Monday in the Louisiana Legislature

House convenes at 2:00 p.m.

Senate convenes at 1:30 p.m.


Appropriations. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes:

HB434 Requires spending due to constitutional or other mandates to be considered in a separate appropriation bill from spending that is not required to be funded if health care or higher education funding is reduced.

HB435 Provides relative to the budget process.

HB437 Provides with respect to the development of the budget.

HB488 Requires state departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to accept cash and credit cards for certain transactions.

HB604 Provides for the distribution and allocation of unspent federal funds available for recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

HB620 Provides with respect to the development of the state operating budget.

HB678 Provides for supplemental appropriations for Fiscal Year 2012-2013.

HCR6 Reduces the expenditure limit for FY 2013-2014.

Commerce. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes:

HB114 Repeals provisions relative to the acceptance of public funds by certain financial institutions.

HB187 Makes changes to quarter horse racing at certain tracks.

HB314 Creates the Social Media Privacy Protection Act.

HB422 Makes changes to the unified economic development budget report and requires report to be annual.

HB425 Requires presentment of identifying information when cashing federal or state treasury checks over a certain amount.

HB547 Makes changes relative to the regulation of used motor vehicles.

Transportation, Highways & Public Works. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes:

HB225 Provides citations issued by the weights and standards police force or state police for violations of weight, size, or load violations while in Sabine Parish shall be disposed of as traffic citations by courts in Sabine Parish.

HB239 Designates a portion of Highway 33 in Union Parish as the “James Peyton Smith Bridge”.

HB351 Requires highly traveled bridges to receive certain treatment within the highway priority system.

HB395 Provides for the inclusion of certain medical information on drivers’ licenses and special identification cards.

HB409 Provides relative to safety regulations for contract carriers transporting railroad employees.

HB415 Requires the Dept. of Transportation and Development to adopt a supplement to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to provide for the usage of certain guide signs.

HB465 Provides relative to the disqualification of commercial driver’s licenses.

HCR9 Amends and repeals DOTD administrative rules pertaining to access permits.

Ways and Means. 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes:

HB304 Increases the state tax levied on cigarettes.

HB417 Increases the state tax on certain tobacco products and dedicates the monies.

HB537 Levies an additional tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products and authorizes the dedication of such monies.

HB623 Increases the state tax on certain tobacco products.


Finance. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes: Overview of budget for Office of Lt. Governor, Dept. of Culture Recreation and Tourism, Department of State, Department of Public Service

SB14 Provides relative to transfers of service credit between systems.

SB16 Provides for the definition of “regular retirement plan” for higher education employees participating in the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana.

SB50 Establishes the Juban Crossing Economic Development District Fund as a special fund in the state treasury and provides for the disposition of certain sales tax proceeds within Livingston Parish.

SB75 Provides with respect to monies deposited into the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly.

SB76 Provides for use of monies in the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund.

SB128 Constitutional amendment to create the Artificial Reef Development Fund.

SB196 Provides for the annual reporting to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget by departments and public postsecondary education management boards on enacted legislation with significant fiscal impact.

SB240 Authorizes imposition of court cost in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court under certain circumstances to defray operating expenses of clerk.

Retirement. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:

SB7 Provides a sixty-month final average compensation period for members of state and statewide retirement systems.

SB10 Provides funding criteria a statewide retirement system must meet before granting a benefit increase.

SB13 Provides for powers and duties of the board of trustees of the State Police Retirement System.

SB17 Provides relative to funding of state retirement systems.

SCR1 Suspends Chapter 7 of Subtitle II of Title 11 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, comprised of R.S. 1399.1 through 1399.7.

Revenue & Fiscal Affairs. 11:00 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:

SB12 Grants a refundable individual income tax credit for up to $600 of deposits made in a tax year to Wind and Hail Deductible Savings Accounts which provide reimbursement to the account holder for damages or losses not covered because of a deductible.

SB197 Extends income tax credits for the rehabilitation of certain owner-occupied residential structures and provides for applicability.

SB208 Extends the tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures and provides for the applicability of such credit.

SB231 Deletes the tax credit for wind energy systems and changes the credit for solar “energy” systems to a tax credit for both solar “electric” systems and solar “thermal” systems.

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