St. Mary Parish area legislators pre-filed 16 bills

Area legislators pre-filed 16 bills to be considered in the annual regular session which began today and runs for two months.

Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, offered six bills including SB6 that expands the language of the law governing unauthorized entry of a place of business. Where currently the business is defined as any premises used at least in part as a business and bordered by a physical barrier at least six-feet-tall, the proposed law adds that part of the barrier can include a body of water.

Another law by Allain, SB 19, restricts increases by Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. It says that rates set by the Citizens board can only exceed the highest rates of insurers that had in the previous year a minimum of 2 percent of the total direct written premium market in each parish for that line of business.

The law also would restrict Citizens from assessing rate increases in excess of 25 percent in a single year without approval of the House and Senate insurance committees, acting jointly.

SB 20 by Allain is a bill proposing changes in Open Meetings Law. Any political entity wishing to consider increasing taxes or authorize calling an election for a tax increase would be required to publish their intent between 30 and 60 days before the public hearing as well as to announce the intention during a public meeting during that time period.

Allain proposed SB 48 authorizing Iberia Parish to execute a contract with the Port of Iberia for operation and management of the Acadiana Regional Airport and the Le Maire Memorial Airport. The proposed law repeals present law which establishes the Iberia Parish Airport Authority.

Creation of the Artificial Reef Development Fund comes in the form of SB 128, a proposed Constitutional amendment, which establishes the fund to collect grants, donations and other money for the purpose of construction and maintenance of an artificial reef system. If passed, the amendment would be put to voters Nov. 4.

SB 157 prohibits the sale, exchange or offer for sale of red snapper as well as the possession or import with intent to sell the fish.

Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, is offering five bills for consideration, primarily dealing with various retirement systems.

HB 54 seeks to enforce ad valorem tax proceed remittals to the Registrar of Voters Employees’ Retirement System by claiming state funds due the delinquent pay or political subdivision.

Another bill, HB 56, establishes a dividend benefit calculation for members of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System upon the occurrence of certain earnings increases.

Jones also proposed HB 237 requiring social security coverage for parish and municipal officials and employees who are not in a public retirement system.

HB 128 authorizes the surviving spouse or children of firemen and law enforcement officers employed by a federally or state recognized Indian tribe or tribal unit to receive compensation when the fireman or officer dies in the line of duty.

Jones’ final bill, HB 540, removes a deadline for teachers, counselors and psychologists to receive professional credentials in order to qualify for a stipend. Present law requires initial receipt of the certificate by July 1, 2013, for anyone to be eligible for the salary supplement. The proposed law repeals the present law.

Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Gray, also proposed five bills.

Among them are HB 100 which requires all gaming proceeds dedicated to the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association be sent to the state treasurer for deposit in the newly created Horse Industry Economic Sustainability Fund.

HB 102 is a Constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of an appropriation bill to alter laws except as directly related to the appropriation.

Harrison also proposed HB 101, a Constitutional amendment, which provides by the state treasurer of funds appropriated to a state agency other than the agency which has the legal authority to perform the purpose, function or program being funded.

HB 352 abolishes the Office of Elderly Affairs, creates the Department of Elderly Affairs as its successor and provides funding for the department. Creation of the department would become effective with the abolition of the existing department or a Constitutional amendment authorizing an additional department.

Harrison’s final filing also deals with retirement plans.

House continuing resolution 2 suspends provisions of present law providing for the cash balance retirement plan of the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System.

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