2008 Legislative Accomplishments  
2008 Legislative Accomplishments: Implementing the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan (LSRP)

The following is a list of legislation passed during the 2008 regular session of the Louisiana State Legislature and signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. The list is organized by Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan goals and strategies and includes information about the bills that address each goal or specific strategy. A brief description of each bill is also provided.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #4: Reinvest in Our Communities

Identifying and Clearing Obstacles to Infill (LSRP, p. 41)

  • Act 101 (HB 54) establishes a constitutional amendment to remove certain restrictions on the disposition of blighted property expropriated in the municipalities of New Orleans and Opelousas and in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany, when property is taken for the public purpose of removal of a threat to public health or safety caused by the existing use or disuse of the property. ACT 101 is subject to voter approval in November 2008.
  • Act 601 (HB 934) authorizes parishes to utilize the procedures available to municipalities for the removal of dangerous structures. Creates and provides for the La. Blighted Property Reclamation Revolving Loan Fund from which parishes and municipalities may borrow money to secure or remove dangerous structures.
  • Act 587 (HB523) authorizes Jefferson Parish to take certain actions in court relative to certain owners of deleterious premises.
  • Act 912 (SB811) creates and provides for the Parish Redevelopment Authority to provide for the utilization of appropriate private and public resources to eliminate and prevent the development or spread of slum, blighted, and distressed areas.
  •  Act 891 (HB1108) authorizes the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority to initiate an expedited quiet title and foreclosure action.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #4: Reinvest in Our Communities

Revitalize Key Community Corridors (see LSRP, p. 40)

  • Act 431 (SB732) creates the Magnolia Street Residential Neighborhood Enhancement Program within the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. The purpose of the program is to assist municipalities in preparing and implementing a revitalization strategy for residential neighborhoods that are in close proximity to either a Louisiana Main Street Program project or an existing commercial district. This new law requires the department to create application forms for the grant program and award grants to municipalities and other eligible entities based on specific criteria.
  • Act 248 (HB88) creates the McKendall Estates Neighborhood Improvement District in Orleans Parish for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the beautification, security, and overall betterment of the area included within the district. Creates and provides for the district's board of commissioners. The new law provides for the imposition and use of a parcel fee.
  • Act 270 (HB352) creates the Tamaron Estates Neighborhood Improvement District in Orleans Parish for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the beautification, security, and overall betterment of the area included within the district. The new law provides for the imposition and use of a parcel fee for district purposes.
  • Act 6 (HB45) provides for the Federal City Project: Algiers Development District. The Algiers Development District was created as a special taxing district comprised of all territory within the fifteenth ward of Orleans Parish by Act No. 242 of the 1992 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #1: Enable Our Recovery

Adopting and Funding the CPRA Master Plan and Annual Plans (see LSRP, pp.34-5)

  • An additional $300 million, representing the largest financial commitment the state has ever made to hurricane protection and coastal restoration, in surplus funding was appropriated in Spring 2008 to implement projects from the Coastal Master Plan. This is in addition to the $200 million in surplus funds appropriated in Summer 2007.
  • Executive Order NO. BJ 2008 -7 - Activity and Permit Consistency with Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast: "All state agencies shall administer their regulatory practices, programs, contracts, grants, and all other functions vested in them in a manner consistent with the Master Plan and public interest to the maximum extent possible."
  • Act 545 (SB 367) updates the powers, duties, functions, membership and operations of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).
  • SCR 24 provides the legislative statement of approval of CPRA's annual Coastal Protection Plan for Fiscal Year 2008-09 as adopted by the CPRA.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #1: Comprehensively Manage Future Risk

Purchase High-Risk and Environmentally Sensitive Land (see LSRP, p. 59) 

  • Act 548 (HB411) establishes the Coastal Land Stewardship Authority within the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that will manage and administer certain immovable properties, servitudes, and easements acquired by the state in connection with the development, design, and implementation of coastal conservation, restoration and protection plans and projects in a manner determined appropriate by the CPRA.
  • Act 606 (HB1135) strengthens the Atchafalaya Basin program in the Dept. of Natural Resources by creating a technical advisory group and the Atchafalaya Basin Conservation Fund.  The new law requires an annual plan for Basin projects and procedures to be followed in the development of that plan.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #1: Comprehensively Manage Future Risk

  • Act 296 (HB765) requires a parish or municipality to agree to participate in and comply with all applicable federal flood plain management and flood insurance programs before constructing a local flood protection or hurricane or storm damage reduction project which involves or receives federal assistance.
  • Act 189 (SB525) Provides that before construction of any project for local flood protection, or any project for hurricane or storm damage reduction, which involves federal assistance from the Secretary of the United States Army, the local parish or municipality shall agree to participate in and comply with all applicable federal flood plain management and flood insurance programs, as required by 33 U.S.C. 701b-12.
  • Act 581 (HB376) Specifies civil penalties for certain violations of ground water management provisions or rules, regulations, or commissioner orders made pursuant to such provisions.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #1: Enable Our Recovery

Maintain and Enforce the State Uniform Construction Code (see LSRP, p. 34)

  • Act 484 (HB198) requires the La. State Uniform Construction Code Council (LSUCCC) to consider affordability when adopting an amendment to the state uniform construction code and requires the LSUCCC to review and evaluate each new edition of the International Residential Code upon its release and update the state uniform construction code within two years of the release of the latest edition.
  • Act 306 (HB941) allows local governments to adopt ordinances for the local administration of the state construction code. Provides that nothing in proposed law shall allow local governments to avoid the enforcement of the construction code or prohibit commercial and residential contractors or homeowners from using certified third-party providers.
  • Act 607 (HB1141) prohibits any state agency or entity from entering into contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would require the state to assume liability for a hurricane protection project or would require the state to assume the cost of operations and maintenance for the project unless the contract provides for a third-party review and evaluation in accordance with the best available science and technical capabilities to confirm the project's anticipated level of protection against hurricane flooding prior to the state or political subdivision assuming liability and operations and maintenance obligations.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #5: Bridge the Immediate Needs of Businesses and Workers

Enhance and Adequately Fund Workforce Development and Training Programs (see LSRP, p. 42)

  • Act 890 (HB 1018) creates a $10 million Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund to establish high-demand training programs in a timely fashion under the direction of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
  • Act 106 (HB334) - Inmate Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Act: Creates the inmate rehabilitation and workforce development program to be administered by Department of Public Safety & Corrections. Within the prison system, there are Louisiana residents who have been convicted of nonviolent offenses who could be trained as skilled craftsmen to fill the workforce demand.
  • Governor Jindal included $4 million in the 2008-09 executive budget for dual enrollment programs, which allow students to earn credit for college courses and workforce training while still in high school.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #3: Align Planning for Recovery with Planning for Growth

Prioritize Funding for Local/Parish Projects with High Recovery Value and Regional Significance (see LSRP, p. 38)

  • Act 7 (HB46) allocates $530M to transportation and infrastructure Projects. $253M will improve roads, bridges, and ports across the state. Dozens of state and parish bridges will be repaired to prevent closure. Rural roads across the state that are not eligible for a federal match will be repaired.

GOAL #2: Grow Smarter, Strategy #3: Move Louisiana Forward

Make Full Use of Existing Transportation Funding Options (see LSRP, p. 66)

  • Under Act 7 (HB46), The Transportation Mobility Fund (TMF) will receive dollars to continue moving plans forward for public-private partnerships and toll road projects.
  • Act 11 (SB11) dedicates Transportation-related Taxes and Fees to Transportation Projects, including an acceleration of the current phase-in for revenues from vehicle license fees for trucks and trailers, which will increase transportation revenues in FY09 by an additional $11 million and fully dedicate these fees altogether by FY10, a year ahead of schedule. Furthermore, Act 11 will, for the first time, begin the phase-in of the dedication of vehicle sale taxes to transportation projects. This will provide an immediate infusion of an additional $30 million in transportation in FY09 and over $250 million per year within five years.

GOAL #2: Grow Smarter, Strategy #4: Build a Diverse, Resilient Economy

Fund Targeted Investments that will Expand Port Infrastructure Capabilities and Capacity to Meet Future Needs (see LSRP, p. 70)

  • Act 7 (HB46) will provide funding for all the projects in the Port Priority Program.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #4: Build a Diverse, Resilient Economy

Increase Maritime Trade: Identify and fund targeted investments that will expand port infrastructure capabilities and capacity to meet future needs, and implement a statewide maritime marketing program (see LSRP p. 70)

  • Act 699 (SB780) creates the LA International Deep Water Gulf Transfer Terminal Authority, which will promote, plan, finance, develop, construct, control, license, regulate, supervise, operate, manage, maintain and/or modify offshore or onshore terminal facilities and provide a port with "terminal and intermodal facilities" for the handling of containerized cargo of deeper draft container vessels and which will accommodate and to plan for the technological innovations occurring in the worldwide and domestic shipping industry, including shipment by containers, to increase efficiency and the flow of commerce through the offshore or onshore "terminal facilities".

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #3: Align Planning for Recovery with Planning for Growth

Leverage GO Zone Extensions (see LSRP, p. 39)

  • Executive Order BJ-2008-18 grants a $20M allocation from the 2008 Ceiling as Advance Refunding Bonds for the Port of New Orleans, Port Facility Refunding Revenue Bonds Series 2008.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY, Strategy #2: Insure Our Recovery

Achieve Public & Individual Risk Management (see LSRP, p. 36)

  • Act 390 (SB44) enhances the Insure Louisiana Incentive Program by creating a homeowner policy premium assistance program coordinated by the Office of Consumer Advocacy within the Department of Insurance. It also enhances a grant program to assist existing insurers to insure new dwellings when the level of risk of catastrophe is the same or less and for certain insures who reinstate certain coverages.

GOAL # 2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #7: Provide Quality Social and Community Services

Improve Record-Keeping Capacity (see LSRP, p. 76)

•·         Act 540 (SB337) implements accountability for performance and quality of health care in publicly-funded programs with the collection of patient-specific data from both public and private recipients of DSH funds. This data will assist the Legislature and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in better understanding the services provided to uninsured patients and the costs associated with those services. For the first time, the state will be able to track spending, measure performance, and plan intelligently for meaningful, system-wide reform.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #4: Build a Diverse, Resilient Economy

Educate the Workforce of Tomorrow (see LSRP, p.68)

  • HB1 includes $4 million for dual enrollment programs for high school students looking to earn early college credit or skills training.
  • Act 876 (SB 286)phases in access to Louisiana's successful Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Education Program over the next six years.
  • Governor Jindal included $4 million in the 2008-09 executive budget for dual enrollment programs, which allow students to earn credit for college courses and workforce training while still in high school. [repeated from above]

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER Strategy #4: Build a Diverse, Resilient Economy

Stimulate the Growth of Knowledge-Based Industries (see LSRP, p.68)

  • 2nd Extraordinary Supplemental Appropriations Bill included a state investment of $50M in Pennington Biomedical Research Center, providing state funds to complete a new clinical research building and renovate existing facilities, create a new imaging center, purchase high-tech research instrumentation and equipment, and recruit faculty members

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER Strategy #4: Build a Diverse, Resilient Economy

Strengthen our Universities (see LSRP, p.68)

  • 2nd Extraordinary Supplemental Appropriations Bill included a $75M state investment toward deferred maintenance for the state's Higher Educational facilities.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #4: Build a Diverse, Resilient Economy

Make Louisiana an Attractive Environment for Capital Investment and Business (see LRSP, p. 69)

  • Ethics legislation passed during the 2008 1st Extraordinary Session including: Act 1 (HB1); Act 2 (SB1); Act 3 (HB6); Act 4 (HB7); Act 8 (SB5); Act 9 (SB8); Act 12 (HB56); and Act 13 (SB11).
  • HB1 includes $2.1 million in additional funding for the Louisiana Board of Ethics to help implement the state's new ethics laws.
  • Act 12 (SB12) Accelerates the Elimination of the Tax on Business Investment (MM&E), so that Louisiana is no longer one of the few states to tax manufacturing machinery and equipment.
  • Act 10 (SB10) Accelerates the Elimination of the Tax on Capitol Investment (Debt) so that Louisiana is no longer may tax business debt.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER, Strategy #2: Develop & Invest Smarter

Build Greener (see LSRP, p. 64)

  • Executive Order BJ 2008 - 8 directs the Division of Administration in consultation with state agencies to set energy efficiency goals for state facilities, office buildings or complexes for Fiscal Years 2009, 2010 and 2011 by July 30, 2008.
  • Act 592 (HB 638) requires certain fuel efficiency standards for state vehicles. Requires that any alternative fuel vehicle, sedan, or station wagon purchased or leased by an agency under the La. Procurement Code have a fuel efficiency rating of no less than 18 mpg for city driving and no less than 28 mpg for highway driving, or a combined city/highway average of no less than 24 mpg.
  • Act 542 (SB351) requires state agencies to purchase hybrid fuel or alternative fuel vehicles.

GOAL #2: GROW SMARTER,  Strategy #7: Provide Quality Social and Community Services

Fund and implement emergency-response healthcare capacity (see LSRP, p. 76)

  • ACT 447 (SB228) provides that each human service district, authority, or region of the Department of Health and Hospitals shall develop a plan to: (1) Operate a crisis network utilizing existing resources and coordinating interjurisdictional services to develop efficient and effective crisis response services to serve all individuals twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. (2) Provide skilled clinical interventions to help prevent suicides, homicides, unnecessary hospitalizations and arrests or detentions and to reduce dangerous or threatening situations involving individuals in need of behavioral health services. (3) Respond quickly and effectively to community crisis situations.

GOAL #1: RECOVER SUSTAINABLY,  Strategy #3: Align Planning for Recovery with Planning for Growth

  • Executive Order BJ 2008-20 Grants a bond allocation to the St. Tammany Development District. The St. Tammany Parish Development District has requested an allocation from the 2008 Ceiling to provide the second phase of a two-phase multifamily residential development in Slidell, St. Tammany Parish.
  • Executive Order No. BJ 2008-4 - The LRA shall set priorities and offer broad direction to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) relating to the use of funds made available to the state for recovery and redevelopment efforts through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, and special congressional appropriations for the Public Assistance Program and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Executive Director of the LRA shall serve & be afforded all duties & responsibilities of the Governor's Authorized Representative for Louisiana's Public Assistance Program associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The LRA shall serve as the State Hazard Mitigation Team for the recovery associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita for purposes of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
  • Act 829 (HB 910) - Requires the Office of Community Development to report monthly to the Legislative Audit Advisory Council with respect to payments, subcontractors, and performance by ICF under their contract to administer the Road Home Program.

 

 

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