HB 803 by Rep. Gadberry creates an Energy Code Commission to review and amend the energy code. Stakeholders and their experts comprise the Energy Code Commission, including the Louisiana Home Builders Association.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 635 – Position: Support
SCR 4 by Sen. Cathey repeals administrative licensing requirements for residential specialty classifications, including: pile driving, foundations, framing, roofing, and masonry/stucco.
Current Status: Passed, Effective May 17, 2022 – Position: Support
HB 602 by Rep. Davis revises and reorganizes provisions of the La. Revised Statutes relative to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.`
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 195 – Position: Monitor
HB 971 by Rep. Romero changes the definition of home improvement contracting to include projects above $7,500 and not greater than $50,000.
Current Status: Pending Senate Commerce Committee – Position: Monitor
HB 320 by Rep. Aimee Freeman authorizes the city of New Orleans to impose a daily penalty up to $2,000 for the violation of municipal building code ordinances and regulations.
Current Status: Failed in House Municipal Committee – Position: Oppose
HB 703 by Rep. Miller permits rescission of repair contracts within 10 days of entering while the property was under declared disaster or emergency during the six month period following a natural disaster. Lien rights remain intact for all parties. Contractors shall be entitled to the cost of work performed and materials ordered or delivered prior to cancellation, along with reasonable overhead.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 632 – Position: Monitor/Amend
HB 681 by Rep. Schexnayder creates the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission. HB 681 brings Louisiana in line with the other states, simplifying what is a burdensome compliance process for businesses.
Current Status: Pending Conference Committee – Position: Support
HB 300 by Rep. Devillier eliminates the restricted plumber license as options for licensure of plumbers. Current restricted license holders in good standing shall be issued a journeyman’s or masters plumbers’ license with a request to the board.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 460 – Position: Support
HB 160 by Rep. Mandie Landry prohibits a lessor or owner from bringing an action for possession of a residential property on the basis of abandonment for 30 days following the declaration of a federally declared disaster if the federally declared disaster caused the residential premises to be abandoned.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – 442 – Position: Monitor/Amend
HB 257 by Rep. Mandie Landry allows for early termination in lease agreements for some with physical or mental conditions that require relocation.
Current Status: Failed in House Civil Law Committee – Position: Oppose
HB 1063 by Rep. Willard prohibits discriminatory housing practices pursuant to the La. Equal Housing Opportunity Act relative to applicants with criminal histories. HB 1063 creates new causes of action against landlords and property owners by providing an avenue for those alleging violations to sue landlords for actual damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Current Status: Failed in Senate Commerce Committee – Position: Oppose
SB 249 by Sen. Regina Barrow provides for a registration fee to be set by local ordinance, a civil fine for failing to register, and minimum operating standards for shared housing establishments. “Shared housing establishment” means a privately operated free-standing home, residence, or any other place where sleeping accommodations are provided for at least six unrelated adults.
Current Status: Returned to Calendar on Senate Floor – Position: Oppose
HB 622 by Rep. Beaullieu provides integrity of the unemployment insurance program and to prevent the continuous payment of suspicious or claims.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 571 – Position: Support
HB 1003 by Rep. Carpenter provides that benefits shall be payable to a covered individual who is employed and who has paid into the LA Family and Medical Leave Account Fund or to a covered individual who is part time-employed.
Current Status: Pending House Labor Committee
HB 412 by Rep. Goudeau provides for the verification of attendance at employment interviews for purposes of unemployment benefits.
Current Status: Pending Senate Floor – Position: Support
HB 581 by Rep. St Blanc modifies the Louisiana Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law to provide for unplanned utility outages, state holidays, emergency excavation notices and response times.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 52 – Position: Monitor
SB 163 by Sen. Talbot creates a catastrophe claims disclosure, which includes explanations on actual versus replacement costs, methodologies used and potential lender notifications.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 80 – Position: Support
SB 198 by Sen. Talbot provides for mandatory adjuster communications when three or more adjusters are assigned an insurance claim resulting from a state of emergency or declared disaster.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 263 – Position: Support
HB 539 by Rep. Firment provides for property insurance policies and prohibited practices.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 734 – Position: Amend
HB 870 by Rep. Lacombe/Sen. Luneau provides for coverage for a temporary substitute motor vehicle.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Acts 93 and 77 – Position: Monitor
HB 306 by Rep. Green provides that the employer or the employer’s insurer shall not unreasonably refuse to approve a final good faith settlement agreed upon and tendered to the employer or his insurer by the employee and the third party defendant.
Current Status: Failed in House Labor Committee – Position: Oppose
SB 367 by Sen. Henry creates a Licensed Residential Appraiser (LRA) license classification and formalizes adoption of Practical Application of Real Estate Appraisal (PAREA) program criteria for Louisiana.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 547 – Position: Support
HB 292 by Rep. Geymann excludes the adoption of provisions that require marked lumber to bear the grade mark from a grading agency.
Current Status: Pending House Commerce Committee
HB 293 by Rep. Hilferty requires existing one- or two-family dwellings to have a carbon monoxide detector containing a long-life, sealed battery. HB 293 also requires professionals who install generators in one- or two-family dwellings shall include with installation of a home generator, at minimum, an operable carbon monoxide detector with a long-life, sealed battery.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 458 – Position: Monitor
HB 571 by Rep. Gadberry authorizes a suspension of the time period for when a new code may be adopted as the State Uniform Construction Code, but limits the length and number of extensions that may be granted by the council.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 160 – Position: Monitor
HB 619 by Rep. Selders provides immunity for public entities for failure to obtain permits.
Current Status: Pending Civil Law and Procedure – Position: Monitor
HB 598 by Rep. Selders establishes inspection procedures for reconnecting utilities to residential structures.
Current Status: Signed by the Governor – Act 705 – Position: Monitor