SRULE 13.4     

Rule 13.4.  Referral to standing committees; jurisdiction

           Each legislative instrument or other matter to be referred to committee shall be referred, on the basis of the subject matter contained therein, to the committee having jurisdiction thereof as provided in the following enumeration of subject matter jurisdiction for the committees of the Senate:

           (1) Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Agribusiness programs at penal and correctional institutions

           (b) Agricultural and industrial chemistry

           (c) Agricultural economics and research

           (d) Agricultural production, promotion, and marketing

           (e) Agricultural services

           (f) Agriculture and agribusiness generally

           (g) Animal industry and diseases of animals

           (h) Aquacultural economics and research

           (i) Aquacultural production, promotion, and marketing

           (j) Dairy industry

           (k) Forestry in general

           (l) Human nutrition, plant quarantine, and home living economics

           (m) Inspection of livestock and meat products

           (n) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural engineering

           (o) Rural development

           (p) Soil conservation

           (2) Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Banking and the regulation thereof

           (b) Commerce and industry generally

           (c) Communication by telephone, telegraph, radio, television, or other media

           (d) Consumer Protection

           (e) Corporations

           (f) Credit unions

           (g) Interest rates

           (h) Merchandising

           (i) Navigation

           (j) Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies

           (k) Registration and licensing of vessels and small boats

           (l) Regulation, licensing, and standards of professions, businesses, and occupations

           (m) Regulation of common carriers by water

           (n) Savings and loan and homestead associations

           (o) Small loan companies

           (p) Tourism

           (3) Education Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Adult education

           (b) College or university agricultural extension service

           (c) Colleges and universities

           (d) Cultural affairs

           (e) Education generally

           (f) Educational television

           (g) Employees of colleges and universities, including pay, except where an appropriation of state funds is required

           (h) Employees of vocational-technical education schools, including pay, except where an appropriation of state funds is required

           (i) Museums

           (j) Preservation of historic landmarks and objects

           (k) School employees, administrators, teachers, bus drivers, and others

           (l) School employees' and teachers' pay, except where an appropriation of state funds is required

           (m) School lunch program

           (n) Schools and secondary education

           (o) Special Schools

           (p) State and public libraries

           (q) Vocational-technical education

           (r) Repealed by SR 168 of 2014 RS, eff. August 1, 2014.

           (4) Environmental Quality Committee, all matters related to:

           (a) Air quality

           (b) Environmental control and regulation generally

           (c) Hazardous waste regulation

           (d) Land pollution

           (e) Radiation regulation and control

           (f) Solid waste regulation

           (g) Water resources

           (5) Finance Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Appropriation of state funds, including the cash portion of the comprehensive state capital budget

           (b) Budgetary requirements and procedures

           (c) Central purchasing

           (d) Economy and efficiency of government operations

           (e) Expenditure of funds

           (f) Fiscal controls

           (g) General appropriation bill

           (h) Revenue sharing

           (i) Each legislative instrument with an estimated fiscal cost, as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, of one hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years or with a fiscal cost with, although unspecified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed one hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years, after initial consideration in committee of subject matter, if different from Finance.

           (j) Court costs or fees imposed by courts.

           (6) Health and Welfare Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Alcoholic rehabilitation

           (b) Child care facilities

           (c) Elderly affairs

           (d) Facilities for children with physical disabilities

           (e) Health and welfare generally

           (f) Health offices and their administration

           (g) Hospitals, public or private

           (h) Mental health, including institutions and facilities

           (i) Institutions and services for persons with intellectual disabilities.

           (j) Nurses' training program

           (k) Nursing homes

           (l) Public welfare, including private and local institutions

           (m) Public welfare research training and rehabilitation

           (n) Veterans affairs

           (o) Vocational rehabilitation

           (7) Insurance committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Casualty insurance

           (b) Health insurance

           (c) Insurance generally, except insurance matters placed under the jurisdiction of another committee.

           (d) Life insurance

           (e) Property insurance

           (f) Surplus line insurance

           (8) Judiciary A Committee, or

           (9) Judiciary B Committee, or

           (10) Judiciary C Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Administration of criminal justice generally

           (b) Attorney General, District Attorneys, and prosecutors in general, including compensation, expenses, personnel, facilities, and the like, except retirement matters

           (c) Civil Code and Civil Code Ancillaries generally, including, without limitation, matters affecting persons generally, marriage, divorce, and matters of family law, tutorship, and curatorship, things generally, use and usufruct, servitudes, successions, donations, obligations generally, extinction of obligations, delicts and quasi delicts, matrimonial agreements, sales and leases, and prescriptions

           (d) Civil defense and disaster protection

           (e) Clerks of court and records of the courts

           (f) Code of Civil Procedure, and civil procedure generally

           (g) Code of Criminal Procedure and criminal procedure generally

           (h) Controlled dangerous substance law and procedure

           (i) Criminal law

           (j) Department of Corrections

           (k) Holidays and celebrations

           (l) Juvenile Code

           (m) Law enforcement generally, including the Department of Public Safety and state police

           (n) Miscellaneous matters not covered by other standing committees

           (o) Municipal and Parish Courts, Mayor's Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts

           (p) National Guard, Military affairs generally, Code of Military Justice, and the Adjutant General

           (q) Notaries public and their records

           (r) Penal and correctional institutions, except for agribusiness programs, and juvenile and adult rehabilitation

           (s) Proposed amendments to the state constitution not specifically vested, as to subject matter, in another committee

           (t) Questions of constitutional rights

           (u) Regulations and sale of intoxicating liquors

           (v) Rules of civil law evidence

           (w) Rules of criminal evidence

           (x) Sheriffs generally, except matters affecting sheriffs as ex officio tax collectors

           (y) State boundary lines

           (z) Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts, Family Courts, and Juvenile Courts, jurisdiction of said courts, and judges generally, including compensation, expenses, personnel, facilities, and the like, except retirement matters

           (aa) Traffic offenses and procedure

           (bb) Trust Code

           (cc) Weapons and explosives

           (11) Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Child labor

           (b) Collective bargaining and other labor laws affecting public employees

           (c) Employment insurance

           (d) Health and safety of laborers

           (e) Labor and industrial relations generally

           (f) Labor disputes

           (g) Labor retirement laws, except those related to public employees

           (h) Labor standards

           (i) Unemployment compensation

           (j) Wages and hours of labor

           (k) Women in the labor market

           (l) Workmen's compensation

           (12) Local and Municipal Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Assessors, their offices, salaries, expenses, compensation, etc.

           (b) Assistance to municipal and other local governments

           (c) City of New Orleans affairs

           (d) Department of Urban and Community Affairs

           (e) Drainage and sewerage and water districts

           (f) Economic development districts

           (g) Employees of local governments, except retirement

           (h) Expenditures by local governments

           (i) Forms of local government

           (j) Intergovernmental relations between local governments and state and local governments

           (k) Local boundary lines

           (l) Local ordinances

           (m) Local, parochial, and municipal affairs generally, except matters specifically placed under the jurisdiction of other committees

           (n) Municipalities and municipal governing authorities

           (o) Parish tax collectors

           (p) Parishes and parish governing authorities

           (q) Political subdivision industrial inducement

           (r) Revenue of and taxation levied by local governments

           (s) Technical assistance to local governments

           (t) Urban, parochial, and regional planning

           (13) Natural Resources Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Accretion, alluvion, and dereliction of public and private lands

           (b) Coastal protection and restoration, including matters relating to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

           (c) Conservation

           (d) Military parks and battlefields

           (e) Mineral lands and matters relating thereto

           (f) Mineral resources of public lands

           (g) Mines and minerals and mineral code

           (h) Natural resources generally

           (i) Ownership of minerals and mineral lands

           (j) Parks and recreation

           (k) Pipelines

           (l) Public and geological surveys

           (m) Public lands

           (n) State boundary lines

           (o) Tidelands

           (p) Wildlife and fisheries

           (14) Retirement Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) College and university retirement

           (b) Judges' retirement

           (c) Retirement, including retirement systems supported in whole or in part by funds of the state or any of its political subdivisions, but excluding retirement matters concerning labor retirement laws related to nonpublic employees

           (d) Retirement of state officials and employees

           (e) School employees', teachers', and other education personnel retirement

           (15) Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Bond issuance, payment, and retirement

           (b) Bond portion of the comprehensive state capital budget

           (c) Bonds and debt

           (d) Department of Revenue and Taxation, Tax Commission, and the Board of Tax Appeals

           (e) Deposit and investment of public monies

           (f) Economy and efficiency of government operations

           (g) Revenue collection

           (h) Revenue measures generally

           (i) Taxes and raising of revenue

           (j) Each legislative instrument which produces a net decrease in taxes or fees or produces an increase in taxes or fees, as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, of five hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years or produces an increase which, although unspecified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed five hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years after initial consideration in the committee of subject matter, if different from Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

           (16) Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Affairs of the Senate

           (b) Appointments which require confirmation by the Senate

           (c) Apportionment for public officials and governing authorities

           (d) Assignment of space in state buildings, including space for Senate and legislative needs

           (e) Capitol building and all other buildings for state government services in the state capital, including capitol parking

           (f) Classified and unclassified service for public employees

           (g) Creation of all legislative committees and proposals for interim studies by committees

           (h) Elections, state political parties and their committees, and officers, procedure, and other matters relating to elections

           (i) Employees of the Senate

           (j) Expenditures of funds by the Legislature

           (k) Governmental ethics

           (l) Intergovernmental relations between the state and the United States or other states

           (m) Legislative Auditor

           (n) Legislative Fiscal Officer

           (o) Lobbying and lobbyists

           (p) Maintenance and care of capitol complex buildings

           (q) Rules and procedures of the Senate and the Legislature

           (r) Rules or laws enacted to reorganize the legislative or executive branches of government

           (s) Services of or for the Senate and/or its committees and members

           (t) State buildings generally, including naming of state buildings

           (17) Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee, all matters relating to:

           (a) Air, bus, and vehicular transportation

           (b) Common carriers, except by water

           (c) Construction, improvement, and maintenance of waterways, lakes, and streams

           (d) Facilities in connection with lakes, waterways, and streams

           (e) Flood and drainage projects

           (f) Highways, roads, and bridges

           (g) Levee districts

           (h) Motor vehicle regulation

           (i) Ports

           (j) Public works

           (k) Railroads

           (l) Rules and Regulations for highway, railroad, and air use

           (m) Transportation, highways, and public works in general

           (n) Water conservation districts

           SR 53 of 1990; SR 47 of 1995 RS; SR 13 of 1996 1st EX; SR 30 of 1997 RS; SR 17 of 2001 RS; SR 6 of 2002 RS; SR No. 9 of 2003 RS; SR 3 of 2008 1st EX; SR 168 of 2014 RS, eff. August 1, 2014.