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2019 Housing Legislative Agenda
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BillBill PurposeGNOHA PositionStatus
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SB 28 (Price)This bill provides tenants' with protections against evictions. Landlords would have to wait up to 10 days to evict tenants for unpaid rent, required written notices, and 30 day notices required for month-to-month residential leases. Landlords must provide reasoning, and the bill also provides that in exceptional circumstances a judge may delay and eviction not to exceed seven calendar days.SupportThe bill did not pass committee and Landlords can continues to evict tenants unreasonably compared to other states.
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HB 12 (S. Carter)This constitutional amendment adds authorization for a parish to adjust the amount of the homestead exemption by the adoption of a resolution or ordinance, to be effective only if approved by the electors of the parish. It also prohibits the maximum amount of the exemption from exceeding $7,500 of the assessed value of the property. It further requires one-time millage adjustments in instances where the homestead exemption is adjusted so as to ensure the same amount of revenue for taxing authorities.OpposePending House Ways and Means
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SCR 58 (Bishop)This resolution requests that the mayor and the City Council of the city of New Orleans study the rate of evictions in New Orleans including causes. SupportPending House final passage - Sched. for 5/30/19
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SB 33 (Thompson)This bill provides an additional exception to the use of state sales tax increments for the expansion of projects if the agreement was executed before 1997, and does expire before Aug. 1, 2019.OpposePending House final passage - Sched. for 5/30/19
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HB 41 (Bagneris)This bill increases the number of commissioners for HANO from eight to nine and requires that at least one of the tenant commissioners be a participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. It also repeals the City Council's ability to add a commissioner if the mayor fails to make an appointment within 60 days of receipt of the nominations.WatchPending Senate final passage - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 83 (Harris)This bill extends the sunset for a tax credit on the amount of eligible costs and expense incurred during the rehabilitation of a nonresidential historic structure located in a downtown development district or cultural district from Jan. 1, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2026.WatchPending Senate Finance
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HB 136 (Pylant)This constitutional amendment exempts from certain property taxes the first $7,500 of assessed valuation ($75,000 of fair market value) of a homestead but only after the first $1,000 of assessed valuation($10,000 of fair market value) of a homestead is taxed.OpposePending House Ways and Means
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SB 197 (Bishop)This bill adds a requirement that each homeowner's insurance policy include a disclosure of any improvements or modifications the homeowner may make that will reduce the cost of the policy's premium.Support Pending House final passage - Sched. for 5/28/19
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HB 206 (Hilferty)This bill authorizes the lease of state property in Orleans and Jefferson parishes from the division of administration to the responsible offeror selected through an RFP developed and issued pursuant to an agreement between the state, Orleans Parish, and Jefferson Parish.OpposePending Senate Natural Resources
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HB 216 (Leger)This bill in relations to tourist commissions and convention and visitors bureaus created as special districts, changes the definition of hotel, to mean any establishment or person engaged in the business of furnishing sleeping rooms, cottages, or cabins to transient guests, where such establishment consists of sleeping rooms, cottages, or cabins, with respect to hotel occupancy taxes levied by such commissions and bureaus.OpposePending House Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs
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SB 109 (Barrow)This bill states that a child can stay in foster care if he is housed at
a residential home, transitional placing program, or in foster care until his 21st birthday while participating in an extended foster care program and establishes an extended foster care program for children who are at least 18 years old, but less than 21 years old.
SupportPending House Health and Welfare
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HB 521 (Abramson)This bill relative to Orleans Parish, requires, rather than authorizes, tourism organizations to levy hotel assessments on their members, subject to voter approval and authorizes the governing authority of the parish to levy and collect a hotel tax, subject to voter approval; limits the combined rate of the assessment and the tax to 2.5%. It also requires that the proceeds of the tax be deposited into the parish's infrastructure fund.SupportSubject to call - House final passage
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HB 43 (Harris)This bill authorizes the governing authority of the city of New Orleans to levy and collect an
occupancy tax on short term rentals of overnight lodging at a rate not to exceed 6.75%,
subject to voter approval, and requires that the proceeds of the tax be dedicated to the infrastructure
fund of the city.
OpposePending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Sched. for 5/27/19
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SB 79 (Carter)This constitutional amendment authorizes the City of New Orleans to exempt properties within Orleans Parish from taxes to encourage and promote affordable housing as provided by law and allows the city to grant a full exemption, a partial exemption, or to freeze the assessment level at the previous year's assessment level.SupportPending House Civil Law and Procedure - Sched. for 5/28/19
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SB 80 (Carter)This bill authorizes the city of New Orleans to grant any owner of immovable property (land)
in Orleans Parish a tax exemption for the purpose of affordable housing, with Office of Community Development, or its designee, determining the nature and amount. It also provides that tax exemptions granted by the city of New Orleans are transferable only if a transfer is provided for in the rules adopted by the New Orleans Office of Community Development or if the new owner is similarly situated.
SupportPending House final passage - Sched. for 5/30/19
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HB 81 (Abraham)This bill authorizes any local taxing authority to enter into a agreement with a property owner that requires payments in lieu of taxes imposed by that local taxing authority and establishes requirements concerning eligibility and approvals. It also provides that any property subject to an agreement shall be exempt taxation or may provide for a reduction in ad valorem taxes during the term of the agreement to the extent as is provided for in the agreement.Oppose Pending Senate referral - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 136 (Pylant)This constitutional amendment exempts from certain property taxes the first $7,500 of assessed valuation ($75,000 of fair market value) of a homestead but only after the first $1,000 of assessed valuation($10,000 of fair market value) of a homestead is taxed.OpposePending House Ways and Means
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HB 420 (Leger)This bill authorizes the governing authority of the city of New Orleans to levy and collect an additional hotel occupancy tax at a rate not to exceed .55%, subject to voter approval. It also requires the governing authority to establish an infrastructure fund and that proceeds be placed in the fund and allocated and used according to funding recommendations of the governing authority to supplement services provided by the city.WatchPending House Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs
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HB 421 (Leger)This bill authorizes the governing authority of the city of New Orleans to levy and collect an occupancy tax on short term rentals of overnight lodging at a rate not to exceed 0.55%, subject to voter approval and requires that and requires that the proceeds of the tax be deposited to the general fund of the city.OpposePending House Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs
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HB 46 (Bouie)This bill states that incarcerated persons shall be counted at their last known residential address prior to incarceration if within Louisiana, and if the last known residential address is outside of the state, unknown, or unreported, the incarcerated person shall be removed from the census count for purposes of all redistricting by the legislature.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in House and Governmental Affairs - Considered 5/1/19
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SB 218 (Barrow)This bill declares that the policy of the state is to permit and promote the availability of shared housing establishments based on a social model that promotes the dignity, individuality, privacy, independence, autonomy, and decision making of unrelated adults.WatchSubject to call - Senate final passage - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 439 (Ivey)This constitutional amendment adds authorization for a parish governing authority to adjust the amount of the homestead exemption by the adoption of a resolution or ordinance, to be effective only if approved by the electors of the parish.OpposePending House Ways and Means - Considered 4/29/19
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HB 449 (Ivey)This bill contingent on HB 439 provides for the same classifications of property and percentages of fair market value to be used in the assessment of property for purposes of ad valorem property taxes as is provided.WatchPending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 466 (Davis)This bill requires a tax collector to demonstrate a reasonable effort to provide a debtor with notice of tax sale when the debtor has not received actual notice. It also provides that the validity of a tax sale is not affected if tax collector demonstrates
reasonable efforts to provide notice to the debtor, regardless if the debtor receives actual notice
OpposePending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 4 (Dwight)This bill makes the reading of mortgage and other certificates at sheriff's sales optional by adding additional methods of publication which include public posting, written copies, electronic means, or any other method.OpposedPending Senate Judiciary B
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HB 549 (Jefferson)This bill adds opportunity zones to the types of property eligible for the Restoration Tax Abatement program.WatchPending House Ways and Means - Considered 5/6/19
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Quality of Life
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HB 422 (Duplessis)This bill removes the prohibition against parishes and municipalities from setting a local minimum wage rate and minimum number of leave days in their respective jurisdictions.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in Labor and Industrial Relations - Considered 5/16/19
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SB 155 (Carter)This constitutional amendment to establish a state minimum hourly wage of nine dollars, effective July 1, 2020, and authorize the legislature to increase the minimum wage by law.SupportSubject to call - Senate final passage - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HCR 3 (Edmonds)This bill amends Department of Economic Development rules to create a centralized local review board for the purpose of reviewing tax exemption applications and mandates it be done within 60 days of noticeOpposeNotice given subject to call - House final passage - Sched. for 5/29/19
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HB 112 (Stefankski)The bill removes barriers for foster parents, which would allow more people to be foster parents, and keep kids out of restrictive placements when they might instead be able to live with their grandmother who's been arrested in the past.SupportSigned by the President of Senate
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SB 67 (Morrell)This bill creates a Mid City Economic Development District in Orleans Parish and authorizes the city council of New Orleans, subject to voter approval, to levy and collect, for a term not to exceed 50 years, a special ad valorem tax. Perimeter: I-10, LaSalle St., Tulane Ave., and Broad St.WatchReported from the Legislative Bureau
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SB 9 (Peterson)This bill removes future employees of the Regional Transit Authority from the system and state civil service.OpposeReported from the Legislative Bureau
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HB 393 (Leger)This bill provides for school facilities preservation and the system-wide needs programs in certain public school districts, and changes the amount of sales tax dedicated to the program to .13%. It also requires continued use of a portion of such funds to pay school facility debt and the school board to create a facilities office, dedicating $20 per pupil to funding the office.WatchPending Senate Education
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HB 78 (Carmody)This bill requires contractors to pay a $100 license renewal fee for the benefit of construction education programs.SupportPending House Commerce - Considered 4/23/19
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HB 76 (Abraham)This constitutional amendment establishes an tax exemption for properties that are subject to an agreement that requires payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes and limits eligibility to manufacturing
establishments that qualifies for the industrial tax exemption, or a property subject to a cooperative
endeavor agreement that has been approved by a legislative committee as provided by law.
OpposeNotice given subject to call - House final passage - Sched. for 5/22/19
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HB 291 (Barras)This constitutional amendment creates a Louisiana Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund and Louisiana Unclaimed Property Support Fund. It provides a source of funds for the state capital revolving loan bank for local government infrastructure.OpposePending Senate referral - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 292 (Barras)This bill create a La. Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund (UCP Permanent Trust Fund) to fund claims made by owners of unclaimed property, and the La. Unclaimed Property Support Fund (UCP Support Fund) to fund a revolving loan bank for local government infrastructure.OpposePending Senate Finance - Considered 5/23/19
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HB 104 (Leger)This bill appropriates funds and provides for ancillary expenses of state government, including internal service funds, auxiliary accounts, and enterprise funds.SupportPending House Appropriations
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HB 105 (Henry)This bill provides for the ordinary operating expenses of state government for Fiscal Year 2019-2020SupportPending Senate Finance - Sched. for 5/27/19
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SB 135 (Appel)This bill creates an additional exemption from the state and city civil service system for employees of certain sewerage and water boards.OpposePending Senate Local and Municipal Affairs - Considered 5/2/19
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HB 158 (White)This bill provides for the creation and implementation of a juvenile detention screening and authorizes, instead of requires, the child to be taken to a juvenile detention center for the commission of a felony-grade delinquent act or of a misdemeanor-grade delinquent act. It also authorizes each judicial district or parish to develop a program or programs, operated by a non-profit or government entity, to serve as alternatives to secure detention of a child.SupportPending Senate Judiciary B
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HB 63 (Bouie)This bill requires that any contractor who enters into a contract with a public entity comply with the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women ActSupportInvoluntarily deferred in Labor and Industrial Relations - Considered 5/8/19
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SCR 2 (Morrell)This bill ratifies amendments to the US Constition providing equal rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on
account of sex and congress shall have power to enforce by appropriate legislation.
SupportSubject to call - Senate final passage - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 221 (Stefanski)This bill expands the current jurisdiction of mayor's courts to allow for the collection of municipal utility debts. This jurisdiction shall be concurrent with the district courts where the amount in question does not exceed $5,000.WatchPending Senate Judiciary A - Sched. for 5/28/19
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HB 225 (Edmonds)This bill provides that if the owner of a charter school facility that was financed through tax exempt bonds and for which all such bonds have been repaid wishes to dispose of the facility, they must, prior to advertising the sale, offer the facility to the charter operator. If the charter operator declines, the owner shall next offer such facility to the local school board for purchase. Provides that the charter operator and the school board shall each be given 60 days to exercise these options.WatchPending Senate Education
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HB 474 (Barras)This bill makes supplemental appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018-2019WatchPending House Appropriations - Considered 5/7/19
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HB 496 (Abramson)This bill establishes the Louisiana Capital Outlay Revolving Loan Bank to provide financial assistance to local governments and political subdivisions for certain capital infrastructure projectsSupportPending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Sched. for 5/27/19
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HB 551 (Jackson)This bill increases the amount the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections pays for the housing of state inmates in a parish jail or facility from $24.39 per day to $28.39 per day.SupportPending Senate Finance
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HB 226 (Harris)This bill will ensure that Louisiana law is in-line with 48 other states and the federal government by allowing judges to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to admit the testimony of a memory and eyewitness expert to help the jury reach an accurate verdict.SupportPending Senate Judiciary C - Sched. for 5/28/19
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HB 555 (Stokes)This bill provides exemptions applicable to sales and use tax for sales of room rentals by a homeless shelter.SupportPending House Ways and Means - Considered 4/16/19
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Bills to Watch
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HB 118 (Berthelot)Authorizing a local governing authority to amend an annual budget proposed by the chief executive or administrative officer does not apply to Lawrason Act municipalities.Pending Senate Local and Municipal Affairs - Considered 5/16/19
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SB 97 (Bishop)Provides for "clean slate" limited access to a person's criminal history record relative to certain misdemeanors.Pending Senate Judiciary C - Considered 4/23/19
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SB 136 (Morrell)Provides with respect to wage secrecy and pay discrimination.Subject to call - Senate final passage - Sched. for 5/20/19
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SB 186 (Morrell)creates the Louisiana Family and Medical Leave Benefits Act, implemented through the Louisiana Workforce Commission (Commission), to protect employees who need to take leave from their job due to certain family or medical circumstances.Pending Senate Finance - Considered 5/14/19
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SB 146 (Morrell)Prohibits the incarceration of victims of domestic violence and sex offenses who refuse to testify against their abusers.Pending House Administration of Criminal Justice
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HB 479 (Carter)Re-establishes the New Orleans Ferry Fund for the deposit of all funds derived from registration and license fees and taxes collected by the state in certain parishes, to fund the operations of the Chalmette ferry.Pending Senate Finance - Considered 5/20/19
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HB 395 (Carter)Provides relative to the authorized use of money in the La. Early Childhood Education Fund.Pending Senate Finance - Considered 5/20/19
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HB 419 (Ivey)further authorizes the following funds: the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Fund, the Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund, the Budget Stabilization Fund, the Higher Education Louisiana Partnership Fund, the Mineral Revenue Audit and Settlement Fund, the Oilfield Site Restoration Fund, the Oil Spill Contingency Fund, the Millennium Trust, the Louisiana Fund, the Millennium Leverage Fund, the Artificial Reef Development Fund, the Agricultural and Seafood Products Support Fund, the Hospital Stabilization Fund, the Louisiana MedicalAssistanceTrust Fund, theRevenue Stabilization Trust Fund, the dedication of mineral revenues, the Revenue SharingFund, and Transportation Trust Fund.Pending House Ways and Means - Sched. for 5/6/19
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HB 217 (Leger)Increases single trip permit fees by 50% and the annual permit fee for the transport of ocean containers from $500 to $750, dedicates the increased revenues into the Construction Subfund of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), and broadens the application requirements of the ocean container permits.Pending Senate Transportation, Highways, and Public Works
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HB 394 (Carmody)Provides for the Rail Infrastructure Improvement Program. Renames the existing program, provides for its purpose, modifies existing requirements, and adds additional requirements.Pending Senate Transportation, Highways, and Public Works
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HB 121 (Falconer)Requires public postsecondary education management boards to establish policies for forgiveness of unpaid student tuition and fees of certain students who have resigned and seek reenrollmentPending House Education
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SB 121 (Luneau)Provides premium tax credits for certain investments made in rural growth funds.Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
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HB 444 (McFarland)Establishes the "La. Rural Jobs Act" and allows a premium tax credit for investment made in certain rural businesses. The maximum amount of investment authority permitted by the Dept. of Revenue is $150 million and the maximum amount of investor contributions is capped at $112,500,000 for certification and allocation of tax credits.Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
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HB 237 (Brown)Prohibits discrimination by health insurance issuers in the individual market and small and large group market based on health statusInvoluntarily deferred in House Insurance - Considered 5/1/19
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HB 195 (Devillier)Adds restrictions to the allocation of cash line of credit capacity for capital outlay projects and requires the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs to approve line of credit recommendations before the division of administration submits the list to the State Bond Commission for funding.Pending House Ways and Means - Considered 5/13/19
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SB 17 (Peterson)Provides relative to funding of retirement systems.Pending Senate Retirement - Sched. for 4/29/19
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HB 274 (Carter)Authorizes an income and corporate franchise tax credit pilot program for expenses associated with the construction of manufacturing establishments that will assemble raw materials into marketable products in this state.Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
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SB 21 (Peacock)Phases in the dedication of the temporary sales tax levy to the Transportation Trust Fund.Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Considered 4/22/19
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HB 414 (Davis)Dedicates certain state sales and use tax revenues for deposit into the Construction Subfund of the Transportation Trust FundNotice given subject to call - House final passage - Sched. for 5/20/19
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HB 316 (Hollis)Requires the installation of remote monitoring equipment on certain failing sewage lift stations.Pending House Natural Resources - Considered 4/24/19
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HB 404 (Schexnayder)provides that allocation of revenues to the La. State Transportation Infrastructure Fund shall be dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund to be used exclusively for final design and construction and not for studies.Pending Senate and Governmental Affairs
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HB 348 (Bourriaque)Authorizes a comprehensive agreement for public-private partnership projects to contain a provision allowing an authority to assume liability for damages arising out of injuries or property damage to third parties under certain circumstances.Pending Senate Transportation, Highways, and Public Works
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HB 578 (Magee)Dedicates the economic proceeds from the Deepwater Horizon litigation to transportation projects and redirects funding to the Construction Subfund of the Transportation Trust FundPending Senate referral - Sched. for 5/20/19
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SB 135 (Appel)creates an additional exemption from the state and city civil service system for employees of certain sewerage and water boards.Pending Senate Local and Municipal Affairs - Considered 5/2/19
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SB 93 (Ward)Provides a flat corporation income tax rate and eliminates the usage of certain tax credits against corporation income tax.Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Sched. for 5/6/19
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HB 83 (Harris)Extends the sunset for the tax credit for the rehabilitation of nonresidential historic structures from Jan. 1, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2026.Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Considered 5/20/19
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HB 523 (Ivey)Phase-out the corporate franchise tax and repeals certain income and corporate franchise tax credits.Pending House Ways and Means - Considered 4/23/19
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HB 130 (Carter)Removes maximum terms for trusts when a term is specified and authorizes trusts to specify an indefinite term.Pending House Civil Law and Procedure
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HB 325 (Bishop)Prohibits the registrar of voters, clerk of court, and Dept. of State from disclosing specified computer system information.Pending Senate and Governmental Affairs
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HB 175 (Bouie)Requires certain facilities to implement a fence-line air monitoring system after receiving three compliance orders for air permit violations.Pending House Natural Resources - Considered 4/24/19
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HB 312 (Schexnayder)Requires an investigation when information from any source indicates a violationPending House Natural Resources
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HB 239 (Harris)Requires that instruction in personal financial management for public school students include information relative to student loans.Pending House final passage - Sched. for 5/21/19
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HB 324 (Leger)establishes a systemwide needs program for the Orleans Parish school district to direct initiatives that will result in districtwide improvements in areas that cannot be addressed efficiently or effectively at the school level.Pending House Education - Sched. for 5/1/19
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HB 482 (Carter)Relative to academic improvement plans, requires schools to involve parents in plan development, changes time frame for annual plan presentation, and adds reporting requirements for local superintendents and the state Dept. of Education.Pending Senate Education
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HB 160 (Bouie)Requires the collection and reporting of certain information relative to school safety and discipline including numbers of school resource officers and studentsuspensions, expulsions, removals to alternative settings, referrals to law enforcement, and school-related arrests.Pending House final passage - Sched. for 5/20/19
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SB 37 (Peacock)Authorizes the office of debt recovery to collect delinquent debts on behalf of local government subdivisions.Pending House Ways and Means - Considered 5/20/19
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HB 321 (Simon)Authorizes school boards and chartering authorities to adopt policies relative to virtual school attendancePending House final passage - Sched. for 5/21/19
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HB 430 (Leger)Authorizes a $1,000 annual, refundable tax credit for eligible teachers and early childhood educators.Pending House Ways and Means
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HB 517 (Smith)Requires public school governing authorities to adopt policies relative to the assessment, collection, and use of fees charged to students in elementary and secondary schools or their parents or legal guardians. Requires schools participating in the voucher program to identify all fees paid with voucher funds and provide certain information about fees to the parents or legal guardians of voucher students.Pending Senate Education
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SB 63 (Colomb)authorizes all qualified electors residing within the area proposed for incorporation to be entitled to vote in the special election.Pending Senate Local and Municipal Affairs
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HB 202 (Miller)Provides that a polling place is not required to be opened when the registrar of voters determines that fewer than 10 voters are eligible to vote in the election.Subject to call - House final passage
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HB 37 (Marcelle)Provides parole eligibility for offenders who serve as mentors in the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections' inmate rehabilitation and workforce developmentPending House final passage - Sched. for 5/20/19
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HB 5 (Dwight)Prohibit convicted sex offenders from participating in or being physically present in a home school programPending House Administration of Criminal Justice
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HB 279 (Marino)Provides relative to persons who are prohibited from possessing a firearm pursuant to certain domestic abuse convictions or prevention orders, to the transfer of such firearms to the sheriff or a third party, and to the duties and authority of the sheriff in this regard.Pending House final passage - Sched. for 5/21/19
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HB 171 (Leopold)Establishes an exception to the maximum premium for criminal bail bonds for certain parishes.Pending House Insurance
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HB 59 (Marcelle)Amends the criminal penalties for a first conviction of possession of marijuanaPending House final passage - Sched. for 5/22/19
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