20 July 2019

Legislative regular session scores, 2019

After two weeks’ delay, here comes the 2019 Regular Session on the Louisiana Legislature voting scorecard. With all business disposed of, legislators and the governor received 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 mainly 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:

30 June 2019

Regular legislative session through Jun. 29, 2019

The governor had just only one bill outstanding to deal with before his veto power expired. With all legislation final, next week will feature the 2019 scorecard.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 484 was signed by the governor.

23 June 2019

Regular legislative session through Jun. 22, 2019

The governor still has a few days to make decisions on bills. For our purposes, only one bill is left (HB 484) being tracked that he has yet to deal with.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 614 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 620 was signed by the governor.

16 June 2019

Regular legislative session through Jun. 15, 2019

Bills continue to have their fates determined by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 82 was signed by the governor; HB 425 was filed with the Secretary of State; HB 614 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 617 was signed by the governor; SB 27 was signed by the governor; SB 98 was signed by the governor; SB 174 was signed by the governor.

08 June 2019

Regular legislative session through Jun. 8, 2019

Our pocketbooks are again safe: the 2019 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature has ended, and no extraordinary session seems in the offing.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 82 was passed by the Senate, rejected by the House, had conference report accepted by the House and the Senate, and was sent to the governor; HB 425 had conference report accepted by the House and the Senate; HB 484 was sent to the governor; HB 614 was passed by the Senate, concurred in by the House and was sent to the governor; SB 201 was sent to the governor; SB 221 was sent to the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 617 passed the Senate and was sent to the governor; HB 620 passed the Senate and was sent to the governor; SB 27 was sent to the governor; SB 98 with minor amendment passed the House and was concurred in by the Senate; SB 174 passed the House and was signed by the governor.