A roundup of some of the more unusual items that crossed our desk recently.
BATON ROUGE, La., May 31 -- Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., issued the following news release:
Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed bills passed by the Legislature into law, bringing the total number of bills signed for the 2014 Regular Legislative Session to 392. The Governor also vetoed HB 187, SB 318, and SB 418. The veto letters are below.
HB 70 by Rep. Greene: Relates to the Crime Victims Reparation Board.
HB 87 by Rep. Danahay: Relates to the Municipal Employees' Retirement System.
HB 104 by Rep. Greene: Relates to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice Commission.
HB 145 by Rep. Thompson: Relates to firearms.
HB 197 by Rep. St. Germain: Relates to fire districts.
HB 244 by Rep. Broadwater: Relates to holding fundraisers on college campuses.
HB 248 by Rep. Ponti: Relates to the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation.
HB 274 by Rep. Burrell: Relates 26th JDC and First Judicial District Courts.
HB 319 by Rep. Foil: Relates to business corporation law.
HB 322 by Rep. Jones: Relates to rulemaking agencies.
HB 355 by Rep. Danahay: Relates to the Department of Revenue.
HB 395 by Rep. A. Williams: Relates to contempt of court.
HB 398 by Rep. Stokes: Relates to Jefferson Parish.
HB 413 by Rep. Harrison: Relates to parole eligibility.
HB 421 by Rep. Ritchie: Relates to certain treatment programs.
HB 459 by Rep. Arnold: Relates to lobbying.
HB 505 by Rep. Dixon: Relates to the liability of employers.
HB 523 by Rep. Lambert: Relates to fishing.
HB 683 by Rep. T. Landry: Relates to drug courts.
HB 684 by Rep. Abramson: Relates to certain security districts.
HB 697 by Rep. Connick: Relates to in person renewals.
HB 734 by Rep. Burrell: Relates to ameliorative penalty provisions.
HB 772 by Rep. Robideaux: Relates to Lafayette Parish.
HB 781 by Rep. Thibaut: Relates to the Offender Reentry Support Pilot Program.
HB 818 by Rep. Leger: Relates to license plates.
HB 825 by Rep. N. Landry: Relates to license plates.
HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet: Relates to the Louisiana Rice Research Board.
HB 894 by Rep. Hoffman: Relates to the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board.
HB 965 by Rep. Jackson: Relates to license plates.
HB 984 by Rep. Pierre: Relates to unemployment compensation provisions.
HB 994 by Rep. Ponti: Relates to the Louisiana Business and Industrial Development Company Act.
HB 1005 by Rep. Anders: Relates to certain commercial driver's licenses.
HB 1058 by Rep. Harrison: Relates to the Department of Health and Hospitals.
HB 1060 by Rep. Thierry: Relates to homeowner's insurance.
HB 1061 by Rep. Schroder: Relates to child protection cases.
HB 1122 by Rep. Smith: Relates to the Protection From Stalking Act.
HB 1133 by Rep. T. Burns: Relates to review of the actions of a mandatary.
HB 1136 by Rep. Jim Morris: Relates to alcoholic beverages.
HB 1166 by Rep. Arnold: Relates to tobacco enforcement.
HB 1169 by Rep: Adams: Relates to insurance financing.
HB 1260 by Rep. N. Landry: Relates to the Covenant of Marriage Act.
HB 1265 by Rep. Greene: Relates to rail police officers.
HB 1269 by Rep. Henry: Relates to public employees.
SB 37 by Sen. Cortez: Relates to the City Court of Lafayette.
SB 45 by Sen. Murray: Relates to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
SB 48 by Sen. J. Smith: Relates to the town of Rosepine.
SB 49 by Sen. Amedee: Relates to the district attorney of Orleans Parish, the 19th and 23rd Judicial Districts.
SB 52 by Sen. J. Smith: Relates to the town of Anacoco.
SB 87 by Sen. Claitor: Relates to imprisonment.
SB 97 by Sen. Nevers: Relates to the Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development District.
SB 103 by Sen. Morrell: Relates to gaming application approval.
SB 142 by Sen. Dorsey - Colomb: Relates to Sarcoma Awareness Month.
SB 148 by Sen. Dorsey - Colomb: Relates to vehicular homicide.
SB 152 by Sen. J. Smith: Relates to the town of DeRidder.
SB 169 by Sen. Long: Relates to the Louisiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association.
SB 198 by Sen. Riser: Relates to workers compensation.
SB 203 by Sen. Morrell: Relates to the 24th Judicial District Court.
SB 206 by Sen. J. Smith: Relates to the official state tree.
SB 212 by Sen. Ward: Relates to the use of a firearm.
SB 222 by Sen. Murray: Relates to service of process.
SB 228 by Sen. Appel: Relates to Jefferson and Orleans parishes.
SB 232 by Sen. Mills: Relates to St. Martin Parish.
SB 234 by Sen. J. Smith: Relates to the town of New Llano.
SB 248 by Sen. Morrish: Relates to court ordered visitation with an incarcerated parent.
SB 268 by Sen. Claitor: Relates to civil liability for theft from a merchant.
SB 277 by Sen. Perry: Relates to DWI laws.
SB 293 by Sen. Martiny: Relates to operating a vehicle.
SB 305 by Sen. Chabert: Relates to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board.
SB 307 by Sen. Crowe: Relates to ex officio notaries for hospital service district hospitals.
SB 369 by Sen. Walsworth: Relates to fishing.
SB 402 by Sen. Mills: Relates to coroners.
SB 410 by Sen. Mills: Relates to prescription drugs.
SB 422 by Sen. Broome: Relates to medical emergencies.
SB 430 by Sen. Walsworth: Relates to Union Parish.
SB 462 by Sen. Adley: Relates to the Cross Unit Well Study Commission.
SB 523 by Sen. Morrell: Relates to cockfighting.
SB 545 by Sen. Mills: Relates to medical substitutions.
SB 618 by Sen. Heitmeier: Relates to Carisoprodol.
May 30, 2014
The Honorable Alfred Speer
Clerk of the House of Representatives
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Re: House Bill No. 187 by Representative Joseph Lopinto
Dear Mr. Speer:
A year ago, I vetoed legislation which would have created commercial surrogacy contracts in Louisiana. In the time since, supporters of similar legislation have worked to address the bioethical concerns which led to that veto. While some progress has been made, and the legislation has been improved, I must nonetheless veto this legislation out of an abundance of concern regarding the ramifications of government-endorsed surrogacy contracts and how this legislation impacts the way we value human life.
All Louisianians are at liberty today to engage in informal agreements regarding surrogacy - this is simply a question of whether we ought to codify and regulate such agreements, and if so, what these regulations ought to entail.
My heart goes out to those who face the tragedies of miscarriage and infertility. The inability to conceive or bear children is a deep wound in our society, unnoticed by most, and suffered by too many. The desire to have a child is rooted in the love that created and sustains each of us -- and when we seek the blessing of children, it is our best selves speaking to action. A state reflecting that goodness, and that love, will protect the dignity of human life -- women and children at the foremost -- and seek to open the doors to that fulfillment in family.
However, despite the good intentions and hard efforts of the author, this legislation still raises concerns for many in the pro-life community.
Thus, I cannot in good conscience, sign this bill. For these reasons and with deep conviction, I have vetoed House Bill No. 187 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.
The Honorable Glenn Koepp
Secretary of the Senate
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
RE: Senate Bill No. 318 by Senator Gary Smith
Dear Mr. Koepp:
Senate Bill No. 318 by Senator Gary Smith, Jr., provides for exceptions to the law that prohibits a motor vehicle dealer from authorizing a person who is not a motor vehicle dealer to perform warranty repairs.
While the bill as filed presented a narrow exemption for owners of fleet vehicles to do limited warranty work, the bill was amended. Dozens of legislators in both the House and Senate have expressed concerns about the unintended consequences of these amendments that they did not realize when they voted on the bill, and have asked me to veto it as a result.
In addition, the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association, as well as dealerships across the state, have also asked for a veto. I am concerned that the stakeholders did not have sufficient opportunity to give their input during the development of the bill and that legislators should have the chance to consider the implications.
For these reasons, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 318 and hereby return it to the Senate.
RE: Senate Bill No. 418 by Senator Gary Smith
Senate Bill No. 418 by Senator Gary Smith, which was introduced on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, was inadvertently drafted in a manner that jeopardizes the integrity of the Department of Public Safety's vehicle titling and registration database.
The legislation was intended to prohibit copying of military identification cards, which is consistent with federal law. Additionally, the legislation was intended to remove the requirement that valid photo identification be submitted with first-time renewals of vehicle registration. Due to drafting errors, the legislation would allow initial vehicle registration without the submission of valid photo identification.
For these reasons, and at the request of the Office of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Stephen Campbell, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 418 and hereby return it to the Senate.