Thursday, 09 June 2011 18:32
Louisiana Gov. Jindal Touts Legislative Package In Update
 

Louisiana LegislatureWith only roughly two weeks to go in the Louisiana legislative session 2011 and with the $1.6B. budget shortfall solutions still very much in doubt, below is quick recap provided by Melissa Sellers, Communication Director for Governor Bobby Jindal regarding  his package bills (in the “2011 Legislative Agenda to Keep Louisiana Growing”) made today in the legislative session:

Governor Package Bills Gaining Approval on the House Floor Today:

HB 143 by Rep. Lorusso – Provides 32 death benefits for the families of Louisiana National Guardsmen who have lost their lives and two disability benefits of Guardsmen who have been injured since September 11, 2001.

  • Approved by the LA House of Representatives today.

Governor Package Bills Gaining Approval in Committee Today:

HB 421 by Rep. Carter – Creates a mutually beneficial relationship between Louisiana businesses looking to expand educational options for their employees’ children and charter school operators that are lacking a location in which to set up a school.

  • Passed out of Senate Education today.

HB 526 by Rep. Robideaux – Standardizes community and technical college tuition to ensure equal access to two-year programs in every parish.

  • Passed out of Senate Education today.

HB 549 by Speaker Tucker – Provides relative to the La. Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas Act including additional operational autonomies to be granted to public postsecondary education institutions and reporting requirements for such institutions and the Board of Regents.

  • Passed out of Senate Education today.

Governor’s Package Progress – Wednesday, June 8

Below is a quick recap of the progress Governor Bobby Jindal’s package bills (in the “2011 Legislative Agenda to Keep Louisiana Growing”) made yesterday in the legislative session:

Governor Package Bills Gaining Approval on the Senate Floor Today:

HB 55 by Rep. Thierry – Criminalizes the accessing or using of social networking websites, chat rooms or peer-to-peer networks by certain convicted sex offenders.

  • Approved by the LA Senate.

HB 86 by Rep. White – Equalizes the penalties for sexually abusing a person with a physical or mental disability or a person over the age of 65 with the penalties for sexually abusing a child under the age of 13.

  • Approved by the LA Senate.

Governor Package Bills Gaining Approval on the House Floor Today:

HB 348 by Rep. Leger – Extends and improves the residential historic rehabilitation tax credit, which allows homeowners rehabilitating historic or blighted homes to earn a state income tax credit on up to 25 percent of rehabilitation costs.

  • Approved by the LA House of Representatives.

HB 349 by Rep. Leger – Renews and extends the commercial historic rehabilitation tax, which allows taxpayers rehabilitating a historic structure located in a downtown development or cultural product district to earn a state income and corporation franchise tax credit on up to 25 percent of rehabilitation costs.

  • Approved by the LA House of Representatives.

HB 593 by Rep. Jane Smith – Extends the deadline for applications to receive tax credits or rebates under the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program to January 1.

  • Approved by the LA House of Representatives.

Governor Package Bills Gaining Approval in Committee:

SB 43 by Sen. Donahue – Encourages the expansion of high performing charter operators by enabling long-term planning.

  • Passed out House Education.

SB 202 by Sen. Guillory – Enhances the pardon and parole process to ensure members of the Pardon Board and Parole Board are equipped with the tools they need to make proper clemency decisions.

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