18 February 2018

The Good, Bad, and Ugly for the 2018 1st Extraordinary Session

Welcome to Louisiana’s new late winter tradition, an extraordinary session of the Louisiana Legislature. And time for the good, bad and ugly of the First Session of 2018 (note that some prefiled bills may be added as fiscal implications become clear; no fiscal notes have yet to be issued for any bill):

THE GOOD: HB 1 by Rep. Barry Ivey would increase transparency in government spending: HB 2 by Rep. Tony Bacala would strengthen fraud detection in Medicaid eligibility (similar bills: HB 5); HB 3 by Rep. Frank Hoffman would establish a work-like requirement for Medicaid (similar bill: SB 5); HB 4 by Rep. Jack McFarland would increase client responsibility in Medicaid (similar bill: HB 11); HB 12 by Speaker Taylor Barras would make the expenditure limit a better tool for fiscal control (similar bill: HB 15);

THE BAD: HB 7 by Rep. Ted James reduces income tax deductibility without corresponding rate reduction (similar bill: HB 8); HB 9 by Rep. Walt Leger raises some marginal individual income tax rates (similar bill: HB 13); HB 17 by Rep. Stephen Dwight provides for a permanent sales tax increase (similar bill: HB 18); HB 19 by Leger broadens sales taxation without corresponding rate reduction; HB 21 by Leger raises some marginal corporate income tax rates (similar bill: HB 22); SB 3 by Sen. J.P. Morrell would alter certain tax exceptions in an incoherent manner.

09 July 2017

Legislative regular session scores, 2017


With all business disposed of relative to the 2017 Regular Session, legislators and the governor can receive grades (barring a miraculous veto override session). Twelve bills were selected and weighed for computation, all but two having been voted upon in both chambers. These were chosen from the watch list compiled throughout the session. 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:

03 July 2017

Legislative regular session through Jul. 1, 2017

The dust has cleared with the final disposition of bills by the governor. Next week’s last edition will reveal the scorecard for him and lawmakers.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: SB 67 was signed by the governor; SB 98 was signed by the governor; SB 100 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: SB 25 was signed by the governor; SB 79 was signed by the governor.

24 June 2017

Legislative regular session through Jun. 24, 2017

The governor keeps on signing bills, with his period to act ending in a few days.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 113 was signed by the governor; HB 556 was signed by the governor; SB 111 was signed by the governor; SB 243 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 454 was signed by the governor; HB 681 was signed by the governor; SB 83 was signed by the governor; SB 106 was signed by the governor; SB 254 was signed by the governor.

19 June 2017

Legislative regular session through Jun. 17, 2017

It’s all over but the signing and vetoing of legislation.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 82 was signed by the governor; HB 556 was signed by the governor; SB 111 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 544 was signed the governor; SB 139 was signed by the governor.