Bills Signed, Vetoed by Gov. Edwards from 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session.

The 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session ended last week with Governor Jon Bel Edwards signing 117 acts into state law. See below for a listing of bills that were signed as well as those vetoed by Governor Jon Bel Edwards. 

On June 1 Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he signed the following bills into law from the 2021 Legislative Session, including HB 375 by Rep. Aimee Freeman, which 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,” said Gov. Edwards. “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.”

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.

ACT 52—SB 5 Excludes amounts deposited into certain education savings accounts for tuition expenses for elementary and secondary schools from state income tax.

ACT 53—SB 6 Exempts purchases of utilities used by commercial farmers for on-farm storage from state sales and use tax.

ACT 54—SB 11 Provides an individual and corporation income tax exemption for state and federal COVID-19 relief benefits.

ACT 55—SB 18 Provides for the reemployment of retirees.

ACT 56—SB 23 Provides certain enhanced survivor benefits and insurance coverage for the spouses and children of members killed in the line of duty.

ACT 57—SB 28 Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in Orleans Parish.

ACT 58—SB 32 Repeals the exclusion of certain agricultural products authorized to be sampled and analyzed by the commissioner of agriculture.

ACT 59—SB 38 Provides relative to the terms of the members of the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board.

ACT 60—HB 23 Repeals crimes relative to defamation.

ACT 61—HB 77 Provides relative to the suspension or deferral of sentence and probation in felony cases.

ACT 62—HB 94 Extends authority for imposition of certain fees levied by the Louisiana Tax Commission for the assessment of certain properties.

ACT 63—HB 96 Redesignates a portion of Louisiana Highway 3094 in Shreveport as the “Rev. Dr. Elbert W. ‘Eddie’ Giles Memorial Highway.”

ACT 64—HB 102 Designates a portion of Louisiana Highway 173 in Caddo Parish as the “Coach Carl Pierson Memorial Highway.”

ACT 65—HB 104 Provides relative to the composition of the Louisiana Board of Animal Health and its regulatory authority over the disposal of livestock animal carcasses.

ACT 66—HB 128 Provides relative to the powers and duties of the Cash Management Review Board with respect to financial security and cybersecurity plans and procedures adopted by state agencies, including the assessment and deployment of such plans and procedures.

ACT 67—HB 133 Provides relative to the qualifications of one member of the municipal fire and police civil service board in the city of Zachary.

ACT 68—HB 140 Provides for the modernization of certain provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure.

ACT 69—HB 147 Provides relative to charges collected by public license tag agents.

ACT 70—HB 162 Provides relative to the civil service status of employees of the Simmesport Housing Authority.

ACT 71—HB 219 Provides relative to delivery of ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages by restaurants.

ACT 72—HB 251 Provides relative to time limitations for instituting prosecution for crimes with victims with infirmities.

ACT 73—HB 397 Provides relative to public health programs and services related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

ACT 74—HB 405 Provides relative to compensation for members of the planning and zoning commission for the town of Brusly.

ACT 75—HB 413 Designates a portion of North Causeway Boulevard in St. Tammany Parish as the “Captain Vincent N. Liberto, Jr., Memorial Overpass.”

ACT 76—HB 502 Provides relative to dealer warranty compensation.

ACT 77—HB 577 Provides relative to residential flood coverage.

ACT 78—HB 593 Provides relative to passing a parked emergency vehicle.

ACT 79—HB 595 Provides for the payment of health insurance claims prior to the credentialing of a healthcare provider.

ACT 80—HB 697 Provides for sports wagering.

ACT 81—SB 45 Extends the sunset date for Ports of Louisiana tax credits.

ACT 82—SB 48 Provides relative to continuing education requirements imposed by the Louisiana Board of Hearing Aid Dealers.

ACT 83—SB 52 Provides for payment of certain group insurance costs by Livingston Parish sheriff.

ACT 84—SB 57 Provides for the functions of the jury commission in Franklin Parish.

ACT 85—SB 64 Provides relative to acts prohibited during early voting or on election day.

ACT 86—SB 65 Provides relative to dental referral plans.

ACT 87—SB 74 Provides for the disposition of abandoned property deposited at the state archives.

ACT 88—SB 75 Provides an exception for late approval of a capital outlay request for a state-owned and administered project submitted by a budget unit of the state, including public postsecondary education institutions.

ACT 89—SB 82 Provides for external review of health insurance issuers.

ACT 90—SB 88 Authorizes levee boards to spend funds generated from one or more levee districts in another district that benefits an entire levee authority.

ACT 91—SB 89 Provides for the unemployment insurance procedure to be applied by the secretary of the La. Workforce Commission for calendar year 2022.

ACT 92—SB 93 Provides relative to telehealth services provided by licensed hearing aid dealers.

ACT 93—SB 95 Provides relative to the return of certain schools in the Recovery School District to the transferring school board.

ACT 94—SB 98 Provides relative to marine products.

ACT 95—SB 99 Provides relative to TOPS eligibility.

ACT 96—SB 107 Provides relative to the composition of the controlled dangerous substances schedules.

ACT 97—SB 120 Provides for the salary of the marshal of the city court of Lafayette.

ACT 98—SB 129 Creates and provides for the Community Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Act.

ACT 99—SB 132 Provides relative to analysis of the DNA sample collected following an arrest for certain offenses.

ACT 100—SB 144 Creates the crime of unlawful possession, transfer, or manufacture of animal fighting paraphernalia.

ACT 101—SB 168 Provides relative to controlled dangerous substances.

ACT 102—SB 180 Provides relative to state procurement of certain services by use of reverse auction technology.

ACT 103—SB 183 Provides for the acquisition of blighted property in Lake Charles.

ACT 104—SB 186 Provides for post-conviction relief with regard to successful “actual innocence” claims.

ACT 105—SB 199 Designates portions of state highways for certain individuals.

ACT 106—SB 206 Provides relative to group insurance expenses for certain clerks of court.

ACT 107—SB 212 Designates a portion of US 90 Business-Westbank Expressway in the city of Westwego in Jefferson Parish as the “Michael D. Louviere Memorial Highway.”

ACT 108—SB 216 Requires early literacy professional development for certain teachers.

ACT 109—SB 229 Provides for the creation, dedication, use, and investment of the Health Care Employment Reinvestment Opportunity (H.E.R.O.) Fund.

ACT 110—SB 246 Provides relative to the creation of an international language immersion school.

ACT 111—SB 101 Provides relative to self-service storage facilities.

ACT 112—HB 3 Provides for the Omnibus Bond Act.

ACT 113—HB 484 Provides for the ancillary expenses of state government.

ACT 114—HB 515 Provides for the transfer, deposit, and use of monies among state funds.

ACT 115—HB 553 Provides for Revenue Sharing Distribution for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

ACT 116—HB 584 Appropriates funds for the expenses of the judiciary for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

ACT 117—HB 695 Makes appropriations for the expenses of the legislature for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

VETOED: Gov. John Bel Edwards also announced that he has vetoed House Bill 20, which would have prohibited local elections officials from using grant dollars to support elections, from the 2021 Legislative Session. The Governor vetoed a similar bill last year because it limited elections officials’ ability to conduct safe elections.

HB 20 Gov. Edwards has vetoed HB 20 because it is not necessary to protect the integrity of the election process. State and local election officials should retain the authority to apply for grants that would assist them in providing for safe and fair elections.

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