Apr 22, 2013 20:24 Wednesday at the Louisiana Legislature Wednesday at the Louisiana Legislature capitol news bureau April 22, 2013 Comments House convenes at 3:00 p.m. Senate convenes at 4:00 p.m. HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS Criminal Justice. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 6. Agenda includes: HB4 Creates the crime of unlawful storage of a firearm. HB5 Prohibits the enforcement of federal restrictions regarding the ownership or possession of semi-automatic firearms. HB6 Provides that the crime of carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property shall not apply to off-duty law enforcement officers. HB8 Prohibits the release of information associated with concealed handgun permits or applications for such permits. HB10 Adds certain hallucinogenic substances to the list of Schedule I controlled dangerous substances. HB15 Adds certain compounds to the Schedule I classification of controlled dangerous substances. HB21 Provides with respect to reporting of mental health information regarding the purchase of firearms. HB45 Creates the La. Manufactured Firearms and Ammunition Act. HB48 Provides relative to the exemption for law enforcement officers regarding carrying weapons in alcoholic beverage outlets. HB90 Authorizes DPS&C to sell bulletproof vests to other law enforcement agencies. HB98 Provides with respect to concealed handgun permits issued by sheriffs. HB141 Creates the crime of unlawful sales of firearms. HB146 Provides relative to fuel sales provisions of video draw poker law. HB158 Authorizes a pilot program to provide supervised probation of certain offenders in certain judicial districts. HB184 Authorizes certain nonprofit organizations to obtain criminal history record and identification files for applicants seeking to serve in certain programs. HB261 Provides that the term of imprisonment for certain offenses concerning prostitution shall be served at hard labor when the offense involves a person under a certain age. HB265 Provides for lifetime concealed handgun permits. HB277 Repeals provisions of law regarding prior approval for the transfer of certain firearms. HB512 Provides relative to the interruption of time limitations for the commencement of a criminal trial. Education. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room 1. Agenda includes: HB79 Provides relative to school crisis management and response plans. HB155 Provides relative to school safety, security, and crisis. 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. HB206 Removes geographic limitations on the legislature’s authority to create new school boards and on provisions relative to financing education. HB207 Authorizes each public postsecondary education management board to name a building at an institution under its supervision and management in honor of a living person. HB224 Provides for the removal of a school bus driver convicted for certain offenses relative to operating a vehicle while intoxicated. HB243 Provides relative to the eligibility of certain students who graduate from certain out-of-state or out-of-country high schools to receive a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award. HB612 Permits use of TOPS awards at eligible La. institutions by otherwise qualified students who graduated from out-of-state colleges or universities. HB659 Provides relative to reporting, instructional, and other requirements for school employees, school governing authorities, and schools. HCR16 Requests that the Board of Regents, in consultation with the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges, study the feasibility of offering community college services in Livingston Parish. Health & Welfare. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room 5. Agenda includes: HB120 Authorizes the La. State Board of Nursing and the La. State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners to accept certain accreditations for nurses. HB251 Requires DHH to institute Medicaid cost containment measures to the extent allowed by federal regulations. HB284 Transfers governance and control of state hospitals from LSU to human services districts and authorities of the state and provides for delivery and financing of health services by such districts and authorities. HB322 Requires birthing facilities to perform pulse oximetric screening for certain heart defects on each newborn in the care of those facilities. HB451 Requires hospitals to offer pertussis (whooping cough) vaccinations to parents of newborns. HB527 Provides relative to the practice of optometry and the regulation of such profession. HB602 Requires La. birth certificate forms to be produced in bilingual (English and La. French) format. House & Governmental Affairs. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room 2. Agenda includes: Discussion of rules proposed by State Civil Service in General Circular 2013-009; oversight of emergency rules adopted by Dept. of State relative to voter registration at mandatory voter registration agencies HB119 Provides relative to the civil service status of employees of the Housing Authority of New Orleans. HB131 Requires legislation relative to tax rebates, tax incentives, and tax abatements to be introduced or considered only during sessions convening in odd-numbered years. HB156 Provides relative to boards and commissions. HB407 Provides relative to prefiling and consideration of certain legislation at regular sessions. Insurance. 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3. Agenda includes: HB104 Extends military rebate on automobile insurance to reservists and La. National Guard members. HB198 Extends commissioner’s authority to grant reinsurance credits to captive insurers. HB227 Changes requirements relative to Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. HB257 Adds a member to the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s board of directors. HB291 Changes composition and requirements relative to Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity. HB294 Provides relative to regulation of long-term care insurance policies. HB374 Provides relative to timing of payment of insurance premium taxes to the commissioner of insurance. HB543 Provides relative to regulation of surplus lines insurance. Natural Resources & Environment. 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room 4. Agenda includes: HB16 Provides for transfer of certain state property in Rapides Parish to the city of Pineville. HB109 Removes possession limits for freshwater recreational fishing on Toledo Bend Reservoir. HB142 Provides for an exemption from the requirement that crab traps have escape rings. HB236 Increases penalties for certain oyster harvesting violations. HB246 Provides for the transfer of certain state property in Lafourche Parish. HB292 Provides relative to the transfer of a certain parcel of land from La. Tech University to the city of Ruston. HB345 Extends the oyster seed ground vessel permit program. HB376 Provides for fees to be charged for mooring access in the Atchafalaya Delta WMA and creates the Atchafalaya Delta WMA Mooring account in the Conservation Fund. HB378 Increases certain fees related to the charter boat fishing industry. SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS Commerce. 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room E. Agenda includes: SB23 Provides relative to new or relocated motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle dealerships. SB86 Provides relative to the Louisiana Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act. SB174 Provides for the use of defenses by a debtor in an action by a creditor on a credit agreement. SB190 Provides relative to banks and mutual associations. Health & Welfare. 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. Agenda includes: SB18 Provides for cake and cookie products and preparation of cakes and cookies in home for public consumption. SB35 Provides for health action plans by the Department of Health and Hospitals. SB36 Prohibit smoking on the grounds of and inside the facilities or buildings utilized by the institutions managed and supervised by certain post secondary education management boards. SB55 Provides for Medicaid transparency. SB57 Creates the Louisiana Sickle Cell Commission. SB90 Provides for certain requirements which must be met by a physician who performs an abortion. SB171 Provides for certain limitations relative to actions or rules requiring modification of certain existing community water systems. SB185 Provides relative to Medicaid and certain managed health care organizations providing health care services to Medicaid beneficiaries. SB192 Provides for nurse practitioners and licensure by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. SCR15 Expresses the sense of the Louisiana Legislature on the need for colorectal cancer screening examinations. Insurance. 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room A. Agenda includes: SB19 Prohibits Citizens Insurance Corporation from assessing rates in excess of 25% per year without approval from the Senate and House committees on insurance. SB53 Increases the continuing education requirements from six to twelve hours of approved instruction for title insurance producers. SB100 Requires homeowners’ insurance providers who use a named-storm or wind and hail deductible to offer the policyholder a discount on the annual premium. SB120 Extends commissioner’s authority to grant reinsurance credits to captive insurers. SB180 Provides relative to the division of insurance fraud in the Department of Insurance. Senate & Governmental Affairs. 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room F. Agenda includes: SB1 Prohibits legislation relative to state tax rebates from being considered during a regular session held in an even-numbered year. SB15 Authorizes the registrars of voters to make changes of address, changes of party affiliation or nonaffiliation and changes of name received prior to the close of the registration records for the general election. SB61 Provides for exceptions to the provisions of law relative to ethical standards for public servants. SB191 Changes the dates for municipal and parochial elections, inaugurations, and qualifying periods, in certain parishes. SCR11 Urges IOC to reconsider its position on Olympic wrestling..