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Gov. Edwards signs bills into law, vetoes several others

Gov. Edwards
Posted at 5:26 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:26:21-04

Gov. Edwards announced on Friday that he has signed several bills into law and has also vetoed a number of bills.

Find a full list of bills signed and vetoed below. Click each one to read the specific bill and, for those vetoed, the corresponding veto letter.

ACT 163—HB 869 [] Provides relative to requirements for permitting a solid waste incineration facility.

ACT 164—HB 12 [] Provides relative to the suspension of benefits of members of the Firefighters' Retirement System upon reemployment.

ACT 165—HB 52 [] Provides relative to the filing of oaths and bonds by registrars of voters.

ACT 166—HB 53 [] Provides relative to the election of judges for the 2nd JDC.

ACT 167—HB 70 [] Provides relative to National Guard death and disability benefits and qualifying subsequent examination.

ACT 168—HB 80 [] Provides relative to group health insurance for retired district attorneys.

ACT 169—HB 88 [] Prohibits disclosure by registrars of voters, clerks of court, and the Department of State of information related to voter registration and election management computer systems.

ACT 170—HB 102 [] Provides relative to the civil service status of employees of the Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport.

ACT 171—HB 136 [] Creates the crime of adulterating a food product.

ACT 172—HB 137 [] Repeals the crime of vagrancy.

ACT 173—HB 142 [] Provides relative to successions.

ACT 174—HB 150 [] Amends the crime of battery of a police officer to include the throwing of water, other liquids, or human waste.

ACT 175—HB 159 [] Allows nighttime hunting of outlaw quadrupeds, nutria, and beaver on private property at any time of the year.

ACT 176—HB 209 [] Authorizes a health insurance issuer to provide policy information electronically.

ACT 177—HB 210 [] Provides for a child support obligor's right to claim children for tax purposes and provides for the schedule of basic child support obligations.

ACT 178—HB 246 [] Authorizes the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to certify "organizations involved in charitable hunting and fishing activities" and waives license fees for such organizations.

ACT 179—HB 247 [] Provides relative to credit for reinsurance.

ACT 180—HB 251 [] Recreates the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission.

ACT 181—HB 263 [] Provides for insurance coverage of step therapy or fail first protocols.

ACT 182—HB 269 [] Allows for the use of the Budget Stabilization Fund for state costs associated with a federally declared disaster.

ACT 183—HB 284 [] Provides relative to financial institutions.

ACT 184—HB 292 [] Provides relative to hotel occupancy taxes levied by certain tourist commissions and convention and visitors bureaus.

ACT 185—HB 296 [] Provides for cancellation of a policy by the insured party.

ACT 186—HB 334 [] Authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a place of worship.

ACT 187—HB 353 [] Provides relative to claims for dental services made by healthcare providers.

ACT 188—HB 363 [] Creates and provides for a retired volunteer dental hygienist license.

ACT 189—HB 373 [] Provides relative to the Westminster Pine Park Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District in East Baton Rouge Parish.

ACT 190—HB 411 [] Provides relative to hunting and fishing license fees for Purple Heart recipients.

ACT 191—HB 449 [] Provides relative to behavioral health services delivered via telehealth.

ACT 192—HB 458 [] Provides relative to the execution of agreements between merchants and third-party delivery services.

ACT 193—HB 521 [] Provides for the notification process for ad valorem reappraisal.

ACT 194—HB 537 [] Provides relative to the Sulphur Industrial Development District.

ACT 195—HB 575 [] Provides relative to security for deposit of funds.

ACT 195—HB 577 [] Provides with respect to promotions within certain local police departments.

ACT 197—HB 583 [] Requires certain public trusts to obtain approval of a parish or municipal governing authority under certain circumstances prior to undertaking an authorized public function or purpose.

ACT 198—HB 584 [] Provides relative to the authorized uses of funds in the Crime Victims Reparations Fund.

ACT 199—HB 593 [] Provides relative to the prescriptive period for child support judgments.

ACT 200—HB 613 [] Provides relative to the occupational licenses of military families.

ACT 201—HB 615 [] Provides relative to donors or prospective donors of an organ or tissue.

ACT 202—HB 619 [] Authorizes the La. Board of Pharmacy to charge fees for permitting of pharmacy benefit managers and provides for the frequency with which the board may assess other fees.

ACT 203—HB 643 [] Provides relative to the supervision of parolees.

ACT 204—HB 734 [] Provides relative to access to dual enrollment.

ACT 205—HB 757 [] To change the name of the Slidell City Court.

ACT 206—HB 871 [] Revises the definition of dyslexia for purposes of testing and providing services to students

ACT 207—SB 27 [] Provides relative to board appointments and powers and duties of the Harbor Center District.

ACT 208—SB 36 [] Provides for the acceptance of a notice of candidacy.

ACT 209—SB 42 [] Provides that domicile of the Department of State is in East Baton Rouge Parish.

ACT 210—SB 75 [] Provides relative to addresses to where absentee by mail ballots are sent.

ACT 211—SB 80 [] Exempts interior blueprints and floor plans of public school buildings and facilities from the definition of "public records".

ACT 212—SB 104 [] Provides for board membership and authority of certain state museums.

ACT 213—SB 111 [] Provides that the contributions to the state retirement systems for the unfunded accrued liability shall be contained in the executive budget and as an exhibit to the general appropriation bill.

ACT 214—SB 120 [] Requires that three members of the Louisiana State Racing Commission be affiliated with the horse racing industry.

ACT 215—SB 130 [] Provides for a proposition election to determine whether sports wagering activities and operations will be permitted in a parish.

ACT 216—SB 138 [] Provides for sales and use tax collection by marketplace facilitators.

ACT 217—SB 140 [] Requires certain offices to report cyber incidents to secretary of state.

ACT 218—SB 153 [] Provides relative to continuing tutorship.

ACT 219—SB 157 [] Provides relative to audit requirements for recipients of state funds.

ACT 220—SB 183 [] Authorizes clerks of court to have law enforcement officers at polling places on election day to enforce law and authorizes law enforcement officers to enter voting location in an emergency.

ACT 221—SB 198 [] Designates the month of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

ACT 222—SB 204 [] Provides for health insurance coverage of cancer treatments.

ACT 223—SB 252 [] Provides for driver education to include instruction relative to accessible parking and access aisles.

ACT 224—SB 254 [] Provides for expansion of working conditions afforded to fire service employees employed by nonprofit corporations under contract with a fire protection district, municipality, or other political subdivision.

ACT 225—SB 318 [] Provides for TOPS-Tech award eligibility for certain military veterans.

ACT 226—SB 354 [] Provides relative to a card indicating licensing and certification of an offender prior to his release.

ACT 227—SB 390 [] Provides relative to Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

ACT 228—SB 407 [] Provides relative to the post-conviction veterans mentor program.

ACT 229—SB 424 [] Authorizes the city of Central to expropriate property by declaration for the purpose of maintaining and improving drainage.

ACT 230—SB 426 [] Requires health insurance coverage for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) diagnostic testing.

Gov. Edwards vetoed the following bills for various reasons. Click each bill number to read the corresponding veto letter.

HB 197 [] Gov. Edwards has vetoed HB 197 for two reasons. First, because Louisiana is in a constant state of emergency and there would likely never be a time when the lesser penalty is in effect. Secondly, the term “water control structure” is ill-defined in the bill.

HB 313 [] Gov. Edwards has vetoed HB 313 because such a change in the Single Business Enterprise Document could make it more difficult for creditors to pursue their claims and could inadvertently hurt small businesses, independent contractors, investors and pension funds in Louisiana.

HB 562 [] Gov. Edwards vetoed HB 562 because it is an unnecessary restriction that would limit the ability of state agencies to properly respond to events that may develop over a budget year, such as natural disasters.

HB 597 [] Gov. Edwards vetoed HB 597 because it would overrule the jurisprudential presumption of causation established by Housley v. Cerise (1991).

SB 132 []Gov. Edwards has vetoed SB 132. SB 132’s requirement that the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget approve any contract or cooperative endeavor agreement with a value greater than or equal to $25 million violates Article 2, Section 2 of the Louisiana Constitution that requires legislative approval of a purely executive branch function.

SB 395 [] Gov. Edwards has vetoed SB 395 for two reasons. First, since SB 115 is now signed, the enactment of SB 395 would lead to confusion and duplication. Secondly, there is a significant difference between SB 115 and SB 395 that raises questions of constitutionality.

SB 406 [] Gov. Edwards has vetoed SB 406. Gov. Edwards vetoed SB 406 because in its final form, the legislation prohibits an electric cooperative from providing broadband in serviced areas and at the same time requires an electric cooperative that provides broadband service in an unserved area to give other broadband service providers nondiscriminatory access to its electronic delivery system.

SB 418 [] Gov. Edwards vetoed SB 418 because it is neither a compromise nor a mandate to decrease auto insurance rates in Louisiana. Not a single insurance company testified in committee that SB 418 would reduce rates.

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