Senate Daily Digest
May 27, 2021
9:00 a.m.
Senate Chamber


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Roll Call


Pledge of Allegiance

Reading of Journal

Petitions, Memorials, and Communications

Senate Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SR123BARROWSPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH - Recognizes April as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Louisiana and designates April 13, 2021, as Sarcoidosis Awareness Day at the Louisiana State Capitol.
 SR124BARROWCONDOLENCES - Expresses condolences on the death of Hermon Levi Milton Jr.
 SR125JACKSONANIMALS - Requests local governing authorities and animal shelters to adopt policies and programs to provide alternatives to euthanizing healthy dogs and cats.
 SR126BOUDREAUXCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Deana Padgett on the occasion of her retirement from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center after 45 years of service.
 SR127MORRISCOMMENDATIONS - Commends and congratulates Ms. Thelma Jones Haynes as the eldest resident of Ball, Louisiana as she celebrates her 104th birthday.
 SR128MORRISCOMMENDATIONS - Commends the Monroe Chamber of Commerce on its 100th anniversary.
 SR129FOILCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Joseph Raphael Sims on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
 SR130JACKSONLEGIS POWERS/FUNCTIONS - Creates a task force to study the implementation of a partnership between law enforcement agencies and safety net hospitals.
 SR131MCMATHSPECIAL DAY/WEEK/MONTH - Recognizes Tuesday, June 1, 2021, as Louisiana Music Advocacy Day at the Louisiana Legislature.
 SR132HEWITTTRANSPORTATION/DEV DEPT - Requests the Department of Transportation and Development to study the privatization of ferry operations throughout the state.
 SR133HEWITTEARLY CHILDHOOD ED - Requests the state Department of Education to recreate the Louisiana Early Literacy Commission to study and make recommendations relative to improving reading proficiency for certain students.
 SR134CATHEYCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Debra Lawler Beeper Garner on the occasion of her retirement.
 SR135HENRYCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Loyola University New Orleans baseball team on winning the Southern States Athletics Conference regular season title.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 SCR69BERNARDINDIAN AFFAIRS - Recognizes the Apalachee Indians Talimali Band as an Indian tribe of the state.
 SCR70JACKSONCONGRESS - Requests Louisiana congressional delegation to take steps to modify the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation supplement in a way that will promote individual claiming benefits to return to work.
 SCR71CORTEZCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Hannah Fontenot upon being crowned Miss LSU 2021.
 SCR72FIELDSCOMMENDATIONS - Commends Southern University baseball team for winning the SWAC title.
 SCR73MCMATHSTATE AGENCIES - Authorizes and directs health care professional licensing boards to evaluate potential models for an independent scope of practice review for this state.
 SCR74MORRISCLERKS OF COURT - Creates a task force to study the electronic filing of public documents with the clerk of court of Ouachita Parish.

House Bills on Second Reading to be Referred
 HB7FREEMANTAX/SALES-USE-EXEMPT - Provides for a sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and diapers (EN -$11,100,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB452DAVISDOMESTIC ABUSE - Creates a domestic violence fatality review team within the Louisiana Department of Health (EN +$160,823 GF EX See Note)
 HB468LANDRYMEDICAID - Provides relative to extension of medicaid coverage for an individual experiencing postpartum (RE +$738,954 GF EX See Note)

House Concurrent Resolutions 2nd Reading
 HCR56FREEMANHEALTH/CHILDREN - Requests that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education study health and safety best practices for use of school-issued digital devices
 HCR61KERNERRETIREMENT/FIREFIGHTERS - Directs the Firefighters' Retirement System to form a committee to study issues related to allowing employees of private entities to participate in the system
 HCR62BRASSMTR VEHICLE/COMMERCIAL - Requests the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to create commercial driver training programs to advance training standards and safety
 HCR63ROMEROCONGRESS - Memorializes congress to modify the H-2B nonimmigrant program to assist with labor workforce shortage in the state
 HCR67FONTENOTTRAFFIC/SPEED LIMITS - Urges and requests the Department of Transportation and Development to study safe speeds on Hwy. 20 from the city limits of Thibodaux northbound to Hwy. 304
 HCR70MALINDA WHITEELECTIONS - Urges and requests the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, and local government associations to assist in the promotion and establishment of programs for the collection and recycling of campaign signs
 HCR71ORGERONENERGY/OIL & GAS - Urges and requests the administration of President Biden to end its pause on offshore oil and gas leasing
 HCR74MARINOCONGRESS - Urges and requests the Louisiana congressional delegation to support the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2021
 HCR76EDMONDSHEALTH/BEHAVIORAL - Urges and requests the La. Department of Health to convene an opioid action summit
 HCR81EDMONDSELECTIONS - Directs the legislative auditor to include processes regarding elections in its upcoming performance audit of the Department of State
 HCR82MINCEYFLOODING/CONTROL - Directs the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to study water drainage issues in Livingston Parish as a result of Interstate 12 median walls
 HCR84JAMESLAW ENFORCE/OFFICERS - Requests the State Police Commission to adopt policies that reflect legislation recommended by the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force
 HCR86GREGORY MILLERPROPERTY/IMMOVABLE - Directs the La. State Law Institute to study the adoption of the Uniform Partition of Heirs' Property Act
 HCR92DAVISPROPERTY/COMMUNITY - Requests the Louisiana State Law Institute to study provisions of law on partition of community property
 HCR98BEAULLIEUENERGY/OIL & GAS - Expresses the legislature's opposition to a disproportionate increase in the taxation of oil and gas industries
 HCR99FONTENOTFIRE PROTECT/FIRE MARSHAL - Requests Louisiana State University and the office of state fire marshal to work collaboratively to enhance firefighter training

House Bills Reported by Committee
 HB79MCMAHENMENTAL HEALTH - Provides relative to treatment facilities for mental health patients
 HB113GADBERRYETHICS/CODE - Allows the spouse of a public servant to be employed by a person who has or who is seeking a business or financial relationship with the agency of the public servant under specified circumstances
 HB138FARNUMVOTING/REGISTRATION - Provides for a supplemental annual canvass of registered voters (EN +$215,125 GF EX See Note)
 HB149FRIEMANLEGISLATIVE POWERS - Provides relative to termination of emergency declarations
 HB172BUTLERMEDICAID - Provides for Medicaid coverage of dental care for certain adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities (EN +$292,352 GF EX See Note)
 HB184MACKLEGISLATION - Designates Act No. 259 of the 2020 Regular Session as "The Remy Hidalgo Act"
 HB258EDMONSTONREAL ESTATE/COMMISSION - Provides relative to renewal of real estate licenses and timeshare registrations
 HB316DAVISCHILDREN/NEWBORNS - Adds mucopolysaccharidosis type I and glycogen storage disorder type II to the state's newborn screening panel (EN +$187,717 GF EX See Note)
 HB317KERNERFEES/LICENSES/PERMITS - Establishes a fee to support testing and monitoring for harmful substances in imported seafood (EN +$7,500 SD RV See Note)
 HB329LANCE HARRISVOTERS/VOTING - Changes age of a child who may accompany a parent or legal guardian into a voting machine
 HB330LANCE HARRISELECTIONS/COMMISSIONERS - Increases the number of commissioners for the presidential preference primary election (EN +$1,449,000 GF EX See Note)
 HB373BISHOPPUBLIC RECORDS - Establishes an exception to public records requirements for certain information by the secretary of state
 HB388LANCE HARRISELECTIONS - Provides relative to the preparation and verification process of absentee and early voting ballots prior to election day (EN +$129,600 GF EX See Note)
 HB446BUTLERADMINISTRATION DIVISION - Creates and provides for the office of the state Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator within the division of administration (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB531PRESSLYBOARDS/COMMISSIONS - Provides relative to the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
 HB585GEYMANNINSURANCE/HOMEOWNERS - Provides relative to homeowner's insurance claims settlement practices
 HB648DESHOTELTELECOMMUNICATIONS - Establishes a grant program to be administered by the office of broadband development and connectivity in the division of administration (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB703DUBUISSONINSURANCE/LIFE - Provides relative to the use of genetic information in underwriting for life and long-term care insurance

Special Order No. 1 for 5/27.
 HB1ZERINGUEAPPROPRIATIONS - Provides for the ordinary operating expenses of state government for Fiscal Year 2021-2022

Special Order No. 2 for 5/27.
 HB2BISHOPCAPITAL OUTLAY - Provides for the comprehensive Capital Outlay budget

Special Order No. 3 for 5/27.
 HB3BISHOPCAPITAL OUTLAY - Provides for the Omnibus Bond Act

Special Order No. 4 for 5/27.
 HB484ZERINGUEAPPROPRIATIONS/ANCILLARY - Provides for the ancillary expenses of state government

Special Order No. 5 for 5/27.
 HB515ZERINGUEFUNDS/FUNDING - Provides for the transfer, deposit, and use of monies among state funds

Special Order No. 6 for 5/27.
 HB516ZERINGUEAPPROPRIATIONS/SUPPLEML - Makes supplemental appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Special Order No. 7 for 5/27.
 HB553ZERINGUEREVENUE SHARING - Provides for Revenue Sharing Distribution for Fiscal Year 2021-2022

Special Order No. 8 for 5/27.
 HB584ZERINGUEAPPROPRIATIONS - Appropriates funds for the expenses of the judiciary for Fiscal Year 2021-2022

Special Order No. 9 for 5/27.
 HB642SCHEXNAYDERFUNDS/FUNDING-GRANTS - Provides for the disbursement of monies received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (EN NO IMPACT SD EX See Note)

Special Order No. 10 for 5/27.
 HB695SCHEXNAYDERLEGISLATIVE EXPENSES - Makes appropriations for the expenses of the legislature for Fiscal Year 2021-2022

Special Order No. 11 for 5/27.
 HCR2SCHEXNAYDERHOSPITALS - Provides for a hospital stabilization formula (EN +$106,646,197 SD RV See Note)

Special Order No. 1 for 6/1.
 HB394RISERHIGHER EDUCATION - Requires postsecondary education institutions to post reports relative to campus security policies and campus crime statistics on their websites (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)

Special Order No. 2 for 6/1.
 HB409FREEMANHIGHER EDUCATION - Provides relative to campus safety and accountability (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)

Senate Resolutions Reported by Committee to be Adopted
 SR82MIZELLMEDICAID - Requests the Louisiana Department of Health to study Medicaid reimbursements for nonopioid pain treatment and opioid alternatives.
 SR107HEWITTTANF - Requests the legislative auditor to conduct an efficiency audit of the Department of Children and Family Services' administration of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
 SR108LUNEAUMALPRACTICE - Requests the Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund Board to gather certain information and present their findings to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

Senate Concurrent Resolutions to be Adopted Subject to Call
 SCR30ALLAINJOINT RULES - Limits annual total cash general obligation capital outlay projects to general obligation bond cash line of credit capacity.

Senate Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage Subject to Call
 SB1PEACOCKTAX/SALES - Phases in the dedication of the temporary state sales tax levy to the Transportation Trust Fund. (8/1/21) (EG -$378,000,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB19MORRISIMMOVABLE PROPERTY - Provides relative to partition of immovable property under certain circumstances. (8/1/21)
 SB22PEACOCKRETIREMENT BENEFITS - Provides relative to retirement eligibility for certain members of state retirement systems and for disability retirement. (6/30/21) (EG DECREASE APV)
 SB44PETERSONENVIRONMENT QUALITY DEPT - Provides for reporting and notification of releases of certain materials that cause an emergency condition. (8/1/21)
 SB85ABRAHAMCRIMINAL JUSTICE - Provides relative to the rate at which certain prisoners earn "good time". (gov sig) (EG DECREASE GF EX See Note)
 SB115PEACOCKCRIME/PUNISHMENT - Prohibits possession of firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons or devices by certain felons. (8/1/21)
 SB142WARDGAMING - Provides for the disposition of funds generated by sports wagering. (gov sig) (EN INCREASE SD RV See Note)
 SB175ALLAINTAX/FRANCHISE/CORPORATE - Provides for a single rate of corporation franchise tax. (See Act) (EG -$24,500,000 GF RV See Note)

House Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee to be adopted
 HCR5MCCORMICKCRIMINAL/PENALTIES - Suspends criminal penalties for emergency order violations (EN SEE FISC NOTE LF EX See Note)
 HCR40SCHEXNAYDERECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Requests the Department of Economic Development and the State Board of Commerce and Industry to suspend certain tax incentives, subsidies, and other public financial support for certain utility scale solar projects

House Concurrent Resolutions Reported by Committee Subject to Call
 HCR26COUSSANCOASTAL RESOURCES - Urges and requests the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to conduct a study to determine the final destination of oyster shells removed from Louisiana waters
 HCR48ZERINGUEWATER/RESOURCES - Urges and requests continued support for the efforts in the Mississippi River Basin to achieve the goals of the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan

House Concurrent Resolutions 3rd Reading and Final Passage

House Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage
 HB86BEAULLIEUPOLITICAL PARTIES - Provides relative to the composition of a parish executive committee of a recognized political party in Lafayette Parish
 HB168MIKE JOHNSONELECTIONS/CANDIDATES - Provides relative to a district attorney's responsibility in an action objecting to the candidacy of a person who qualified as a candidate in a primary election
 HB187BAGLEYHEALTH/HOME CARE - Amends laws relative to home health care
 HB270MAGEEHEALTH SERVICES - Provides for definitions and exemptions relative to telemedicine and telehealth
 HB323GADBERRYARCHITECTS - Provides relative to the selection of architectural and engineering services
 HB374DUPLESSISLESSOR/LESSEE - Provides relative to residential lease applications
 HB378JENKINSVOTERS/VOTING - Provides relative to registration and voting by a person with a felony conviction
 HB389HORTONFIRE PROTECT/FIRE MARSHAL - Provides relative to the discharge or use of Class B fire fighting foam containing fluorinated organic chemicals
 HB391MAGEEMEDICAL MARIJUANA - Authorizes the recommendation of medical marijuana in raw or crude form and limits the dispensing of such product
 HB437GADBERRYBUILDING CODES - Provides relative to enforcement of the state uniform construction code
 HB576FRIEMANINSURANCE - Provides relative to reserves for insurers
 HB581MIKE JOHNSONELECTION CODE - Makes revisions to the Louisiana Election Code (EN SEE FISC NOTE See Note)
 HB13VILLIORETIREMENT/REGISTR VOTER - Provides relative to the board of trustees of the Registrars of Voters Employees' Retirement Systems (EN NO IMPACT APV)
 HB19MACKRETIREMENT/STATE EMPS - Provides relative to the selection of certain optional survivor benefits for members of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System (EN INCREASE APV)
 HB22LACOMBERETIREMENT/TEACHERS - Provides relative to Louisiana School Boards Association employees' membership in retirement systems (EN INCREASE APV)
 HB25VILLIORETIREMENT/DISTRICT ATTY - Provides relative to compensation considered in the calculation of contributions and benefits for the District Attorneys' Retirement System (EN DECREASE APV)
 HB41MACKDISTRICTS/WATERWORKS - Provides relative to the membership of the governing board of the Livingston Parish Ward Two Water District
 HB42DAVISHIGHER EDUCATION - Provides relative to financial aid (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB53MINCEYTOURISM/COMMISSION - Provides relative to the board of directors of the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors' Bureau
 HB63BUTLERDISTRICTS/FIRE PROTECT - Authorizes an increase in per diem for the governing board members of the Ward Five Fire Protection District of Evangeline Parish
 HB66KERNERPOLICE/MUNICIPAL - Provides relative to municipal police dogs
 HB87ECHOLSMUNICIPAL/ORDINANCES - Provides relative to administrative adjudication of certain ordinance violations in the city of Monroe
 HB109MUSCARELLOPARISHES - Provides for administrative adjudication procedures in Tangipahoa Parish
 HB115DAVISDISTRICTS/CRIME PREVENT - Creates the Old Goodwood Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District in East Baton Rouge Parish
 HB143WILLARDTAX/AD VALOREM TAX - (Constitutional Amendment) Limits the amount of the increase in the assessed value of certain immovable property in Orleans Parish following reassessment of property for purposes of ad valorem taxes (EN SEE FISC NOTE LF RV)
 HB144STEFANSKITOURISM/COMMISSION - Provides relative to the membership of the governing board of the Acadia Parish Convention and Visitors Commission
 HB148ECHOLSTAX/SALES-USE, STATE - Exempts certain educational institutions from state sales and use tax on the lease or rental of tangible personal property (EN -$200,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB443BEAULLIEUTAX/INCOME-CREDIT - Provides for individual income tax credits for donations made to school tuition organizations (EG1 -$705,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB573STEFANSKITAX COMMISSION, STATE - Provides for the administration, review, and adjudication of ad valorem tax assessments (EN SEE FISC NOTE SG EX See Note)
 HB627HUVALPROPERTY/PUBLIC - Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in St. Martin Parish
 HB646JAMESPROPERTY - Provides relative to the dedication of state lands to the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC)
 HB39MAGEECIVIL/PROCEDURE - Provides relative to the recusal of judges
 HB54EDMONDSCRIME - Creates the crime of adoption deception (EN INCREASE GF EX See Note)
 HB81PRESSLYPRESCRIPTION - Provides relative to prescription
 HB84MARCELLEJURY DUTY - Provides relative to qualification of jurors
 HB108LARVADAINCIVIL/PROCEDURE - Provides with respect to in forma pauperis proceedings
 HB145BRYANTPARDON/PAROLE - Provides relative to parole (EN DECREASE GF EX See Note)
 HB164ROBBY CARTERJUDGMENTS - Provides relative to default judgments
 HB230TRAVIS JOHNSONAGRICULTURE - Provides relative to aquaculture development and the Louisiana Aquatic Chelonian Research and Promotion Board (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB232MARINOCRIMINAL/SENTENCING - Provides relative to discharge and dismissals of prosecutions for misdemeanor convictions
 HB239RISERFORESTRY - Provides relative to the harvesting of cypress trees on state property
 HB248JAMESCORRECTIONS - Decreases probation and parole fees for certain offenders (EN DECREASE SG RV See Note)
 HB360TRAVIS JOHNSONFIRE PROTECT/FIRE MARSHAL - Provides relative to the registration of short-term rental dwellings with the office of state fire marshal (EG1 INCREASE SD RV See Note)
 HB430JAMESLAW ENFORCE/OFFICERS - Provides relative to the officer's bill of rights
 HB517THOMASLIABILITY/CIVIL - Provides for the limitation of civil liability for agents, contractors, and representatives of proprietors
 HB549MCCORMICKENVIRONMENT/HAZ MATERIAL - Modifies definitions relative to hazardous materials reporting under the Right-to-Know Law (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB438MIGUEZPUBLIC RECORDS - Authorizes a custodian to require a requestor of a public record to provide sufficient proof of identity
 HB491GADBERRYETHICS/CODE - Provides an exception to allow certain public servants and related persons and legal entities to enter into certain transactions with the public servant's agency regarding specified property under certain circumstances
 HB591FIRMENTINSURANCE CLAIMS - Provides for certain claims settlement practices
 HB26MCCORMICKTAX/SEVERANCE-EXEMPTION - Provides with respect to the severance tax exemption for stripper wells (EN NO IMPACT GF RV See Note)
 HB174HUVALPUBLIC CONTRACT/BIDS - Provides relative to the Louisiana Municipal Natural Gas Purchasing and Distribution Authority
 HB211WRIGHTSCHOOLS/CHOICE - Provides relative to public school choice (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB354SCHAMERHORNMTR VEHICLE/MOTORCYCLES - Modifies the definition of autocycle applicable to the operator's helmet exemption and driver's license endorsement requirement
 HB355TURNERATHLETICS - Prohibits schools from being members of or participating in athletic competitions sponsored by an association that is not audited by the legislative auditor (EG SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB424MCFARLANDTAX/INCOME TAX - Establishes income tax incentives for taxpayers related to fostering and adopting certain infants and children (EN -$687,000 GF RV See Note)
 HB460HOLLISHEALTH/LDH - Establishes the Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Louisiana Department of Health (EN NO IMPACT See Note)
 HB495IVEYNURSES - Allows full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses
 HB505ADAMSMTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES - Creates the "West Feliciana Parish Schools" and the "En fran├žais S.V.P" specialty license plate
 HB600GOUDEAUPROPERTY/PUBLIC - Exempts certain property belonging to Lafayette and Lafayette Parish from third party transfer requirements
 HB24ADAMSRETIREMENT/STATE POLICE - Authorizes members of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System to purchase additional service credits at the time of retirement (EN INCREASE APV)
 HB28ADAMSRETIREMENT/FIREFIGHTERS - Provides relative to beneficiaries within the Firefighters' Retirement System (EN INCREASE FC SG EX)
 HB29JEFFERSONRETIREMENT/FIREFIGHTERS - Provides relative to Firefighters' Retirement System's Deferred Retirement Option Plan and unfunded accrued liability (EN NO IMPACT APV)

House Bills 3rd Reading and Final Passage Subject to Call
 HB64ECHOLSADVERTISING - Provides relative to misleading solicitations by nongovernmental entities
 HB221PIERREMTR VEHICLE/COMMERCIAL - Provides relative to certain commercial driver's license applicants (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note)
 HB224BRYANTHIGHWAYS - Redesignates a portion of certain Louisiana highways and the Ramos Bridge on United States Highway 90

Instruments Pending Senate Conference
 SB157ALLAINTAX EXEMPTIONS - Exempts certain mobile workers from individual income tax and their employers from withholding tax. (gov sig) (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF RV See Note)
 SB159ALLAINTAX/TAXATION - Constitutional amendment to reduce the maximum rate of individual income tax and to provide for a federal income tax deduction as provided by law. (2/3 - CA13s1(A)) (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF RV See Note)
 SB160ALLAINREVENUE DEPARTMENT - Conforms state partnership reporting adjustments to federal taxable income to current federal partnership audit adjustments. (gov sig) (EN NO IMPACT GF RV See Note)
 SB161ALLAINTAX/FRANCHISE/CORPORATE - Extends the termination date of the exemption from corporate franchise tax for small business corporations. (See Act) (EN -$55,900,000 GF RV See Note)
 SB171ALLAINTAX EXEMPTIONS - Provides for severance tax exemptions and site-specific trust funds for certain orphan wells. (gov sig) (EN SEE FISC NOTE SD RV See Note)
 HB199SCHEXNAYDERTAX/SALES & USE - (Constitutional Amendment) Provides for the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission (EN SEE FISC NOTE See Note)