04 July 2015

Legislative regular session rankings, 2015


And so the session is complete, save an unprecedented and miraculous veto override session being called. Thus, and appropriately on Independence Day, it’s time to compute the voting scorecard for the 2015 session. Twelve bills were selected and weighed for computation, all but two having been voted upon in both chambers. These were chosen mostly from the watch list compiled throughout the session, along with others of some importance. For a bill’s vote(s) to be selected, in one chamber there had to be more than one legislator not voting for the winning or losing side.

Being that passage of bills depends upon the seated membership of a body, not voting is counted as a negative vote. However, if a legislator had a leave of absence granted for that day, his absent votes weren’t counted for bills voted on that day and the score adjusted to take that into account.

Here are the bills with votes for final passage in every case on which the scorecard was computed, with the conservative/reform position and the weighing indicated:

Legislative regular session through Jul. 4, 2015


Happy Independence Day, and we are free of the Louisiana Legislature being in session for another few months (new governors almost always call special sessions, so look for this space to resume publishing in early 2016.) The final disposition of bills occurred this week.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 598 was signed by the governor; HB 735 was signed by the governor; HB 749 was signed by the governor; SB 98 was signed by the governor; SB 101 was signed by the governor; SB 133 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 216 was signed by the governor; SB 61 was signed by the governor.

27 June 2015

Legislative regular session through Jun. 27, 2015



The governor must have been busy this week for he acted on hardly any bills. However, the clock will run out on him next week, so if he plans on vetoing anything, he’d better get to it.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: SB 68 was signed by the governor; SB 222 was signed by the governor.

SCORECARD:

20 June 2015

Legislative regular session through Jun. 20, 2015



Some of these events actually happened prior to this past week, but only now are legislative staffs catching up to posting this information. They still haven’t caught up to some bill signings and vetoes.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 131 was signed by the governor; HB 735 was sent to the governor; HB 748 was sent to the governor and signed into law; HB 779 was sent to the governor and signed into law; HB 829 was sent to the governor and signed into law; SB 48 was vetoed by the governor; SB 100 was sent to the governor and was signed into law; SB 102 was sent to the governor and signed into law; SB 103 was sent to the governor and signed into law; SB 106 was sent to the governor and signed into law.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 30 was signed by the governor; HB 119 was signed by the governor; HB 129 was signed by the governor; HB 171 was signed by the governor; HB 370 was vetoed by the governor; HB 624 was sent to the governor and signed into law; HB 629 was sent to the governor and signed into law; HB 837 was sent to the governor and vetoed; SB 190 was signed by the governor; SB 202 was filed with the secretary of state; SB 260 was signed by the governor.

13 June 2015

Legislative regular session through Jun. 13, 2015



The Legislature has adjourned sine die, so pocketbooks are safe for at least a few more months. Now the governor must make his decisions on a host of good and bad bills. In the interim, SB 153 was mutated into benign form.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 61 with major amendment passed the Senate and was rejected by the House; HB 598 was concurred in; HB 735 with minor amendment passed the Senate, was rejected by the House, and conference report with minor amendment was approved by both; HB 748 with minor amendment passed the Senate, was rejected by the House, and the conference report with minor amendment was approved by both; HB 749 was passed by the Senate and sent to the governor; HB 779 with minor amendment passed the Senate and was concurred in; HB 829 with minor amendment passed the Senate, was rejected by the House, and conference report with major amendment was approved by both; SB 98 was concurred in and sent to the governor; SB 100 was rejected by the House and conference report with major amendment was approved by both; SB 101 was concurred in and sent to the governor; SB 102 was rejected by the Senate and conference report with major amendment was approved by both; SB 103 was rejected by the Senate and conference report with major amendment was approved by both; SB 105 was rejected by the Senate; SB 106 was rejected by the Senate and conference report with minor amendment was approved by both; SB 122 was concurred with and sent to the governor; SB 133 was concurred in and sent to the governor; SB 155 failed to pass the House; SB 283 was concurred in and sent to the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 30 passed Senate committee, passed the Senate, and was sent to the governor; HB 119 was rejected by the House, conference report with major amendment was approved by both, and was sent to the governor; HB 171 was concurred in and sent to the governor; HB 216 was sent to the governor; HB 370 was rejected by the House, conference report with minor amendment was approved by both, and was sent to the governor; HB 624 with minor amendment passed the Senate, was rejected by the House, and conference report with minor amendment was approved by both; HB 629 with minor amendment passed the Senate, was rejected by the House, and conference report with minor amendment was approved by both; HB 837 was concurred in and sent to the governor; SB 61 was rejected by the Senate and conference report with minor amendment was approved by both; SB 190 was concurred in and sent to the governor; SB 202 passed the House; SB 259 was concurred in and sent to the governor; SB 260 with minor amendment passed the House, was concurred in, and sent to the governor.