Page -2-cost of the production and installation if a bilingual guide sign is not set for replacementor installation in the fiscal year the request ismade.
*"Contract carrier" is defined as atransportation company operating in intrastatecommerce by motor vehicle or bus under contract to transport railroad employees for compensation, under provisions of
.The proposed law would create safetyregulations for contract carriers transportingrailroad employees, including provisions for driver qualifications, drive time, alcohol andcontrolled substance testing, vehicleinspections, records, violations and penalties,definitions and related matters.HB409 is scheduled for floor debateApril 30.
*The House Committee onAppropriations considered several instrumentsthis week aimed at clarifying the state's budget process, the Revenue Estimating Conference'srole in the process, which provisions can beappropriated and which provisions cannot, anddiscretionary vs. non-discretionary spending.Under the state's constitution,appropriations of all money are required to bedeposited in the state treasury,
federalsource funds, higher education self-generatedrevenue, interagency transfers, and theconstitutional allocations to the parishseverance tax and royalty receipt distributions(oil and gas).
, pending House floor debate, provides for the Revenue EstimatingConference forecast to include a projection of all state general fund, self-generated revenuesand statutorily-dedicated funds, and requiresthe conference to designate certain funds asnonrecurring. HB437 provides for limitationson appropriations, as well.
, reported favorably, provides for the role of the RevenueEstimating Conference in the expenditure of state funds, including determining whatmoney is defined as nonrecurring.The legislation also provides that thegovernor's budget recommendation shall notcontain contingent appropriations or usenonrecurring revenues for purposes other thanthose specifically authorized by theconstitution.A proposed constitutional amendment,HB435 will be submitted to voters at thestatewide election on November 4, 2014.*Both
, a proposedconstitutional amendment, and
, pending House final passage, wouldrequire spending due to constitutional or other mandates to be considered in a separateappropriations bill from spending that is notrequired to be funded, if health care or higher education funding is reduced.Both instruments would require thelegislative auditor to determine if the proposed budget for higher ed or health care are lessthan the executive budget than previouslyappropriated in the last legislative session.*
, pending House final passage,would, with a two-thirds vote of both housesconcurring, direct the commissioner of administration to reduce the expenditure limitfor Fiscal Year 2013-2014 from$15,686,646,424.00 to $12,916,140,954.00.The provisions of HCR6 wouldestablish the expenditure limit for FY 2014 at$12,916,140,654 for the purpose of