Special Session Update 2/26/18
After a couple of false starts, the Ways and Means Committee finally acted on a package of bills late Sunday, which advance to the House Floor today. The two main pieces, as supported by C100, include HB8 by Leger and HB23 by Dwight, that combined raise $380M through restructuring of sales taxes and excess itemized deductions.
HB23- Sales tax legislation—As the 5th penny on sales tax will be lifted July 1, business and individuals will see a reduction in state sales tax lowering the state sales tax from 5 cents to 4.25% while “cleaning” all the pennies through base alignment. This follows the HCR 11 recommendation to reduce the State Sales tax load and unify the base.
HB 8– Elimination of Federal excess itemized deductions —-the bill was scaled back through amendments and as proposed limits deductibility for more limited items, eliminatingthe deduction for state and local taxes paid. This also follows HCR 11 recommendations to eliminate/reduce federal deductions in order to broaden the base.
Other bills moved by the Ways and Means Committee continue the 2015 cuts on a permanent basis, including HB 14 Leger (taxes paid out of state) and HB 16 Leger (continued reductions to rebate programs like Quality Jobs) and HB 22 Shadoin (deduction of corporate liability).
While the Ways and Means Committee was busy moving their tax related bills to the Floor, the House Health and Welfare Committee took up action on two Medicaid reform bills HB2 by Bacala (eligibility/fraud) and HB3 by Chairman Hoffman (work requirements).
THE HOUSE IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE UP ALL THE BILLS TODAY DEALING WITH BUDGET REFORMS, MEDICAID REFORMS, AND TAX RELATED MEASURES! The likelihood that all the bills will be voted on and all passed is unknown at this time, while the Special Session continued week two of proceedings toward a hard deadline of March 7.
Stay tuned as the Session continues. Additional information can be found on the state legislative website www.legis.state.la.us
Special Session Update 2/21/18
Monday, the Special Session of 2018 opened with the customary proceedings, when the House and Senate convened briefly, followed by the Governor’s address to the legislature, outlining the purpose of the Session. The Governor announced this was the fifth time that he has called the legislators into a Special Session since taking office January 2016. He reminded legislators that they have been given several opportunities to enact real, while stabilizing the budget, and hopes that this time they will get the job done.
Yesterday, key legislative committees got underway to take up various measures filed. The House Appropriations Committee focused on several budgetary bills, intended to create expenditure limits and more transparency, with the bills filed by Speaker Barras reported favorably by the committee and now headed to the House Floor for further debate. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee held a long hearing on numerous tax matters, without taking any action (yet). This afternoon, the Senate Revenue Committee met briefly to quickly move on a few bills that mostly continue the “haircut” reductions first enacted in 2015 as part of a temporary revenue bridge.
Looking ahead, Ways and Means will continue its business Wednesday morning, expected to take action on bills pending. The full House will convene Wednesdayafternoon, with the Senate not returning until Sunday in order to give the House more time to move things their way.
The Committee of 100 will remain active in the process, focused on opportunities to advance tax reform! Stay tuned for additional updates as the Special Session continues.
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The House will reconvene on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM.The Senate will reconvene on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
Click on any bill number to view the most current version of that bill.
House Appropriations HB 12, BarrasProvides for changes in the expenditure limit calculation (Item #12) Reported favorably HB 15, BarrasProvides for changes in the expenditure limit calculation (Item #12) Reported with amendments HB 29, BarrasEstablishes the Louisiana Checkbook website to provide transparency of state fiscal information (Item #11) Reported favorably HCR 2, BarrasReduces the expenditure limit for FY 2018-2019 (Item #12) Reported favorably
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 +Cal House Civil Law & Procedure View Live Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:30 PM Committee Room 4 HB 15 , BarrasProvides for changes in the expenditure limit calculation (Item #12)
Committee Members: Garofalo, Chair / Gaines, Vice-Chair / Carter, R. / Crews / Cromer / Emerson / Jenkins / Magee / Miller, G.Secretary: Stephanie Weinman [(225) 342-5105]
+Cal House Health & Welfare View Live Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Meeting cancelled +Cal House & Governmental Affairs View Live Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:30 AM Committee Room 3Interview nominees for vacancy on the Board of Ethics; discuss recommendations of the State Board of Elections Supervisors; discuss other changes to the Election Code, including limitations on changes to precinct boundaries
Committee Members: Danahay, Chair / Pugh, Vice-Chair / Carter, G. / Harris, L. / Harris, J. / Hill / Ivey / Jenkins / Miller, G. / Morris, Jay / ShadoinSecretary: Shawn O’Brien [(225) 342-2403]
+Cal House Ways & Means View Live Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:30 AM Committee Room 6 HB 7 , JamesReduces the amount of the individual income tax deduction for excess federal itemized personal deductions HB 8 , LegerReduces the amount of the individual income tax deduction for excess federal itemized personal deductions HB 9 , LegerCompresses the middle and upper individual income tax brackets and reduces the amount of the individual income tax deduction for excess federal itemized personal deductions HB 10 , JamesModifies the term “federal income tax liability” to include certain federal net disaster losses HB 13 , ShadoinChanges the middle and upper income tax brackets for purposes of calculating individual income tax and reduces the amount of the deduction for excess federal itemized personal deductions (Items #1 & 6) HB 14 , LegerProvides relative to the individual income tax credit for taxes paid to other states (Item #5) HB 16 , LegerReduces the amount of the rebate for the Competitive Projects Payroll Incentive Program and provide for continued effectiveness of reductions in the amount of certain rebates (Item #4) HB 17 , DwightProvide for the applicability of certain exclusions and exemptions to state sales and use taxes (Item #7) HB 18 , HavardProvides for the applicability of certain exclusions and exemptions to the state sales and use tax (Item #7) HB 19 , LegerProvides with respect to taxation of the sales of certain services (Item #2) HB 20 , HavardProvides relative to the base of the state sales and use tax and to provide for the applicability of certain exclusions and exemptions (Item #7) HB 21 , LegerReduces the amount of certain corporate income tax deductions and provides for continued effectiveness of reductions to certain corporate income tax deductions and exclusions (Item #4) HB 22 , ShadoinReduces the amount of certain corporate income tax deductions and provides for continued effectiveness of reductions to certain corporate income tax deductions and exclusions (Item #4) HB 23 , DwightProvides with respect to the rate and base of the state sales and use tax (Item #7) HB 24 , SmithRepeals the state sales tax holidays (Item #7) HB 25 , Morris, JayRemoves the July 1, 2018, sunset date with respect to the applicability of certain exclusions and exemptions from state sales and use tax making the effectiveness of the exclusions and exemptions permanent (Item #7) HB 26 , DwightProvides with respect to the state sales and use tax rate (Item #7) HB 27 , SmithIncreases the tax on certain telecommunication devices and services (Item #10) HB 28 , SmithIncreases the tax on certain telecommunication devices and services and levies a tax on prepaid mobile devices and prepaid mobile device cards (Item #10)
Committee Members: Abramson, Chair / Morris, Jim, Vice-Chair / Bouie / Broadwater / Davis / DeVillier / Dwight / Harris, J. / Horton / Hunter / Huval / Ivey / James / Johnson / Morris, Jay / Schexnayder / Seabaugh / Stokes / ThibautSecretary: Andrea Simmons [(225) 342-2442]
Thursday, February 22, 2018 +Cal House Health & Welfare View Live Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:00 AM Committee Room 6 HB 2 , BacalaProvides for Medicaid eligibility determination functions and Medicaid fraud detection and prevention (Items #14 and 15) HB 3 , HoffmannProvides for a work and community engagement initiative within the Medicaid program (Item #13) HB 4 , McFarlandMakes Medicaid eligibility for certain enrollees contingent upon premium payments (Item #16) HB 11 , McFarlandProvides for copayment requirements in the La. Medicaid program (Item #16)
Committee Members: Hoffmann, Chair / Hensgens, Vice-Chair / Bagley / Chaney / Cox / Horton / Hunter / Jackson / Johnson / LeBas / Miller, D. / Moreno / Pope / Richard / Stagni / StokesSecretary: Felicie Jackson [(225) 342-2404]
House Order of the Day
Convening 2/21/2018 3:00:00 PM MORNING HOUR 1. Roll Call 2. Prayer 3. Pledge of Allegiance 4. Reading of Journal 5. Petitions, Memorials, and Communications 6. Introduction of Resolutions 7. Introduction of Bills 8. Senate Bills on First Reading 9. Reports of Committees REGULAR ORDER OF THE DAY 1. House and Concurrent Resolutions Third Reading for Final Consideration Not yet scheduled for floor debate HCR 2 , BarrasReduces the expenditure limit for FY 2018-2019 (Item #12) 5. House Bills on Third Reading and Final Passage Not yet scheduled for floor debate HB 12 , BarrasProvides for changes in the expenditure limit calculation (Item #12) HB 29 , BarrasEstablishes the Louisiana Checkbook website to provide transparency of state fiscal information (Item #11) RETURNED TO THE CALENDAR SUBJECT TO CALL Morning Hour 12. House Bills on Second Reading to be Referred to Committee HB 6 , McFarlandEstablishes the La. Health Insurance Premium Payment Program for certain eligible Medicaid enrollees
Senate Order of the Day
Convening 2/25/2018 7:30:00 PM