The final legislative pre-filing date for state House and Senate bills was Friday, about a week before the Legislature is set to convene for the 2019 session.
Local lawmakers have been discussing their plans for the final year of their current term and filing proposed legislation.
Rep. Beryl Amedée, R-Houma, has pre-filled House Bill 235 to expand the state law for justifiable use of force or violence to specifically include places of worship.
The bill would extend the same provisions for justifiable force that currently exist for private homes, businesses and vehicles. If firearms are used in defense of a place of worship, the bill stipulates that it shall only apply “if the person lawfully possessed the firearm under state and federal law.”
Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, is sponsoring a bill that will delay enactment of a 2017 law that reformed financial penalties imposed on criminal offenders.
In 2017, Magee’s bill to allow for the courts to reduce, waive or initiate payment plans on fines for offenders who cannot afford payments was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The law essentially revised the financial penalty system for criminal offenders, giving judges more discretion to assess their financial situation before instating a financial burden on them or their dependents.
House Bill 255 would extend the deadline for courts to implement the law from August to August 2021.
In addition to his tax reform plan, Rep. Jerome “Zee” Zeringue, R-Houma, is sponsoring a bill that would expand the publicly available documents from the state judiciary commission.
Under House Bill 75, the public records law would be expanded to include commission documents summarizing a preliminary inquiry or investigation, notices sent to a judge if the commission determines a preliminary inquiry or investigation didn’t warrant further proceedings, and any reminders or cautions sent from the commission members to a judge regarding their conduct.
Rep. Truck Gisclair, D-Larose, and Rep. Dee Richard, I-Thibodaux, are entering into their final sessions next week. Both representatives have reached their term limit and cannot run for re-election.
As of Friday, Richard had not pre-filed any bills.
Gisclair is sponsoring a couple of bills regarding the seafood industry. House Bill 355 would prohibit the harvesting of immature female grabs and adding new penalties for violations.
Among growing concerns over foreign seafood imports, Gisclair is also sponsoring House Bill 335, which would require all restaurants serving crawfish or shrimp to inform customers when the food is imported from a foreign country. The law would require customers to be notified either on the menu, through a waiter or at the entrance to the restaurant.
Gislcair is also sponsoring House Bill 100 that would allow the Lafourche Parish School Board to follow through on plans to reduce its size from 15 to nine members.
In the Senate, Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, is also entering his final legislative session.
One of his final legislative goals is to exempt inventory from ad valorem property taxes. Senate Bill 122 would send a proposition to voters in the Oct. 12 election, asking them if they would support excluding inventory from property tax rolls.
Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, is also moving forward with his plans to remove restrictions on feral hog hunting.
Senate Bill 100, or what Allain calls the “All Hogs Must Die” bill, would allow the hunting of quadrupeds, coyotes, armadillos and feral hogs, with an automatic shotgun.
The 2019 legislative session runs from April 8 to June 6.
-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.
Posted on Tue, April 2, 2019
by By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer