Louisiana Legislative Preview for the week of April 25

Louisiana Legislative Preview for the week of April 25

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Legislature will be taking a look at a number of bills this week, ranging from motorcycle helmet laws and movie theater safety, to medical marijuana issues. Below is the schedule of major bills the House and Senate will be working through this week, with bills of high public interest bolded.

Click the link on each bill to see where they are at in the legislative process.

When available, links to stories done by WAFB reporters have done on bills will be provided. Get live updates from the Capitol from reporter Kevin Frey by following him on Twitter @KevinWAFB.


9 a.m. – Senate Finance

  • SB 324 – Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans – Raise the age legislation for juvenile justice to include 17-year-olds (second Senate committee) (Advances to the Senate floor)
  • SB 466 – Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Chalmette – allows the legislature to monetize the assets of state partnership hospitals

9:30 a.m. – House Appropriations

  • HB 74 – Rep. Jerome Richard, R-Thibodaux – requires a 15% reduction in money spent on professional, personal, and consulting contracts for Fiscal Year 2017 (Advanced to the House floor)
  • HB 454 – Rep. Richard – increases the number of state contracts that are reviewed by the JCLB
  • HB 1067 – Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington – requires that tax expenditures be appropriated and limits tax credits to that amount

9:30 a.m. – House Transportation

  • HB 1132 – Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge – increases moving violation and use of device penalties when a child under 14 is in the vehicle
  • HB 854 – Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge – requires insurance for vehicles used for agricultural purposes and vehicles used in parades

9:30 a.m. - House Civil Law and Procedure

  • HB 501, Rep Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge - prohibits discrimination in employment and a host of other categories based on gender identity or sexual orientation
  • HB 925, Rep Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans - prohibits discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression


9:30 a.m. – Senate Judiciary B

9:30 a.m. – House Appropriations

  • HB 362 – Rep. Jerome Richard, R-Thibodaux – aims to reduce the size of executive branch by 5,000 positions for 3 years, reducing personnel expenditures by $500 million by FY 20
  • HB 573, HB 577, HB 943 – institutes salary reductions, hiring freeze, etc. during years with a deficit

9:30 a.m. - House Commerce

  • HB 1040 – Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge – “Louisiana Brittney Mills Act” requiring phones made or sold in Louisiana to be accessible without a passcode

On the House floor –

  • HB 337 – Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales – motorcycle helmet bill


9 a.m. – House Health

  • HB 421 – Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma – prohibits the state from applying for a SNAP waiver for work requirements without approval from the legislature.
  • HB 920 – Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge – prohibits a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy from qualifying for a license to produce or dispense therapeutic marijuana
  • HB 1029 – Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley – allows for a provider fee on Medicaid managed care organizations
  • HB 1112 – Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge – Establishes the Louisiana Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Act (WAFB PREVIEW)

9 a.m. – House Education

  • HB 152, HB 169 – abolishes the Board of Regents
  • HB 1108 – Rep. Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans – requires that schools no longer failing are transferred out of the Recovery School District (even if they haven’t met the five year quota)
  • HB 1111 – Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans – provides for the return of schools out of the Recovery School District

9:30 a.m. – House Criminal justice

  • HB 69 – Rep. John Bagneris, D-New Orleans – creates 10-day waiting period for gun sales (WAFB PREVIEW)
  • HB 73 – Rep. Jerome Richard, R-Thibodaux - Amends second-degree cruelty to a juvenile to include prenatal exposure to drugs
  • HB 101 – Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport – requires that metal detectors be installed at all movie theaters, all patrons must be scanned for weapons before entering
  • HB 780 – Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans – creates a way for the gun to be transferred away from someone who should not have it
  • HB 962 – Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge – creates a centralized registry of those convicted of domestic violence


9 a.m. – House Municipal Affairs

  • SB 248 – Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte – removes museum from the control of the Secretary of State’s office, as per his request

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