BILL WATCH 2019: What’s what during the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session

Louisiana lawmakers return for their annual regular legislative session

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana’s lawmakers return to the capitol Monday, April 8 as their annual regular legislative session gets underway.

With more than 800 bills filed ahead of the session, lawmakers are set to spar over taxes, pay raises for teachers, abortion, the death penalty, gender rights, marijuana, and milk before the June 6 deadline.

“In an election year law makers generally don’t do more than they have to and the governor is not likely to get out on a limb either, but we know he’s at odds on some major issues with the legislature, he has been for three years and he says he’s coming back for one more try we’ll see how it goes,” said political analyst Jim Engster.

Read more about the bills WAFB is keeping an eye on below:

Louisiana legislator proposes bill for production of industrial hemp (House Bill 491)

  • The bill would allow agricultural producers in the state to grow industrial hemp.
  • Click here to read more about this bill

Lawmaker introduces bill that would remove the term “milk” from anything that is not dairy (Senate Bill 39)

  • Manufacturers would be unable to continue use of the term “milk” in the name of non-dairy, plant-based products like soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill would legalize low-speed electric scooters in Louisiana (Senate Bill 91)

  • The bill would allow the operation of electric scooters under certain condition, and the local government would allowed to prohibit their use if it affects public safety.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill means harassment of referees could land sports fans in prison (House Bill 184)

  • The proposed bill calls for those who verbally and physically harass referees to pay up to $500 in fines, serve a maximum of 90 days in prison, 40 hours of community service work, and mandatory counseling.
  • Click here to read more about this bill

Proposed bill requires cameras in special education classrooms (House Bill 238)

  • The bill would require schools to install cameras in special education classrooms, not including classrooms where gifted students are taught. Only parents and the superintendent would be able to view the footage, and footage would be redacted in such a way a parent is only able to see their child.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill requires insurance coverage for acupuncture performed by a licensed acupuncturist (House Bill 272)

  • The bill would require all health coverage plans issued after Jan. 1, 2020 to provide coverage for acupuncture.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill would make it a crime to drive aggressively in Louisiana (House Bill 6)

  • The bill would make driving aggressively a crime in Louisiana and enforce certain penalties, including fines and jail time.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill aims to wipe slate clean of offenders after several years, remove police if records released (House Bill 327)

  • The bill prohibits law enforcement officers or employees of law enforcement agencies from disclosing or disseminating information relating to arrests that do not result in convictions and certain misdemeanor and felony arrest and convictions.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill would create initiative to encourage patronage to veteran-owned businesses in Louisiana

  • Louisiana representatives are proposing a bill that would encourage patronage to veteran-owned businesses through certification initiative.
  • Click here to read more about this bill.

Proposed bill would ban the creation of most freestanding emergency rooms in Louisiana (Senate Bill 36)

  • Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills says stand-alone emergency department cherry-pick services that generate the most money and threaten the survival of fragile rural hospitals.
  • Click here for more on the bill.

Louisiana lawmaker proposes bill to create reading scholarship program

  • A Louisiana lawmaker is proposing legislation to create a reading program scholarship for certain public school children.
  • Click here for more on the bill.

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