Abstract: Increases the penalties imposed for the crime of battery of a police officer and removes the penalties that apply when the battery produces an injury requiring medical attention.


Present law defines battery of a police officer as a battery committed without the consent of the

victim when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the victim is a police officer acting in

the performance of his duty.


Proposed law amends the present law penalties as follows:

(1) Provides that any person who commits the offense shall be fined not more than $5,000 and

imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years.

Proposed law further provides that at least 15 days of the sentence imposed shall be served

without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

(2) Retains the present law penalties which apply to offenses committed by an offender who is

incarcerated at the time of the commission of the offense.

(3) Repeals the present law penalties that apply when the battery produces an injury that requires medical attention.


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Representative Bryan Fontenot

SUPPORT

HB 67

Representative Bryan Fontenot

406 W 3rd Street

Suite 107

Thibodaux, LA 70301-3014

Phone:  (985) 447-0999

hse055@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Heather Babin

Abstract: Exempts certain persons from the crime of illegal carrying of weapons, and removes the requirement that a person possess a permit issued by the state of La. in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of La. 

Present law (R.S. 14:95) prohibits the carrying of a concealed firearm, provides for criminal penalties, and provides for certain exceptions to the offense. Proposed law creates an exception to this prohibition for any person who did not illegally obtain nor manufacture the firearm and who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under any state or federal law. 

Present law (R.S. 40:1379.3) provides that Louisiana residents who meet certain eligibility requirements may apply for and be issued a concealed handgun permit authorizing the person to carry a concealed handgun on his person in the state of Louisiana. 

Present law requires the person to possess a valid concealed handgun permit issued by the state of La. in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of La. 

Proposed law amends present law to remove the requirement that a person possess a permit issued by the state of La. in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of La. 

Proposed law provides that it shall be known and maybe cited as the "Louisiana Constitutional Carry Act of 2020". 


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Representative Danny McCormick

OPPOSE

HB 72

Representative Danny McCormick

P. O. Box 160

Oil City, LA 71061

Phone:  (318) 995-8040

hse001@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Jenni Smith


Abstract: Amends the crime of aggravated flight from an officer to remove the requirement that the police vehicle or police watercraft be marked. 

Present law defines the crime of aggravated flight from an officer as the intentional refusal of a driver to bring a vehicle to a stop or of an operator to bring a watercraft to a stop, under circumstances wherein human life is endangered, knowing that he has been given a visual and audible signal to stop by a police officer when the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the driver has committed an offense. 

Present law further requires that the signal be given by an emergency light and a siren on a vehicle marked as a police vehicle or marked as a police watercraft. 

Proposed law amends present law to remove the requirement that the signal be given from a marked police vehicle or marked police watercraft. 


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Representative Bryan Fontenot

SUPPORT

HB 44

Representative Bryan Fontenot

406 W 3rd Street

Suite 107

Thibodaux, LA 70301-3014

Phone:  (985) 447-0999

hse055@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Heather Babin

Abstract: Relative to municipal, parish, and fire protection district employees who are covered by Social Security and have the option of not joining the Firefighters'Retirement System (FRS) or the Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System (MPERS) as applicable, requires enrollment in the applicable system until the employee files the affidavit required by present law.

Present law authorizes anyone who is employed by a parish, municipality, or fire protection district whose employees are also covered under the federal Social Security program to choose not to become a member of MPERS or FRS as applicable. 

Proposed law retains present law. Present law requires an employee who elects not to become a member of the applicable retirement system to execute and file with the retirement system an affidavit stating that his election not to be a member is of his own free will and is his own voluntary act and deed. 

Proposed law retains present law except to require enrollment of the employee in the applicable retirement system until he files the affidavit. Effective upon signature of governor or lapse of time for gubernatorial action 

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Representative Barbara Carpenter

SUPPORT

HB 13

Representative Barbara Carpenter

1975 Harding Blvd,

Baton Rouge, LA. 70807

Phone:  (225) 771-5674 

carpenterb@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Saveta Williams

Abstract: Provides for the reporting of contributions within the Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System (MPERS), for suspension of benefit payments and extension of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), establishes interest and penalties for delinquent contributions, and gives the board of directors the authority to promulgate rules. 

Present law provides that the duration of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) shall not exceed three years. Proposed law retains present law and provides that if employer contributions are suspended during the participation period as a result of interruption of employment, the member's participation period shall be extended by the number of months his benefit payments were suspended. 

Present law further provides that upon the effective date of commencement of participation in DROP, neither employee nor employer contributions are payable. Proposed law provides that employee contributions shall cease but employer contributions shall continue to be payable. Present law provides for the payment of unfunded accrued liability by employers participating in the system that fully dissolves its police department and contracts for police services with another entity. 

Present law further provides that payments are payable beginning July first of the fiscal year following the withdrawal from the system by the participating employer. 

Proposed law provides that payments are payable following the determination by the system actuary of the amount owed. 

Proposed law provides that delinquent payments of employee or employer contributions by an MPERS employer are subject to the following: (1) Interest charged at the legal rate from the date the payment became delinquent. (2) Payments delinquent in excess of 90 days are subject to a penalty of 25% of the aggregate contributions due. (3) Payments delinquent in excess of 180 days are subject to payment of the greater of (1) or (2) above and an amount equal to the actuarial cost of a purchase of the service credit for which contributions were not timely paid. (4) Reimbursement of the system for any legal and actuarial fees paid by the system in the collection of amounts under proposed law. 

Present law provides that a member who is receiving worker's compensation and who does not pay the full amount that would be his employee contribution if he were not receiving worker's compensation may receive service credit for purposes of eligibility determination but not for computation of benefits purposes. 

Proposed law provides that such a member shall not receive service credit for any purpose. Proposed law authorizes the MPERS board of trustees to make, amend, and promulgate rules and to provide for the establishment and maintenance of the system. 

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Representative Tony Bacala

SUPPORT

HB 18

Representative Tony Bacala

15482 Airline Hwy. Suite A

Prairieville, LA. 70769

Phone:  (225) 677-8020

bacalat@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Donna Hebert

Abstract: Makes various changes to provisions applicable to the Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System (MPERS). 

Present law provides for membership in MPERS. Provides that a person who is 50 years old or older does not become a member upon employment. Proposed law removes the age restriction for persons hired on or after July 1, 2021. 

Present law requires an employee to receive a physical examination before he becomes a member. Requires submission of the examination and waivers of preexisting conditions to the retirement system within six months after employment. Provides that a member who does not timely submit these documents is a member for purposes of receiving regular benefits but is not eligible for disability benefits until the documents are submitted. 

Proposed law provides that a person hired after June 30, 2021, who has not timely submitted the documents is a member eligible to begin vesting for regular benefits but is not eligible to begin vesting for disability benefits for an injury not incurred in the line of duty. 

Proposed law requires completion of a new physical examination if the employee has a break in service longer than one year. Provides that if a physical examination is not completed because the employer refused to pay for the physical examination, the employer is liable for any disability benefit to which the member would be entitled. 

Present law provides that a person ceases to be a member of the system if he is absent from service for more than five years and is not entitled to a deferred annuity as provided for by present law. 

Proposed law limits the applicability of this provision to persons whose five-year absence is complete prior to July 1, 2021. 

Present law provides for payment of retirement benefits to a surviving spouse. Provides that such benefits cease if the spouse remarries before age 60. Proposed law reduces that age to 55 and requires a surviving spouse under the age of 55 to annually document his marital status. 

Proposed law provides for the payment of survivors benefits to a special needs trust created for a disabled child. Requires claims for survivor benefits to be filed within one year of the death. 

Proposed law provides for a reduction in retirement benefits of certain persons hired after July 1, 2021, who retire and return to work covered by MPERS. Proposed law provides as follows relative to disability retirements from MPERS: (1) Requires that claims for disability benefits be filed within one year from the date of disability. (2) Requires the system to pay for any medical examination that it requires to determine continued eligibility for a disability retirement benefit. (3) Requires the board of trustees to use all reasonable means to collect benefits paid by the system to an individual who was not due the benefit. Provides for prescriptive periods on such collections. 

Proposed law limits the ability of a member who is married under a community property regime to exclude his spouse from his retirement benefits without the spouse's consent. Present law provides for survivor benefits for a member who has at least 10 years of service credit. Proposed law provides if the member is killed in the line of duty, the 10 years of service requirement is not applicable.

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Representative Tony Bacala

SUPPORT

HB 21

Representative Tony Bacala

15482 Airline Hwy. Suite A

Prairieville, LA. 70769

Phone:  (225) 677-8020

bacalat@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Donna Hebert


Abstract: Expands the crime of battery of a police officer to include the throwing of water or other liquids and removes the requirement that the offender be incarcerated or detained at the time of the throwing for the offense to apply. 

Present law provides for the crime of battery of a police officer and defines the offense as a battery committed without the consent of the victim when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the victim is a police officer acting in the performance of his duty. 

Present law provides that, for purposes of present law, "battery of a police officer" includes the use of force or violence upon the person of the police officer by throwing feces, urine, blood, saliva, or any form of human waste by an offender while the offender is incarcerated by a court of law and is being detained in any jail, prison, correctional facility, juvenile institution, temporaryholding center, halfway house, or detention facility. 

Proposed law expands the definition of "battery of a police officer" to include the throwing of water or other liquids and removes the requirement that the offender be incarcerated or detained at the time of the throwing for the offense to apply. 

Proposed law otherwise retains present law including the penalties which include a fine of not more than $500 and imprisoned not less than 15 days nor more than six months without benefit of suspension of sentence; and if the battery produces an injury that requires medical attention, a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years (with a 30-day minimum mandatory), or both. 

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Representative Tony Bacala

SUPPORT

HB 150

Representative Tony Bacala

15482 Airline Hwy. Suite A

Prairieville, LA. 70769

Phone:  (225) 677-8020

bacalat@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Donna Hebert


Abstract: Provides relative to occupational diseases for members in the classified fire services in connection with the duties of being a firefighter. 

Present law provides that when a firefighter, who is in the classified fire service and has completed 10 or more years of service, has developed cancer because of certain occupational exposures in connection with the duties of being a firefighter, the cancer shall be classified as an occupational disease or infirmity. 

Present law provides that the disease or infirmity shall be presumed to have been caused by or to have resulted from the work performed. 

Proposed law retains present law. Present law provides for a rebuttable presumption that must meet judicial standards. 

Present law states that this presumption shall be extended to a member following termination of service for a period of three months for each full year of service not to exceed sixty months. 

Proposed law retains present law regarding the rebuttable presumption; however, it extends the presumption to a period of six months for each full year of service not to exceed one hundred eighty months. 

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Representative Joe Stagni

SUPPORT

HB 182

Representative Joe Stagni

1201 Williams Blvd

Kenner, LA 70062

Phone:  (504) 465-3479

stagnij@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Louis Laine and Reagan Develle


Abstract: Authorizes persons subject to civil service restrictions on political activities to support the election of a family member. 

Present constitution prohibits employees in the classified service of the state, New Orleans, and the fire and police civil service systems and certain other officials associated with those systems from engaging in various political activities. 

Proposed constitutional amendment provides an exception to the present constitution, to authorize such persons to support the election of an immediate family member. Defines immediate family to mean a person's parent, his grandparent, his spouse and his spouse's parent, his child and his child's spouse, his grandchild and his grandchild's spouse, his brother and his brother's spouse, and his sister and his sister's spouse. 

Provides for submission of the proposed amendment to the voters at the statewide election to be held Nov. 3, 2020. 

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Representative Jonathan Goudeau

SUPPORT

HB 188

Representative Jonathan Goudeau

3639 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.

Suite 214

Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone:  (337) 347-7077

hse031@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Jude Savoie


Abstract: Provides relative to filling positions in the municipal fire and police civil service in the Broussard, Carencro, Scott, and Youngsville police departments. 

Present constitution creates a fire and police civil service system applicable to municipalities of over 13,000 in population and parishes and fire protection districts. Provides that the system is subject to Art. XIV, §15.1 of the 1921 Constitution made statutory by the 1974 Constitution. 

Present law creates and provides for two fire and police civil service systems: (1) one applicable to any municipality which operates paid police and fire departments and which has a population of not fewer than 13,000 persons; and (2) one applicable to any parish, fire protection district, or municipality with a population of fewer than 13,000, but not fewer than 7,000 persons. 

Present law, relative to both systems, provides that "departmental seniority" refers to the period of continuous employment in the department. Defines "promotional seniority" to mean the total cumulative employment in a class of positions of the next lower class from which a promotion is to be made. Specifies further relative to employment counted toward seniority in the next lower class. 

Present law, relative to both systems, provides that a municipal fire and police civil service board is created in the parish, municipal, and fire protection district government. Requires the board to establish and maintain employment lists containing the names of persons eligible for appointment to various classes of positions in the classified service. Requires that names of persons attaining a passing score on a promotion test be placed on the promotion employment list for the tested class, from highest to lowest, according to departmental seniority. 

Present law requires that vacant positions be filled by reinstatement or reemployment. If the position cannot be filled in this manner, then the position must be filled by the person on the promotion list with the greatest departmental seniority. Present law provides exceptions for certain police departments. 

Proposed law provides an additional exception applicable to the police departments of Broussard, Carencro, Scott, and Youngsville. Requires the appointing authority to select and appoint to any vacancy a person who is among the three highest in departmental seniority 

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Representative Jonathan Goudeau

OPPOSE

HB 577

Representative Jonathan Goudeau

3639 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.

Suite 214

Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone:  (337) 347-7077

hse031@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Jude Savoie


Abstract: Specifies types of political activities allowable for an employee in the classified fire and police civil service system. 

Present constitution (Art. X, §20) provides that Article XIV, Section 15.1, Paragraph 34 of the Constitution of 1921 is retained and continued in force and effect. Art. XIV, §15.1, Paragraph 34 of the Constitution of 1921 provides that employees in the classified fire and police civil service in certain municipalities, parishes, and fire protection districts are prohibited from participating in certain political activities. Provides for prohibitions pertaining to endorsements; membership in political parties, clubs, or organizations; contributions to political organizations or for political purposes; and political speeches or public political statements on behalf of any candidate seeking to be elected to public office. Specifically allows a classified employee to privately express his opinion and cast his vote. 

Proposed constitutional amendment removes the provisions of the present constitution and provides for prohibited and permissible political activities as follows: (1) Prohibits an employee in the classified service of a fire and police civil service system from: (a) Being a candidate for nomination or election to public office except to seek to be the classified employee member on the civil service board. (b) Using official authority while engaged in political activity or to interfere with an election. (c) Inviting subordinate employees to political events or otherwise suggest that a subordinate employee engage in political activity. (d) Soliciting or discouraging the political activity of any person with business before his agency. (e) Making, soliciting, accepting, or receiving contributions for political purposes. (f) Engaging in political activity while on duty, in the workplace, wearing a uniform or official insignia, in a public vehicle, or using public resources. (2) Allows an employee in the classified service of a fire and police civil service system to: (a) Register and vote as he chooses. (b) Assist in voter registration drives when off duty and out of uniform and using only private resources. (c) Attend political rallies, meetings, and fundraisers when off duty and out of uniform. (d) Join political groups. (e) Sign nominating petitions. (f) Participate in political campaigns when off duty and out of uniform and using only private resources. (g) Express opinions about political groups and candidates while not at work, off duty, and not using official authority. Proposed constitutional amendment provides that in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations of the civil service system, an appointing authority may dismiss from service, demote, or reduce the compensation of any employee found to be in violation of the prohibitions against political activity. 

Proposed constitutional amendment further prohibits an appointing authority or agent or deputy thereof from demoting, suspending, dismissing from service, or otherwise disciplining or threatening to do such things, or discriminating against any person in the classified service for the purpose of influencing his vote, support, or other political activity in any election. Prohibits an appointing authority or agent or deputy thereof from using his official authority or influence to directly or indirectly coerce the political action of any employee in the classified service. 

Proposed constitutional amendment further specifies that any provision of law which is in conflict with the provisions of the proposed constitutional amendment shall expire upon the effective date of the proposed constitutional amendment. 

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SUPPORT

Representative Dodie Horton

HB 198

Representative Dodie Horton

954 Hwy. 80 Suite 400
Haughton, LA 71037

Phone: (318) 949-2463


hortond@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Amanda Nottingham


Abstract: Provides relative to the funding of bulletproof vests for peace officers in the state and requires the La. Commission of Law Enforcement to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to provide for the standards of bulletproof vests.

Present law requires the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections to provide bulletproof vests to every peace officer in the state of La. provided that funds are appropriated for this purpose. Further provides that to the extent that funds are not appropriated for this purpose, the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections may make available for purchase to law enforcement agencies bulletproof vests no longer utilized by the department for which the manufacturer warranty has expired.

Proposed law amends present law to authorize the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections to receive funds, grants, donations, or otherwise, any sum of money, aid, or assistance from any person, firm, or corporation from the U.S., its agencies, the state of La., or any political subdivision of the state for the purchase of bulletproof vests.

Proposed law further provides that beginning July 1, 2020, the state treasurer is directed to deposit into the fund at the beginning of each fiscal year $8,500,000 dollars. The legislature may appropriate additional monies to the fund notwithstanding the balance in the fund.

Proposed law requires the La. Commission on Law Enforcement to promulgate rules and regulations that are necessary to provide for the standards of bulletproof vests and other rules and regulations necessary for the administration and enforcement of this matter.

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SUPPORT

Representative Rick Edmonds

HB 333

Representative Rick Edmonds

3931 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

Suite 200

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Phone:  (225) 295-9240

edmondsr@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Brian Davis


Abstract: Provides benefits related to infirmity of heart or lungs developed as a result of employment and provides for financial security upon death by heart attack or stroke for surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers. 

Present law provides that any disease or infirmity of the heart or lungs which develops during a period of employment in the classified fire service in this state shall be classified as a disease or infirmity connected with employment. 

Proposed law retains present law and adds law enforcement service. Present law provides an irrebuttable presumption that a fireman whose death is the direct and proximate result of a heart attack or a stroke died as the direct and proximate result of an injury sustained in the performance of his official duties, thereby making his survivors eligible for payment pursuant to present law. 

Present law also provides that if, while on duty, the fireman engages in a stressful or physical activity, including emergency response activity, or participates in a stressful or strenuous physical training exercise and the heart attack or stroke occurs while he is engaged in the activity, while he is on duty after engaging in the activity, or no later than 24 hours after the activity, and whose death is the direct and proximate result of a heart attack or stroke, then present law provides a presumption that the fireman died as the direct and proximate result of an injury sustained in the performance of his official duties for certain purposes in present law. 

Proposed law retains present law and adds law enforcement officers. 

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Representative Ken Brass

SUPPORT

HB 235

Repesentative Kendricks Brass

22140 Highway 20 Suite C

Vacherie, LA 70090

Phone:  (225) 265-9005

brassk@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  D Ara Pillette



Abstract: Increases supplemental pay for eligible law enforcement officers and firefighters from $500 per month to $750 per month. 

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for any regularly employed firefighter who is paid not less than $300 per month by any municipality, parish, fire protection district, or other political subdivision maintaining a fire department, or by the Chitimacha Tribe of La., or Coushatta Tribe of La., or any nonprofit corporation contracting with any political subdivision to provide fire protection services and who completes one year of service. 

Present law also provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for certain full-time firefighters with the New Orleans port authority. 

Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible firefighters. Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for any police officer paid by any municipality or by the Chitimacha Tribe of La., Coushatta Tribe of La., or the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of La., who devotes his full working time to law enforcement, has passed a council-certified training program, and has completed one year of service. 

Present law also provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for certain police officers providing services while patrolling levees, waterways, riverfront areas, and bridges within the city of New Orleans. 

Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible police officers. 

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month to any sheriff for the payment of any full-time commissioned deputy sheriff who has passed a council-approved training program, is paid a salary of not less than $350 per month, and has completed one year of service. 

Present law also provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for any full-time deputy sheriff employed as a field representative or process server. Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible sheriff deputies. 

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month paid to any harbor and bridge police officer or fireboat operator who is a full-time employee of a political subdivision of the state, has passed a post-certified training program, is paid a salary of not less than $800 per month, and has completed one year of service. 

Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible police officers. 

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SUPPORT

Representative Joe Stagni

HB 302

Repesentative Joe Stagni

1201 Williams Blvd

Kenner, LA 70062

Phone:  (504) 465-3479

stagnij@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Louis Laine and Reagan Develle



Abstract: Exempts certain persons from the crime of illegal carrying of weapons, and removes the requirement that a person possess a permit issued by the state of La. in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of La. 

Present law (R.S. 14:95) prohibits the carrying of a concealed firearm, provides for criminal penalties, and provides for certain exceptions to the offense. 

Proposed law creates an exception to this prohibition for a person who is 21 years of age or older and who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under any federal or state law. 

Present law (R.S. 40:1379.3) provides that Louisiana residents who meet certain eligibility requirements may apply for and be issued a concealed handgun permit authorizing the person to carry a concealed handgun on his person in the state of Louisiana. 

Present law requires the person to possess a valid concealed handgun permit issued by the state of La. in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of La. 

Proposed law amends present law to remove the requirement that a person possess a permit issued by the state of La. in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of La. 

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Representative Sherman Mack

OPPOSE

HB 56

Representative Sherman Mack

P.O. Box 115

Albany, LA 70711

Phone:  (225) 567-3677

macks@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  Nacole Wilson


Present constitution creates a fire and police civil service system applicable to municipalities of over 13,000 in population and parishes and fire protection districts. Provides that the system is subject to Art. XIV, §15.1 of the 1921 constitution made statutory by the 1974 constitution. 

Present law creates and provides for two fire and police civil service systems: (1) one applicable to any municipality which operates paid police and fire departments and which has a population of not fewer than 13,000 persons; and (2) one applicable to any parish, fire protection district, or municipality with a population of fewer than 13,000, but not fewer than 7,000 persons. 

Proposed law retains present law and present constitution. Present law regarding fire and police civil service systems for municipalities with not fewer than 13,000 persons, provides that when an appeal is taken by an employee in the classified service to a municipal fire and police civil service board and the board determines, in reversing the decision of the appointing authority, that the corrective or disciplinary action taken by the appointing authority was without just cause, the board may award to the appealing employee attorney fees to be assessed against the appointing authority not to exceed $1,000 in any one appeal. 

Proposed law retains present law but changes the amount of the attorney fees that may be awarded to the appealing attorney from $1,000 to $5,000 in any one appeal. 

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Senator Jay Luneau

SUPPORT

SB 158

Senator Jay Luneau

711 Washington Street

Alexandria, LA 71301

District Phone (318) 484-2288

E-mail Address: luneauj@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:Vanessa Baptiste-McNeal


Abstract: Relative to the municipal fire and police civil service board in the city of Baton Rouge, changes the qualifications for certain board members. 

Present constitution creates a fire and police civil service system applicable to municipalities of over 13,000 in population and parishes and fire protection districts. Provides that the system is subject to Art. XIV, §15.1 of the 1921 constitution made statutory by the 1974 constitution. 

Present law creates and provides for two fire and police civil service systems: (1) one applicable to any municipality which operates paid police and fire departments and which has a population of not fewer than 13,000 persons; and (2) one applicable to any parish, fire protection district, or municipality with a population of fewer than 13,000, but not fewer than 7,000 persons. 

Proposed law retains present constitution and present law. Present law, relative to both systems, creates a municipal fire and police civil service board in each municipality, parish, and fire protection district. Provides that the board shall be composed of five members who are required to serve without compensation. Requires that each member of the board be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of the area for which fire or police protection is provided for at least five years preceding his appointment. Additionally requires each member to be a qualified voter of the area at the time of his appointment. 

Proposed law retains present law. Present law requires that at least two members of the board be appointed who shall be first nominated and elected by and from the regular employees of the fire and police departments. Requires that these members be residents of the parish in which they serve for a period of at least five years preceding their appointment to the board, if so permitted by a resolution of the local governing authority. Provides that the two members are not required to be residents or qualified voters of the area in which they are elected to serve or residents of the parish in which the area is located, if so permitted by a resolution of the local governing authority. 

Proposed law retains present law but provides an exception for the city of Baton Rouge. Requires that the two members elected from the fire and police departments be residents of the city of Baton Rouge, the unincorporated area of East Baton Rouge Parish, or a combination thereof for at least five years preceding their appointment. Additionally requires each member to be a qualified voter of East Baton Rouge Parish at the time of his appointment.

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Representative Denise Marcelle

OPPOSE

HB 376

Representative Denise Marcelle

1824 N. Acadian Thruway W.

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone:  (225) 359-9362

marcelled@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant:  P. Lorraine Burchell


SB303   by Senator Jay Morris   

TRAFFIC:  Allows a local police department to use certain electronic forms. (8/1/20)

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=238110


SB388   by Senator Cleo Fields         

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  Provides relative to financial security for survivors of law enforcement officers. (8/1/20)

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=238487

SB258   by Senator Troy Carter         

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  Provides relative to minimum requirements for annual vacation and sick leave for the employees of the city of Westwego Police Department. (2/3 - CA10s18) (gov sig)

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=238030

SB209   by Senator Jay Morris         

CIVIL SERVICE DEPARTMENT:  Requires the Department of Civil Service to develop online testing for police officer and firefighter applicants. (1/1/21)

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=237947

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=20RS&b=HB756&sbi=yHB756   by Representative Samuel Jenkins       

WEAPONS/HANDGUNS:  Requires the issuance of certain identification to qualified law enforcement officers retired from the office of juvenile justice

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=20RS&b=HB756&sbi=y 

HB420   by Representative Tony Bacala         

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  Provides relative to minimum training requirements for law enforcement officers

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=238121

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=237874SB193   by Senator Sharon Hewitt

ETHICS:  Provides for certain exceptions from Code of Governmental Ethics. (8/1/20)

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=237874


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Other SUPPORTED Legislation

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HB686   by Representative Danny McCormick       

WEAPONS/HANDGUNS:  Provides relative to the concealed carrying of firearms

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=20RS&b=HB686&sbi=y


HB572   by Representative Charles Owen

LABOR:  Provides relative to labor organizations for teachers and other school employees

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=20RS&b=HB572&sbi=y

HB30   by Representative Barry Ivey         

RETIREMENT/STATE POLICE:  Establishes an optional hybrid retirement plan for members of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=237435

HB512   by Representative Rodney Lyons       

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  Provides relative to body-worn cameras

https://legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=238228&sbi=y

HB217   by Representative Larry Frieman       

WORKERS COMPENSATION:  Provides that neither the employer nor insurer is obligated to authorize initial evaluation

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=237769

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Other OPPOSED Legislation

LAFOP Legislative 2020