Prenuptial Finance Disclosure

					                           Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians

                                      February 19, 2008

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RE:            2008 Special Session

        • The House adjourned until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2008.
        • The Senate adjourned until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2008

                         Standing Committee Meeting Schedule -

                                TUESDAY - 2/19/08
    House Ways and Means
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
8:30 A.M. RM. 5
1. Committee Jurisdiction-Dirk Thibodeaux
2. Cynthia Bridges-Dept. of Revenue
3. Functions of the Committee-Deborah Davison, Fiscal Div.

 Committee Members: Greene, Chairman / Smith, Jane, Vice Chairman / Arnold / Badon, A. / Baldone /
 Barras / Burrell / Carter, S. / Danahay / Guillory, M. / Henry / Hoffmann / Honey / Nowlin / Perry / Richard
 / Richmond / Ritchie / Robideaux / Templet


    House Transportation
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
9:30 A.M. RM. 3
Presentations:
LA Assn. of Contractors
Associated Builders & Contractors
LA Asphalt Pavement Assn.
Concrete & Aggregates Assn. of LA
LA Motor Transport Assn.
Driving Louisiana Forward

 Committee Members: Hutter, Chairman / Downs, Vice Chairman / Armes / Aubert / Billiot / Burns, H. /
 Dixon / Doerge / Franklin / Gisclair / Guinn / Hill / Howard / Jones, S. / Little / Montoucet / Norton / Pope
 / St. Germain


    Senate Agriculture
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
9:30 A.M. RM. F
 A. Update from Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry, Commissioner
 Mike Strain.
 B. Update from Southern University Ag Center, Chancellor Leodrey Williams.
 C. Update from Louisiana State University Ag Center, Chancellor Bill
 Richardson.

  Committee Members: Thompson, Chairman / Walsworth, Vice-Chairman / Long / McPherson / Nevers
  / Riser / Smith
    House Civil Law
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
10:00 A.M. RM. 4
 Alan Levine, Secretary, DHH
 Robbie Endris, Executive Director, DSS/SES
 Leah Guerry, Executive Director, LA Association for Justice
 Desire Lemoine, LA Chemical Association
 Kerry Cooley, Asst. Director, Dept. of Governmental Affairs, LA State
 Medical Society
 Jonica Coates, LA Association of Business and Industry
 Larry Murray, LA State Bar Association
 John Gallagher, Staff Attorney, LA Municipal Association
 David Boneno, LA Bankers Association
 John Lemoine, M.D., Chairman, LAMMICO
 Judge Darrell White (Retired), LA Family Forum
 Bud Thompson, Director, Office of Risk Management
 John W. Perry, Jr., President, LA Association of Defense Council
 William E. Crawford, Director, LA State Law Institute

   Committee Members: Burns, Tim, Chairman / Lorusso, Vice Chairman / Abramson / Burford / Chaney
   / Cromer / Edwards / Foil / Hines / Johnson / Jones, R. / Mills / Richardson / Willmott


    House and Governmental Affairs
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
10:00 A.M. RM. 6
  HB 34        Richard      Relative to prohibitions on legislators and certain persons entering into
                            contracts with governmental entities, extends prohibition until a year after
                            end of service, removes exception for contracts awarded by competitive
                            processes.
  HB 63          Hardy            Relative to prohibition on legislators and certain affiliated person entering
                                  into certain contracts with governmental entities, removes exception for
                                  those awarded by competitive processes.
  HB 85          Jones, Sam       Prohibits certain public officials from appointing campaign contributors to
                                  certain boards and commissions.
  HCR 6          Tucker           Provides relative to supplemental forms filed by nongovernmental
                                  organizations for state appropriations.
  SB 1           Chaisson         Provides restrictions and disclosure requirements for contracts involving
                                  certain public servants and certain affiliated persons and entities.
  SB 3           Chaisson         Repeals the gift exception for elected officials for cultural and sporting
                                  events.
  SB 8           Chaisson         Prohibits acceptance of more than $50 per occasion on food, drink or
                                  refreshments by public servants.
  SB 10          Chaisson         Prohibits certain conduct by lobbyists.
  SB 35          Chaisson         Prohibits the use of counter letters and similar methods to avoid
                                  compliance with the Code of Governmental Ethics.
  SB 39          Chaisson         Provides relative to civil and criminal penalties for violation of laws
                                  relative to meetings of public bodies and public records, including
                                  discipline and termination or removal of public employees.
  SB 57          Adley            Expands prohibitions regarding assistance to certain persons after
                                  termination of public service by certain public servants.

 Committee Members: Gallot, Chairman / Smiley, Vice Chairman / Barras / Connick / Cromer / Danahay /
 Ellington / Geymann / Henry / Jackson, G. / Jones, R. / Ligi / Marchand / Peterson / Ponti / Pugh / Richard /
 Smith, Jane / Waddell


    Senate Insurance
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
10:00 A.M. RM A-B
  Review of private health insurance in the state
  1) Managed Health Care Association, Gil Dupre, CEO
  2) Blue Cross/Blue Shield, David Lavergne
  3) Coventry Health Care of La., George Bucher, President/CEO
  4) Department of Insurance, Office of Health, Karen Winfrey, Deputy
  Commissioner

    Committee Members: Cravins, Chairman / Long, Vice-Chairman / Dupre / Hebert /
    LaFleur / Morrish / Quinn


    Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
10:00 A.M. RM. E
 Department of Revenue - Cynthia Bridges, Secretary
 Tax Commission - Vergie Booty, Administrator
 Capital Outlay - Jerry Jones, Director, Office of Facility Planning &
 Control
 Taxes - Sherry Phillips-Hymel, Senate Chief Budget Analyst, Greg Albrecht,
 Legislative Fiscal Office Chief Economist

   Committee Members: Marionneaux, Chairman / Adley, Vice-Chairman / Dorsey / Dupre / Erdey /
   Gray / Kostelka / Long / Morrish / Riser / Shaw


    Senate and Governmental Affairs
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
10:00 A.M. JOHN J. HAINKEL RM.
  SR 5         Chaisson     Provides requirements and procedures concerning supplemental
                            information regarding amendments to any appropriation bill
                            appropriating monies to certain entities.
  HB 1           Tucker           Requires certain public servants and candidates for certain offices to
                                  disclose certain financial information.
  HB 41          Tucker           Provides relative to enforcement of laws within the jurisdiction of the
                                  Board of Ethics.

 Committee Members: Kostelka, Chairman / Smith, Vice-Chairman / Amedee / Donahue / Jackson / Murray
 / Walsworth


    House Appropriations
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
At Adj. RM 4
  Department Overview
SUBCOMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT
At Adj. RM 5
  Department Overview
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY & CORRECTIONS
At Adj. RM 3
 Department Overview

   Committee Members: Fannin, Chairman / Lambert, Vice Chairman / Cazayoux / Champagne /
   Connick / Cortez / Ellington / Geymann / Guillory, E.L. / Harrison / Hazel / LaBruzzo / LeBas / Leger /
   Ligi / McVea / Morrell / Morris / Pearson / Peterson, K. / Schroder / Smiley / Smith, G. / Smith, P. /
   Williams / SUBCOMMITTEE ON BUSINESS & DEVELOPMENT: Smith, G., Chairman / Connick / Cortez /
   Lambert / Schroder / SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION: Lambert, Chairman / Harrison / Pearson /
   Peterson, K. / Smith, P. / SUBCOMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT: Geymann, Chairman /
   Champagne / Ellington / Ligi / Morrell / SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: McVea,
   Chairman / Hazel / LaBruzzo / LeBas / Williams / SUBCOMMITTEE ON INFRASTRUCTURE &
   RESOURCES: Morris, Chairman / Cazayoux / Ellington / Leger / Smiley / SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC
   SAFETY & CORRECTIONS: Guillory, E.L,, Chairman / Hazel / McVea / Smiley / Smith, G.
    Senate Retirement
TUESDAY - 2/19/08
2:00 P.M. RM.A-B
  SB 15        Scalise           Requires forfeiture of public retirement or pension benefits upon
                                 conviction of certain felonies.
  SB 16          Scalise         Requires forfeiture of public retirement of pension benefits of elected
                                 officials convicted of certain felonies.
  SB 17          Scalise         A constitutional amendment requiring the forfeiture of benefits from
                                 any public retirement or pension system, plan, or fund member
                                 upon conviction of a felony.
  SCR 3          Alario          Memorializes congress to reduce or eliminate the Social Security
                                 reductions known as the Windfall Elimination Provision and the
                                 Government Pension Offset.
  HCR 7          Hoffman         Memorializes congress to review and consider eliminating the
                                 Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination
                                 Provision (WEP) social security benefit reductions.

 Committee Members: Gautreaux B., Chairman / Cravins, Vice-Chairman / Cassidy / Crowe / Hebert /
 Scalise / Shepherd




                                 WEDNESDAY - 2/20/08
    House Natural Resources and Environment
WEDNESDAY - 2/20/08
9:00 A.M. RM. 4
 Presentation by the Department of Environment Quality
 Presentation by State Land Office

  Committee Members: Dove, Chairman / St. Germain, Vice Chairman / Badon, B. / Billiot / Burns, H. /
  Champagne / Foil / Gisclair / Guinn / Harrison / Henderson / Jones, S / Lambert / Little / Montoucet /
  Morris / Perry




                                  THURSDAY - 2/21/08
    Senate Local and Municipal Affairs
THURSDAY - 2/21/08
10:00 A.M. RM. F
  SB 67        Shepherd       Authorizes and provides for powers and functions of certain
                              municipal entities, ethics review boards, and offices of inspector
                              general.
  SB 71          Shepherd        Provides for recusal from voting and requires public disclosure by
                                 certain public servants as means to prevent fraud and abuse.

 Committee Members: Shepherd, Chairman / Gray, Vice-Chairman / Cheek / Cravins / Crowe / Jackson /
 Quinn

          **** HOUSE ORDER OF BUSINESS ****
                           TUESDAY - 2/19/08             5:00 P.M.
                                SCR'S TO BE REFERRED

  SCR 2         Murray - Inherited Immovable Property Study
                Creates special committee to study the ability of co-owners of inherited immovable
                property to make their titles merchantable.

                  HB'S RETURNED TO CALENDAR-NOTICE GIVEN
HB 72   Barrow - Campaign Fund Authorization/Constituent Gifts
        Allows the use of campaign funds for certain gifts for constituents.
HB 91   Morrell - Board of Ethics Executive Counsel
        Provides for an executive counsel to the Board of Ethics.

        HB'S TO BE REFERRED-RETURNED TO CALENDAR

HB 20   Champagne - Retirement Benefits Forfeiture
        Requires forfeiture of retirement benefits by any elected official who is a member of
        a public retirement system and is convicted of certain state or federal felony acts
        associated with his office.
HB 24   Richard - Campaign Finance-Payment of Fines
        Prohibits use of campaign funds to pay fines, fees, or penalties imposed pursuant
        to campaign finance laws, ethics laws, or legislative lobbying laws.
HB 26   Henry - Counter Letter Prohibition/Ethics Code
        Prohibits the use of counter letters, including their use to circumvent the Ethics
        Code.
HB 44   Ligi - Retirement Benefit Forfeiture/Felony
        Requires forfeiture of retirement benefits by any public employee or elected official
        who is a member of a public retirement system and is convicted of certain state or
        federal felony acts associated with his office.
HB 45   Henry - Retirement Benefit Forfeiture/Felony
        Requires forfeiture of public retirement or pension benefits upon conviction of
        certain felonies.
HB 49   Greene - Retirement Benefit Forfeiture/Public Employee
        Requires forfeiture of retirement benefits by any public employee or elected official
        who is a member of a public retirement system and is convicted of certain state or
        federal acts associated with his office.
HB 51   Henry - Retirement Benefit Forfeiture/Felony
        Requires forfeiture of public retirement or pension benefits of elected officials
        convicted of certain felonies.
HB 53   Greene - Retirement Benefit Forfeiture/Felony Convict.
        Requires forfeiture of retirement benefits by any public employee or elected official
        who is a member of public retirement system and is convicted of certain state or
        federal felony acts associated with his office.
HB 79   Morrell - New Orleans Boards Recusals
        Provide relative to recusal by members of certain boards in New Orleans
HB 84   Jones, Sam - Prenuptial Agreement/Financial Disclosure Exc.
        Excludes from financial disclosure requirements information related to any income,
        property, business enterprise, or other interests of a public servant's spouse
        included in a prenuptial agreement.

        SB'S TO BE REFERRED-RETURNED TO CALENDAR

SB 53   Murray - Corrupt Influencing-Crime Penalties
        Increases penalties for the crime of corrupt influencing.

        HB'S ON FINAL PASSAGE-RETURNED TO CALENDAR

HB 2    Tucker - Financial Disclosure/Public Servants
        Requires certain public servants and candidate for certain offices to disclose
        certain financial information.
HB 3    Tucker - Financial Disclosure/Judges
        Requires judges and candidates for judge to disclose certain financial information.
HB 28    Tucker - Filing False Public Documents/Criminal Viol.
         Relative to violations of laws under the Board of Ethics' jurisdiction, makes
         applicable certain provision and penalties relative to the crime of filing of false
         public documents and provides for referral of criminal violations.
HB 48    Greene - Const. Amend./Retirement Benefit Forfeiture
         Constitutional amendment which provides for forfeiture of retirement benefits by
         public officials and employees who are convicted of felony acts associated with
         their positions.
HB 89    Richard - Prohibition of Campaign Funds to Pay Fines
         Prohibits the use of campaign funds to pay fines, fees, and penalties assessed
         pursuant to the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.

                        House Daily Report
                34th Legislature, First Called Session
                         February 19, 2008

                                 BILLS FILED

HB 96    LaFonta           Prohibits persons having certain contracts with any
                           state agency from holding elective office in state
                           government and prohibits certain elected officials from
                           having or entering into certain contracts with any state
                           agency.
HB 97    LaFonta           Prohibits persons from serving on or being employed
                           by any board or commission under specified
                           circumstances.
HCR 13   Burford           Expresses condolences upon the death of Bryce
                           Norwood.
HCR 14   Ligi              Commends Craig Steltz on his outstanding career as
                           an LSU Tiger.
HCR 15   Katz              Designates the week of March 10, 2008, as Multiple
                           Sclerosis Awareness Week.

                        COMMITTEE REFERRALS

HB 96    LaFonta           Prohibits persons having certain contracts with any
                           state agency from holding elective office in state
                           government and prohibits certain elected officials from
                           having or entering into certain contracts with any state
                           agency.
                                  • Referred to House Committee on House and
                                  Governmental Affairs
HB 97    LaFonta           Prohibits persons from serving on or being employed
                           by any board or commission under specified
                           circumstances.
                                  • Referred to House Committee on House and
                                  Governmental Affairs
HR 16    LaBruzzo          Discontinues the daily distribution of the paper copies
                           of the journal and order of the day to the members.
                                  • Referred to House Committee on House and
                                  Governmental Affairs
SB 10    Chaisson          Prohibits certain conduct by lobbyists.

                                  • Referred to House Committee on House and
                                  Governmental Affairs
SB 34    Kostelka          Prohibits candidates for elected office from using
                           campaign contributions to pay family members.
                         • Referred to House Committee on House and
                         Governmental Affairs
SB 35   Chaisson   Prohibits the use of counter letters and similar
                   methods to avoid compliance with the Code of
                   Governmental Ethics.
                         • Referred to House Committee on House and
                         Governmental Affairs
SB 39   Chaisson   Provides relative to civil and criminal penalties for
                   violation of laws relative to meetings of public bodies
                   and public records, including discipline and termination
                   or removal of public employees.
                         • Referred to House Committee on House and
                         Governmental Affairs
SB 57   Adley      Expands prohibitions regarding assistance to certain
                   persons after termination of public service by certain
                   public servants.
                         • Referred to House Committee on House and
                         Governmental Affairs


                   COMMITTEE REPORTS

SB 2    Chaisson   Prohibits certain public servants from receiving any
                   thing of economic value for assistance to a person in a
                   transaction for the purpose of lobbying and for such
                   assistance for a certain period of time post public
                   service.
                         • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                         House and Governmental Affairs
SB 5    Chaisson   Eliminates provision authorizing certain elected
                   officials to vote upon matters which would otherwise
                   present a conflict of interest.
                         • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                         House and Governmental Affairs
SB 9    Chaisson   Requires lobbyists to file monthly expenditure reports
                   and to disclose expenditures in excess of $50 in the
                   aggregate on public servants.
                         • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                         House and Governmental Affairs
SB 11   Chaisson   Provides relative to lobbyist registration and
                   expenditure report requirements.
                         • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                         House and Governmental Affairs
SB 44   Chaisson   Prohibits certain public servants and former public
                   servants from representing persons for compensation
                   before certain governmental entities or it's officials or
                   agencies.
                         • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                         House and Governmental Affairs


                      FLOOR ACTION

HB 2    Tucker     Requires certain public servants and candidate for
                   certain offices to disclose certain financial information.
                         • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
HB 3    Tucker     Requires judges and candidates for judge to disclose
                   certain financial information.
                         • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
HB 27   Waddell    Limits the public records exemption for the office of
                   the governor to the executive office of the governor.
                         • Passed by a vote of 89 YEAS 7 NAYS
HB 80      Morrell           Provide relative to certain investigative and subpoena
                             powers of a local ethics entity , local ethics review
                             board, or office of inspector general in certain home
                             rule municipalities.
                                    • 1 Floor amendment(s) adopted
                                    • Passed by a vote of 98 YEAS 0 NAYS
HCR 13     Burford           Expresses condolences upon the death of Bryce
                             Norwood.
                                    • Passed
HCR 14     Ligi              Commends Craig Steltz on his outstanding career as
                             an LSU Tiger.
                                    • Passed
HCR 15     Katz              Designates the week of March 10, 2008, as Multiple
                             Sclerosis Awareness Week.
                                    • Passed
SB 53      Murray            Increases penalties for the crime of corrupt
                             influencing.
                                    • Returned to the calendar - subject to call


                                FINAL ACTIONS

HCR 12     Greene            Expresses condolences upon the death of Staff
                             Sergeant Michael John Gabel.
                                    • Enrolled
HR 15      Billiot           Urges the DEQ, DOTD, and the Department of
                             Economic Development to attend U.S. Army Corps of
                             Engineer public hearings on borrow material and to
                             report.
                                    • Enrolled




        **** SENATE ORDER OF BUSINESS ****
                     TUESDAY - 2/19/08                5:00 P.M.
           SB'S TO BE REFERRED-RETURNED TO CALENDAR

SB 48      Murray - Bribery of Voters
           Increases penalties for the crime of bribery of voters.
SB 49      Murray - Public Salary Deduction-Crime Penalty
           Increases penalties for the crime of public salary deduction.
SB 50      Murray - Public Salary Extortion
           Increases penalties for the crime of public salary extortion.
SB 51      Murray - Malfeasance in Office-Crime Penalties
           Increases the penalties for the crime of malfeasance in office.
SB 52      Murray - Political Payroll Padding-Penalties
           Increases penalties for the crime of political payroll padding.
SB 54      Murray - Public Bribery-Penalties
           Increases penalties for the crime of public bribery.
SB 55      Murray - Public Payroll Fraud-Penalties
           Increases penalties for the crime of public payroll fraud.
SB 61      Martiny - Penalty Increase/Public Bribery
           Increases penalties for the crime of public bribery.
SB 62      Martiny - Penalty Increase/Bribery of Voters
         Increases penalties for the crime of bribery of voters.
SB 63    Martiny - Penalty Increase/Corrupt Influencing
         Increase penalties for the crime of corrupt influencing.

                          SCB'S TO BE REFERRED

SCR 19   Hebert - Gordon Doerle Landfill Expansion
         Requests DEQ to deny all requests for permits to expand the Gordon Doerle
         Landfill near the Acadiana Regional Airport in Iberia Parish.

                          SB'S ON FINAL PASSAGE

SB 37    Chaisson - State Spending Website
         Requires the commissioner of administration to establish and maintain a website to
         post reports of state spending by agency.

         SB'S ON FINAL PASSAGE-RETURNED TO CALENDR

SB 4     Chaisson - Const. Amend./Code of Ethics Exceptions
         Constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the elected members of
         the legislature to enact exceptions to the Code of Governmental Ethics.
SB 19    Nevers - Lobbying-Prohibits Giving Anything of Value
         Prohibits any expenditure by a legislative or executive lobbyist on a legislator or
         executive branch official.
SB 23    Nevers - Campaign Finance-Prohibits Appointment
         Prohibits the appointment or nomination of certain campaign contributors.
SB 25    Nevers - Campaign Finance-Appointment Prohibition
         Provides that no elected official may appoint or nominate any person who
         contributed to the elected official's campaign for that office.
SB 59    Martiny - Concealment of Financial Conflict/Crime
         Provides for the crime of concealment of a financial conflict of interest by a
         legislator.
SB 60    Martiny - Concealment of Financial Conflict/Crime
         Provides for the crime of concealment of a financial conflict of interest by an
         elected official.

  SB'S ON FINAL PASSAGE-INVOLUNTARILY RETURNED TO CALENDAR

SB 31    Kostelka - Campaign Finance-Contributors' Employers
         Requires that campaign finance reports include the name of the employer of any
         person making a contribution or for which the aggregate amount of total
         contributions made by the individual exceeds $250.

                      Senate Daily Report
              34th Legislature, First Called Session
                       February 19, 2008


                                BILLS FILED

SCR 9    Nevers            Commends Justin P. Lowery upon winning a bronze
                           medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 10   Nevers            Commends Erica Barmes upon winning a bronze medal
                           in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 11   Nevers     Commends Brandy Beaubouef upon winning a silver
                    medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 12   Nevers     Commends Michelle Dopp-Porter upon winning a silver
                    medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 13   Nevers     Commends Ronnie Young upon winning a bronze
                    medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 14   Nevers     Commends Kim Troutman upon winning a bronze
                    medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 15   Nevers     Commends Deanne Passman upon winning a gold
                    medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 16   Nevers     Commends Michael Marcel upon winning a silver medal
                    in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 17   Nevers     Commends Parker Stough upon winning a bronze
                    medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 18   Nevers     Commends Jeff Morris upon winning a gold medal in
                    the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
SCR 19   Hebert     Requests DEQ to deny all requests for permits to
                    expand the Gordon Doerle Landfill near the Acadiana
                    Regional Airport in Iberia Parish.

                   COMMITTEE REFERRALS

HB 27    Waddell    Limits the public records exemption for the office of
                    the governor to the executive office of the governor.
                          • Referred to Senate Committee on Senate and
                          Governmental Affairs
HB 58    Morrell    Requires certain disclosure for the conduct of certain
                    telephone communications and polling.
                          • Referred to Senate Committee on Senate and
                          Governmental Affairs
HB 80    Morrell    Provide relative to certain investigative and subpoena
                    powers of a local ethics entity , local ethics review
                    board, or office of inspector general in certain home
                    rule municipalities.
                          • Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Local and
                          Municipal Affairs
SB 46    Adley      Requires any legislator who receives compensation for
                    working on the campaign of another candidate to
                    report such receipt annually.
                          • Recommitted Senate Finance


                   COMMITTEE REPORTS

HB 6     Tucker     Provides relative to ethics education and training for
                    registered lobbyists.
                          • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                          Senate and Governmental Affairs
HB 7     Tucker     Provides relative to contributions to gubernatorial
                    transitions and inaugurations.
                          • Reported favorably from committee on Senate and
                          Governmental Affairs
HB 8     Tucker     Provides relative to the protection of public employees
                    from threats of reprisal for reporting acts of alleged
                    impropriety.
                          • Reported favorably from committee on Senate and
                          Governmental Affairs
HB 29    Tucker     Provides relative to the qualifications for service on the
                    Board of Ethics.
                          • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                             Senate and Governmental Affairs
HB 56    Tucker        Creates and provides for an independent office of state
                       inspector general within the office of the governor.
                             • Reported favorably from committee on Senate and
                             Governmental Affairs
SB 37    Chaisson      Requires the commissioner of administration to
                       establish and maintain a website to post reports of
                       state spending by agency.
                             • Reported favorably from committee as amended
                             Senate Finance


                          FLOOR ACTION

HCR 13   Burford       Expresses condolences upon the death of Bryce
                       Norwood.
                             • Passed by a vote of 37 YEAS 0 NAYS
HCR 14   Ligi          Commends Craig Steltz on his outstanding career as
                       an LSU Tiger.
                             • Passed by a vote of 38 YEAS 0 NAYS
HCR 15   Katz          Designates the week of March 10, 2008, as Multiple
                       Sclerosis Awareness Week.
                             • Passed by a vote of 38 YEAS 0 NAYS
SB 14    Marionneaux   Requires the name of third-party entities on the face
                       of paid political advertisements.
                             • 5 Floor amendment(s) adopted
                             • Passed by a vote of 37 YEAS 0 NAYS
SB 19    Nevers        Prohibits any expenditure by a legislative or executive
                       lobbyist on a legislator or executive branch official.
                             • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
SB 23    Nevers        Prohibits the appointment or nomination of certain
                       campaign contributors.
                             • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
SB 25    Nevers        Provides that no elected official may appoint or
                       nominate any person who contributed to the elected
                       official's campaign for that office.
                             • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
SB 29    Marionneaux   Requires the filing of campaign reports by qualified 26
                       USCA 527 political organizations regarding all persons
                       making contributions to the organization, the amount
                       of such contributions, and the expenditures made by
                       the organization.
                             • Passed by a vote of 37 YEAS 2 NAYS
SB 31    Kostelka      Requires that campaign finance reports include the
                       name of the employer of any person making a
                       contribution or for which the aggregate amount of
                       total contributions made by the individual exceeds
                       $250.
                             • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
SB 34    Kostelka      Prohibits candidates for elected office from using
                       campaign contributions to pay family members.
                             • Passed by a vote of 38 YEAS 0 NAYS
SB 47    Adley         Provides for felony violation of election campaign
                       finance law.
                             • 3 Floor amendment(s) adopted
                             • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS
SB 53    Murray        Increases penalties for the crime of corrupt
                       influencing.
                             • Passed by a vote of 38 YEAS 0 NAYS
SB 57    Adley     Expands prohibitions regarding assistance to certain
                   persons after termination of public service by certain
                   public servants.
                         • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS
SB 58    Martiny   Creates the crime of abuse of office.

                         • Passed by a vote of 38 YEAS 1 NAYS
SB 59    Martiny   Provides for the crime of concealment of a financial
                   conflict of interest by a legislator.
                         • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
SB 60    Martiny   Provides for the crime of concealment of a financial
                   conflict of interest by an elected official.
                         • Returned to the calendar - subject to call
SB 65    Scalise   Provides relative to campaign contributions.

                         • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 2    Murray    Creates special committee to study the ability of co-
                   owners of inherited immovable property to make their
                   titles merchantable.
                         • Passed by a vote of 32 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 9    Nevers    Commends Justin P. Lowery upon winning a bronze
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 36 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 10   Nevers    Commends Erica Barmes upon winning a bronze medal
                   in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 36 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 11   Nevers    Commends Brandy Beaubouef upon winning a silver
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 37 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 12   Nevers    Commends Michelle Dopp-Porter upon winning a silver
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 37 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 13   Nevers    Commends Ronnie Young upon winning a bronze
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 37 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 14   Nevers    Commends Kim Troutman upon winning a bronze
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 38 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 15   Nevers    Commends Deanne Passman upon winning a gold
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 16   Nevers    Commends Michael Marcel upon winning a silver medal
                   in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 17   Nevers    Commends Parker Stough upon winning a bronze
                   medal in the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS
SCR 18   Nevers    Commends Jeff Morris upon winning a gold medal in
                   the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
                         • Passed by a vote of 39 YEAS 0 NAYS


                     FINAL ACTIONS

SCR 7    Broome    Commends Janet S. Rami upon being recognized by
                   Nurseweek as one of the 10 Nurse Heroes of 2007.
                         • Enrolled
SCR 8    Broome    Commends U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant First
                                   Class Benjamin David Ratcliff IV for his brave and
                                   outstanding service to his country.
                                           • Enrolled




SENATE & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Committee meeting held on February 15, 2008 - 9:00
A.M.
SB 31 Requires that campaign finance reports include the name of the employer of any person
making a contribution or for which the aggregate amount of total contributions made by the
individual exceeds $250.- Favorably as Amended - Jimmy Faircloth presented the amendment
that clarifies how far you have to go to find out who the donation givers employer is. He said that
the purpose of the bill is directed to finding out about bundling. Another amendment was added to
add the words "if any." The amendments both were adopted and the bill was reported favorably.

SCR 2 Creates special committee to study the ability of co-owners of inherited immovable
property to make their titles merchantable. - Favorably - Sen. Murray introduced three speakers
to explain the legislation. Malcolm Meyer of the law firm of Adams & Reese, a representative from
the New Orleans Road Home and a representative of a non -profit told the Committee that the SE
La. Legal Services had been working very hard on these titles. They said that over 10,000
families are having trouble clearing their titles so they can receive the money and rebuilt. Sen.
Kostelka said he had anticipated this problem. Sen. Murray said that this property needed to be
put back into commerce. Mr. Meyer said that this problem was not caused by Katrina but rather,
revealed by Katrina. He predicted many more situations like this one where generations of
successions have not been opened. And the family members just keep living on the land or
house. This creates title nightmares. Sen. Murray moved to report the bill.

SB 19 Prohibits any expenditure by a legislative or executive lobbyist on a legislator or executive
branch official. - Favorably -Sen. Nevers presented the bill. He told the Committee that this bill
saves taxpayer dollars and protects elected officials from having false records attributed to them.
He said that right now there is no way to track whether a lobbyist is putting their name on
expenditures without permission. The bill was different from the one on the House side.

SB 20 Prohibits an elected official from qualifying from any other elected office while holding his
office. - Voluntarily Deferred - Sen. Nevers said that his constituents are tired of their elected
official immediate running for another office. Sen. Smith said that he like the bill but had some
technical problems with the language. Sen. Murray pointed out that this did not affect judges.
Sen. Donahue asked if there could be some compromise about the 120 day time period. He also
asked what other states were doing. This matter was deferred until some of the problems could
be addressed by staff. An amendment was proposed by not adopted.

SB 23 Prohibits the appointment or nomination of certain campaign contributors.- Favorably as
Amended - Sen. Nevers told the committee that the "little man" can serve on these statewide
Boards and Commissions. An amendment was adopted changing the amount to over $2,500 and
another changing some language. The bill was reported unopposed.

SB 22 Prohibits legislators and certain elected officials from entering into contracts with the state
and subdivisions thereof unless competitively bid under the Public Bid Law. - Voluntarily Deferred
- without discussion

SB 24 Deletes exception for free tickets and prohibits any preferential status or treatment in
purchase of tickets to athletic and cultural events based on an individual's status as a public
servant. - Voluntarily Deferred - without discussion

SB 25 Provides that no elected official may appoint or nominate any person who contributed to
the elected official's campaign for that office.- Favorably as Amended - Three amendments were
adopted to this bill. One changes the amount to $2,500 or more, another restricts this to just
Boards and Commissions and another includes the same language as the amendment to SB#23
added. Sen. Walsworth asked if this meant they can't get a job either or just can't serve on a
Board & Commission. Sen. Nevers said it was never his intent to stop people from getting a job.
Sen. Walsworth said the bill is too broad. There is no way from him to know if one of his
donations had a father in law on a Board & Commission. Sen. Nevers assured him that he would
work out the details on the floor and would not move on it until their concerns were satisfied.

SB 26 Requires certain financial disclosure by statewide elected officials, legislators, and certain
local elected officials. - Voluntarily Deferred - Sen. Adley said that this was a disclosure bill and a
duplicate of a bill introduced last session. A discussion was held on how to obtain fiscal notes on
these bills before they come to Committee. Richard Sherburne explained the procedure in getting
a fiscal note and the problems completing the requests. He said there are too many variables to
calculate accurately. Sen. Adley asked to defer this until he had fiscal notes on similar legislation.

SB 46 Requires any legislator who receives compensation for working on the campaign of
another candidate to report such receipt annually.- Favorably as Amended - This was has five
amendments. Sen. Walsworth asked for the fiscal note. He was told that there was not one yet.
This will require random audits done over a four year period (25%/ year). One of the amendments
makes the first error detected forgiven but if uncorrected the following audit, then the fine on both
will be due.

SB 47 Provides for felony violation of election campaign finance law.- Favorably as Amended -
Sen. Adley said that this was to make sure the bill had substance. This makes it clear that the
crime will be on the offender and not on the candidate who innocently gave the money. The bill
was reported without objection.

SB 56 Prohibits former public servants from being employed by entities with which he has
participated in a transaction involving his agency for two years after his public service. - Voluntary
Deferred as Amended - The amendment defines "public servant." Sen. Adley this is about
influence. He said that legislators had little compared to the Governor and staff. We are trying to
stop the appearance of being rewarded for being on staff. Sen. Walsworth used the example of
Sen. LeBlanc who is now on the Governors staff. Sen. Kostelka said before you know it nobody
will want to come take a temporary job with an elected official because afterwards he won't be
able to accept of job after the official is no longer in office. The bill was deferred.

SB 57 Expands prohibitions regarding assistance to certain persons after termination of public
service by certain public servants. - Favorably - Sen. Adley presented the bill. It was reported
without any discussion.

SB 66 Requires a two-thirds vote to add an exception to the standards and requirements of the
Code of Ethics. - Voluntarily Deferred - Sen. Adley said he would hold this until the regular
session.

SB 64 Provides restrictions and disclosure requirements involving contractual arrangements
between certain public servants and certain persons and entities. - Voluntarily Deferred - There
was no discussion on this bill.

SB 65 Provides relative to campaign contributions. - Favorably - Sen. Scalise presented the bill.
He told the Committee that this bill cash contributions. Sen. Amedee asked if you could still have
a fundraiser where you sell tee-shirts and hats, or sell raffle tickets? He said there were still
people in America that did not have a checking account. The answer is no, the money would
have to be converted to a check or money order. He was told that reported was less burdensome
when donations were received in this manner.

SB 18 Creates the office of state inspector general in the office of the governor. - Voluntarily
Deferred - Sen. Scalise said that this was a similar bill to HB#56. But this give a finite term and
provision to remove the Insp. Gen. for cause. This also allows materials to be made public
without the Governor's signature. Sen. Murray moved to hold this until they got

HB#56 The matter was deferred.

SB 14 Requires the name of third-party entities on the face of paid political advertisements.-
Favorably - Sen. Amedee presented the bill for Sen. Marionneaux. He introduced an amendment
that was later withdrawn. Arwin Bascle of the La. State Broadcasting Assn. speaking on behalf of
the amendment said that this just eliminates liability for the station when a candidate broadcasts
false information. The Committee decided to wait for Sen. Marionneaux on this amendment. The
bill was reported favorably without the amendment.

SB 29 Requires the filing of campaign reports by qualified 26 USCA 527 political organizations
regarding all persons making contributions to the organization, the amount of such contributions,
and the expenditures made by the organization. - Sen. Amedee presented the bill for Sen.
Marionneaux. He said that this simply requires disclosure for political organizations.

SB 12 Requires statewide elected officials, Bd. of Ethics members and legislators to disclose
certain financial information on an annual basis and requires candidates to such offices to
disclose same information. - Voluntarily Deferred

SB 27 Prohibits legislators and other public servants from receiving tickets from lobbyists and
public entities. - Voluntarily Deferred

SB 45 Provides for certain prohibitions and restrictions on lobbyists expenditures involving
certain public servants. - Voluntarily Deferred

SB 21 Requires all expenditures attributable to each "public servant" to be included in the report
required to be filed by registered lobbyists and provides for exceptions for group occasions. -
Voluntarily Deferred

SB 28 Provides relative to lobbyists. - Voluntarily Deferred
                            NEWLY FILED LEGISLATION

  HB 96        LaFonta           Prohibits persons having certain contracts with any state agency
                                 from holding elective office in state government and prohibits
                                 certain elected officials from having or entering into certain
                                 contracts with any state agency.
  HB 97        LaFonta           Prohibits persons from serving on or being employed by any
                                 board or commission under specified circumstances.
  HCR 13       Burford           Expresses condolences upon the death of Bryce Norwood.
  HCR 14       Ligi              Commends Craig Steltz on his outstanding career as an LSU
                                 Tiger.
  HCR 15       Katz              Designates the week of March 10, 2008, as Multiple Sclerosis
                                 Awareness Week.
  SCR 9        Nevers            Commends Justin P. Lowery upon winning a bronze medal in
                                 the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 10       Nevers            Commends Erica Barmes upon winning a bronze medal in the
                                 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 11       Nevers            Commends Brandy Beaubouef upon winning a silver medal in
                                 the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 12       Nevers            Commends Michelle Dopp-Porter upon winning a silver medal in
                                 the 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 13       Nevers            Commends Ronnie Young upon winning a bronze medal in the
                                 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 14       Nevers            Commends Kim Troutman upon winning a bronze medal in the
                                 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 15       Nevers            Commends Deanne Passman upon winning a gold medal in the
                                 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 16       Nevers            Commends Michael Marcel upon winning a silver medal in the
                                 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 17       Nevers            Commends Parker Stough upon winning a bronze medal in the
                                 2007 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 18       Nevers            Commends Jeff Morris upon winning a gold medal in the 2007
                                 National SkillsUSA Championship.
  SCR 19       Hebert          Requests DEQ to deny all requests for permits to expand the
                               Gordon Doerle Landfill near the Acadiana Regional Airport in
                               Iberia Parish.

  HCR 12       Greene          Expresses condolences upon the death of Staff Sergeant
                               Michael John Gabel.
  HR 15        Billiot         Urges the DEQ, DOTD, and the Department of Economic
                               Development to attend U.S. Army Corps of Engineer public
                               hearings on borrow material and to report.
  HR 16        LaBruzzo        Discontinues the daily distribution of the paper copies of the
                               journal and order of the day to the members.
  HR 17        Badon, Austin   Recognizes February 16, 2008, as Women's Empowerment
                               Day.
  SB 72        Murray          Provides relative to lobbyist registration and expenditure report
                               requirements.


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