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    Sen. Morrell is leading the crusade to protect victims, ensure accountability, and prepare law enforcement officers to handle sexual assault cases.

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Sen. Morrell Calls for Resignation of Sen. Troy Brown

I have worked throughout my career to establish a reputation for being honest in my dealings and for speaking plainly when it comes to addressing difficult, controversial issues. In my opinion it is time for State Senator Troy Brown to step down. The State Legislature has passed scores of legislation to improve the lives of …

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Senator Morrell Honored by LIDEA for Economic Development Support

LIDEA recognizes the efforts of State Senator JP Morrel to support economic development during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. Sen. Morrell, along with other legislators across the state who are being honored, supported LIDEA’s efforts to provide tools for state, regional and local economic developers to improve the economic health of their respective communities. Sen. …

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Senator Morrell Blasts Chicago Tribune’s Offensive Opinion Piece

Dear Editor, Senator JP Morrell One thousand eight hundred and thirty three dead. Hundreds of thousands displaced, and tens of thousands who have not returned home a decade later. Hurricane Katrina was an unprecedented tragedy of epic proportion. For an editor of the Chicago Tribune to “envy” this disaster as Ms. McQuery did in her opinion piece …

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Bill Tracker:

SB25 -LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS: Provides for duration and consideration of certain matters during regular sessions of the Legislature.
Current Status: Pending Senate and Governmental Affairs Proposing to amend Article III, Section 2(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to provide relative to legislative sessions; to limit the length and provide for subject matter of regular sessions of the legislature; to provide for matters related to the conduct of such sessions; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors and provide a ballot proposition.
SB172 - MOTOR VEHICLES: Provides for persons authorized to sign forms for issuance of special license plates or hang tags for mobility impaired persons. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 26:802(A)(4) and to enact R.S. 26:802(A)(15) and 813, relative to alcoholic beverages; to provide for business relations of wholesalers and suppliers; to provide for obligations of successors; to provide for definitions; and to provide for related matters
SB254 - EMPLOYMENT: Provides that the Louisiana Equal Pay Act be applicable to men and private employers and requires government contractors to verify equal pay practices. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Labor and Industrial Relations To amend and reenact Chapter 6-A of Title 23 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 23:661 through 669, relative to equal pay; to provide with respect for public policy; to provide for definitions; to further prohibit pay discrimination; to provide for a complaint procedure, penalties, attorney fees, and damages; and to provide for related matters.
SB255 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Provide relative to supplier succession.
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 26:802(A)(4) and to enact R.S. 26:802(A)(15) and 813, relative to alcoholic beverages; to provide for business relations of wholesalers and suppliers; to provide for obligations of successors; to provide for definitions; and to provide for related matters
SB267 - ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY : Provides relative to certain entities or organizations receiving capital outlay funding. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs To enact R.S. 39:129, relative to capital outlay; to provide requirements for certain entities and organizations receiving capital outlay funding; to provide for certain terms, conditions, and procedures; and to provide for related matters.
SB268 - MOTOR VEHICLES: Establishes a fixed period after establishing residency in Louisiana to have a vehicle registered and inspected. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Transportation, Highways, and Public Works To enact R.S. 47:513.2, relative to motor vehicles; to provide a fixed period for registration and inspection of motor vehicles of new residents; and to provide for related matters.
SB301 - JUVENILE JUSTICE: Creates the Juvenile Justice Accountability and Cost Effectiveness Act of 2016 as a system to monitor and implement systems for better accountability and cost-effectiveness in the juvenile justice system. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 15:1087 and Children's Code Arts. 815, 898, 900(A), and 1509.1(A) and (C) and to enact R.S. 15:1084(E) and Part V-A of Chapter 7 of Title 15 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 15:931 through 945, relative juvenile justice; to provide for compilation and reporting of data as to accountability and cost effectiveness of the juvenile justice system; to provide for program evaluation and funding of the juvenile justice system; to provide for certain periods of detention in juvenile facilities under certain circumstances; and to provide for related matters.
SB302 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: Creates the Safe and Fair Return Act of 2016. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact Children's Code Arts. 412(C), 905, 906(A) and (B), and 908(A) and (C)(2), and R.S. 15:905(A) and (B), and to enact Children's Code Arts. 412(D)(12) and 908(C)(5), and Part III of Code Title XIV of Chapter 1 of Title 15 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 15:186.1 through 186.6; to provide relative to juvenile justice; to provide with regard to the release of records, reports or other information on juveniles in custody; to provide for the costs of production of records, reports and information; to provide for presumptions of indigence; to require periodic presentation of juveniles in custody to committing court; to provide relative to the representation of juveniles in custody and their return to the community; to create and provide for the Safe Return Program; to provide for the collection of data and periodic reporting of expenditures and funds by public defenders on the program; to develop and require standards and guidelines in representing indigents; to create the Safe Return Representation Program fund; to provide relative to access by defense counsel to juveniles in custody; and to provide for related matters.
SB303 - EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY: Enacts the Educational Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact Children's Code Article 908, R.S. 15:905(A), (B), and (C), and R.S. 17:24.4(A)(3) and (G)(1), 3911(B)(1) and (3) and (C)(2), and 3912 (A), and to enact R.S. 17:10.9, 100.1(D) and 3911(E), relative to educational programs in juvenile justice facilities; to require oversight, accountability and control of the educational services delivered in juvenile justice facilities; to provide for injunctive relief; and to provide for related matters.
SB320 - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Provides for designated seating in a courtroom. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 46:1844(G), relative to rights of crime victims and witnesses; to provide for the rights of family of crime victims; to provide for designated courtroom seating; to provide for separation of certain individuals; and to provide for related matters
SB321 - HOSPITALS: To provide for a funding formula for new hospitals that are in adversely impacted areas with limited patient access. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Health and Welfare To enact Part VI of Chapter 5-D of Title 40 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 40:1190, 1190.1, and 1190.2, relative to hospital funding; to provide legislative intent; to establish a program; to create a fund and provide for legislative appropriation; to provide rulemaking authority; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.
SB322 - VIDEO POKER: Provides relative to revocation of a video draw poker device license for certain violations. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 27:443(B)(1)(a)(ii) and (b)(iii), relative to penalties for certain violations of the Video Draw Poker Devices Control Law; to provide with respect to the revocation or suspension of a license for certain violations; to provide for a hearing; and to provide for related matters.
SB323 - VIDEO POKER: Provides with respect to fuel sales at qualified truck stop facilities. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 27:416(C), relative to the operation of video draw poker devices at qualified truck stop facilities; to provide with respect to the calculation of fuel sales; to provide for exceptions regarding the fuel sales requirements at certain facilities; and to provide for related matters
SB324 - JUVENILE JUSTICE: Creates the Raise the Age Louisiana Act of 2016 and the La. Juvenile Jurisdiction Planning and Implementation Council. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact Children's Code Arts. 305(A)(2), 306(D), and 804(1) and to enact R.S. 15:1441 through 1443, relative to juvenile jurisdiction; to provide for a child who commits a delinquent act before a certain age; to provide for transfer of juveniles to adult detention centers pending trial; to create the Juvenile Jurisdiction Planning and Implementation Council and provide for its membership, authority, duties, and responsibilities, including the power to issue subpoenas; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.
SB332 - DISCRIMINATION: Provides relative to gender identification discrimination. (8/1/16)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B To amend and reenact R.S. 4:193(B), R.S. 9:3583, R.S. 12:1041, R.S. 14:107.2(A) and 326(C), R.S. 15:1204.2(B)(4) and 1402(A), R.S. 17:111, 158(F), 1676(D), 2053(D)(3), 3402(A), and 3991(B)(3), R.S. 22:1452(C)(25), 1454(A), and 1964(7)(f), R.S. 23:332 and 2043(B)(1), R.S. 27:27.2(B) and 27.4, R.S. 37:1025(B), 1107(C), 1360.23(H), 1437(D), 1455(A)(28), 2654(C)(1), 2719, 3425(C), and 3447(C), R.S. 38:2315, R.S. 39:1411, R.S. 40:1133.1(C), 2113.4(A), 2113.6(A)(1) and (B), 2120.35(B)(5), 2125(B), 2403(H)(1), and 2504, R.S. 46:437.11(A), 1104, 1134, 1154, the introductory paragraph of 1407(B)(1)(e) and (F), 1995, and 2205, R.S. 47:37(C) and 287.755(C), R.S. 48:274.1(C), R.S. 49:145 and 146(A)(1), and R.S. 51:2231(A), 2232(3), 2235(16)(a), 2236(A), 2237(2), 2247, 2248, 2254(1) and (2), the introductory paragraph of 2255(A), 2602(A), 2606(A)(1) through (5), 2607(A) and (C), and 2608 and to enact R.S. 23:302(9) and (10), relative to discrimination; to expand the application of various provisions relative to discrimination by adding additional criteria; to provide for definitions; to remove certain activities from provisions for the attorney general to institute civil proceedings against certain corporations; and to provide for related matters.
SB31 - STUDENTS: Authorizes surveys of public school students in Orleans Parish regarding risk behaviors.
Current Status: Pending House and Governmental Affairs - Sched. for 6/2/15 To amend and reenact R.S. 17:281(A)(2), relative to instruction in sex education; to provide 3 relative to surveys of students in Orleans Parish schools; to authorize public school 4 governing authorities in Orleans Parish to allow students to be surveyed about their 5 risk behaviors; and to provide for related matters
SB37 - LAW ENFORCEMENT: Requires the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and continuously update certain training programs for peace officers and college or university police officers. (gov sig)
Current Status: Sent to Governor To enact R.S. 17:1805(H) and R.S. 40:2405.8, relative to the Council on Peace Officer 3 Standards and Training; to provide relative to peace officer training and course 4 requirements; to provide relative to sexual assault awareness training for persons 5 employed as full-time college or university police officers; to provide relative to lead 6 homicide investigator training; to provide relative to sexual assault awareness 7 training for all peace officers; to provide for the promulgation of rules and 8 regulations and the oversight thereof; and to provide for related matters.
SB53 - SPECIAL DISTRICTS: Provides relative to the Oak Island Neighborhood Improvement District within the parish of Orleans to levy and collect a parcel fee. (gov sig)
Current Status: Passed the House To amend and reenact R.S. 33:9091.15(F)(1) and (3)(a) and (c), relative to Oak Island 3 Neighborhood Improvement District within the parish of Orleans; to provide for the 4 levy of a parcel fee within the district; to provide for election notice; to provide for 5 an effective date; and to provide for related matters.
SB94 - TAX/TAXATION: Provides relative to the LA New Markets Jobs Act. (gov sig) (OR -$45,000,000 GF RV See Note)
Current Status: Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Sched. for 6/1/15 To amend and reenact the introductory paragraph of R.S. 47:6016.1(B) and R.S. 3 47:6016.1(B)(1) and (E)(5), relative to the Louisiana New Markets Jobs Act; to 4 provide for the annual calculation of a taxpayer's credit; to increase the dollar 5 limitation on the authority of the Department of Revenue to certify and allocate the 6 credits to qualified equity investments; and to provide for related matters.
SB95 - TAX/TAXATION: Authorizes certifications of motion picture investor tax credits for Indigenous Louisiana Productions which agree 75% of its expenditures for ATL services will be expended on Louisiana residents and that 75% of its jobs will employ Louisiana residents and provides special tax credit provisions for them. (gov sig)
Current Status: Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Authorizes certifications of motion picture investor tax credits for Indigenous Louisiana Productions which agree 75% of its expenditures for ATL services will be expended on Louisiana residents and that 75% of its jobs will employ Louisiana residents and provides special tax credit provisions for them.
SB96 - TAX/TAXATION: Limits all claims against income tax for motion picture investor tax credits filed during each fiscal year to $300 million, but rolls over any remaining balance to future fiscal years. (7/1/15)
Current Status: Withdrawn from the files of the Senate Limits all claims against income tax for motion picture investor tax credits filed during each fiscal year to $300 million, but rolls over any remaining balance to future fiscal years.
SB97 - TAX/TAXATION: Authorizes certain movie memorabilia donations to CRT in lieu of a first processing transfer fee for a Hollywood South program to memorialize the movie industry in Louisiana.
Current Status: Withdrawn from the files of the Senate Authorizes certain movie memorabilia donations to CRT in lieu of a first processing transfer fee for a Hollywood South program to memorialize the movie industry in Louisiana.
SB98 - TAX/TAXATION: Requires sellers of motion picture investor tax credits to qualify for and be included in a Public Registry of Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit Brokers. (1/1/16) (EGF +$60,000 GF EX See Note)
Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence - Sched. for 6/8/15 To enact R.S. 15:587(A)(1)(h) and R.S. 47:6007(C)(7), relative to motion picture investor 3 tax credits; to create the Public Registry of Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit 4 Brokers and require certain persons to qualify for and register; to provide for 5 criminal penalties; to require a criminal history background examination; and to 6 provide for related matters.
SB99 - TAX/TAXATION: Authorizes contracts for motion picture investor tax credit for five years, renewable for five more, for scripted television series if they agree to construct or lease production facilities in Louisiana and reach an agreement with LED on guaranteed expenditures and jobs for residents.
Current Status: Withdrawn from the files of the Senate To amend and reenact the introductory paragraph of R.S. 47:6007(C)(1), R.S. 47:6007(D)(1)(b), (2)(c), (d)(i), the introductory paragraph of (e), and (e)(ii), and to 4 enact R.S. 47:6007(B)(17) and (18), (D)(1)(d)(iv) and (2)(a)(ii), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to authorize renewable contracts for motion picture investor tax credits for multiple years for certain scripted television/video series; to provide for conditions and procedures for granting such contracts; and to provide for related matters
SB101 - TAX/TAXATION: Requires the Louisiana Workforce Commission to provide information to LED and LDR to verify payroll and employment of Louisiana residents for purposes of the motion picture investor tax credit. (7/1/15) (REF SEE FISC NOTE GF RV See Note)
Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence - Sched. for 6/8/15 To amend and reenact R.S. 47:6007(B)(8) and (D)(5), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to provide for verification of the payroll portion of production expenditures; to require information to be provided by the Louisiana Workforce Commission; and to provide for related matters.
SB102 - TAX/TAXATION: Limits expenditures for ATL services eligible for motion picture investor tax credits to 50% of total production expenditures in the state.
Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence To enact R.S. 47:6007(B)(17) and (C)(1)(c)(iii), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to prohibit certification for credits if certain expenditures exceed a certain percentage of production expenditures; and to provide for related matters.
SB103 - TAX/TAXATION: Excludes certain expenditures as eligible for motion picture investor tax credits.
Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence To amend and reenact R.S. 47:6007(B)(10), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to prohibit the eligibility of certain expenditures for the credit; and to provide for related matters.
SB104 - TAX/TAXATION: Limits the amount of motion picture investor tax credits which may be awarded on state-certified productions approved during a fiscal year to $300 million, but rolls over any credits not awarded to future fiscal years. (7/1/15)
Current Status: Withdrawn from the files of the Senate To amend and reenact R.S. 47:6007(C)(1)(d) and to enact R.S. 47:6007(C)(1)(e), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to limit the amount of motion picture investor tax credits which may be awarded on state-certified productions approved during a fiscal year; and to provide for related matters.
SB105 - TAX/TAXATION: Authorizes the recapture of disallowed tax credits from owners of entities created or organized for the primary purpose of receiving or selling motion picture investor tax credits.
Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence To amend and reenact R.S. 47:6007(F), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to authorize the recapture of such tax credits from owners of certain entities; and to provide for related matters.
SB106 - TAX/TAXATION: Requires recovery of motion picture investor tax credits issued in violation of the tax credit law or its administrative interpretation and those issued to an investor convicted of a criminal violation related to such tax credits.
Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence - Sched. for 6/8/15 To amend and reenact R.S. 47:6007(B)(6) and to enact R.S. 47:6007(G), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to provide for eligibility for the credits; to provide for the invalidity of credits and their recovery under certain circumstances; to provide for retroactivity and severability; and to provide for related matters
SB142 - TAX/TAXATION: Authorizes institutions of postsecondary education in the state to maintain a Movie Industry Student Registry. (1/1/16) (EG DECREASE GF RV See Note)
Current Status: Pending Senate Finance To amend and reenact R.S. 47:6007(C)(1)(c)(ii) and (D)(5), relative to motion picture investor tax credits; to authorize an additional motion picture investor tax credit for the payroll of people employed who are listed on a Movie Industry Student Registry; to provide for the creation and maintenance of such registry; and to provide for related matters.
SB149 - SPECIAL DISTRICTS: Creates and provides relative to the Law Enforcement Management District of Orleans Parish.
Current Status: Passed the House - Considered 6/8/15 To enact Chapter 29-A of Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statues of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 33:9099.21, relative to law enforcement coordination in Orleans Parish; to create and provide relative to the Law Enforcement Management District of Orleans Parish; to provide for the governing authority thereof; to provide for its powers and duties; and to provide for related matters.
SB150 - TAX/TAXATION: Extends income tax credits for the rehabilitation of certain owner occupied residential structures to 1/1/22. (gov sig) (OR DECREASE GF RV See Note)
Current Status: Pending Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs - Considered 5/25/15 To amend and reenact R.S. 47:297.6(C), relative to individual income tax credits; to extend the taxable periods in which the tax credit shall be applicable; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.
SB164 - LOCAL AGENCIES: Creates commission to study the organization and reorganization of certain law enforcement officials and agencies within Orleans Parish. (gov sig)
Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B - Sched. for 4/21/15 To enact Chapter 43 of Title 13 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 13:5991 through 5995, relative to the delivery of law enforcement services in Orleans Parish; to create and provide relative to the Orleans Parish Law Enforcement Streamline and Accountability Commission; to provide for the purposes, governance, funding, and staffing of the commission; to provide for the commission's powers, duties, and functions; to authorize the commission to adopt rules and regulations necessary for the purposes of the commission; and to provide for related matters.
SB196 - FUNDS/FUNDING: Constitutional amendment to repeal certain constitutionally dedicated and protected allocations and funds. (2/3-CA13s1(A)) (OR INCREASE GF RV See Note)
Current Status: Pending Senate Finance - Considered 5/18/15 Proposing to amend Article VII, Section 10(F)(2)(a) and (b) and (4)(d), Article VIII, Section 3 13(B), and Article XII, Section 6(A)(1) of the Constitution of Louisiana and to repeal Article VII, Sections 4(D)(4)(b), 10(F)(4)(e), (f), and (g), 10-A, 10.1, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, and 26, and Article IX, Sections 9 and 10, all relative to certain dedications of monies and special treasury funds; to amend certain provisions relative to a projected deficit; to repeal or abolish 8 certain constitutional dedications or funds; to direct the state treasurer, after paying any outstanding obligations associated with such dedications or funds, to deposit any monies remaining after the abolition of such dedications or funds into the state general fund; to provide for the disposition of any property or other assets associated with dedications which are abolished or repealed; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors and provide a ballot proposition.
SB241 - CRIME/PUNISHMENT: Provides relative to criminal penalties for marijuana possession
Current Status: Pending House Administration of Criminal Justice To amend and reenact R.S. 40:966(E) and 982, and to enact R.S. 40:966(I), relative to the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law; to provide relative to penalties for possession of marijuana when the amount possessed is twenty-eight grams or less; to prohibit the application of second and subsequent offense sentencing provisions to prior convictions for marijuana possession; and to provide for related matters.
SB242 - SEX OFFENSES: Requires criminal justice agencies to annually report certain information concerning sexual assault kits and sexually-oriented criminal offenses.
Current Status: Passed the House - Considered 6/8/15 To enact R.S. 15:623, relative to criminal justice agencies; to require criminal justice agencies to annually submit a report on certain information relative to sexual assault collection kits and sexually-oriented criminal offenses; and to provide for related matters.
SB282 - SPECIAL DISTRICTS: Repeals certain appointments to the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority
Current Status: Pending House Transportation, Highways, and Public Works - Sched. for 5/26/15 To repeal R.S. 38:330.12.1(C)(6), (7), and (8), relative to the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority; to repeal the appointment of certain members; and to provide for related matters.