insurance premiums for eligible retirees of the assessor's office (RE NO IMPACT LF EX See Note)
 HB602ABRAMSONTAX/INCOME TAX - Creates an individual income tax checkoff for The Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans, Inc. (EG NO IMPACT GF RV See Note)
 HB613ABRAMSONCIVIL/JURY TRIALS - Provides relative to the monetary amount in controversy necessary for a jury trial
 HB1256HARRISONGOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION - Creates the Dept. of Health and Hospitals and Children and Family Services, abolishes the Dept. of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and creates separate entities within the new department as successors to the abolished departments
 HB1257LOPINTOPROBATION - Provides for the procedures by which conditions of probation may be modified, changed, or discharged and procedures by which a defendant's probation may be terminated (EG NO IMPACT See Note)

House Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading Subject to Call

Senate Bills Reported by Committee
 SB66MILLSCOMMERCIAL REGULATIONS - Provides relative to the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors. (8/1/14)
 SB121MORRELLMENTAL HEALTH - Provides relative to marriage and family therapists. (8/1/14)
 SB167MARTINYDENTISTRY - Provides relative to the Board of Dentistry. (gov sig)
 SB266MARTINYSECURITIES - Provides relative to the registration of certain investment adviser representatives. (gov sig)
 SB299MORRISHLOANS - Provides relative to civil justice funding companies. (1/1/15)
 SB426LAFLEURCOMMERCIAL REGULATIONS - Prohibits required use of settlement service providers in residential real estate transactions. (8/1/14)
 SB447MORRELLCONTRACTORS - Requires the State Licensing Board for Contractors to provide testing specifically for solar installers. (8/1/14)
 SB483WHITELOANS - Repeals certain outdated information collection and reporting requirements of the Louisiana Deferred Presentment and Small Loan Act. (8/1/14)
 SB573CHABERTPUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Creates the office of multimodal commerce in the Department of Economic Development and transfers certain powers, duties, and resources from the Department of Transportation and Development to the Department of Economic Development. (gov sig) (OR INCREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB605MARTINYCOMMERCIAL REGULATIONS - Provides relative to the Louisiana Motor Commission. (8/1/14)
 SB637WHITECOSMETOLOGY - Provides relative to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology. (8/1/14)

Senate Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage
 SB250WARDANIMALS - Exempts certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules. (8/1/14)
 SB522WARDPUBLIC CONTRACTS - Authorizes the state to enter into consulting services contracts with licensed insurance producers for the procurement of insurance for risk management. (8/1/14) (EG DECREASE SG EX See Note)
 SB530BROOMEPARISHES - Requires parishes to establish and maintain a registry of foreclosed properties. (gov sig)
 SB533LAFLEUREDUCATION DEPARTMENT - Provides for a local enrollment coordination process for publicly funded early childhood care and education. (gov sig)
 SB582CLAITORMOTOR VEHICLES - Provides for driver's license renewal every six years. (8/1/14)
 SB622APPELSCHOOLS - Requires the Department of Education to develop and implement a statewide educational technology plan for public elementary and secondary schools. (8/1/14) (EG NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB627MURRAYWORKERS' COMPENSATION - Exempts certain home improvement contractors who have no employees from the requirements of workers' compensation. (8/1/14) (OR NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB633CLAITORSCHOOLS - Prohibits certain schools from being a member of any interscholastic extra-curricular athletic association or organization that does not provide for third-party arbitration of eligibility issues. (gov sig)
 SB636WHITESCHOOLS - Provides relative to the organization and management of large school systems. (8/1/14)
 SB665CORTEZFUNDS/FUNDING - Provides relative to the Lafayette Parish Visitors Enterprise Fund. (7/1/14)
 SB667ADLEYMINERALS - Provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. (8/1/14) (EG NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB63MORRELLCRIME/PUNISHMENT - Provides civil and criminal penalties relative to failure to meet contractual obligations for installation and maintenance of solar electric or solar thermal systems. (gov sig)
 SB69MURRAYINSURERS - Prohibits insurers from excluding from coverage the intentional acts of policy holders' minor child. (8/1/14) (OR INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 SB87CLAITORCONTROL DANGER SUBSTANCE - Increases the maximum term of imprisonment for possession or distribution of heroin to 99 years. (gov sig)
 SB108APPELPOSTSECONDARY ED - Provides relative to the commissioner of higher education. (gov sig)
 SB161MURRAYLEGIS POWERS/FUNCTIONS - Provides relative to restitution of audit costs. (8/1/14) (EG INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 SB187KOSTELKACRIME/PUNISHMENT - Allows enhanced sentencing for drug offenses committed in a private residence located in a drug free zone. (gov sig)
 SB229MARTINYCRIME/PUNISHMENT - Provides relative to reducing certain habitual offender sentences. (8/1/14)
 SB242MORRELLSHERIFFS - Provides relative to sheriffs appointing non-licensed appraisers. (8/1/14)
 SB293MARTINYDWI - Provides relative to operating a vehicle while intoxicated. (gov sig)
 SB302MILLSCIVIL PROCEDURE - Provides relative to medical consent and certain immunities. (8/1/14) (EG NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB330CLAITORCRIME/PUNISHMENT - Creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images (DRONE Act). (gov sig)
 SB332MORRISHPUBLIC CONTRACTS - Provides bidding documents prior to opening bids are not subject to public records requirements. (gov sig)
 SB341DONAHUESANITARY CODE - Provides for certain limitations relative to actions or rules requiring modification of certain existing community water systems. (gov sig)
 SB353PEACOCKPUBLIC RECORDS - Provides that certain records relative to jury selection and jurors are not public records. (8/1/14)
 SB361RISERLAW ENFORCEMENT - Provides for the carrying of concealed weapons by certain law enforcement officers in all public places. (8/1/14)
 SB373JOHNSCIVIL PROCEDURE - Provides relative to motions for summary judgments. (8/1/14) (OR NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB403MILLSHEALTH/ACC INSURANCE - Provides relative to third party payments of health insurance premiums of individuals with HIV/AIDS. (8/1/14)
 SB516BUFFINGTONHEALTH CARE - Provides for direct primary care. (8/1/14)
 SB539NEVERSMENTAL HEALTH - Provides relative to suicide assessment, intervention, treatment, and management training for certain professions. (8/1/14) (OR INCREASE SG EX See Note)
 SB545MILLSHEALTH CARE - Provides relative to third party initiated medication substitutions. (8/1/14)
 SB554G.SMITHINSURANCE COMMISSIONER - Provides relative to insurance rate review. (gov sig)
 SB586DORSEY-COLOMBCHILDREN - Provides relative to adoptions and prohibits the re-homing of a child. (8/1/14) (EG SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 SB592MORRELLCRIME/PUNISHMENT - Provides relative to penalties for second degree battery. (8/1/14)
 SB606MARTINYCOURTS - Provides for the use of electronic signatures by judges and justices. (8/1/14) (EG SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 SB608TROY BROWNCRIMINAL JUSTICE - Provides relative to arrest warrants. (gov sig)
 SB630MARTINYPUBLIC PRINTING - Provides for the qualification of a newspaper to publish official proceedings, legal notices, or advertisements in Orleans Parish or Jefferson Parish. (gov sig)
 SB642CROWELEGISLATIVE AUDITOR - Increases annual audit requirements for certain entities in certain parishes. (8/1/14)
 SB645WARDHEALTH/ACC INSURANCE - Relative to certain health maintenance organization disclosures. (8/1/14)
 SB649MILLSHEALTH CARE - Provides for the Louisiana State Health Care Profession Institute. (8/1/14)
 SB650WALSWORTHENVIRONMENT QUALITY DEPT - Authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality, in collaboration with the Public Service Commission, to establish regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. (8/1/14)
 SB664CORTEZAGRICULTURE/FOREST COMR - Authorizes the commissioner of agriculture and forestry to receive and investigate complaints about prescribed burns and to revoke his authorization in certain situations. (8/1/14)

Senate Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage Subject to Call
 SB70CLAITORCURRICULA - Repeals the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act. (8/1/14)
 SB76MORRISHPORTS/HARBORS/TERMINALS - Creates the Cameron Parish Port, Harbor, and Terminal District. (1/1/15)
 SB90DORSEY-COLOMBSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Provides for the creation of the "Neighborhood Watch Act". (gov sig)
 SB130MORRELLVIDEO POKER - Provides relative to fuel sale requirements at qualified truck stops. (8/1/14)
 SB213WARDLEGIS POWERS/FUNCTIONS - Designates the American Paint Horse as the state horse. (8/1/14)
 SB282TROY BROWNSPECIAL DISTRICTS - Requires the Port of South Louisiana, the Lafourche Basin Levee District, and the Pontchartrain Levee District to enter a cooperative endeavor agreement to authorize the exercise of combined police protection. (8/1/14)(2/3-CA6s43(2))
 SB301MARTINYFINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS - Provides relative to financial institutions and production of documents. (8/1/14) (EG NO IMPACT See Note)
 SB315DONAHUEPROCUREMENT CODE - Provides relative to group purchasing and cooperative purchasing provisions of certain public postsecondary education institutions. (7/1/14). (EG DECREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB354WHITESCHOOLS - Constitutional Amendment to provide that any public school system created by the legislature shall have the authority granted parish school boards. (2/3 - CA13s1(A))
 SB368MORRELLLOCAL AGENCIES - Provides relative to the New Orleans Regional Business Park. (gov sig)
 SB385LAFLEURSCHOOLS - Provides for empowered community schools. (7/1/14)
 SB434LAFLEURCLERKS OF COURT - Provides for automobile expense allowance for certain clerks of court. (8/1/14)
 SB492HEITMEIERENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH - Provides for smoking and tobacco products. (8/1/14)
 SB499HEITMEIERHEALTH SERVICES - Provides for authorized procedures provided by direct service workers. (gov sig)
 SB500HEITMEIERROADS/HIGHWAYS - Provides for refund of certain collections in the amnesty program for the Crescent City Connection Bridge. (gov sig) (RE INCREASE SD EX See Note)
 SB505HEITMEIERPHYSICIANS - Provides for an automatic suspension of a physician's license. (gov sig)
 SB512HEITMEIERPUBLIC HEALTH - Provides for chain restaurant menu labeling. (1/1/15)
 SB518MARTINYCOMMERCIAL REGULATIONS - Provides relative to indemnification of motor carrier transportation contracts and construction contracts. (8/1/14)
 SB575MARTINYAPPRAISERS - Provides relative to the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board. (8/1/14)
 SB651ALLAINWEAPONS - Authorizes legislators and officers of the legislature to carry weapons. (gov sig)

House Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee to be adopted
 HCR20LEGERSPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH - Recognizes No-Shave November in Louisiana, an effort to raise awareness of men's health issues

House Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage
 HB433CARTERHIGHER ED/BD REGENTS - Authorizes the Board of Regents to enter into interstate reciprocity agreements relative to online instruction (RE INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 HB784WILLMOTTCULTURE/REC/TOUR - Removes provisions relative to the exhibit of a specific ship by the Kenner Naval Museum
 HB8HONOREPARDON - Reduces the length of time certain applicants are required to wait before filing a subsequent application with the Board of Pardons (EG SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB16T.LANDRYCOURTS - Authorizes the 15th JDC to provide for a reentry division of court (EG SEE FISC NOTE LF EX See Note)
 HB293ADAMSGAMBLING - Prohibits gambling by electronic sweepstakes device (RE INCREASE GF EX See Note)
 HB345ARNOLDALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Provides relative to alcoholic beverage laws (EG INCREASE SG RV See Note)
 HB346ARNOLDREVENUE DEPARTMENT - Provides relative to permits issued by the office of alcohol and tobacco control
 HB743MORENOCRIMINAL/JUSTICE - Relative to the membership, voting procedures, and proxies of the La. Sentencing Commission
 HB751MORENOCORRECTIONS - Provides relative to the reinstatement of good time credit in certain circumstances (EG DECREASE GF EX See Note)
 HB752MORENOCRIME/FELONIES - Expands the crime of filing a false lien against a law enforcement or court officer to include liens against any clerk of court, deputy clerk of court, and recorder of mortgages (RE INCREASE GF EX See Note)
 HB830ADAMSALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Provides relative to size limitations on containers of beverages of high alcoholic content
 HB893SCHEXNAYDERMTR VEHICLE/INSPECTION - Provides for physical inspections of a vehicle by a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officer
 HB54JAMESCRIMINAL/PROCEDURE - Authorizes the designation of specialized divisions or sections in city or municipal courts (RE +$161,950 LF RV See Note)
 HB241ARMESWILDLIFE & FISHERIES CMN - Makes a technical correction to remove the effective date reference contained in the ballot language for the proposed constitutional amendment that would specify certain geographical qualifications for members of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
 HB284ST.GERMAINSUNSET LAW - Re-creates the Dept. of Transportation and Development
 HB304HILLMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the "Louisiana Cattlemen's Association" special prestige license plate
 HB317COXMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the "U.S. Army Ranger" military honor license plate (RE INCREASE SG EX See Note)
 HB323T.LANDRYMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the "Down Syndrome Awareness" special prestige license plate (EG INCREASE SG EX See Note)
 HB440HARRISONFISHING/SHRIMP - Provides relative to size and configuration of skimmer nets (RE NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB450SCHRODERHIGHWAYS - Designates a portion of La. Highway 21 in St. Tammany Parish as "South Tyler Street"
 HB642HILLCOURTS/COURT COSTS - Authorizes an increase in court costs for the Oberlin Municipal Court (EG +$18,000 LF RV See Note)
 HB793ST.GERMAINWATER/RESOURCES - Provides for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission
 HB832BROADWATERTREASURER - Provides relative to permissible investment by the state treasurer of offshore revenues deposited into the Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund (RE SEE FISC NOTE SD RV See Note)
 HB902ST.GERMAINMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation special prestige license plate
 HB913LEOPOLDFISHING/FINFISH - Creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force
 HB935JAY MORRISMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the "Lung Cancer Alliance" special prestige license plate

House Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage Subject to Call
 HB331LOPINTODWI - Authorizes licensed practical nurses to administer chemical tests for intoxication