Coalition For Common Sense

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 Supporters of the Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense:

American Insurance Association
American Justice Partnership
American Sugar Cane League
American Tort Reform Association
Associated Builders & Contractors of LA, Inc.
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana
Louisiana Ammonia Producers
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Association of General Contractors
Louisiana Chemical Association
Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance
Louisiana Homebuilders Association
Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association
Louisiana Motor Transport Association
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
Louisiana Oil Field Contractors Association
Louisiana Pulp and Paper Association
Louisiana Railroads Association
Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
National Federation of Independent Business
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Property and Casualty Insurance Association of America
River Region Chamber of Commerce
Solutions Through Science
Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
St. Tammany West Chamber
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
West Monroe Chamber of Commerce

Louisiana Legislative Session

The 2020 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature begins on March 9 and adjourns June 1. A full report of legislation of interest to the Louisiana Coalition For Common Sense can be found here.

SB 395 by Sen. Cloud is scheduled to be heard on the House floor today. This legislation will increase transparency in legal advertising by requiring advertisers to disclose how much of the judgments and settlements actually go to the plaintiff, after attorney fees and court costs are considered. Many legal advertisements in the state promise “jackpot justice,” but plaintiffs only get a small portion of the amount advertised; this bill seeks to prohibit false promises of big payouts that encourage people to file lawsuits against businesses.

SB 418 by Sen. Talbot, the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2020 will be heard tomorrow on the House floor. The bill will:

  • Lower Louisiana’s jury trial threshold from $50,000 to $5,000
  • Reform the collateral source rule 
  • Repeal the direct action statute
  • Extend the prescriptions for tort actions from 1 year to 2 years for motor vehicle accidents
  • Eliminate the seat belt gag order
  • Require a mandatory 10 percent rate reduction for personal auto insurance

Please call or email House members and ask them to SUPPORT these two great pieces of legislation.

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