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HB 2 (Abramson)Provides for the capital outlay budget and program for FY 2018-2019. Our position: This bill will provide a budget to maintain, repair, or upgrade our state’s capital assets while also funding transitional housing for formally incarcerated persons.SupportSigned by the Governor - Act 29
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SCR 10 (Barrow)Requests the Department of Children and Family Services to study extending the age of foster care to age twenty-one. Our position: The results of this study could raise the age to 21, so young adults can develop independent living skills and establish a safe and affordable place to live.SupportSent to the Secretary of State
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HB 94 (Bagneris)Repeals requirement that nonprofits that own property in New Orleans annually apply to the assessor for the property tax exemption granted by the state constitution. Our position: This bill repeals current requirement of nonprofits on property taxes in New Orleans.WatchWithdrawn from the files of the House
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SB 129 (Gatti)Provides that a child who is in foster care through the Department of Children and Family Services and who is also a full-time student in high school, shall remain in foster care until he attains the age of 21 or completes high school. Our position: This bill will raise the age to 21 so young adults can graduate high school and still receive support from the foster parents, ensuring they proper adult development.SupportSigned by the Governor - Act 649
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SB 164 (Morrell)Provides that in a reassessment year, if any residential properties’ assessed value increases by greater than 35% of the amount of the property's assessed value in the previous year, the assessor shall phase-in the amount of the increase in the property's assessed value over a four-year period. Our position: This bill gives homeowners time to pay their property taxes when their communities are gentrifying at alarming rates.SupportSent to the Secretary of State - Act 718
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HB 201 (Crews)Establishes an ad valorem tax exemption for property subject to a cooperative endeavor agreement that requires the property owner to make payments in lieu of taxes. Our position: This bill will help ease the cost burdened situation for property owners who are making payments for a cooperative endeavor agreements.SupportPending House Ways and Means
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HB 254 (Crews)Authorizes and provides for cooperative endeavor agreements between local governmental subdivisions and other entities that may require payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes. Our position: This bill will help ease the cost burdened situation for property owners and subdivisions who are making payments for a cooperative endeavor agreements.SupportPending House Ways and Means
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HB 383 (Davis)Louisiana First-Time Home Buyer Act. Authorizes a rebate for first-time home buyers. Our position: This bill will help promote homeownership and build better communities and cities by allowing more people to fulfill their dream of homeownership.SupportPending House Appropriations
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HB 386 (Jackson)Create a financial incentive for landlords to lawfully return security deposits and ensures the burden to return a deposit falls on the landlord. It also clarifies when deposits are due to tenants and allows judicial discretion for technical violations. Our position: We support this bill for tenant’s rights and a more supportive process for receiving security deposits from landlords.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in House Commerce
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HB 453 (Ivey)Requires that beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the enactment of any law concerning an exemption or exclusion from sales and use tax shall be uniformly applicable to the taxes of all taxing authorities in the state. Our position: This bill will give taxing authorities the authority to keep taxes that may have been exempted from them.WatchPending House and Governmental Affairs
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HB 455 (Garofalo)Requires the owner of a new or existing short-term rental dwelling to electronically register their short-term rental dwelling with the office of state fire marshal. Our position: This bill will improve housing stability and quality while also generating greater environmental, economic, and health benefits for the occupant, owner, and local communities.SupportSubject to call - Senate final passage
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SB 462 (Martiny)Retains present law on inclusionary zoning and changes certain wording from inclusionary zoning to voluntary economic incentive policies. Our position: This bill is an attempt to weaken the laws that allow for mandatory inclusionary zoning. We believe mandatory inclusionary zoning is an important tool in dealing with our affordable housing crisis.OpposeVetoed by the Governor
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HB 463 (Leger)Requires the phase-in over a three-year period of the amount of an increase in the assessed value of property if, at the time of reappraisal, the property's assessed value increases by greater than 15% of the assessed value in the previous year. Our position: This bill gives homeowners time to pay their property taxes when their communities are gentrifying at alarming rates.SupportPending House Ways and Means
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SB 466 (Price)Provides that tenant or lessee has the right to recover any portion of the security deposit wrongfully retained and $300 or twice the amount of the portion of the security deposit wrongfully retained, whichever is greater, from the landlord or lessor, or from the lessor's successor in interest. Our position: We support this bill for tenant’s rights and a more supportive process for receiving security deposits from landlords.SupportSigned by the Governor - Act 416
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HB 468 (Leger)Authorizes and establishes the procedure for a 3 year phase-in of ad valorem property tax assessment increases if there is an increase of more than 15% during a statewide reappraisal. Our position: This bill gives homeowners time to pay their property taxes when their communities are gentrifying at alarming rates.SupportPending House Ways and Means
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HB 476 (Ivey)Establishes an ad valorem tax exemption for property that is subject to a cooperative endeavor agreement that requires the property owner to make payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes. Our position: This bill will help ease the cost burdened situation for property owners and subdivisions who are making payments for a cooperative endeavor agreements.SupportPending House Ways and Means
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HB 126 (Jordan)Provides for Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers. Our position: We support this bill because it will provide more resources for workers who may be currently cost-burdened and those most vulnerable.SupportPending House Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 192 (Bouie)Establishes state minimum wage rate of $15/hr as of 1/1/20 provides that rate will adjust to fed min wage rate if it is higher than $15/hr. Our position: We support this bill because it will provide more resources for workers who may be currently cost-burdened and those most vulnerable.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 251 (Bouie)Requires that any contractor who contracts with a public entity must comply with La. Equal Pay for Women Act. Our position: We support this bill because it will provide more resources for workers who may be currently cost-burdened and those most vulnerable.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 328 (Jefferson)Provides for pay transparency and classifies as unlawful discrimination, intentional requirement that employees refrain from inquiry/discussion/disclosure their wages.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 402 (Edmonds)Reimbursement to employer for cost of pre-employment background checks.WatchSubject to call - Senate final passage
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SB 256 (Peacock)Reimbursement to employer for cost of pre-employment background checks.WatchPending Senate Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 519 (Smith)To provide a clear process and procedure for employees and employers per terms of employment and payment and claims for unpaid wages.SupportPending House Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 558 (Falconer)Requires employers to submit wage information with other required reporting.WatchPending House Labor and Industrial Relations
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HB 578 (Johnson)Prohibits contracts which require employees enter forced arbitration in sexual harassment accusations, cases, or disputes.WatchFailed House final passage
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HB 605 (Norton)Provides for equal pay for women.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in Labor and Industrial Relations
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SB 117 (Morrell)Requires that any contractor contracting with a state entity comply with the La. Equal Pay for Women Act.WatchSubject to call - Senate final passage
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SB 118 (Morrell)Provides that all employees shall be compensated equally for work that is the same or equal in kind and quality. No distinction in compensation may not be made because of sex.WatchPending Senate Labor and Industrial Relations
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SB 149 (Morrell)Pay transparency/outlaws required pay secrecy classifies as unlawful discrimination – intentional requirement that employees refrain from inquiry/discussion/disclosure.WatchSubject to call - Senate final passage
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SB 159 (Carter)Permits local governments to establish minimum wage (lifts preemption of local minimum wage laws). WatchPending Senate Labor and Industrial Relations
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SB 162 (Carter)Establishes minimum wage at $8.00 as of 1/1/19, rising to $8.50 on 1/1/20 or higher federal min wage, if applicable.WatchSubject to call - Senate final passage
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SB 252 (Carter)Constitutional amendment establishing state min wage rate at $8.00 beg 8/1/19, rising to $8.50 in 2020, and thereafter adjusted for inflation.WatchPending Senate Finance
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SB 106 (Morrell)Clarifies the existing law to ensure that courts schedule required in-person review hearings at six- or nine-month intervals as soon as a child is sentenced. Our position: This bill will decrease the incarceration period for children, which lowers recidivism rates and increases the chance for rehabilitation.SupportSigned by the Governor - Act 355
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HB 486 (Shadoin)Raise The Age delay bill, delays until July, 2020; ties implementation to funding 2020, that there is adequate funding and resources available to accommodate the projected increase in caseload. Our position:We are concerned about delaying the vote, becausechildren will continue to be locked dangerous adult facilities, denied access to services and education, and barred from future opportunities.OpposeSubject to call - House final passage
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SB 563 (Walsworth)Raise The Age delay bill, delays first phase to 2019. Our position: We are concerned about delaying the vote, becausechildren will continue to be locked dangerous adult facilities, denied access to services and education, and barred from future opportunities.OpposeSigned by the Governor - Act 479
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SB 248 (Johns)Raise The Age delay bill, delays until July, 2020, and only goes into effect "if the office of juvenile justice certifies on or before January 1, 2020, that there is adequate funding and resources available to accommodate the projected increase in caseload." Our position: We are concerned about delaying the vote, because children will continue to be locked dangerous adult facilities, denied access to services and education, and barred from future opportunities.OpposeSent to Governor
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SB 102 (Morrell)Provides Judges with the authority to modify Vitter sentences if a child is ready to come home, effectively ending mandatory sentencing for kids. Our position: This bill empowers judges to regularly assess each child’s progress and determine if they are ready to come home early under supervision.SupportSigned by the Governor - Act 467
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SB 190 (Bishop)Provides a private right of action for zoning violations. Our position: This bill would give authority to private citizens in addition to the municipality to take action for zoning violations, making further developments more complicated and expensive.OpposePending Senate Local and Municipal Affairs
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HB 510 (Barras)Establishes the Louisiana Checkbook website to provide transparency of state fiscal information.NeutralPending Senate Finance
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HCR 5 (Barras)Reduces the expenditure limit for FY 2018-2019.NeutralSent to the Secretary of State
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SB 108 (Johns)Deletes enumerated list and requires inclusion of all data submitted in the Louisiana Department of Health Medicaid managed care annual external quality review technical report required by federal law. WatchSigned by the Governor - Act 482
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SB 119 (Morrell)Authorizes the secretary of the Department of Revenue to also furnish taxpayer information to the Department of Health's Medicaid fraud unit as necessary for the purposes of verification of eligibility for Medicaid. Our position: This bill will ensure that only those eligible for Medicaid are the recipients.SupportSent to Governor
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SB 226 (Milkovich)Provides relative to maximum allowable drug pricing in the Medicaid pharmacy program.WatchPending Senate Health and Welfare
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SB 282 (Mills)Requires certain health insurance issuers to notify enrollees that they are subject to an excess consumer cost burden when they are charged more for a prescription drug than their insurer pays or would pay after considering drug rebates from the drug manufacturer into the total cost of the drug.WatchSigned by the Governor - Act 579
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SB 357 (Appel)Provides legislative intent to establish a MLTSS, Medicaid managed long-term care program, for seniors who receive or are at high risk for receiving long-term services in the community or in an institution and establishes legislative intent to improve access and provide choices for seniors receiving long-term services. Our position: This bill continues to support our senior’s health and ensure they are able to age in place.SupportPending Senate Health and Welfare
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SB 77 (Hewitt)Provides relative to opportunities to promote work and community engagement among Medicaid recipients. Our position: This bill will make it harder for citizens and the elderly who are already struggling to receive healthcare benefits.OpposePending Senate Health and Welfare
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SB 269 (Carter)Provides relative to parole eligibility for certain prisoners sentenced to life who have served at least thirty years.WatchSubject to call - Senate final passage
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HB 156 (Bacala)Extends the termination date of the task force on coordination of Medicaid fraud detection and prevention initiatives. WatchSigned by the Governor - Act 294
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HB 734 (McFarland)Requires reporting of data on healthcare provider claims submitted to Medicaid managed care organizations. WatchSent to Governor
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HB 243 (Talbot)Prohibits a manufacturer or wholesale distributor from engaging in price gouging in the sale of an essential off-patent or generic drug. Our position: We support this bill as the prices of drug are continuing to rise, we need to ensure that the price of essential drugs do not add to the cost-burden of already struggling citizens.SupportSubject to call - House final passage
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HB 314 (Anders)Prohibits a health insurer from reimbursing a rural health clinic at a rate less than the applicable legacy Medicaid rate.WatchPending House Insurance
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HB 334 (Bacala)Provides for implementation of a Medicaid managed long-term services and supports system for the elderly and certain persons with disabilities. Our position: This bill continues to support our senior’s health and ensure they are able to age in place.SupportPending House Health and Welfare
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HB 407 (Stagni)Provides for definitions under Medicaid Managed Care. Defines enrollee as an individual who is enrolled in the Louisiana Medical Assistance Program.WatchPending House Health and Welfare
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HB 46 (Harris)Establishes participation in a work or community engagement activity as a condition of Medicaid eligibility for certain able-bodied adult enrollees. Our position: This bill will make it harder for citizens and the elderly who are already struggling to receive healthcare benefits.OpposePending House Health and Welfare
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HB 480 (Bacala)Provides for program integrity in Medicaid eligibility determination functions, Medicaid fraud detection and prevention, and interagency data sharing in furtherance of those purposes. OpposePending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
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HB 499 (Smith)Requires rather than authorizes sex education in public schools.WatchInvoluntarily deferred in House Education
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HB 554 (Smith)Authorizes the state Dept. of Education and the Dept. of Health to survey students anonymously about risk behavior associated with chronic health conditions.SupportInvoluntarily deferred in House Education
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HB 88 (Mack)Creates the crime of government benefits fraud, provides elements for the offense, provides for criminal penalties, and provides relative to venue.OpposeSent to Governor
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HB 273 (Hoffman)Provides an exception to the requirement for post-abortion interment or cremation of human remains.OpposeSigned by the Governor - Act 204
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HB 287 (Edmonds)Limits assessment of penalties in connection with certain law concerning information to be conveyed to a woman prior to an abortion.OpposeSigned by the Governor - Act 77
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HB 891 (Hoffman)Provides for applicability of and exceptions to the prohibition on public funding for entities that perform abortions.OpposeSigned by the Governor - Act 498
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SB 148 (Morrell)Louisiana Industrial Ad Valorem Tax Exemption Program constitutional amendment allowing the State Board of Commerce and Industry establish criteria for determining what is in the best interest of the state and that these criteria shall include the creation of new, permanent direct jobs.SupportSubject to call - Senate final passage
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SB 294 (Walsworth)Authorizes local ad valorem taxing authorities to enter into agreements with owners of property that will be used or is being used for manufacturing, industrial, or commercial purposes that will provide the taxing authority with a stipulated ad valorem tax payment. Additionally, provides that these agreements for stipulated tax payments cannot have a term of greater than 40 years. WatchPending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
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SB 342 (Donahue)Provides for modifications to the standstill budget to include means of finance substitutions for discretionary and nondiscretionary requirements.WatchSent to Governor
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SB 346 (Walsworth)Authorizes local governmental subdivisions to enter into cooperative endeavor agreements for negotiated, stipulated tax payments with respect to ad valorem taxes with an owner of property located within the parish on which new or expanded manufacturing, industrial, or other commercial operations are or will be conducted.WatchPending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
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SB 363 (Ward)Requires the commissioner of administration to establish and maintain a website to post data and reports of state expenditures, contracts, incentive expenditures, and other financial matters. The website shall serve as an interactive portal for the public to access such information in each fiscal year. The website shall be searchable and have a mobile and tablet mode. Our position: This bill will help us keep track of our budget and help us hold our politicians accountable.SupportPending Senate Finance
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SB 373 (Barrow)Provides that the LaTrac website shall include reports of all revenues, exemptions, credits, and rebates. Our position: This bill will help us keep track of our budget and help us hold our politicians accountable.SupportSent to Governor
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