Welcome to the first post of the 2021 Regular Session, as always the good, bad, and ugly bills prefiled. Given that particularly the tax-related bills interact so complexly with each other, bills could appear and disappear weekly from this list depending upon their amendments and combinations moving forward.
THE GOOD: HB 16 by Rep. Danny McCormick would reduce bureaucracy regarding the ability to carry a concealed firearm (similar bill: HB 596; SB 118); HB 20 by Rep. Blake Miguez would make more difficult private interests interfering with elections; HB 30 by Rep. Phillip DeVillier would reduce severance taxes to create a more balanced energy policy; HB 36 by DeVillier would reduce waste in the Motion Picture Production Tax Credit program; HB 40 by Rep. Mark Wright would wean off using money for transportation better suited for infrastructure from personnel costs; HB 61 by Rep. Valarie Hodges would reduce fraudulent Earned Income Tax Credit claims; HB 83 by Rep. Bryan Fontenot doesn’t allow bail decisions in one parish to override those of another; HB 103 by McCormick would reduce discrimination on the basis of coronavirus vaccine reception; HB 118 by Rep. Larry Frieman would strengthen Second Amendment protections; HB 138 by Rep. Les Farnum would strengthen ballot integrity (similar bills: HB 167, HB 581, HB 599, HB 653, SB 63, 64, SB 219, SB 220; SB 221, SB 224); HB 149 by Frieman would clarify emergency declaration powers; HB 154 by Rep. Zee Zeringue would amend the Constitution to allow for greater latitude in investments for some state funds; HB 180 by Rep. Jonathan Goudreau would reduce unemployment compensation waste; HB 203 by Rep. Stuart Bishop would amend the Constitution to change vote requirements that create more efficient use of tax exceptions; HB 204 by Rep. Christopher Turner would allow for greater flexibility in delivery of some Medicaid waiver services; HB 205 by DeVillier would amend the Constitution to eliminate the corporate federal income tax deduction (similar bills: HB 208, HB 209, HB 210, HB 274, HB 275, HB 292, HB 293, HB 454); HB 207 by Zeringue would amend the Constitution to broaden and flatten non-corporate income taxation (similar bills: HB 171, HB 206, HB 233, HB 278, HB 369, HB 376, HB 441, HB 475, HB 486, HB 488, HB 504, HB 546, SB 159), HB 211 by Rep. Mark Wright would strengthen public school choice options; HB 213 by Rep. Tony Bacala would strengthen accountability of Medicaid; HB 256 by Rep. Philip Tarver would end privileging of teacher unions under law; HB 273 by Rep. Beau Beallieu would amend the Constitution to create a more realistic expenditure limit (similar bill: HB 276); HB 279 by DeVillier would phase out the corporate franchise tax (similar bills: HB 520, HB 543, HB 547, HB 629); HB 280 by Rep. Rick Edmonds would expand access to and accountability of the state’s voucher program; HB 297 by Tarver encourages more responsible administration of mayor’s courts; HB 349 by Rep. Kathy Edmonston would prohibit the state from permitting use of potentially discriminatory medical information (similar bills: HB 498, SB 198); HB 352 by Hodges would clarify civics instruction; HB 356 by Bacala would improve Medicaid efficiency; HB 388 by Rep. Lance Harris would increase the efficiency of ballot tabulation; HB 393 by Rep. Joseph Oregon would remove impediments to wine sales; HB 423 by Julie Emerson would provide better data for policy-making concerning abortion; HB 428 by Rep. Brett Geymann would prevent federal disaster funds alone from increasing ordinary state spending; HB 438 by Miguez would prevent abuse of public records requests; HB 487 by Rep. Michael Echols would amend the Constitution to give greater latitude in addressing budgetary shortfalls; HB 496 by Harris would extend financial disclosure requirements to judges; HB 542 by Rep. Beryl Amedee would secure fairness in school sports competition (similar bill: SB 156); HB 556 by DeVillier increases school choice options; HB 564 by Rep. Ray Garofalo would generally promote intellectual rigor in education; HB 575 by Rep. Gabe Firment would protect children’s health (similar bill: SB 104); HB 578 by Amedee would provide more information to women seeking abortions; HB 579 by Amedee would prevent government intrusion on bodily autonomy in health care decisions; HB 597 by Miguez would promote greater fairness in state government contracting; HB 612 by Rep. Richard Nelson would simplify and update sales taxation rates; HB 630 by Rep. Dodie Horton would make more accountable a quasi-independent state agency; HB 650 by Rep. Thomas Pressly would depoliticize and improve operations and regulation of river port pilots and steamship pilots; SB 1 by Sen. Barrow Peacock would siphon temporary sales tax money to roads (similar bill: SB 30); SB 4 by Sen. Ed Price would remove arbitrary limits on financing campaign speech; SB 8 by Peacock would end a needless tax break; SB 91 by Peacock would facilitate estate transfers; SB 115 by Peacock would provide for sensible gun control; SB 124 by Sen. Sharon Hewitt would require national anthem performance before athletic contests in venues constructed with public dollars; SB 137 by Sen. Kirk Talbot would make progress towards lowering long-term care costs while providing better services; SB 177 by Sen. Barry Milligan would amend the Constitution to create a more efficient sales tax collection system (similar bill: HB 199); SB 194 by Sen. Gerald Boudreaux extends the existing moratorium on increasing nursing home beds until 2027; SB 235 by Hewitt would establish closed primaries without runoff for parties with a non-trivial amount of registrations for congressional elections.
THE BAD: HB 7 by Rep. Aimee Freeman adds a needless sales tax exemption; HB 67 by Rep. Mandie Landry would make prostitution legal; HB 82 by Rep. Wilford Carter divides Lake Charles City Court into election subdistricts for no good reason; HB 84 by Rep. Denise Marcelle removes a disincentive to commit felonies; HB 88 by Marcelle overregulates groundwater use around Baton Rouge; HB 113 by Rep. Foy Gadberry would weaken ethics standards (similar bill: HB 491; SB 203); HB 132 by Vincent Pierre adds needless costs to school construction; HB 136 by Rep. Barbara Carpenter weakens discipline available to younger students carrying dangerous weapons; HB 158 by Rep. Frederick Jones would weaken disincentives against commission of some crimes (similar bill: HB 490); HB 175 by Rep. Tammy Phelps would permit too much school board micromanagement of personnel decisions; HB 196 by Rep. Edmond Jordan would amend the Constitution to prohibit “involuntary servitude” in criminal punishment but doesn’t define the term legally; HB 245 by Carpenter would prohibit employers from gathering information reasonably necessary to make informed hiring decisions; HB 248 by Rep. Ted James reduces discretion too much in determining probation and parole fees; HB 282 by Freeman unnecessarily attenuates rental decisions made by landlords; HB 286 by Jones introduces too much confusion into establishing election integrity; HB 299 by James would increase the productivity-sapping aspect of the Earned Income Tax credit (similar bill: HB 300); HB 315 by Goudreau would weaken election integrity; HB 318 by DeVillier would amend the Constitution to grant too much power to an unelected board; HB 324 by Rep. Stephanie Hilferty would make school discipline less effective; HB 344 by Rep. Marcus Bryant creates too many loopholes in paying traffic fines; HB 353 by Landry would create too onerous of a burden on lawful sales of firearms; HB 378 by Rep. Sam Jenkins would make too trivial the procedures allowing a felon to earn back the privilege of voting; HB 379 by Rep. Ed Lavardain would provide for needless additional penalties for certain infractions; HB 391 by Rep. Tanner Magee would encourage hooting up (similar bills: HB 524, HB 637, HB 652); HB 402 by Jones would reduce deterrence of criminal behavior; HB 425 by Wilford Carter would amend the Constitution to increase needlessly the size of the Supreme Court (similar bill: SB 163); HB 439 by Rep. Candace Newell needlessly limits options in sexual harassment accusation resolution; HB 468 by Landry needlessly would extend more Medicaid coverage; HB 480 by Rep. Matthew Willard would circumscribe arbitrarily criteria used in hiring decisions; HB 494 by Rep. Buddy Mincey would discourage on net public school choice; HB 497 by Rep. Mary Dubuisson could permit expansion of riverboat gambling (similar bill: SB 213); HB 529 by Landry would punitively redistribute wealth and depress economic growth; HB 538 by Rep. Cedric Glover would expand the wasteful film tax credit program; HB 554 by Rep. Larry Selders would add a needless extra state holiday; HB 555 by Rep. Francis Thompson would reduce teacher accountability; HB 580 by Rep. Kenny Cox would increase paid sick leave time for some local employees; HB 604 by James would remove a deterrent to commission of felonies; HB 608 by Rep. Randal Gaines would create an additional death benefit unnecessarily paid to certain state employees; HB 610 by Rep. Rodney Lyons would discourage employment with excessive unemployment benefits; HB 614 by Geymann would subvert the purpose of the Revenue Estimating Conference and constrain too heavy the operations of the Legislature; HB 615 by Rep. Barbara Freiberg would rases gas taxes; HB 635 by Glover adds a needless option to the TOPS core requirements; HB 645 by Glover would use state transportation funding wastefully; HB 651 by Willard would create a state venture capital fund and with distribution partially on affirmative action criteria; SB 2 by Sen. Cleo Fields would mandate costly and largely ineffective environmental monitoring; SB 7 by Sen. Karen Peterson would kill jobs with a higher minimum wage (similar bill: SB 49); SB 16 by Peterson would increase corrections costs; SB 24 by Price would increase pension liabilities; SB 51 by Sen. Troy Carter creates an unneeded tax break (similar bill: SB 56); SB 55 by Sen. Jay Luneau would place counterproductive restrictions on calculating vehicle insurance rates (similar bill: HB 467); SB 116 by Sen. Greg Tarver would reduce accountability of some welfare recipients; SB 148 by Sen. Page Cortez would create an inefficient technical school student award program.
THE UGLY: HB 63 by Rep. Rhonda Butler would allow members of a small fire protection district to make $100 per meeting; HB 133 by Rep. Roy Daryl Adams creates a needless exception for a specific appointee; HB 163 by Rep. Ken Brass carves out a needless new small retirement fund; HB 301 by Landry would create a special tax credit for funeral expenses related to a rare form of death; why (similar bill: HB 513)? HB 405 by Jordan would allow taxpayer payment of planning commissioners of the mighty town of Brusly; HB 634 by Glover would shift the appointment of Shreveport’s police and firefighter civil service board’s secretary from the city to the board.