14 November 2020

Second Extraordinary Session through Nov. 14, 2020

With his constitutional time expiring to cast a veto, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards did the expected.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 83 was signed by the governor; SB 20 was vetoed by the governor; SB 74 was vetoed by the governor.

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31 October 2020

Second Extraordinary Session through Oct. 31, 2020

The fate of three bills only remains, two dealing with elections integrity and one with broader appellate rights for disciplined students.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 4 was vetoed by the governor; HB 20 was signed by the governor; HB 43 was signed by the governor, HB 51 was vetoed by the governor; HB 66 was signed by the governor; HB 95 was signed by the governor; SB 12 went to the governor and was signed by the governor; SB 20 went to the governor; SB 32 was signed by the governor; SB 74 went to the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 48 was signed by the governor.

24 October 2020

Second Extraordinary Session through Oct. 24, 2020

The session ended a few days early, but the Log never quits early.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 4 with major amendment passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; HB 20 passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; HB 38 with major amendment passed the Senate, was rejected by the House, and the House passed the conference report; HB 43 passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; HB 51 with minor amendment passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; HB 66 with minor amendment passed Senate committee, with minor amendment passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; HB 83 with minor amendment passed Senate committee, with minor amendment passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; HB 95 with minor amendment passed Senate committee, passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and went to the governor; SB 12 with minor amendment passed House committee, with minor amendment passed the House, was rejected by the Senate, and both chambers passed the conference report; SB 20 with major amendment passed House committee, with minor amendment passed the House, and was concurred in by the Senate; SB 32 was concurred in by the House and went to the governor; SB 74 passed House committee and passed the House.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 48 passed Senate committee, passed the Senate, and went to the governor.

17 October 2020

Second Extraordinary Session through Oct. 17, 2020

The usual rules don’t apply during a special session, so bills still are getting introduced and may qualify for the list. And they still can drop off the list as well, as did SB 75 when neutered in committee.

THE GOOD: HB 95 by Rep. Rhonda Butler would reduce personal isolation of persons with disabilities during public health emergencies.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 9 with major amendment passed the House; HB 20 with minor amendment passed Senate committee; HB 98 was substituted for HB 33, HB 38 with minor amendment passed the House; HB 43 with major amendment passed House committee and passed the House; HB 51 with minor amendment passed the House; HB 66 with minor amendment passed committee and with minor amendment passed the House; HB 67 with minor amendment passed the House; HB 83 with minor amendment passed House committee and with minor amendment passed the House; HB 95 passed House committee and with minor amendment passed the House; HB 98 with minor amendment passed the House; SB 12 with minor amendment passed Senate committee and with minor amendment passed the Senate; SB 32 passed House committee and with minor amendment passed the House; SB 74 passed Senate committee and the Senate.

10 October 2020

Second Extraordinary Session through Oct. 10, 2020

More bills accumulate for this session, but one drops of the list of bad bills. SB 31 was amended in committee to make its impact benign.

THE GOOD: HB 83 by Rep. Troy Romero would extend student disciplinary protections to virtual instruction environments (similar bill: HB 91); HB 90 by Beryl Amedee would protect better individual rights during emergencies; SB 74 by Sen. Heather Cloud would promote election integrity; SB 75 by Sen. Barry Milligan would make it less likely that in-state entities would become party to an trade abusive relationship with the People’s Republic of China.

THE BAD: HB 88 by Rep. Royce Duplessis would plunge the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund into greater debt; HB 92 by Rep. Maggie Landry would add a potential needless expense to state government; SB 76 by Sen. Jay Luneau would create penalties too draconian for misclassification of employees for workers’ compensation purposes.