Lambert Introduces Legislation During the 2017 Legislative Session
April 3, 2017
In the regular legislative session that convenes on April 10, Senator Eddie Lambert has introduced 5 pieces of legislation that he will try to secure support and passage of. Regular sessions in odd-numbered years are “fiscal only” sessions that are geared towards tax and revenue issues, but each legislator is permitted to introduce up to 5 bills that do not encompass fiscal matters. Senator Lambert’s Senate bills (SB) this session includes:
SB 76 Current law allows a criminal defendant charged with identity theft to be tried in the state or parish where the victim resides. SB 76 would expand the number of modern, “high tech” crimes to the list of crimes where a defendant can be tried in the state or parish where the victim resides. The additional crimes would include: unauthorized use of an access card, access device fraud, illegal transmission of monetary funds, bank fraud, forgery, and monetary instrument abuse.
SB 77 Current law prohibits the taking of shad and skipjack during the closed season and on weekends of the open season. SB 77 would allow the taking of shad and skipjack during the closed season and on weekends of the open season with a shad gill net for bait purposes only and with the additional limitations: the net shall not exceed 150 feet in length; no more than 50 lbs. of shad may be taken during a day; and the gill net shall be attended at all times. This legislation would not apply to any salt water species.
SB 135 Authorizes the issuance of Blue Star Family prestige license plates.
SB 156 Exempts certain portions of the rules regarding juvenile detentions in situations where the detention is for 30 days or less. Some of the rules that would be inapplicable for short detentions include dietary rules, rules regarding the height of ceilings in detention centers, or the rules regarding the layout of dining facilities, among other requirements.
SB 159 Would require that in instances where settlement money from an insurer for damage done to residential property be held in escrow and earn interest. The bill would require the suspension of mortgage payments while the money is held in escrow. The bill would require that whenever the residential property has been repaired to the satisfaction of the homeowner and the lender, the money held in escrow and the interest on the money, are to be paid to the homeowner. A similar rule was initiated after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but were limited in scope and only applied to those two named storms.
For a detailed reading of any of Senator Lambert’s Senate bills this session, visit: Senator Lambert’s Legislation
Resources for Student Financial Assistance
January 31, 2017
With budget cuts affecting the Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, commonly called the “TOPS” Program, families should maximize available information to search for additional scholarship and funding sources for schools, colleges, and universities. The resources available through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) offer information on a wide variety of scholarship and funding availability.
The LOSFA phone number is 225-219-1012 or 800-259-5626. You can visit LOSFA on the web at http://www.osfa.la.gov/index.jsp?SRC=/frmstops.htm. The LOSFA website has a wealth of information and includes TOPS information. It also has links for the financial aid websites of Louisiana schools.
The LSU Baton Rouge specific information may be obtained by calling 225-578-3103 or at http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/financialaid/
DOTD Slated To Begin Repairs of US 61/I-10 Ramp
April 19, 2016
The Department of Transportation and Development is entering the final planning stages for repairs to the US 61/I-10 ramp. The project is currently scheduled for August 10, 2016 letting (beginning of the project) and is now in an accelerated schedule in preparing the plans.
This project will repair major structural damage due to an over-height load that collided with a girder that supports the deck on the I-10 west on-ramp.
The approximately $900,000 project will go to bid later this summer, as stated previously, and should be completed within a year of its start date.
Turn Lanes at Intersection of La. Hwy. 44 and Black Bayou Has Begun
March 23, 2016
Construction has begun on left turn lanes at the intersection of La. Hwy 44 and Black Bayou is expected to be completed within 90 working days, which will improve efficiency and safety at the intersection. “Road improvements for our strained road systems remains one of my highest priorities,” Senator Lambert said.