Wednesday at the Legislature

House convenes at 2:00 p.m.

Senate convenes at 4:00 p.m.

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Appropriations. 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes:

HB522 Calls a special election for submitting proposed constitutional amendments to the state’s electors.

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

SB44 Authorizes the city of Bogalusa to levy a provider fee on the operation of hospitals within the city which may be used solely by DHH for state expenses for the Medicaid program within the city as provided for in a cooperative endeavor agreement between the department and the city, limited to those expenses for which a federal match is available.

SB199 Creates and provides for the Southeast Baton Rouge Community School Board and school system in East Baton Rouge Parish.

SB204 Provides relative to the issuance of bonds to finance capital improvements for the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System.

Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes:

SB42 Provides relative to the New Orleans Regional Business Park.

SB47 Provides relative to the Sewerage and Water Board of the city of New Orleans.

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.

SB159 Requires income from any detail or secondary employment administered or managed by the city of New Orleans or by the New Orleans Police Department to be included in the employee’s benefits.

SB207 Provides relative to civil service for cities with over 100,000 in population.

Retirement. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes:

SB2 Provides for board membership of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.

SB3 Provides for participation by the West Calcasieu Community Center employees.

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

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

SB259 Provides benefits for members hired on or after January 1, 2014.

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

HB83 Provides for the forgiveness of loans under the Local Debt Service Assistance Program.

HB139 Creates an exemption from sales and use tax for construction materials purchased by the Committee for Plaquemines Recovery.

HB682 Broadens the sales and use tax exclusion for gold, silver, or numismatic coins, or platinum, gold, or silver bullion.

HB688 Provides a credit against income and corporation franchise tax liability to certain businesses which offer essential services during emergency situations.

SB63 Authorizes each assessor to increase his compensation by up to 4% each calendar year for four years beginning 2013.

SB78 Provides for certain tax authorities to grant an exclusion from sales tax for repairs to certain property which is delivered out of state.

SB96 Constitutional amendment to provide for eligibility for disabled veterans and their spouses for certain exemptions from ad valorem taxes.

SB165 Requires a qualified cost report prior to issuance of a motion picture investor tax credit.

SB255 Limits the solar energy systems tax credit to one for each residence or for each dwelling unit in a residential rental apartment project.

SB256 Provides for certain tax credits regarding vehicle usage of alternative fuels.

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Commerce. 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:

HB255 Change minimums in Enterprise Zone.

HB314 Creates the Social Media Privacy Protection Act.

HB408 Revises the business corporation laws.

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

SR97 Creates and provides for the Southeast Louisiana Task Force for Growth and Opportunity.

Education. 1:00 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:

HB115 Provides for parent petitions relative to the transfer of certain schools from the Recovery School District back to the local school system.

HB160 Delays implementation of certain teacher evaluation program requirements and requires legislative approval of the value-added teacher assessment model prior to implementation of the requirements.

HB242 Authorizes the state superintendent of education to make certain adjustments to the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program accountability system.

HB343 Prohibits certain public high school students from being administered tests pursuant to La. Education Assessment Program or the La. School and District Accountability System with certain exceptions.

HB368 Provides relative to school crisis management and response plans and school resource officers.

HB466 Provides relative to the assignment of performance-based letter grades to public schools and school districts.

HB618 Provides relative to salary supplements for public school educational diagnosticians.

HB650 Provides relative to the organization of the state Department of Education.

HB671 Authorizes the LSU Board of Supervisors to impose certain tuition and fee amounts at certain institutions.

HCR30 Requests that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education study the feasibility and advisability of pursuing a residential charter school model in La..

HCR128 Requests that the State Bd. of Elementary and Secondary Education study issues related to allowing students to carry a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device at school.

SCR68 Requests BESE and the Department of Education to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards Initiative and cease all activities related to implementation of such standards..

SR106 Urges and requests the Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to expand and enhance oral health care education in Louisiana public schools..

Health & Welfare. 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes:

HB111 Prohibits outdoor smoking within 25 feet of certain exterior locations of state buildings.

HB173 Amends Louisiana’s safe haven law to provide that a child 12 months old or younger may be relinquished to a designated emergency care facility.

HB273 Provides relative to reports, records, and adjudicatory functions of the La. State Board of Medical Examiners.

HB322 Requires birthing facilities to perform pulse oximetric screening for certain heart defects on each newborn in the care of those facilities.

HB337 Provides for retail food establishment permit fees.

HB375 Provides for the EarlySteps childhood disability intervention program and authorizes a fee schedule known as cost participation for services of the program.

HB392 Provides relative to credentialing and claims payment functions of managed care organizations participating in the La. Medicaid coordinated care network program.

HB393 Provides relative to prescription drug benefits of managed care organizations participating in the La. Medicaid coordinated care network program.

HB572 Provides relative to the Fatherhood First Initiative.

HCR66 Continues the Task Force on Legal Representation in Child Protection Cases.

HCR75 Requires transparency in Medicaid managed care programs operated by DHH.

HCR122 Directs DHH to submit a Section 1115 demonstration waiver application in order to utilize certain funding for the Medicaid program.

HCR133 Requests that the Dept. of Health and Hospitals, Dept. of Children and Family Services, and State Bd. of Elementary and Secondary Education study jointly the coordination of mental health and counseling resources for students.

SCR98 Expresses support of and provides authority for actions by the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College for the strategic collaboration with the the division of administration and the Department of Health and Hospitals in planning for a new model of health care delivery throughout the Lake Charles region..

SCR108 Directs the Department of Health and Hospitals to submit a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to extend Louisiana’s Section 1115a demonstration waiver for the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection and authorizes the governor and the secretary of the department to identify a source or sources for matching of non-federal funds required under the extended waiver..

Insurance. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room C. Agenda includes:

HB414 Authorizes agency fees on health and accident insurance policies.

HB524 Provides relative to group blanket health and accident insurance.

HB592 Provides for the adequacy, accessibility, and quality of health care services offered by a health insurance issuer in its health benefit plan networks.

HB614 Provides for licensing and regulation of individuals and entities as health insurance navigators for a health benefit exchange.

HB638 Provides relative to the Louisiana Health Plan.

HB645 Provides relative to an internal claims and appeals process and external review procedures for health insurance issuers.

HCR53 Memorializes congress to repeal that portion of the federal health care reform legislation which imposes a health insurance tax.

Local & Municipal Affairs. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes:

HB106 Authorizes the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to levy an additional hotel occupancy tax.

HB204 Provides relative to the governing board of the Bayou Cane Fire Protection District.

HB229 Increases the amount of per diem authorized to be paid to board members of Concordia Parish Hospital Service District No. 1.

HB259 Provides relative to the membership on the board of commissioners of the Hopkins Street Economic Development District.

HB260 Creates the Goodwood Homesites Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District in East Baton Rouge Parish.

HB288 Provides for the board of commissioners of the Ward 5 Fire Protection District of the Parish of Evangeline.

HB323 Creates the Eastover Neighborhood Improvement and Security District in Orleans Parish.

HB325 Authorizes the imposition of an additional sales and use tax by the governing authority of Iberville Parish.

HB326 Authorizes the city of Youngsville to levy a hotel occupancy tax.

HB327 Provides relative to the powers and duties of the Algiers Development District.

HB399 Provides relative to the offices of state examiner and deputy state examiner of the municipal fire and police civil service.

HB605 Provides relative to the boundaries of the Gentilly Development District.

HB657 Requires New Orleans Dept. of Safety and Permits to make permits and other information available on the Internet.

HB663 Provides relative to certain employment lists established and maintained by the municipal fire and police civil service board and provides for the removal of employees during the working test period.

HB667 Provides relative to the appointment and removal of commissioners of local housing authorities located in certain parishes.

HB725 Provides relative to fiscal administrators for political subdivisions, including appointment, powers, and duties of political administrators and violations of law relative to political administrators and penalties therefor.

SR92 Directs the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and the executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission to provide contractual and employment information relative to business and employers pursuant to the Gulf Opportunity Zone and Quality Jobs Programs and to report the information to the Senate Local and Municipal Affairs Committee..

Natural Resources. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room C. Agenda includes:

HB292 Provides relative to the transfer of a certain parcel of land from La. Tech University to the city of Ruston.

HB426 Adds members to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

HB480 Moves responsibility for regulation of seismic activity from the office of fisheries to the office of wildlife within the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

HB493 Provides for solution mining injection wells and solution mined caverns.

HB494 Requires notification of the proximity of property to a salt dome containing solution mining and storage caverns.

HB503 Adds new members to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

HB593 Authorizes a nonresident student in a Louisiana high school to purchase a nonresident basic hunting license for the cost of a resident hunting license.

HB720 Provides for the authority to transfer or lease certain state property in Orleans Parish and St. Martin Parish.

HCR22 Approves the Atchafalaya Basin Annual Plan for FY 2013-2014.

HCR42 Approves the 2013-2014 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration.

HCR120 Memorializes congress to prevent the importation of seafood from Asian producers.

HCR132 Memorializes congress to enact legislation that promotes growth of domestic alternative fuel sources and reduces dependence on foreign oil.

SCR60 Requests federal, state, and local governing authorities when contracting for coastal restoration and protection projects to give priority to Louisiana businesses..

SCR82 To urge and request the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to perform a study determining how local governing authorities can regulate air boat noise pollution..

SCR91 Memorializes Congress to prevent unnecessary and unintended harm to coastal communities, individuals, and businesses by immediately amending the Biggert-Waters Act and mandating revision of FEMA flood-risk maps..

SR114 Memorializes Congress to review and amend or revise the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012..

Senate & Governmental Affairs. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes: Confirmation Hearings: Dept. of Health & Hospitals, Dept. of Revenue, Southern University Board of Supervisors, University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors

HB191 Requires the secretary of state to take action necessary to allow certain classes of voters to vote absentee.

HB209 Provides authority for legislative fiscal staff to access certain information from state agencies.

HB221 Authorizes certain dual employment and dual officeholding for physicians.

HB250 Exempts former public servants who served less than a certain amount of time during a year from mandatory ethics training requirements.

HB253 Provides relative to law enforcement officers at polling places.

HB308 Provides relative to public meetings of parish and municipal governing authorities.

HB341 Makes revisions to the La. Election Code.

HB352 Provides relative to elderly affairs; creates the Department of Elderly Affairs, places the Louisiana Executive Board on Aging in the department, and provides for allocation of funds for programs for the elderly.

HB430 Increases certain fees chargeable by the secretary of state.

HB479 Provides an exception to annual ethics training requirements for certain hospital employees.

HB665 Provides relative to absentee by mail and early voting.

SCR78 Requests the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs to jointly study the appropriate use of campaign funds..

SR89 Establishes the St. Tammany Parish Inspector General Task Force to study the feasibility of creating an office of inspector general for St. Tammany Parish.

Transportation, Highways, & Public Works. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes:

HB17 Provides relative to permits for off-road equipment.

HB280 Provides for the membership of the board of commissioners for airport districts.

HB334 Creates a special license plate for Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.

HB380 Provides relative to the disqualification of commercial motor vehicle drivers.

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.

HB559 Extends the length of time relative to the utilization of design-build contracts.

HB654 Provides with respect to toll violations.

HB721 Requires DOTD to provide maps of highway priority projects by House and Senate districts to all members of the Legislature.

HCR109 Requests that the United States Army Corps of Engineers maintain a minimum of 9 foot deep by 200 foot wide channel to allow safe and reliable barge transportation on the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway.

HCR126 Urges and requests the creation of a parishwide port authority in Rapides Parish.

SCR102 Establishes a task force to study and make recommendations relative to the authority for and use of the design-build method for contracts by public entities..

SCR105 Directs DOTD to continue operation of the Edgard/Reserve and White Castle ferries and to prescribe and collect equitable ferry charges..

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