Tuesday at the Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana’s budget committees get down to business Tuesday.

The House Appropriations Committee opens at 9 a.m. with hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed $25 billion state spending plan for the budget year that starts July 1.

The Senate Finance Committee meets for a fiscal status presentation to get an updated lay of the land on budget issues.

Both panels posted 9 a.m. meetings.

They are among a handful of committees meeting on the second day of the 2014 regular legislative session which runs through June 2.

Both chambers come in Tuesday afternoon to continue the introduction of legislation.

Committee hearings and chambers sessions are available live on the website at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Home.aspx.

In the House, the Transportation, HIghways and Public Works Committee agenda includes a raft of bills that would create new specialty license plates. Among them: “Hunters for the Hungry Louisiana”, “Down Syndrome Awareness”, and the “Louisiana Golf Association.” The specialty plates cost extra and a certain portion of the proceeds go to the causes or groups the licenses promote.

Others bills on the panel’s 9:30 a.m. agenda would give special names to certain roadways or parts of them. One would rename the U.S. Hwy. 90 overpass in Iberia Parish the “George Rodrigue Memorial Overpass” after the late Blue Dog artist. A specialty license plate is also being sought for the “George Rodrigue Foundation.”

On the Senate side, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to take up a package of bills dealing with ethics law enforcement at its 1:30 p.m. meeting. The bills are sponsored by committee chairman Jody Amedee, R-Gonzales. They would establish a maximum fee for late filing of personal financial disclosure reports of $12,500 instead of the open-ended $500 a day currently in state law; require additional information on some disclosure forms; and eliminate the need for an Ethics Board investigation prior to the filing of charges for failure to timely file the disclosure reports.

On a lighter note, there’s also bills up for hearing that would designate the mayhaw tree as the official state fruit tree and the American Pain Horse as the state horse.

The Senate Judiciary B meets at 10:30 a.m. to hear a presentation from Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement.