Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed the first bills into law from the 2021 Legislative Session.

Edwards announced Tuesday that he signed 51 bills, including HB 375 by Rep. Aimee Freeman that allows for sexual assault survivors to receive early termination of their residential leases.

“I am proud to have signed HB 375 by Rep. Freeman into law, making it Act 1 of the 2021 Legislative Session,” Edwards said in a statement. “This bill is a great step forward in helping sexual assault survivors gain independence and protection under the law, and I applaud Rep. Freeman for bringing this legislation forward.”

The other legislation signed into law Tuesday included:

ACT 1—HB 375: Provides relative to sexual assault victims as parties to certain residential lease agreements.

ACT 2—HB 8: Requires the Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor to pay the cost of certain insurance premiums for eligible retirees from the assessor's office.

ACT 3—HB 12: Creates an individual income tax checkoff for the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) organization.

ACT 4—HB 27: Repeals certain adjudication, reporting, and notice requirements applicable to certain licensing boards and commissions.

ACT 5—HB 32: Increases the total number of credits that may be earned by an offender upon earning a bachelor's degree or master's degree.

ACT 6—HB 37: Provides for uniform post-placement functions associated with agency adoptions and private adoptions.

ACT 7—HB 50: Provides a state and local sales and use tax exclusion for certain re-leases or re-rentals of items of tangible personal property.

ACT 8—HB 65: Provides relative to mandatory audits of title insurance producers by title insurers.

ACT 9—HB 69: Provides relative to underground utilities.

ACT 10—HB 97: Designates a portion of United States Highway 425 in the town of Mangham as the "Marshall Waters, Jr. Memorial Highway."

ACT 11—HB 125: Provides relative to the role of the Department of Children and Family Services as an indispensable party in certain domestic matters.

ACT 12—HB 139: Requires specified members of the parish board of election supervisors to complete annual training relative to the preparation for and conduct of elections.

ACT 13—HB 141: Requires persons conducting exit polls within six hundred feet of a polling place to register with the secretary of state.

ACT 14—HB 179: Provides relative to the requirements for officers and directors of domestic regulated entities.

ACT 15—HB 182: Provides relative to annual meetings of domestic insurance companies.

ACT 16—HB 214: Provides relative to required orientation and training of new registrars of voters.

ACT 17—HB 217: Provides relative to banks and banking.

ACT 18—HB 227: Provides relative to subpoena duces tecum when investigating sex offenses involving human trafficking.

ACT 19—HB 236: Provides relative to Louisiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Law.

ACT 20—HB 260: Provides for technical corrections and revision of provisions of Title 36 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

ACT 21—HB 283: Repeals reporting requirements related to commercial motor vehicle policies.

ACT 22—HB 285: Provides relative to the amount a time a person may remain in a voting machine.

ACT 23—HB 298: Provides relative to stockholders' meetings and use of remote communication.

ACT 24—HB 307: Provides relative to notary examination preparatory education and instruction reporting requirements.

ACT 25—HB 385: Provides for the removal of abandoned manufactured housing units.

ACT 26—HB 387: Provides relative to network leasing by dental insurers.

ACT 27—HB 400: Provides relative to the partition of property.

ACT 28—HB 436: Repeals requirements for the Department of Insurance to maintain a central database for contact information on life insurance policies in force in the state.

ACT 29—HB 450: Provides relative to the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Commission.

ACT 30—HB 451: Provides for discounts and insurance rate reductions for residential and commercial buildings built to, or retrofitted to, reduce the threat of loss due to windstorm events.

ACT 31—HB 461: Provides relative to violations by facilities licensed in accordance with the Specialized Provider Licensing Act.

ACT 32—HB 462: Provides relative to the tax on surplus lines and unauthorized insurance.

ACT 33—HB 532: Provides relative to the contract limit for certain common carrier certificate requirements for movers of household goods.

ACT 34—HB 689: Provides relative to credit unions.

ACT 35—SB 13: Allows upgrade of accrual rate applicable to transferred service credit.

ACT 36—SB 21: Provides for the purchase of service and salary credit for members furloughed due to COVID-19.

ACT 37—SB 24: Provides a minimum benefit increase for certain retirees, beneficiaries, and survivors of the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana, Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System, and State Police Retirement System.

ACT 38—SB 26: Designates the Forked Island Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on Louisiana Highway 82 in Vermilion Parish as the "Rose Ashy Broussard Memorial Bridge."

ACT 39—SB 37: Provides for designation of certain state highways.

ACT 40—SB 67: Increases the documentation fee allowed to be charged between an automobile dealer and customer.

ACT 41—SB 78: Provides for eligibility for military honor license plates for members of the Louisiana National Guard.

ACT 42—SB 79: Provides relative to the governance of fire protection districts created by Pointe Coupee Parish.

ACT 43—SB 84: Provides for health insurance coverage of genetic testing for various cancer mutations.

ACT 44—SB 100: Provides liability protection for federally insured depository institutions and mutual associations that transfer money or property by relying on small succession affidavits.

ACT 45—SB 119: Provides relative to health insurance coverage for mammography.

ACT 46—SB 169: Provides relative to the Louisiana Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.

ACT 47—SB 174: Provides relative to the membership of the Alexandria/Pineville Area Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.

ACT 48—SB 182: Provides relative to public bid forms and specifications.

ACT 49—SB 184: Provides for the appointment of members to the nominating committee for the board of commissioners of St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 2.

ACT 50—SB 191: Provides relative to coverage of certain physician-administered drugs and related services.

ACT 51—SB 193: Provides relative to entrance firefighters and police officer classes.

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ACT 22—HB 285: Provides relative to the amount a time a person may remain in a voting machine.

Oh yeah, this is one of Louisiana's most pressing problems. I know I'm supposed to be nice here, but who is the idiot legislator who proposed this one? Really, who is it? Shine a light on this dolt who has nothing better to do than ensure old ladies with vision problems get hauled out of the voting booth? Can anyone help me, direct me to where I can find the name of this Einstein legislator?


Here is boys!

Here he is world!

Here's ROSE!...I mean TED! Edward "TED" James, Democrat Legislator of District 101 in Baton Rouge!

Ted is our hero legislator of the day, our very own Master wordsmith who generously devoted his entire lunch hour conjuring up the magic words, known as HB285, to jettison our senior citizens and those who are visually challenged, out of the voting booth after 6 minutes.

I, for one, have spent many a sleepless night worrying about this vexing problem, and I'm sure I speak for tens of thousands in your district, of which I am one. Good show, Ted! Now, tell us again--how much are we paying you for your leadership skills? Well, you're worth every penny, Ted, every shiny penny. No one can deny that! In fact, I'd be the first person in your district to say your leadership skills are worth a penny.

Now, does your bill also provide funds for a stopwatch for each of our voting precincts, or did that slip your mind? And..uh...Ted? Who at these precincts is charged with hauling these people out of the booth? Did you provide funding for hiring out-of-work muscle-bound youths or do you expect that 5'1", skinny little lady volunteer who escorts us to the booth to put that Helen Keller wannabe agitator in a headlock and escort that miscreant and her souped-up, three wheeling, Scout scooter out the front door?

What? No stopwatches, no muscle men, you mean there is absolutely no way to enforce HB285 and you knew it when you proposed it? You mean... you were just blowing hot air out of both ends and wasting valuable legislative time trying to make a name for yourself?

When you run for re-election, Ted, make sure you run under the flag of HB285 and remind us of your hard work for all the seniors and visually impaired citizens of your district-----because you can be darn sure whoever runs against you will remind us.[beam]



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