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2015 Louisiana Legislative Session Final Report

The 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session ended June 11th at 6:00 p.m.  There were a total of 1,132 bills filed.  Of those bills, Associated Builders and Contractors tracked 111.  Below is a recap of activity on some of the bills of note tracked by ABC during the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

 

ABC Positions:

 

S1 – Aggressive support to pass

S2 – Support but other group (or groups) has lead

M – Monitor for amendments

O2 – Oppose but other group (or groups) has lead

O1 – Aggressive opposition to defeat

 

CONSTRUCTION

 

House Bill 622, by Representative Vincent Pierre Circumvents the Louisiana Public Bid Law by allowing the city of Lafayette, parish of Lafayette, and the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government to utilize construction time and life cycle cost as factors in determining the lowest responsive bidder, in addition to bid cost.  ABC testified in opposition to this bill.  (ABC’s Position O1).  ABC Win HB 622 failed House Transportation Committee passage.

 

House Bill 387, by Representative Walt Leger Extends the sunset for the tax credit for the rehabilitation of nonresidential historic structures from Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019, provides for eligibility requirements, and adds a $45 million cap for the amount of credits allowed in a taxable year.  (ABC’s Position S2ABC Win HB 387 was signed by the Governor and has become Act 108 of the 2015 Legislative Session. 

 

House Bill 679, by Representative Karen St. Germain Creates the Louisiana Safety Device Pilot Program by instituting unnecessary rules, regulations, requirements, and reporting mechanisms to be followed by contractors and business owners when installing or maintaining conveyance devices.  (ABC’s Position O2ABC Win HB 679 failed passage in the House Commerce Committee. 

 

Senate Bill 66, by Senator Gary Smith Extends the sunset for Louisiana Ports to utilize Design-Build Construction on certain port projects from 2015 to 2020.  (ABC’s Position M).  ABC closely monitored SB66 for amendments expanding the scope of the bill as filed.  SB 66 passed, was signed by the Governor and became Act 156 of the 2015 Legislative Session.

 

Senate Bill 162, by Senator Gary Smith Establishes a Construction Manager at Risk (CM@R) pilot program that is limited to ten projects, each estimated to cost three million dollars or more. Pilot projects must be submitted by name for review and approval by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways, and public works. SB 162 further mandates that a public entity is allowed only one CM@R pilot project.  (ABC’s Position M).  SB 162 was signed by the Governor and has become Act 163 of the 2015 Legislative Session.

 

BUSINESS

 

House Bills 87 and 182, by Representatives Barbara Norton and Kenny Cox Create new causes of action for employers relating to gender discrimination by providing that pay equity shall extend to all persons employed in the state of Louisiana.  These bills differ from current law by defining equal work as “similar” work rather than “same” work and adding unintentional pay discrepancy as a new cause of action against an employer.  (ABC’s Positions O1ABC Win HB’s 87 and 182 were involuntarily deferred in the House Labor Committee. 

 

House Bill 418, by Representative Stuart Bishop Prohibits public entities from automatically withdrawing union dues from public employees’ paychecks and submitting those dues to labor unions.  (ABC’s Position S1).  ABC Loss HB 418 passed by a 9-6 vote in the House Labor Committee but, due to opposition, was not heard on the House Floor.

 

House Bill 464 by Representative Kirk Talbot Provides that a franchisee and his employees are not employees of the franchisor and further provides that any agreement that an employer enters into with the U.S. Dept. of Labor cannot be used by the state for an investigation or judicial or administrative determination for any purpose, including whether the franchisee's employees are employed by the franchisor.  (ABC’s Position S2ABC Win HB 464 passed and has become Act 404 of the 2015 Legislative Session. 

 

Senate Bill 84, by Senator Karen Carter Peterson Creates the "Louisiana Family and Medical Leave Benefits Act" and provides new definitions for “covered individual, employer, family member, health condition, etc. . . .”  SB 84 further mandates insurance benefit determinations and prolongs paid leave.  (ABC Position O1ABC Win SB 84 failed passage in the Senate Labor Committee. 

 

House Bill 612, by Representative Austin Badon Adds definitions of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression" for purposes of the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law and provisions for unlawful discrimination in employment.  HB 612 defines "sexual orientation" as an individual's actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.   It further defines "gender identity or expression" as a gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth.  (ABC’s Position O1ABC Win Due to opposition HB 612 was not heard in Committee. 

 

Senate Bill 81, by Senator Karen Carter Peterson Requires employers to provide paid sick leave benefits for all full-time employees and expands the scope of sick leave provisions to 7 new required allowances.  (ABC’s Position O1ABC Win SB 81 was voluntarily deferred in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. 

 

Senate Bill 206, by Senator Ben Nevers Provides for Direct Action Lawsuits against an insurer alone should the insured meet specific employee threshold numbers.  (ABC’s Position O2ABC Win Despite SB 206 passing both Senate Committee and the Senate Floor, it failed passage in the House Civil Law Committee. 

 

Senate Bill 219, by Senator Ed Murray Creates new causes of action related to gender discrimination.  SB 219 greatly surpasses federal laws and current state laws which provide legal remedies for individuals discriminated against based on gender.   SB 219 redefines equal work as “similar” work rather than “same” work and adds unintentional pay discrepancy as a new cause of action against an employer.  (ABC’s Position O1ABC Win After passing out of Senate Committee and off of the Senate Floor, SB 219 was involuntarily deferred in the House Labor Committee. 

 

WAGES

 

House Bill 677, by Representative Marcus Hunter Establishes a state minimum wage and repeals the prohibition on local variation in legally required minimum wage rates and local mandates on vacation or sick leave.  HB 677 further provides definitions, including the definition of "employee" to include incarcerated workers.  (ABC’s Position O1ABC Win HB 677 was involuntarily deferred in the House Labor Committee.

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING

 

House Bill 250, by Representative Walt Leger Authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.   These additional deposits shall not be factored into the determination of the unencumbered fund balance.  (ABC’s Position S2) ABC Win HB 250 passed and has become Act 385 of the 2015 Legislative Session.

 

House Bill 838, by Representative Edward Price Provides that a student may only use a TOPS-Tech Award for degrees and programs aligned with state workforce priorities as determined by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.  HB 838 is applicable beginning with students graduating from high school in the 2016-17 school year.  (ABC’s Position S2).  ABC Win HB 838 was signed by the Governor and became Act 230 of the 2015 Legislative Session.

 

 

 **If you would like to see additional information about any of these bills you can go to www.legis.la.gov  or contact me personally at jwalters@abcpelican.com.

Week 8 Update

ABC-LA Bills of Note for this 8th Week of the 2015 Legislative Session: 

 

House Bill 838, by Representative Price, provides that students may use a TOPS-Tech award if enrolled in associate's degree (academic or nonacademic) or shorter-term training and education programs that the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council determine are aligned with state workforce priorities.  HB 838 passed without objection in the Senate Education Committee this week and is set to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee today.  ABC is supporting HB 838.

 

Senate Bill 152, by Senator Long, moves the regulation of home service contract providers from the Louisiana Department of Insurance to the State Licensing Board for Contractors.  SB 152 was amended to remove the proposed regulation from the State Licensing Board for Contractors to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.  SB 152 passed on the House Floor this week and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.  ABC is monitoring SB 152.

 

Senate Bill 162, by Senator Gary Smith, establishes a Construction Manager at Risk (CM@R) pilot program that is limited to ten projects, each estimated to cost three million dollars or more. Pilot projects must be submitted by name for review and approval by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways, and public works.  HB 162 also states a public entity is allowed only one CM@R pilot project.  SB 162 Passed on the House Floor by a 95-0 vote.  ABC is monitoring SB 162.

 

House Bill 250, by Representative Leger, authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.  HB 250 passed in the Senate Finance Committee and is set to be heard on the Senate Floor.  ABC is supporting HB 250.

 

House Bill 162, by Representative Lorusso, provides that the Louisiana National Guard may authorize the use of federal contracting by the National Guard Bureau through the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for design and construction services on state lands in certain circumstances.  ABC worked with Representative Lorusso and the Louisiana National Guard to add amendments to this bill limiting the size and timeframe under which allowance is permitted.  HB 162 passed unanimously on the House Floor and is awaiting signature by the Governor.  ABC is monitoring HB 172.

 

Senate Bill 206, by Senator Ben Nevers, Provides for Direct Action against an insurer alone should the insured meet specific employee threshold numbers.  SB 206 passed by a 31-0 vote on the Senate Floor last week and failed passage in the House Civil Law Committee this week.  ABC was opposed to SB 206.

 

House Bill 387, by Representative Walt Leger, extends the sunset for the tax credit for the rehabilitation of nonresidential historic structures from Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2022 and provides for eligibility requirements.  HB 387 passed 72-24 on the House Floor last week and is set to be heard next week in the Senate Finance Committee.  ABC is supporting HB 387.

 

House Bill 632, by Representative St. Germain, provides that it is unlawful for any employer to refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions of employment, segregate, limit, or classify his employees or applicants for employment due to an individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  HB 612 was voluntarily deferred in the House Civil Law Committee last week and is likely dead for the session.  ABC is opposed to HB 632.

 

House Bill 464, by Representative Talbot, provides that a franchisee and his employees are not employees of the franchisor and further provides that any agreement that an employer enters into with the U.S. Dept. of Labor cannot be used by the state for an investigation or judicial or administrative determination for any purpose, including whether the franchisee's employees are employed by the franchisor.  HB 464 passed by a 4-1 vote in the Senate Labor Committee this week and is set to be heard on the Senate Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 464.

 

Senate Bill 66, by Senator Gary Smith, extends the time for Louisiana ports to utilize the design-build method pilot program for five years from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2020.  SB 66 passed on the House floor by an 84-2 vote.  ABC is monitoring SB 66.

 

 

 **If you would like to see additional information about any of these bills you can go to www.legis.la.gov  or contact me personally at jwalters@abcpelican.com.

Week 7 Update

ABC-LA Bills of Note for this 7th Week of the 2015 Legislative Session: 

House Bill 677, by Representative Hunter, establishes a state minimum wage and repeals the prohibition on local variation in legally required minimum wage rates and local mandates on vacation or sick leave and provides definitions, including the definition of "employee" to include incarcerated workers.  HB 677 was involuntarily deferred in the House Labor Committee last week.   ABC was opposed to HB 677.

Senate Bill 129, by Senator Ben Nevers, Authorizes local public school districts to enter into agreements with higher-performing districts to manage and operate lower-performing schools.  SB 129 passed 10-0 in the House Education Committee last week and is set to be heard on the House Floor this week.  ABC is supporting SB 129.

Senate Bill 219, by Senator Ed Murray, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  SB 219 was involuntarily deferred in the House Labor Committee last week.  ABC was opposed to SB 219.

House Bill 250, by Representative Leger, authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.  HB 250 passed in the Senate Finance Committee and is set to be heard on the Senate Floor this week.  ABC is supporting HB 250.

House Bill 612, by Representative Badon, adds definitions of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression" for purposes of the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law and provisions for unlawful discrimination in employment.  HB 612 defines "sexual orientation" as an individual's actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.   It further defines "gender identity or expression" as a gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth.  HB 612 was voluntarily deferred in the House Civil Law Committee last week and is set to be heard this week.  ABC is opposed to HB 612.

House Bill 162, by Representative Lorusso, provides that the Louisiana National Guard may authorize the use of federal contracting by the National Guard Bureau through the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for design and construction services on state lands in certain circumstances.  ABC worked with Representative Lorusso and the Louisiana National Guard to add amendments to this bill limiting the size and timeframe under which allowance is permitted.  HB 162 passed unanimously on the Senate Floor with amendments and is scheduled for House concurrence this week.  ABC is monitoring HB 172.

House Bill 166, by Representative Bouie, requires the transfer of schools that are no longer failing from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.  HB 166 failed House Floor passage by a 31-60 vote.  ABC opposed HB 166.

Senate Bill 206, by Senator Ben Nevers, Provides for Direct Action against an insurer alone should the insured meet specific employee threshold numbers.  SB 206 passed by a 31-0 vote on the Senate Floor last week and is set to be heard in the House Civil Law Committee this week.  ABC is opposed to SB 206.

House Bill 387, by Representative Walt Leger, extends the sunset for the tax credit for the rehabilitation of nonresidential historic structures from Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2022 and provides for eligibility requirements.  HB 387 passed 72-24 on the House Floor last week and is awaiting Senate Committee Referral.  ABC is supporting HB 387.

House Bill 418, by Representative Stuart Bishop, prohibits public entities from withdrawing union dues from public employees’ paychecks and submitting those dues to labor unions.  HB 419 passed favorably in the House Labor Committee, and was set to be heard on the House Floor this week but was temporarily returned to the calendar.  ABC is supporting HB 418.

House Bill 632, by Representative St. Germain, provides that it is unlawful for any employer to refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions of employment, segregate, limit, or classify his employees or applicants for employment due to an individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  HB 612 was voluntarily deferred in the House Civil Law Committee last week and is set to be heard this week.  ABC is opposed to HB 632.

House Bill 464, by Representative Talbot, provides that a franchisee and his employees are not employees of the franchisor and further provides that any agreement that an employer enters into with the U.S. Dept. of Labor cannot be used by the state for an investigation or judicial or administrative determination for any purpose, including whether the franchisee's employees are employed by the franchisor.  HB 464 passed 100-0 on the House Floor last and is set to be heard in the Senate Labor Committee this week.  ABC is supporting HB 464.

Senate Bill 162, by Senator Gary Smith, establishes a Construction Manager at Risk (CM@R) pilot program that is limited to ten projects, each estimated to cost three million dollars or more. Pilot projects must be submitted by name for review and approval by the House and Senate Transportation Committees.  SB 162 passed without objection in the House Transportation Committee last week and is set to be heard on the House Floor this week.  ABC is monitoring SB 162.

WEEK 6 UPDATE

ABC-LA Bills of Note for this 6th Week of the 2015 Legislative Session: 

 

House Bill 250, by Representative Leger, authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.  HB 250 passed in the Senate Finance Committee and is set to be heard on the Senate Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 250.

 

House Bill 612, by Representative Badon, add definitions of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression" for purposes of the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law and provisions for unlawful discrimination in employment.  HB 612 defines "sexual orientation" as an individual's actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.   It further defines "gender identity or expression" as a gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth.  HB 612 was voluntarily deferred in the House Civil Law Committee and is set to be heard next week.  ABC is opposed to HB 612.

 

House Bill 162, by Representative Lorusso, provides that the Louisiana National Guard may authorize the use of federal contracting by the National Guard Bureau through the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for design and construction services on state lands in certain circumstances.  ABC worked with Representative Lorusso and the Louisiana National Guard to add amendments to this bill limiting the size and timeframe under which allowance is permitted.  HB 162 passed favorably in the Senate Judiciary B Committee and is set to be heard on the Senate Floor next week.  ABC is monitoring HB 172.

 

House Bill 166, by Representative Bouie, requires the transfer of schools that are no longer failing from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.  HB 166 failed House Floor passage by a 60-31 vote.  ABC opposed HB 166.

 

House Bill 387, by Representative Walt Leger, extends the sunset for the tax credit for the rehabilitation of nonresidential historic structures from Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2022 and provides for eligibility requirements.  HB 387 passed without objection in the House Ways & Means Committee this week and is scheduled to be heard on the House Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 387.

 

House Bill 418, by Representative Stuart Bishop, prohibits public entities from withdrawing union dues from public employees’ paychecks and submitting those dues to labor unions.  HB 419 passed favorably in the House Labor Committee, and was set to be heard on the House Floor this week but was temporarily returned to the calendar.  ABC is supporting HB 418.

 

House Bill 632, by Representative St. Germain, provides that it is unlawful for any employer to refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions of employment, segregate, limit, or classify his employees or applicants for employment due to an individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  HB 612 was voluntarily deferred in the House Civil Law Committee and is set to be heard next week.  ABC is opposed to HB 632.

 

House Bill 464, by Representative Talbot, provides that a franchisee and his employees are not employees of the franchisor and further provides that any agreement that an employer enters into with the U.S. Dept. of Labor cannot be used by the state for an investigation or judicial or administrative determination for any purpose, including whether the franchisee's employees are employed by the franchisor.  HB464 passed favorably in the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and is set to be heard on the House Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 464.

 

Senate Bill 219, by Senator Ed Murray, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  SB 219 passed on the Senate Floor by a 21-16 vote and is scheduled to be heard in the House Labor Committee next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 219.

 

House Bill 677, by Representative Hunter, establishes a state minimum wage and repeals the prohibition on local variation in legally required minimum wage rates and local mandates on vacation or sick leave and provides definitions, including the definition of "employee" to include incarcerated workers.  HB 677 was set to be heard in the House Labor Committee this week.  The House Labor Committee postponed its weekly meeting until next week.  ABC is opposed to HB 677.

 

 Senate Bill 219, by Senator Ed Murray, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  SB 219 passed on the Senate Floor by a 21-16 vote and is set to be heard in the House Labor Committee next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 219.

 

Senate Bill 162, by Senator Gary Smith, establishes a Construction Manager at Risk (CM@R) pilot program that is limited to ten projects, each estimated to cost three million dollars or more. Pilot projects must be submitted by name for review and approval by the House and Senate Transportation Committees.  SB 162 passed without objection in the House Transportation Committee this week and is set to be heard on the House Floor next week.  ABC is monitoring SB 162.

 

 

 **If you would like to see additional information about any of these bills you can go to www.legis.la.gov  or contact me personally at jwalters@abcpelican.com.

Week 5 Update

ABC-LA Bills of Note for this 5th Week of the 2015 Legislative Session: 

 

Senate Bill 219, by Senator Ed Murray, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  SB 219 passed on the Senate Floor by a 21-16 vote and is scheduled to be heard in the House Labor Committee next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 219.

 

Senate Bill 81, by Senator Peterson, requires employers to provide paid sick leave benefits for all full-time employees and expands the scope of sick leave provisions to 7 new required allowances.  SB 81 was involuntarily deferred in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.  ABC was opposed to SB 81.

 

House Bill 250, by Representative Leger, authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.  HB 250 passed 92-0 on the House Floor and is set to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.  ABC is supporting HB 250.

 

Senate Bill 84, by Senator Peterson, creates the "Louisiana Family and Medical Leave Benefits Act" and provides new definitions for “covered individual, employer, family member, health condition. . . .”  SB 84 was voluntarily deferred in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee this week and has been scheduled to be heard in committee next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 84.

 

House Bill 162, by Representative Lorusso, provides that the Louisiana National Guard may authorize the use of federal contracting by the National Guard Bureau through the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for design and construction services on state lands in certain circumstances.  ABC worked with Representative Lorusso and the Louisiana National Guard to add amendments to this bill limiting the size and timeframe under which allowance is permitted.  HB 162 passed by a 99-0 vote on the House Floor and is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary B Committee.  ABC is monitoring HB 172.

 

House Bill 418, by Representative Stuart Bishop, prohibits public entities from withdrawing union dues from public employees’ paychecks and submitting those dues to labor unions.  HB 419 passed favorably in the House Labor Committee, and was set to be heard on the House Floor this week but was temporarily returned to the calendar.  ABC is supporting HB 418.

 

A package of LABI bills (HB293 by Representative Barras, HB294 by Representative Stuart Bishop, HB698 by Representative Abramson) supported by the much of the business community dealing with judicial transparency was heard in the House Judiciary Committee this week.   None of the bills made it out of committee.  ABC was supporting the package of bills.

 

Senate Bill 464, by Representative Talbot, provides that a franchisee and his employees are not employees of the franchisor and further provides that any agreement that an employer enters into with the U.S. Dept. of Labor cannot be used by the state for an investigation or judicial or administrative determination for any purpose, including whether the franchisee's employees are employed by the franchisor.  HB464 passed favorably in the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee this week and is set to be heard on the House Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 464.

 

 

 **If you would like to see additional information about any of these bills you can go to www.legis.la.gov  or contact me personally at jwalters@abcpelican.com.

Week 4 Update

ABC-LA Bills of Note for this 4th Week of the 2015 Legislative Session:

 

House Bill 250, by Representative Leger, authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.  HB 250 passed 92-0 on the House Floor and is set to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee.  ABC is supporting HB 250.

 

Senate Bill 219, by Senator Ed Murray, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  SB 219 passed without objection in the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee and is set to be heard on the Senate Floor next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 219.

 

House Bill 162, by Representative Lorusso, provides that the Louisiana National Guard may authorize the use of federal contracting by the National Guard Bureau through the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for design and construction services on state lands in certain circumstances.  ABC worked with Representative Lorusso and the Louisiana National Guard to add amendments to this bill limiting the size and timeframe under which allowance is permitted.  HB 162 passed by a 99-0 vote on the House Floor and is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary B Committee.  ABC is monitoring HB 172.

 

Senate Bill 201, by Senator Rick Gallot, gives citizens of Louisiana the power to propose statutes and constitutional amendments via direct local ballot initiatives and present such initiatives to the electorate.  Senate Bill 201 was involuntarily deferred in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee this week.  ABC was opposed to SB 201.

 

Senate Bill 81, by Senator Peterson, requires employers to provide paid sick leave benefits for all full-time employees and expands the scope of sick leave provisions to 7 new required allowances.  SB 81 was voluntarily deferred in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee this week and has been scheduled to be heard in committee next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 81.

 

Senate Bill 464, by Representative Talbot, provides that a franchisee and his employees are not employees of the franchisor and further provides that any agreement that an employer enters into with the U.S. Dept. of Labor cannot be used by the state for an investigation or judicial or administrative determination for any purpose, including whether the franchisee's employees are employed by the franchisor.  HB464 was schedule to be heard in the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee this week.  The committee meeting was cancelled and is set meet next week.  ABC is supporting HB 464.

 

Senate Bill 84, by Senator Peterson, creates the "Louisiana Family and Medical Leave Benefits Act" and provides new definitions for “covered individual, employer, family member, health condition. . . .”  SB 84 was voluntarily deferred in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee this week and has been scheduled to be heard in committee next week.  ABC is opposed to SB 84.

 

House Bill 418, by Representative Stuart Bishop, prohibits public entities from automatically withdrawing union dues from public employees’ paychecks and submitting those dues to labor unions.  HB 419 passed favorably in the House Labor Committee and is set to be heard on the House Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 418.

 

 **If you would like to see additional information about any of these bills you can go to www.legis.la.gov  or contact me directly at jwalters@abcpelican.com.

 

Week 3 Update

With only 45 work days allowed during the 60 day session, it has been a very active first few weeks for ABC at the State Capitol. The majority of the debate this session has surrounded the state budget shortfall. However, new revenue sources, taxes, and many bills are quietly making their way through the legislative process as possible solutions. 

 

Join Us:

 

Do you want our collective voice to be heard loud and clear?  Please join us for our 2015 ABC-LA Legislative Reception this Monday, May 4th beginning at 6:00 pm at the Jimmie Davis House in the shadows of the State Capitol.  We hope you will be able to make it to this event. We are expecting a great turnout of both ABC Members and Legislators.  It is a great opportunity to visit with your elected officials and to let the voice of the Merit Shop be heard.  If you have yet to register, please do so as soon as possible.  I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

ABC-LA Bills of Note for this 3rd Week of the 2015 Legislative Session:

 

 

House Bill 87, by Representative Barbara Norton, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  HB87 died in the House Labor Committee.  ABC was opposed to HB 87.

 

House Bill 182, by Representative Cox, creates a new cause of action related to gender discrimination by providing that pay equality shall extend to all persons employed in the State of Louisiana.  HB182 died in the House Labor Committee.  ABC was opposed to HB 182.

 

House Bill 250, by Representative Leger, authorizes donations, appropriations, or dedications to be deposited in and credited into the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund.  HB 250 passed 18-0 in the House Appropriations Committee this week and is set to be heard on the House Floor next week.  ABC is supporting HB 250.

 

House Bill 622, by Representative Pierre, allows the city of Lafayette, the parish of Lafayette, and the Lafayette City Parish Consolidated Government to award public works contracts on the basis of construction time and life cycle cost, in addition to bid cost.  ABC testified in opposition to this bill in the House Transportation Committee.  HB 622 failed passage in committee.  ABC was opposed to HB 622.

 

House Bill 679, by Representative St. Germain, creates the Conveyance Devices Safety Pilot Program which requires the owner of a conveyance device to cease operating the device after an accident involving injury and requires owners to report to the state fire marshal any injury or death occurring on a covered conveyance, and requires the state fire marshal to issue an immediate cease and desist order to the owner of the conveyance and investigate the injury or death within 24 hours of receipt of the report.  HB 679 failed passage in the House Commerce Committee.  ABC was opposed to HB 679.

 

House Bill 172, by Representative Lorusso, provides that the Louisiana National Guard may authorize the use of federal contracting by the National Guard Bureau through the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for design and construction services on state lands in certain circumstances.  ABC worked with Representative Lorusso and the Louisiana National Guard to add amendments to this bill limiting the size and timeframe under which allowance is permitted.  ABC is monitoring HB 172.

 

House Bill 418, by Representative Stuart Bishop, prohibits public entities from automatically withdrawing union dues from public employees’ paychecks and submitting those dues to labor unions.  HB 419 passed favorably in the House Labor Committee and is set to be heard on the House Floor as early as next week.  ABC is supporting HB 418.

 

 

 **If you would like to see additional information about any of these bills you can go to www.legis.la.gov  or contact me directly at jwalters@abcpelican.com.