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Regular Legislative Session

Bill Tracking • May 6, 2022

 

Below is a summary of legislation for the 2022 Regular Legislative Session relative to civil law, civil procedure and other matters of interest to the Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense.

LCCS is also monitoring several vaccine and healthcare related bills that have the potential to create new causes of action. Those bills are listed after the senate bills in a separate category. 

Click the bill number to review each piece of legislation. As legislation moves through the process, you will find the bill history that can direct you to all action taken on each bill. LCCS will provide a weekly report on session activity.

The session must adjourn by June 6 at 6:00pm.

HB 13 by Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville

Provides for a prescriptive period for delictual actions for damages arising from the operation of a vehicle 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This bill increases the prescriptive period for tort actions regarding damages sustained during the operation or control of a vehicle from one year to two years. 

Status: Vote failed to pass the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure on April 5.

 

HB 50 by Rep. Larry Frieman, R-Covington

Provides relative to notice of signing of certain court orders 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

The bill provides for the mailing procedures of the notice of the signing of an order of the court.

Status: Voluntarily deferred March 21 by the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 65 by Rep. Zee Zeringue, R-Houma

Provides with respect to annual financial reports on district and local court funding and expenses 

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

The proposed law requires every court by October 1 of each year to submit an annual financial report to the Louisiana Supreme Court. This budget document should be drafted to show itemized revenues and expenditures for district courts, courts of appeal, city courts, municipal courts and traffic courts. 

Status: Passed the House 97-2 on May 3 and awaiting Senate committee referral.

 

HB 91 by Rep. Nicholas Muscarello, R-Hammond

Provides relative to testimony presented by audio-visual means 

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This proposed law authorizes the presentation of witness testimony by any audio-visual means if the witness is beyond the subpoena power of the court or when compelling circumstances are shown 

Status: Hearing scheduled for May 10 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A. 

 

HB 109 by Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero

Provides relative to prescription of delictual actions 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This bill increases the one-year prescriptive period for delictual actions to a two-year prescriptive period.

Status: Removed from the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure agenda for April 5. 

 

HB 116 by Rep. Robby Carter, R-Amite

Provides for the exclusion of advertising expenses in setting rates or making rate filings 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This bill prohibits the use of advertising expenses by the insurer in setting rates or making rate filings with the commissioner of insurance

Status: Hearing scheduled May 11 in the House Committee on Insurance.

 

HB 124 by Rep. Muscarello

Provides relative to certain judicial proceedings conducted by audio-visual means 

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

The bill authorizes hearings and judge trials to be conducted by any audio-visual means.

Status: Hearing scheduled for May 10 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A. 

 

HB 130 by Rep. Beau Beaullieu, R-New Iberia

Provides relative to motor vehicle crash reports 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This proposed legislation requires motor vehicle accident reports be made available to healthcare providers who provided healthcare services to the party that is a subject of the report. 

Status: Passed the House 100-0 on April 6 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation.

 

HB 142 by Rep. Laurie Schlegel, R-Metairie

Provides for liability for publishers and distributors of material harmful to minors 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This bill creates a private right of action against commercial entities who publish or distribute information harmful to minors on the internet without requiring reasonable age verification methods. 

Status: Passed the House 96-1 on April 26 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

HB 164 by Rep. Thomas Pressly, R-Shreveport

Provides relative to electronic filing of documents 

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This bill provides for electronic filing acceptance at the time filing was received and that the equipment used to accept facsimile filings cannot be intentionally turned off or disconnected. 

Status: Reported favorably as amended May 3 by the Senate Committee on Judiciary A and awaiting debate on the Senate floor.

 

HB 184 by Rep. Greg Miller, R-Norco

Provides relative to the recusal of judges 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill was requested by the Louisiana State Law Institute and requires a district judge who is the subject of a motion to either recuse himself or request that the supreme court appoint an ad hoc judge to hear the motion, and this request must be done no later than seven days after the district judge's receipt of the motion. It also provides that if a motion to recuse a judge of a court of appeal fails to set forth a ground for recusal, the judge who is the subject of the motion may deny it without the appointment of another judge or hearing, but the judge shall give written reasons for the denial. Proposed law continues to allow a judge to recuse himself in any case which a ground for recusal exists but adds the comment that the fact that a judicial complaint has been filed against the judge by one of the parties does not constitute a ground for recusal.  

Status: Reported favorably May 3 by the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

HB 224 by Rep. Greg Miller

Provides relative to meetings of the Louisiana State Law Institute 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill, requested by the Louisiana State Law Institute, sets the procedures for meetings of the Louisiana State Law Institute Council, committees, and subcommittees 

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.

 

HB 239 by Rep. Frieman

Provides relative to stays in workers' compensation cases

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This proposed law provides that in the case of workers’ compensation stays, the judge shall order a stay of the proceeding on a claim and the stay shall remain in effect if both parties agree. Telephone status conferences shall be set at intervals at the direction of the workers' compensation judge if a motion to stay is granted.

Status: Passed the House 91-0 on May 2 and referred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.

 

HB 247 by Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma

Provides relative to the recusal of judges

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill, filed at the request of the Louisiana State Law Institute, provides additions to grounds for recusal and the procedures for implementation. It also makes technical changes with respect to recusal of judges and adds several comments to this portion of law. 

Status: Reported favorably May 3 by the Senate Committee on Judiciary C. 

 

HB 264 by Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport

Provides for the service of the original petition with the amended petition 

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This bill provides that an added defendant shall be served with the original and amended or supplemental petitions. 

Status: Hearing scheduled May 10 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

HB 316 by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans

Provides for the transmission of certain documents and recordings from insurers to insureds in times of a gubernatorially declared disaster

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This proposed law provides that in the case of a gubernatorially declared disaster, an insurer shall provide the insured a copy of his insurance policy and a copy of the policyholder bill of rights upon initial adjustment of a property damage claim, other than an automobile insurance claim. 

Status: Reported favorably as amended on May 3 by the House Committee on Insurance and awaiting House floor debate.

 

HB 342 by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs

Provides relative to discrimination by financial institutions 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

Prohibits financial institutions from denying financial services to a person based upon a person's political affiliation or any environmental, social, or governmental credit factors.

Status: Hearing scheduled for May 9 in the House Committee on Commerce.

 

HB 351 by Rep. Edmond Jordan

Prohibits the use of certain rating factors in automobile insurance underwriting 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

The bill prohibits risk classification based on a person's credit information, education level, employment, trade, business, occupation, or profession. 

Status: Hearing scheduled May 11 in the House Committee on Insurance.

 

HB 366 by Rep. Frieman

Provides relative to the mandatory retirement age for judges

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This constitutional amendment increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 72. 

Status: Reported favorably May 5 by the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

HB 368 by Rep. Frieman

Provides for judicial review of cases related to the Louisiana Insurance Code that involve the Department of Insurance

LCCS Position: MONITOR

The bill authorizes the Louisiana Department of Insurance to seek judicial review of adjudication decisions on matters arising under Title 22 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 or other insurance laws of this state. 

Status: Referred to the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.

 

HB 389 by Rep. Pressly

Provides relative to emergency suspension of legal deadlines 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

Provides relative to periods of prescription, peremption, and abandonment during declared emergencies or disasters.

Status: Hearing scheduled May 10 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

HB 437 by Rep. Zeringue

Appropriates funds for the expenses of the judiciary for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill appropriates funds for the Louisiana Judiciary, including the supreme court, courts of appeal, district courts, Criminal Court of Orleans Parish, juvenile and family courts, and other courts. 

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

 

HB 474 by Rep. Frieman

Prohibits discrimination by a financial institution based on certain factors 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This bill prohibits financial institutions from denying financial services to a person based upon a person's political affiliation or any environmental, social, or governmental credit factors. 

Status: April 4 hearing in the House Committee on Commerce was canceled. 

 

HB 513 by Rep. Zeringue

Provides relative to the voting requirements needed to change the number of judges in a judicial district 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This constitutional amendment allows the legislature to change the number of judges in any judicial district and number of districts and judges in any appellate circuit and supreme court district by majority vote. 

Status: Voluntarily deferred April 28 by the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

HB 533 by Rep. Mack Cormier, D-Belle Chasse

Provides relative to cases handled by the attorney general 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides that a district attorney shall be recused when he is arrested for any criminal offense, and that upon a request made to the office of the attorney general by an immediate family member, an assistant attorney general shall be the only substitute for a recused district attorney in certain cases.

Status: Involuntarily deferred April 20 by the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

HB 584 by Rep. Bagley

Provides liability for selling certain safety equipment in the state

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides that any person who sells, distributes, or delivers any safety equipment or tools within this state that does not meet or exceed the safety standards prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, shall be liable for any damage or injury resulting from the use of such safety equipment or tools.

Status: Voluntarily deferred April 5 by the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 662 by Rep. Zee Zeringue

Provides relative to the Judicial Council 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This proposed legislation requires the Judicial Council to conduct an annual review of judicial and appellate court judgeships.

Status: Awaiting House floor debate.

 

HB 666 by Rep. Mark Wright, R-Covington

Provides relative to adjudications and judicial review of adjudications 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

The bill requires state statutes or rules to be interpreted de novo in judicial review cases. 

Status: Returned to the House calendar April 19 and is subject to call.

 

HB 694 by Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley

Provides relative to liability of transportation network companies 

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This bill exempts a transportation network company from liability under enumerated circumstances.

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 702 by Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge

Provides relative to liability for certain actions by peace officers 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides for liability for the deprivation of constitutional rights by peace officers.

Status: Voluntarily deferred April 25 by the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure

 

HB 705 by Rep. Seabaugh

Provides relative to additional medical examinations 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides for the procedure and orders for additional medical opinions regarding physical or mental conditions in controversy.

Status: Reported favorably May 2 by the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 789 by Rep. Willard

Provides relative to the student loan lenders 

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

Creates a private educational lender registry and new cause of action. 

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce. 

 

HB 842 by Rep. Wayne McMahen, R-Minden

Provides relative to liability for veterinary professionals for the reporting of animal cruelty

Provides for liability immunity for veterinary professionals who report animal cruelty, neglect, or other prohibited acts towards animals.

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

Status: Reported favorably May 3 by the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

HB 843 by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock

Provides relative to admissibility of evidence of liability of a commercial motor carrier

This legislation provides that when a commercial motor carrier admits vicarious liability for the actions of the driver of a vehicle, evidence of alleged independent negligence of the commercial motor carrier is not admissible.

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

Status: Removed from hearing agenda April 5 in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 850 by Rep. Frieman

Provides relative to medical malpractice claims

Includes administration of a health care provider in the definition of malpractice.

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

 

HB 896 by Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Jonesboro

Provides for limitations on recoverable past medical expenses 

This legislation revises the collateral source provisions to include amounts payable by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, and eliminates the exception for claims brought against the state.

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

Status: Passed the House 97-0 on May 4 and is awaiting Senate Committee referral.

 

HB 923 by Rep. Scott McKnight, R-Baton Rouge

Provides relative to liability associated with Mardi Gras parades

This legislation limits liability for damages caused by driving a motordrawn float or other vehicle.

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

Status: Passed the House 96-0 on May 4 and is awaiting Senate Committee referral.

 

HB 950 by Rep. Delisha Boyd, D-New Orleans

Provides relative to mortgage companies

This bill provides for liability of residential mortgage lenders for damages from the acts of persons engaged in certain activities on behalf of the lender.

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

Status: Hearing scheduled for May 9 in the House Committee on Commerce.

 

HB 1006 by Rep. Magee

Provides relative to the Louisiana State Law Institute

This Louisiana Law Institute legislation provides relative to its governing body membership and meetings.

LCCS Position: MONITOR

Status: Voluntarily deferred April 27 by the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.

 

HCR 7 by Rep. Zeringue

Requests the supreme court to provide information relative to the current structure of the judiciary 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This resolution requests that the supreme court provide information concerning the caseload data and the number of judges of each appellate court and district court in Louisiana, the determination of the changes necessary to the existing structure of the judiciary, the most efficient use of judicial resources, and to report its findings and recommendations to the Louisiana Legislature no later than Feb. 1, 2023. 

Status: Voluntarily deferred April 28 by the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

SB 3 by Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin

Provides for distribution of monies collected from enforcement actions of coastal use permits

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill changes the percentages of distribution of monies collected from enforcement actions of state concerns. In cases of local concerns, in the event no local mitigation bank exists, 100 percent of monies collected go to a restricted fund administered by the parish governing authority of the parish in which the adverse impact related to the use is located.

Status: Hearing scheduled for May 9 in the House Committee on Appropriations.

 

SB 103 by Sen. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge

Provides relative to legal malpractice

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides an additional burden on the plaintiff in legal malpractice cases to prove by a preponderance of evidence: (1) that the representation by the attorney would have concluded in a collectable monetary award amount and (2) the value of that collectable award amount had the attorney not committed the alleged malpractice.

Status: Hearing scheduled May 9 in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

SB 106 by Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria

Provides relative to disciplinary proceedings by a professional or occupational board or commission.

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides relative to disciplinary proceedings by a professional or occupational board or commission and defines legal actions in such cases. 

Status: Passed the Senate 35-0 on April 18 and was referred to the House Committee on Commerce.

 

SB 120 by Sen. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge

Provides relative to the payment of certain expenses in personal injury claims

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This bill provides that in a personal injury claim, a healthcare provider offering evidence on an injured party must submit into evidence the amount of any payment anticipated or received on behalf of the injured party and the total amount of payments received in the previous four years for the same actions. 

Status: Voluntarily deferred in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

SB 128 by Sen. Talbot

Provides for venue for direct actions by third parties against insurer

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides that action may be brought against the insurer within the terms and limits of the policy only when at least one of the items listed in present law applies. It also provides that the right of direct action may be brought against the insurer alone, or against both the insured and the insurer jointly and in solido, in the parish in which the accident or injury occurred or in the parish in which an action could be brought against either the insured or the insurer under the general rules of venue. 

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 130 by Sen. Pat Connick, R-Marrero

Provides for liberative prescription

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This proposed law provides that delictual actions arising from damages resulting from motor vehicle accidents are subject to liberative prescription of two years from the day injury or damage is sustained. 

Status: Returned to the Senate calendar on April 12 and is subject to call.

 

SB 149 by Sen. Talbot

Provides for delictual actions

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This bill increases the general one-year prescriptive period to a two-year prescriptive period for delictual actions for injury or damages arising from the operation of any motor vehicle. 

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Civil Law.

 

SB 214 by Sen. Luneau

Provides for deposition of claims adjusters who reside outside of Louisiana

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This proposed law requires claims adjusters who reside in another state to return to the venue where the case is pending to provide pretrial deposition or testimony at trial. 

Status: Hearing scheduled May 9 in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

SB 232 by Sen. Jeremy Stine, R-Lake Charles

Provides for a catastrophe claim process disclosure

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

This bill requires the commissioner of insurance to promulgate certain rules and regulations relative to a catastrophe claim process disclosure and delineates nine standards for disclosure. It specifies that provides that nothing in this law can be construed to provide any policyholder with a civil cause of action.

Status: Voluntarily deferred May 4 by the Senate Committee on Insurance.

 

SB 263 by Sen. Morris

Constitutional amendment to remove the requirement that the court of original jurisdiction to authorize the attorney general to institute prosecution and provides that authority to the legislature

LCCS Position: MONITOR 

This amendment eliminates the requirement that the court of original jurisdiction authorize the attorney general to institute criminal prosecution and provides that the legislature may define "cause" for the attorney general to institute a prosecution.

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary B.

 

SB 288 by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell

Constitutional Amendment to increase the composition of the Louisiana Supreme Court from six to eight associate justices

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This amendment provides that beginning January 1, 2024, the composition of the Louisiana Supreme Court will increase from six associate justices to eight, five of whom must concur to render judgment. It also mandates the legislature to set forth the specific method of transitioning to nine single-member districts.

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.

 

SB 305 by Sen. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge

Provides for the disclosure of certain information on websites and online services

LCCS Position: OPPOSE

This new cause of action creates the " Louisiana True Origin of Digital Goods Act.”

Status: Hearing scheduled May 9 in the House Committee on Commerce.

 

SB 346 by Sen. Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans

Provides relative to public health emergencies

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides that immunity for healthcare providers during public health emergencies only applies to damages to patients (not property as in present law), and further requires that the healthcare provider prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the public health emergency was a substantial contributing factor in causing the alleged injury to a patient.

Status: Voluntarily deferred by the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

SB 353 by Sen, Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge

Provides relative to the judgeships of the second district of the First Circuit Court of Appeal

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides for elections in the second district of the First Circuit Court of Appeal, which includes only East Baton Rouge Parish.

Status: Amended and returned to the Senate calendar on April 27.

 

SB 372 by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen

Provides relative to liability of transportation network companies

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides a transportation network company cannot be held liable for owning, operating, or maintaining the digital network accessed by a driver or rider, or for being the company affiliated with a driver, when harm to a person or property results from or arises out of the use, operation, or possession of a motor vehicle operating as a company vehicle. It also provides a list of parameters that must be met to apply the proposed law.

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation.

 

SB 373 by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport

Provides relative to juror compensation rates

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill removes the exception for special laws relative to juror compensation, and adds Orleans Parish to the statewide juror compensation provision.

Status: Reported favorably as substituted March 22 by the Senate Committee on Judiciary A and is awaiting debate on the Senate floor. Became SB 398.

 

SB 378 by Sen. Peacock

Provides for the regulation of advertisements

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

The proposed law prohibits deceptive or misleading advertisements, specifically those presented as a medical alert, health alert, drug alert, public service announcement. It prohibits use of logos of a federal or state government agency in a misleading manner and limits use of the term “recall.” It requires an advertisement that references an FDA approved prescription drug include the following statement or a substantially similar statement: "Consult your physician before making decisions regarding prescribed medication or medical treatment." It further requires an advertisement that references a prescription drug or medical device approved by the FDA to state the identity of the advertisement's sponsor and that the drug or medical device is FDA approved, unless the drug or medical device has been recalled in accordance with state or federal law. It protects from liability any media entity that may be responsible for the production and distribution of the advertisement.

Status: Passed the Senate 34-0 on May 4 and is awaiting House committee referral.

 

SB 383 by Sen. Peacock

Provides relative to advertisements for legal services

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

The proposed law sets forth the requirements and limitations for legal advertising consistent with the U.S. Fifth Circuit’s opinion in Public Citizen v. Louisiana Disciplinary Board 632 F. 3d 212 (2011).

Status: Passed the Senate 29-8 on April 5 and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

SB 398 by Sen. Peacock

Provides relative to juror compensation rates

The proposed bill increases juror compensation from $25.00 per day to $50.00 per day and provides allowances for mileage.

LCCS Position: MONITOR

Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Substitute bill for SB 373.

 

SB 408 by Sen. Foil

Requires the office of risk management to provide for determination of insurance coverage upon request in claims against the state

This legislation authorizes an agency, department or claimant to request written reasons for a denial of coverage by the Office of Risk Management and requires the written reasons to be provided within 30 days of the request.

LCCS Position: MONITOR

Status: Voluntarily deferred April 25 by the Senate Committee on Finance.

 

SB 412 by Sen. Talbot

Provides for the Insure Louisiana Incentive Program

This legislation updates the Insure Louisiana Incentive Program to include the 2021 and 2022 hurricane seasons and provides for implementation.

LCCS Position: MONITOR 

Status: Reported favorably May 3 by the House Committee on Insurance and recommitted to the House Committee on Appropriations.

 

SB 415 by Sen. Peacock

Creates the Litigation Financing Disclosure Act

This legislation provides relative to third party litigation financing.

LCCS Position: SUPPORT

Status: Hearing scheduled May 10 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

SB 440 by Sen. Morris

Provides relative to facsimile transmission of filings in civil actions

This legislation provides relative to facsimile transmission of filings in civil actions and procedures used by the office of the clerk of court.

LCCS Position: MONITOR

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary A

 

SB 487 by Sen. Morris

Provides relative to insurance waivers

Requires an insurer provide an insured a waiver of liability form to not hold a collision shop liable when certain repairs and services are not completed by the collision shop

LCCS Position: MONITOR

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance.

 

VACCINE AND HEALTH RELATED LEGISLATION

 

HB 53 by Rep. Frieman

Provides with respect to autonomy in making personal health care decisions 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This constitutional amendment adds the right of Louisiana citizens to accept or reject any form of health care to the Constitution of Louisiana.

Status: Failed to pass the House 38-54 on May 3.

 

HB 54 by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall

Creates the crime of discrimination based on vaccination status

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill creates the crime of discrimination based on vaccination status and provides penalties.

Status: Passed the House as amended 57-27 on April 19 and referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary C .

 

HB 117 by Rep. Michael Echols, R-Monroe

Provides relative to prescribing, administering, and dispensing of drugs for off-label use

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill authorizes the prescription, administration, and dispensing of certain drugs for off-label use by healthcare professionals with prescriptive authority.

Status: Reported favorably as amended May 3 by the House Committee on Health and Welfare. 

 

HB 177 by Rep. Kathy Edmonston, R-Gonzales

Prohibits discrimination based on vaccination or immunity status 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This constitutional amendment prohibits arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable discrimination based on a person's vaccination status or immunity status.

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 253 by Rep. Edmonston

Prohibits discriminatory practices on the basis of vaccination status or immunity status 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill prohibits discrimination on the grounds of a person's immunity status or vaccination status in all contexts in which discrimination is prohibited in present law.

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 353 by Rep. Troy Romero, R-Jennings

Provides for vaccine requirements in the workplace 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill provides that if an employer allows an employee to get regularly or periodically tested for COVID-19 in lieu of the employee adhering to an employer mandated COVID-19 vaccine requirement, then the employer must cover the testing.

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.

 

HB 479 by Rep. Frieman

Provides relative to a patient's rights to certain medical treatments

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This legislation would grant emergency privilege and access to a physician when any person with medical power of attorney requests the administration of certain medications and limits hospital liability.

Status: Voluntarily deferred on April 12 in the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

 

HB 594 by Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma

Provides for rights of individuals to bodily autonomy and to make healthcare decisions

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This proposed legislation provides for rights of individuals to bodily autonomy and to make healthcare decisions, prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from interfering with such rights, and authorizes enforcement actions to protect those rights.

Status: Voluntarily deferred on April 12 by the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

 

HB 596 by Rep. Amedee

Provides for rights of individuals to bodily autonomy and to make healthcare decisions 

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This constitutional amendment adds the right of Louisiana citizens to bodily autonomy to the Louisiana State Constitution. 

Status: Voluntarily deferred on April 12 by the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

 

HB 735 by Rep. Amedee

Provides relative to indemnified products

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This legislation provides relative to indemnified products recommended to consumers by an employer, government agency, private business, or educational institution.

Status: Removed from agenda April 5 in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

HB 1022 by Rep. Amedee

Provides for a cause of action for mandating, recommending, or administering certain products

Provides for a civil remedy for harm caused to a person by the mandating, recommending, or administering of liability-free products.

LCCS Position: OPPOSE 

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

 

SB 1 by Sen. Patrick McMath, R-Covington

Constitutional amendment to provide for freedom from discrimination relative to immunization status

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This proposed constitutional amendment adds immunization status as a protected class to those protected from discrimination.

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

SB 11 by Sen. McMath

Prohibits discrimination relative to immunization status

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This bill prohibits arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable discrimination in public areas, public accommodations, and public facilities based on immunization status. 

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary A.

 

SB 92 by Sen. Stewart Cathey, R-Monroe

Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees due to their medical history.

LCCS Position: MONITOR

This legislation forbids discrimination against qualified persons on the basis of protected medical information.

Status: Awaiting Senate floor debate.

 

 

Louisiana Legislative Session

The Regular Legislative Session began on March 14, 2022 and will adjourn by June 6, 2022. For more information on legislation, visit this page.
 
SB 383 by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport, was heard this morning in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A. It passed 4-2 as amended. This important consumer protection legislation would codify the limitations placed on attorney advertising in a 2011 U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals case. Click here to review the amendments, which were included to mirror rules enacted by the Louisiana Supreme Court earlier this year. The bill now moves to the Senate floor for debate. 
 

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