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2014 House Notes Week Six

2014 House Notes Week Six

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Summary of Louisiana House of Representatives action, week 6, regular session 2014
Summary of Louisiana House of Representatives action, week 6, regular session 2014

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Monday, April 21, marks the half-way point of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session.At adjournment on Wednesday, April16, the twenty-third legislative day of thesession, 1,267 House bills and 679 Senate bills had been filed.
HIGHWAYS
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, pending Housefloor action, requests the Department of Transportation and Development to study theadoption of special signage to designatestreets and highways in honor of military personnel.
HIGHWAYS INFRASTRUCTURE BANK 
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, pending HouseAppropriations, creates the LouisianaTransportation Infrastructure Bank within thestate Department of Treasury. Theinfrastructure bank would providetransportation loans at minimal interest ratesto municipalities and other politicalsubdivisions for transportation projects, withBond Commission and Department of Transportation and Development approval.
REAL ID
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, pending House final passage, specifies that any person applying for a driver's license or special identification cardmay elect to apply for a license that complieswith the federal standards of REAL ID. If a person is eligible for a license or specialidentification card to be issued pursuant to the provisions of present law and meets allrequirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a REAL ID compliantcredential, that person must be issued a licenseor special identification card which bears aU.S. Dept. of Homeland Security-approvedsecurity marking reflecting that suchcredential meets REAL ID standards.HB907 additionally specifies that if a person applying for a driver's license or special identification card does not elect toapply for a license or special identificationcard that complies with REAL ID standardsand that person is otherwise eligible for alicense or special identification card, that person shall be issued a license or specialidentification card that indicates the license or special identification card is not in compliancewith REAL ID.
FIRE MARSHALS
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, pending House final passage, adds "simple arson of a religious building" to the list of offenses in present lawthat fire marshals and other arson investigatorsare authorized to investigate and to makearrests.
HOUSE NOTES
Louisiana House of RepresentativesCommunications Office2014 Regular SessionWeek Six, April 17, 2014
 
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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, pending House final passage, amends the criminal penalties for second and subsequent "Peeping Tom"convictions as follows:1.) For a second conviction - A fine of $750,six months imprisonment or both.2.) For a third or subsequent conviction - Afine of $1,000, one year imprisonment or both.*
 repeals a provision in present law relative to operating a vehiclewhile intoxicated that provides that a prior conviction shall not include a conviction for an offense committed more than ten years prior to the commission of a current offensefor which a defendant is being tried.HB511 is pending consideration by thefull House.*
, which seeks toeliminate panhandlers and prostitutes who flagdown motorists for soliciting, creates thecrime of solicitation of funds or transportationfor certain unlawful purposes, provides for adefinition of "sexual intercourse," and provides for criminal penalties.HB1158 provides for a fine of $200,six months imprisonment or both for aviolation of the proposed law.HB1158 is pending House floor action.
CRIME SECURITY DISTRICTS
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, pending action by thefull House, provides that meetings of thegoverning authority of any crime preventionand security district, improvement district or similar districts would be exempt from noticeof meetings, recording and broadcastrequirements of the public notice law.
MANDATORY RETIREMENT AGE
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, a proposedconstitutional amendment, would remove themandatory retirement age of judges.House Bill 96 would be submitted for voter approval at the statewide election Nov.4, 2014.HB96 is pending in the HouseCommittee on Civil Law and Procedure.*
, pending House floor action, would remove the mandatoryretirement age for constables.*
, pending House floor action, would remove the mandatoryretirement age for justices of the peace.
ELDERLY AFFAIRS
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, approved by a vote of 92-0, would create the Department of ElderlyAffairs as an executive branch department and provides for its functions and funding.The proposed law requires that allofficers and employees of the department shall be in the classified state civil service and thatstate civil service rules would apply to their appointments and compensation.Further, the governor would appointthe secretary, deputy secretary andundersecretary.Finally, HB246 would becomeeffective if HB343, a proposed constitutionalamendment, is adopted by voters at astatewide election.*
, a proposedconstitutional amendment, would create theDepartment of Elderly Affairs as an executive branch department. HB343 is pending in theHouse Committee on Appropriations.

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