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#AskJP Episode 5 dives into marijuana reform legislation

In this episode, Senator JP Morrell (District 3) talks marijuana reform, responding to a number of questions submitted to #AskJP. He also lays out the method to the madness in the Senate’s budget strategies and urges citizens to read “Burden of Proof: Lyndsi Lambert’s story” a series on rape victim’s experience published by NOLA.com | …

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Sex ed gets closer to reality in New Orleans

Morrell’s bill would allow anonymous health surveys in schools By Alex Woodward, The Gambit New Orleans public middle and high schools are a step closer to receiving comprehensive sex education. State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, was able to push through his Senate Bill 31 allowing anonymous student health risk surveys in schools. The surveys are …

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Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate

By Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A proposal to soften Louisiana’s harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in theLouisiana Legislature. The Senate voted 27-12 Monday (May 25) to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession dealing with amounts less than 2.5 pounds. The measure’s sponsor, J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said …

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Bill Tracker:

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.

SB255 - POSTSECONDARY ED: Provides relative to sexual assault on college campuses.

Current Status: Pending Senate concurrence - Sched. for 6/8/15

To enact R.S. 17:3351(H) and Part XII of Chapter 26 of Title 17 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 17:3399.11 through 3399.15, relative to sexual assault on campuses of postsecondary institutions; to provide for the general powers, duties, and functions of postsecondary management boards; to require annual anonymous sexual assault climate surveys to be conducted; to provide for procedures; to provide for reporting; 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.