31 July 2021

Regular legislative session-plus scores, 2021

With everything dealt with, the Louisiana Legislature Log presents its 2021 Louisiana Legislature scorecard. In a first, it actually will combine both Regular and Veto Session votes to compile this since the latter really acted as an appendage to the former.

Seventeen bills were selected and weighed for computation. 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. In the case of constitutional amendments, the governor’s score is adjusted similarly.

24 July 2021

Regular legislative session through Jul. 24, 2021

The unprecedented veto session produced the results below. The scorecard will appear next week.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: SB 118 had its veto sustained by the Senate; SB 156 had its veto overridden by the Senate and sustained by the House; SB 220 had its veto sustained by the Senate; SB 224 had its veto sustained by the Senate

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: SB 203 had its veto sustained by the Senate.

03 July 2021

Regular legislative session through Jul. 3, 2021

The final bill signings and vetoes have come through. Typically, the next and last edition of this space for this session would publish next week, containing the scorecard. However, because a distinct chance exists that a historic veto override session will occur, that will be delayed at least a week pending resolution of that issue.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 103 was vetoed by the governor, HB 149 was vetoed by the governor; HB 256 was vetoed by the governor; HB 349 was vetoed by the governor; HB 438 was vetoed by the governor; HB 498 was vetoed by the governor; HB 704 was vetoed by the governor.; SB 63 was vetoed by the governor; SB 220 was vetoed by the governor; SB 221 was signed by the governor; SB 224 was vetoed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: SB 203 was vetoed by the governor.

26 June 2021

Regular legislative session through Jun. 26, 2021

The clock continues to tick on the signing or vetoing of bills.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 167 was signed by the governor; HB 211 was signed by the governor; HB 278 was signed by the governor; HB 388 was signed by the governor; HB 423 was signed by the governor; SB 4 was signed by the governor; SB 8 was signed by the governor; SB 118 was vetoed by the governor; SB 156 was vetoed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 7 was signed by the governor; HB 391 was signed by the governor; SB 148 was signed by the governor.

19 June 2021

Regular legislative session through Jun. 19, 2021

It’s all about the signing and vetoing of bills now, with constitutional amendments trickling in.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 154 was received by the secretary of state; HB 199 was received by the secretary of state; HB 280 was signed by the governor; HB 581 was signed by the governor; SB 91 was signed by the governor; SB 124 was signed by the governor; SB 159 was received by the secretary of state; SB 194 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 113 was signed by the governor; HB 183 was signed by the governor; HB 286 was signed by the governor; HB 315 was received by the secretary of state; HB 635 was signed by the governor; HB 702 was signed by the governor; SB 116 was signed by the governor.