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2013 Session Score Card

Score Card Criteria


There are certain rules that apply consistently to LABI voting records and to LABIs use of those records:
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Only KEY business votes are included in the record. Only bills on which LABI has taken a clear, broad-based position are considered. A vote may be on an amendment or procedural motion, as well as on final passage, if that vote was crucial to the fate of the bill. Because of factors such as committee action or amendments, the inclusion of a vote on a bill in one house doesnt necessarily mean that it will be a record vote in the second house. Votes are weighted according to their importance to the business community. See voting record chart for specific point values. Each term stands alone. Every legislator has an equal opportunity for a good four-year record, despite historical voting patterns. The annual and cumulative voting averages are based upon the number of points actually earned, compared to the number of points that could have been earned over the period. Legislators are not penalized in LABI voting records for absences due to hospitalization or immediate family illness or death, nor for abstentions due to conflicts of interest. The voting record is based on votes as recorded in the Official Journals of the House and Senate.

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Table of Contents
House Score Card............................................................................................................................................ 25 House Ranking................................................................................................................................................. 35 House Bills....................................................................................................................................................... 36 HB 160, ReynoldsTenure Reform and Teacher Evaluation......................................................................... 36 HB 321, HuvalJury Trial............................................................................................................................... 36 HB 472, MorrisClass Action........................................................................................................................ 36 HB 589, AbramsonLatent Diseases........................................................................................................... 36 SB 117, AppelHigher Education Accountability.......................................................................................... 36 Senate Score Card............................................................................................................................................37 Senate Ranking. ................................................................................................................................................41 Senate Bills...................................................................................................................................................... 42 SB 74, JohnsBusiness Property Tax........................................................................................................... 42 SB 117 and SB 118, AppelHigher Education Accountability....................................................................... 42 SB 153, MurrayAlleged Pay Discrimination................................................................................................ 42 SB 200, MillsSalt Domes............................................................................................................................ 43 SB 206, LaFleurSchool Governance.......................................................................................................... 43 SB 259, PeacockRetirement Final Average Calculation............................................................................ 43 HB 472, Jay MorrisClass Actions................................................................................................................ 44 HB 589, AbramsonLatent Diseases........................................................................................................... 44

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House Score Card


Barrow, Regina Ashford Arnold, Jeffery Jeff J. Anders, John F. Andy Berthelot, John A. Abramson, Neil C. Bishop, Stuart J.
A 30 30 30 15 97

Armes, James K.

HB 160 0 102 3 HB 321 94 1 10 HB 472 96 0 9 HB 589 92 0 13 SB 117 52 42 11

Teacher Evaluations 30 Final Passage Civil Jury Trial 30 Final Passage Class Actions 30 Final Passage Class Actions 30 Final Passage Post-Secondary Accountability 15 Final Passage

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Billiot, Robert E.
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Badon, Austin J.

Barras, Taylor F.

Adams, Bryan

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Broadwater, Christopher Champagne, Simone B.
0 30 30 30 15 78 95

Carmody, Thomas G.
0 A- 30 30 15 135 75 56 84

Burford, Richard T.

Burns, Timothy G.

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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Carter, Stephen F.
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Brossett, Jared C.

Bishop, Wesley T.

Burns, Henry L.

Brown, Terry R.

Burrell, Roy A.

With LABI Against LABI

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Danahay, Michael E. Chaney, Charles R. Edwards, John Bel Dixon, Herbert B. Fannin, James R. Connick, Patrick Cromer, Gregory Dove, Gordon E. Foil, Franklin J.
0 A A A 15 15 33

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Franklin, A. B.
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Cox, Kenny R.

With LABI Against LABI

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Garofalo, Raymond E. Havard, Kenneth E.
0 30 30 30 A- 67 83

Guillory, Mickey J.

Geymann, Brett, F

Gaines, Randal L.

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Hazel, Lowell C.
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Greene, Hunter

Guinn, John E.

Gisclair, Jerry

Harris, Lance

Harrison, Joe

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Hoffmann, Frank A. Honore, Dalton W. Hunter, Marcus L. Hill, Dorothy Sue Howard, Frank A. Henry, Cameron Hodges, Valarie Hensgens, Bob With LABI Against LABI Description Huval, Mike
0 30 30 A- 15 56 93

Hollis, Paul

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Ivey, Barry
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James, Edward C. Ted Jefferson, Patrick O. Jackson, Katrina R. Johnson, Robert A. LeBas, H. Bernard
0 30 A30 0 60 44 31

Lambert, Eddie J.

Kleckley, Chuck

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Landry, Terry C.
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Jackson, Girod

Landry, Nancy

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Jones, Sam

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Leopold, Christopher J. Norton, Barbara M.
0 30 30 30 0 90 67 41

Moreno, Helena N.

Mack, Sherman Q.

Miller, Gregory A.

Montoucet, Jack

Lopinto, Joseph

Lorusso, Nick

With LABI Against LABI

Description

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Morris, Jim
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Leger, Walt

Morris, Jay

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Reynolds, H. Eugene Ortego, Stephen J. Ritchie, Harold L.
0 30 30 30 0 90 67 36

Pugh, Stephen E.

Pierre, Vincent J.

Pearson, J. Kevin

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Richard, Jerome
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Price, Edward J.

Pylant, Steve E.

Pope, J. Rogers

Ponti, Erich E.

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Smith, Patricia Haynes St. Germain, Karen Shadoin, Robert E. Schexnayder, Clay Robideaux, Joel C. Schroder, John M. Simon, Scott M. Seabaugh, Alan Thibaut, Major
0 30 30 30 15 78 75

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Stokes, Julie
0 30 30 A 15 105 75 71 71

Description

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Talbot, Kirk
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Williams, Patrick C.
0 30 A- 30 0 135 60 44 48

Williams, Alfred C.

Thompson, Jeff R.

HB 160 Teacher Evaluations 30 0 102 3 Final Passage HB 321 Civil Jury Trial 30 94 1 10 Final Passage HB 472 Class Actions 30 96 0 9 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 92 0 13 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 15 52 42 11 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score % 2012-13 Possible 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score %

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A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Willmott, Thomas
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Whitney, Lenar L.

Thierry, Ledricka

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House Ranking
2013 Representative Score Rep. Bryan Adams (R) Rep. Stuart J. Bishop (R) Rep. Jeffery Jeff J. Arnold (D) Rep. John A. (Johnny) Berthelot (R) Rep. Robert E. Billiot Sr. (D) Rep. Christopher Broadwater (R) Rep. Richard T. (Ritchie) Burford Sr. (R) Rep. Henry L. Burns (R) Rep. Stephen F. Carter (R) Rep. Simone B. Champagne (R) Rep. Charles R. Chaney (R) Rep. James R. (Jim) Fannin (R) Rep. Raymond E.Ray Garofalo Jr. (R) Rep. Lowell Chris Hazel (R) Rep. John Cameron Henry (R) Rep. Craig (Bob) Hensgens (R) Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill (D) Rep. Frank A. Hoffmann (R) Rep. Paul B. Hollis (R) Rep. Frank A. Howard (R) Rep. Barry Ivey (R) Rep. Sam Jones (D) Rep. Charles Chuck Kleckley (R) Rep. Nancy Landry (R) Rep. Walt J. Leger III (D) Rep. Joseph P. Lopinto III (R) Rep. Nicholas J. Lorusso (R) Rep. John C.(Jay) Morris III (R) Rep. Stephen J. Ortego (D) Rep. Erich E. Ponti (R) Rep. Stephen E. Pugh (R) Rep. Steven E. Pylant (R) Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R) Rep. John M. Schroder (R) Rep. Alan T. Seabaugh (R) Rep. Scott M. Simon (R) Rep. Karen Gaudet St. Germain (D) Rep. Kirk M. Talbot (R) Rep. Joseph H. Major Thibaut Jr. (D) Rep. Jeff R. Thompson (R) Rep. Lenar L. Whitney (R) Rep. Taylor F. Barras (R) Rep. Julie Stokes (R) Rep. Neil C. Abramson (D) Rep. John F. Andy Anders (D) Rep. James K. Armes III (D) Rep. Austin Badon Jr. (D) Rep. Regina Ashford Barrow (D) Rep. Jared Brossett (D) Rep. Terry R. Brown (I) Rep. Roy A. Burrell (D) Rep. Michael E. Danahay (D) Rep. Herbert B. Dixon Sr. (D) 100% 100% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 78% 71% 71% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 2012-2013 2012-2013 Cumulative 2013 Cumulative Score Representative Score Score 93% 97% 55% 91% 88% 90% 95% 95% 95% 95% 87% 88% 89% 64% 94% 82% 34% 96% 95% 88% 78% 49% 95% 91% 43% 87% 95% 94% 49% 94% 89% 90% 91% 94% 95% 90% 49% 95% 75% 95% 95% 76% 71% 72% 46% 24% 59% 26% 27% 60% 24% 80% 21% Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) Rep. Albert Franklin (D) Rep. Randal L. Gaines (D) Rep. Jerry (Truck) Gisclair (D) Rep. Joseph A. (Joe) Harrison Jr. (R) Rep. Kenneth Edward Havard (R) Rep. Valarie Hodges (R) Rep. Dalton W. Honor II (D) Rep. Marcus L. Hunter (D) Rep. Girod H. Jackson III (D) Rep. Katrina R. Jackson (D) Rep. Patrick O. Jefferson (D) Rep. Robert A. Johnson (D) Rep. Eddie J. Lambert (R) Rep. Terry Landry (D) Rep. Sherman Q. Mack (R) Rep. Gregory A. Miller (R) Rep. Jack Montoucet (D) Rep. Helena Moreno (D) Rep. James H. Morris (R) Rep. Barbara M. Norton (D) Rep. Vincent J. Pierre (D) Rep. J. Rogers Pope (R) Rep. Edward J. Price (D) Rep. Harlie E. Gene Reynolds (D) Rep. Jerome (Dee) Richard (I) Rep. Harold L. Ritchie (D) Rep. Joel C. Robideaux (R) Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith (D) Rep. Ledricka Johnson Thierry (D) Rep. Alfred C. Williams (D) Rep. Thomas P. Willmott (R) Rep. Wesley T. Bishop (D) Rep. Timothy G. Burns (R) Rep. Thomas Gaughan Carmody Jr. (R) Rep. Patrick Connick (R) Rep. Michael (Mike Pete) Huval (R) Rep. Joseph Kevin Pearson (R) Rep. George G. Cromer (R) Rep. Gordon E. Dove Sr. (R) Rep. John E. Guinn (R) Rep. Lance Harris (R) Rep. Harvey Bernard LeBas (D) Rep. Christopher J. Leppold (R) Rep. Robert E. Shadoin (R) Rep. Patrick Charles Williams (D) Rep. Franklin J. Foil (R) Rep. Hunter Greene (R) Rep. Mickey J. Guillory (D) Rep. Kenny Ray Cox (D) Rep. Brett F. Geymann (R) Rep. Edward C.(Ted) James (D) 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 67% 56% 56% 56% 56% 56% 56% 44% 44% 44% 44% 44% 44% 44% 44% 33% 33% 33% 0% 0% 0% 22% 24% 30% 39% 59% 83% 87% 49% 21% 60% 22% 51% 22% 56% 31% 59% 79% 24% 59% 73% 41% 32% 58% 36% 38% 59% 36% 85% 17% 52% 44% 92% 28% 94% 84% 78% 93% 94% 93% 74% 73% 93% 31% 80% 62% 48% 88% 51% 36% 19% 61% 20%

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House Votes
HB 160, ReynoldsTenure Reform and Teacher EvaluationThis bill would have delayed the full implementation of critical components of teacher evaluation and tenure reform passed in prior years. LABI opposed this effort to delay teacher evaluations that will be based in part (50%) on student academic growth. In recent years, the Legislature passed significant reforms to Louisiana teacher evaluations and tenure. HB 160 would have delayed the full implementation of the new teacher evaluation law and complementary tenure reforms. It was promoted as a necessary delay to tweak the system before full consequences occur, but the bill was not necessary, as no teacher could lose his/her job this year nor next due to receiving an Ineffective evaluation. This allows for sufficient time to make any necessary adjustments before any job is threatened. The House agreed to the delay, but a strong, pro-reform Senate Education Committee blocked HB 160, defeating it by a 4-3 vote (to defer). A vote AGAINST final passage was a vote WITH LABI. The bill passed 102-0-3. HB 321, HuvalJury TrialThis bill originally would have allowed for expedited jury trials in certain civil cases, using only six jurors and limiting each side to three hours of case presentation. Amended in the House Civil Law Committee to allow such a trial, even when the amount of damages is less than $50,000 (the amount usually required for a jury trial) if both parties agree. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. Passed House 95-0-10. HB 472, MorrisClass ActionsThis bill requires that a class action cannot be maintained if the court would be required to look at the merits of any individual class members claim to determine whether or not the individual would fall within the defined class. It also requires that the plaintiff bears the burden of proof at the hearing on the motion to certify a class. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. Passed House 96-0-9. HB 589, AbramsonLatent DiseasesThis bill originally stipulated that if a defendant is granted a jury trial, that right remains with the defendant, even if the plaintiff later stipulates that his cause of action does not exceed $50,000. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. Passed House 92-0-13. SB 117, AppelHigher Education AccountabilityThis bill would have created an Outcomes-Based Funding Task Force and, along with its companion bill, SB 118, would have utilized a national peer comparison model to reward colleges financially for performance. These bills would have injected true accountability into higher education, but Sen. Appels pro-reform votes in the Senate, along with end-of-session politics, caused both bills to be blocked in the House. Louisianas higher education system lacks meaningful accountability and does little to recognize the varying role, scope, and missions of its 14 public universities. These bills would have created comparisons for outcomes with peer institutions in other states, ensuring performance measures that are relevant to each university and true reward and consequences for performance. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. On the first vote, the bill failed 52-42-11. Upon reconsideration, the bill failed 40-60-5. The Voting Record is based on the original vote. SB 118 was not moved in the House.

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Senate Score Card


Buffington, Sherri Smith Broome, Sharon Weston Allain, R. L. Bret Chabert, Norby
50 30 30 0 A 40 30 0 15 30 30 460 255 55 1671 81

Alario, John A.

Appel, Conrad

Brown, Troy E.

Amedee, Jody

Adley, Robert

Against LABI

Description

SB 74 Special Property Tax Assessments 50 27 8 4 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 26 8 5 Final Passage SB 118 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 27 7 5 Final Passage SB 153 Alleged Pay Discrimination 190 18 19 2 Final Passage SB 200 Salt Dome Moratorium 80 20 15 4 Final Passage 19 17 3 Reconsideration SB 206 School Governance 30 22 16 1 Final Passage SB 259 Retirement Final Avg. Calculation 30 16 20 3 Final Passage 20 17 2 Reconsideration HB 472 Class Actions 30 36 0 3 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 35 0 4 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Score % 2013 Earned

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30

30

30

30

30

30

500

500 360 72

500 440 88

500 420 84

500 280 56

500 460 92

500 150 30

460 110 24

500 200 40

500 500 100 2096 1684 80

2012-13 Possible 2096 2096 2096 2096 2096 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score % 1556 2036 74 97 1871 89 1821 87

2096 2096 2056 2096 2056 1981 95 725 35 1556 1461 76 70

A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Claitor, Dan
50 30 30 40 40 30 15 15 30 30

Vote Value

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Bill Value

Absent

Bill

Senate Score Card


Kostelka, Robert W. Bob
0 30 30 0 40 40 0 0 0 30 30 500 200 40 2096 1082 52

Dorsey-Colomb, Yvonne

Guillory, Elbert L.

Heitmeier, David
0 0 0 0 0 40 30 0 0 30 30 500 130 26 58

Donahue, Jack

Erdey, Dale M.

SB 74 Special Property Tax Assessments 50 27 8 4 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 26 8 5 Final Passage SB 118 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 27 7 5 Final Passage SB 153 Alleged Pay Discrimination 190 18 19 2 Final Passage SB 200 Salt Dome Moratorium 80 20 15 4 Final Passage 19 17 3 Reconsideration SB 206 School Governance 30 22 16 1 Final Passage SB 259 Retirement Final Avg. Calculation 30 16 20 3 Final Passage 20 17 2 Reconsideration HB 472 Class Actions 30 36 0 3 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 35 0 4 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Score % 2013 Earned

50

50

50

50

50

50

30

30

30

30

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30

30

30

30

30

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30

30

190

190

190

190

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190

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0 0

0 0

0 40

0 0

0 40

40 40

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30

30

30

30

30

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15 15

15 15

15 15

0 0

0 0

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15 15

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30

30

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30

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30

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500 420 84

500 420 84

500 460 92

500 110 22

500 340 68

450 110 24

180 120 67

500 410 82

2012-13 Possible 2096 2096 2096 2096 2096 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score % 1921 1941 1984 92 93 95 445 21

2096 2046 1070 51 445 22

1776 2096 2096 1661 1213 94 1518 72

A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Johns, Ronnie
0 15 15

Against LABI

Cortez, Page

Crowe, A. G.

Description

Gallot, Rick

Vote Value

With LABI

Bill Value

Absent

Bill

Senate Score Card


Martiny, Daniel Danny Perry, Jonathan J. P.
50 30 30 190 0 0 0 15 15 30 30 500 390 78 2096 1350 64

Morrish, Dan Blade

Morrell, Jean-Paul J.

SB 74 Special Property Tax Assessments 50 27 8 4 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 26 8 5 Final Passage SB 118 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 27 7 5 Final Passage SB 153 Alleged Pay Discrimination 190 18 19 2 Final Passage SB 200 Salt Dome Moratorium 80 20 15 4 Final Passage 19 17 3 Reconsideration SB 206 School Governance 30 22 16 1 Final Passage SB 259 Retirement Final Avg. Calculation 30 16 20 3 Final Passage 20 17 2 Reconsideration HB 472 Class Actions 30 36 0 3 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 35 0 4 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Earned 2013 Score %

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50

50

50

50

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50

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30

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30

30

30

A-

30

30

30

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30

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30

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190

190

190

190

190

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40 40

0 0

0 0

0 0

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15 15

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500 155 31

460 430 93

500 500 100

500 230 46

500 80 16

500 340 68

500 190 38

500 210 42

500 460 92

2012-13 Possible 2096 2096 2056 2096 2096 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score % 706 1746 2001 34 85 95 1180 56

2096 2096 2096 2096 2096 736 1400 35 67 525 25 758 2056 36 98

A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Peacock, Barrow
15 15

Murry, Edwin R.

Against LABI

Mills, Fred H.

Long, Gerald

LaFleur, Eric

Nevers, Ben

Description

Vote Value

With LABI

Bill Value

Absent

Bill

Senate Score Card


Peterson, Karen Carter White, Mack Bodi
50 30 30 190 A 40 30 0 15 30 30 460 445 97 95

Thompson, Francis

Walsworth, Mike
50 30 30 190 40 40 30 15 15 30 30 500 500 100 98

Tarver, Gregory

Smith, John R.

Against LABI

Smith, Gary

Description

SB 74 Special Property Tax Assessments 50 27 8 4 Final Passage SB 117 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 26 8 5 Final Passage SB 118 Post-Secondary Accountability 30 27 7 5 Final Passage SB 153 Alleged Pay Discrimination 190 18 19 2 Final Passage SB 200 Salt Dome Moratorium 80 20 15 4 Final Passage 19 17 3 Reconsideration SB 206 School Governance 30 22 16 1 Final Passage SB 259 Retirement Final Avg. Calculation 30 16 20 3 Final Passage 20 17 2 Reconsideration HB 472 Class Actions 30 36 0 3 Final Passage HB 589 Class Actions 30 35 0 4 Final Passage 2013 Possible 2013 Score % 2013 Earned

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50

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50

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30

30

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190

190

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500 110 22

500 485 97

500 310 62

100 70 70 1696 885 52

500 140 28

500 160 32

450 150 33

2012-13 Possible 2096 2096 2096 2096 2012-13 Earned 2012-2013 Cumulative Score % 390 1856 19 89 1351 64

2096 2096 2096 2046 2056 1396 67 1076 2044 1269 1959 51 62

A- Was absent when LABI needed a yes vote, or the motion required only a majority or supermajority of those present and voting. A Was absent when LABI needed a no vote and the motion required a majority or supermajority of the elected members.

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Ward, Rick
A 0 0 0

Vote Value

Riser, Neil

With LABI

Bill Value

Absent

Bill

Senate Ranking
2013 Representative Score Sen. Daniel A. Claitor (R) Sen. Daniel R. Martiny (R) Sen. Mike A. Walsworth (R) Sen. Neil H. Riser (R) Sen. Mack Bodi White (R) Sen. Gerald Long (R) Sen. Conrad Appel (R) Sen. Jack Donahue (R) Sen. Barrow Peacock (R) Sen. John A. Alario Jr. (R) Sen. Robert Bret Allain II (R) Sen. Patrick Page Cortez (R) Sen. A.G. Crowe (R) Sen. Ronnie (Ronnie) Johns (R) Sen. Jonathan R. Perry (R) Sen. Robert R. Adley (R) Sen. Gary L. Smith Jr. (D) Sen. Dale M. Erdey (R) Sen. Dan Blade Morrish (R) Sen. Elbert L. Guillory (R) Sen. John R. Smith (R) Sen. Lee Jody Amedee III (R) Sen. Nobert (Norby) Chabert (R) Sen. Fred H. Mills Jr. (R) Sen. Ben W. Nevers Sr. (D) Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington (R) Sen. Robert W. Kostelka (R) Sen. Edwin R. Murray (D) Sen. Rick Ward III (R) Sen. Francis C. Thompson (D) Sen. Eric LaFleur (D) Sen. Sharon Weston Broome (D) Sen. Gregory Tarver (D) Sen. David Heitmeier (D) Sen. Troy E. Brown (D) Sen. Rick Gallot (D) Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb (D) Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D) Sen. Jean-Paul Morrell (D) 100% 100% 100% 97% 97% 93% 92% 92% 92% 88% 84% 84% 84% 82% 78% 72% 70% 68% 68% 67% 62% 56% 55% 46% 42% 40% 40% 38% 33% 32% 31% 30% 28% 26% 24% 24% 22% 22% 16% 2012-2013 Cumulative Score 80% 95% 98% 89% 95% 85% 95% 95% 98% 97% 89% 92% 93% 72% 64% 74% 52% 51% 67% 94% 64% 87% 81% 56% 36% 70% 52% 25% 62% 51% 34% 35% 67% 58% 76% 22% 21% 19% 35%

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Senate Votes
SB 74, JohnsBusiness Property Tax, Special Level Assessments/Removal of Income TestUnder current law, seniors and certain veterans and disabled individuals may be granted special level property tax assessments (freezes), provided their income does not exceed about $70,000 (2013) of adjusted gross income. This constitutional amendment would have expanded these property tax freezes by removing the income restriction entirely, thereby granting the property tax freezes regardless of income and including those homeowners not even on fixed incomes. Our homestead exemption and special assessment freezes are already among the most generous in the country. About 40% of all homeowners statewide still pay zero property tax. A significant number of homesteads already benefit from frozen assessments as high as 30% in one parish. Freezing these assessments is not a true tax break, because the property taxes from these homeowners will be shifted to businesses, renters, and all other homeowners whose property taxes increase year after year. Following debate on this bill, Sen. Johns moved for final passage. A vote of two-thirds of the Senate (26 senators) would have been required for the Senate to finally pass the bill. A vote AGAINST final passage was a vote WITH LABI. The motion failed by a vote of 8-27-4, with 26 votes needed for final passage. SB 117 and SB 118, AppelHigher Education AccountabilitySB 117 would have created an OutcomesBased Funding Task Force and, along with its companion bill, SB 118, also by Sen. Appel, would have utilized a national peer comparison model to reward colleges financially for performance. These bills would have injected true accountability into higher education, but Sen. Appels pro-reform votes in the Senate, along with end-ofsession politics, caused both bills to be blocked in the House. Louisianas higher education system lacks meaningful accountability and does little to recognize the varying role, scope, and missions of its 14 public universities. These bills would have created comparisons for outcomes with peer institutions in other states, ensuring performance measures that are relevant to each university and true reward and consequences for performance. A vote FOR final passage on SB 117 was a vote WITH LABI. The bill passed 26-8-5. A vote FOR final passage on SB 118 was a vote WITH LABI. The bill passed 27-7-5. SB 153, MurrayAlleged Pay DiscriminationThis bill would have exposed employers to lawsuits by disgruntled employees who allege they were paid less for the same or substantially similar work than their co-workers of the opposite sex because of gender. Federal and state laws already exist that provide remedies for such discrimination, but this bill would have established a new cause of action, increasing the number of lawsuits against Louisiana employers. The bills proponents promoted it as equal pay for women legislation, but this was merely a sales pitch since there are laws currently on the books that permit individuals of either sex who have been subjected to true pay discrimination to obtain redress. The creation of a new cause of action to allow unhappy employees to sue their employers would only burden the courts and increase the cost of doing business in Louisiana. Were this bill enacted, employers with perfectly sound reasons for their pay differentials could have been dragged into court to prove it, incurring costs of time, effort and legal fees spent in defending themselves.

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Enactment of the bill would also have had an adverse impact on Louisianas economic development. It would have discouraged business investment in the state. Businesses are very sensitive to laws governing the management of their workforcesespecially laws regarding pay scalesbecause these laws substantially impact their bottom lines. Businesses tend not to locate or remain in states where their employees have more opportunities to sue them. The states of Alabama, Mississippi and Texas do not have such a law. A vote AGAINST final passage was a vote WITH LABI. The bill failed, 19 18 2, as it did not garner the 20 votes required for final passage. The bill was brought up later on reconsideration, at which time it was amended to apply only to state employees. LABI had no position on the amendment and no position on the bill once it was amended in this manner. As amended, the bill passed the Senate and eventually the House. SB 200, MillsSalt DomesThis bill originally would have prohibited the issuance of permits to construct or operate salt dome caverns until certain conditions are met; as amended would prohibit permits for new caverns if underlying a state-owned water bottom that had previously failed due to man-made causes; would exempt SPR and LOOP; as further amended on reconsideration, would have also imposed a 5-year moratorium on permits and would have applied the provisions to parishes within the coastal zone, west of the Atchafalaya, and with a population of 100,000 or less. A vote AGAINST final passage was a vote WITH LABI. Failed, 15-29-4, on May 7, 2013. A vote AGAINST final passage on reconsideration was a vote WITH LABI. Failed, 17-19-3, on May 21, 2013. SB 206, LaFleurSchool GovernanceThis bill would have allowed principals in high performing schools to have increased authority regarding personnel and budgeting. This earned autonomy governance model would allow school leaders to actually select their staffs and manage their budgets, operating somewhat like charter schools, rather than as a central office down model. Though it would appear to just be common sense for school leaders, who are held accountable for school performance, to have control over their teams and budgets, in the real world of education bureaucracy, thats not how it works. The central office determines staffing models and school finances in most districts, and student learning needs are often relegated behind adult needs in priority pecking orders. After a fiery Senate floor debate led by Sen. LaFleur, the Senate passed SB 206. Unfortunately, the education bureaucracy lobby, specifically school board lobbyists funded primarily by Louisiana citizens tax dollars (most local school boards pay dues to the state association), stopped the bill in the House Education Committee. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. The bill passed 22-16-1. SB 259, PeacockRetirement Final Average CalculationThis bill was a LABI-supported retirement reform bill that only applied to new hires and only focused on Louisiana Firefighters. The Firefighters Retirement System is one of the last remaining systems not utilizing a 60-month final average calculation (FAC) for new hires. This approach would have saved taxpayers who contribute the firefighters retirement over $4.2 million dollars in the first five years. Following the Senate floor debate on this bill, Sen. Peacock moved for final passage. A majority vote of the Senate (20 senators) would have been required for the Senate to finally pass the bill. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. The motion failed by a vote of 16-20-3. The next day Sen. Peacock made a motion to

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reconsider SB 259 on the Senate floor. During his second attempt Sen. Cortez and Sen. Guillory took the Senate floor microphone and spoke in support of the bill. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. The reconsideration motion passed by a vote of 20-17-2. The retirement reform bill eventually lost its momentum when it failed to received enough votes to pass the House retirement committee with a vote of 3-4-5. HB 472, Jay MorrisClass ActionsThis bill requires that a class action cannot be maintained if the court would be required to look at the merits of any individual class members claim to determine whether or not the individual would fall within the defined class. It also requires that the plaintiff bears the burden of proof at the hearing on the motion to certify a class. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. Passed Senate 36-0-3. HB 589, AbramsonLatent DiseasesThis bill stipulates that if a defendant is granted a jury trial, that right remains with the defendant, even if the plaintiff later stipulates that his cause of action does not exceed $50,000. A vote FOR final passage was a vote WITH LABI. Passed Senate 35-0-4.

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