900 bills pre-filed for Louisiana legislative session

Published: Apr. 1, 2013 at 2:16 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 2013 Louisiana Legislative session figures to be an eventful stretch once again, as 900 bills including more than 650 in the House of Representatives were pre-filed by the deadline on Friday.

"It's not extremely too many bills. It's pretty normal," said Representative Hunter Greene of Baton Rouge.

Greene filed several bills like a homestead reduction bill and a TOPS measure, while in the Senate, Dan Claitor did the same including the first of 234 pre-filed bills. A number that is restricted to only five non fiscal bills per legislator.

"For example if you filed one that says I want to know what scholarships the board of supervisors award that's an ordinary bill and nothing fiscal about that if you said I want to get rid of the solar credit, that's a fiscal bill," said Claitor.

Hundreds of bills will be considered and discussed by the legislature and there is the possibility that many will fly under the radar but both Claitor and Greene agree the tax reform package will not fall into that category.

"There's been some debate between members of the house on whether we need to have a special session 30 days limited to just tax reform or maybe waiting and studying and getting it right instead of just pushing something through," said Greene.

"Lot of people were for elimination of income tax but found out their services would be taxed and now they want to rethink it. At the end of the day it's often frequently whose ox is getting gored," added Claitor.

To see a list of all the 2013 pre-filed bills, click here.

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