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BossierChamber Government Relations 2014 Legislative Agenda


Introduction Committee Members The Bossier Chamber works with local, state, and national government bodies to monitor issues that affect business in our community. The committee is established to keep in mind the best interest of local businesses and to hear concerns of the Chamber members. Recognizing the importance of business and government working together for a stronger economy, the Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee represents all businesses in Bossier Parish. Through lobbying efforts, special events, legislative updates, governmental affairs newsletter, and attending city meetings the Chamber is the voice of business in Bossier Parish.

For more information on the issues, legislative agenda, and to find out what the governmental affairs committee is doing for you visit www.bossiervoice.com.

Andy Thompson, Chairman (Northrup Grumman) Wil Adams (Edward Jones) Cliff Broussard (Willis Knighton) Samdy Cimino (Community Bank & Trust) Dr. Jim Henderson (Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College ) Terri Moore (Merril Lynch) Bruce Roberts (Roberts & Murphy, Inc.) Patti Stanislas (Forte & Tablada) Doug Stinson (Stinson Law Firm)


Legislative Agenda EDUCATION The Bossier Chamber of Commerce believes in investing in education from beginning to end. The Chamber wants a top-notch education from Pre-K through Higher Education that produces a quality workforce, improves the quality of lives, and drives economic development. In order to keep our community competitive, we must invest in education to invest in the future growth of our economy.

HB381 GEYMANN - COMMON CORE: OPPOSE Creates the Student Standards Commission to develop state standards for required subjects for public school students. Involuntarily deferred in House Education Committee on April 2nd. HB558 HENRY - COMMON CORE: OPPOSE: Prohibits administration of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments and provides for continuation of La. Educational Assessment Program tests and the standards on which such tests are based. Involuntarily deferred in House Education Committee on April 2nd. HB1033 KLECKLEY - WISE FUND: SUPPORT: Provides for enactment of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Fund. Passed the House floor on April 9th and is now pending Senate introduction. SB526 ALARIO - WISE FUND: SUPPORT: Provides for enactment of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Fund. Was considered on March 24th and is pending Senate Finance. Companion bill to HB1033.


Legislative Agenda ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Chamber supports legislation that will impact the region’s efforts to attract quality business, industry and jobs to the area. Officials at the state and local level need to have economic development tools such as incentives that are adaptable enough to have an impact on corporate location and expansion decisions. SB106 WALSWORTH - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: SUPPORT: Reauthorizes the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Passed the Senate floor on April 9th and is now pending House Labor and Industrial Relations. SB207 SMITH - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: SUPPORT: Provides relative to the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Amendments adopted and passed for third reading on April 8th. Pending Senate FINAL PASSAGE on April 14th. HB1191 BURRELL - TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY: MONITOR: Authorizes the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau to levy and collect an additional hotel occupancy tax within the jurisdiction of the bureau. Read and referred to Committee on Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs on April 2nd and is currently pending. HB956 STOKES - EMPLOYMENT/WAGES: MONITOR: Provides with respect to pay equality. Referred to Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations on April 10th and is currently pending.


Legislative Agenda LEGAL REFORM The Bossier Chamber supports efforts to reform our legal system through fundamental improvements to our state’s legal foundation. This will put our state on the correct path for continued economic growth and prosperity to sustain a strong business climate. Lawsuit reform will improve the judicial climate by reducing the number of frivolous lawsuits and their associated costs to business and citizens alike. HB482 SHADOIN - LEGAL REFORM: SUPPORT: Provides relative to venue for actions involving latent disease in the parish where the plaintiff alleges exposure occurred and can provide specific times, locations, and durations of that exposure. This passed the House on a vote 66-21 with 18 members absent on April 9th and is currently pending Senate introduction. HB917 GAROFALO - LEGAL REFORM: SUPPORT: Provides with respect to the availability of jury trials in certain civil matters, to lower the Jury Trial Threshold. This bill was returned to the calendar on April 9th and will be heard again next week for FINAL PASSAGE. HB854 GAROFALO - CIVIL/PROCEDURE: MONITOR: Requires certain documents to be filed with the court before proceeding to trial in certain actions relative to oilfield remediation. Referred to Committee on Civil Law and Procedure April 10th and is currently pending. SB467 ADLEY - LEGACY LAWSUIT: MONITOR: Requires the court to stay proceedings under certain conditions in a lawsuit involving the remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. Deferred on a 4-2 vote on April 9th.


BossierChamber Government Relations Whitney Harris

Public Policy Assistant 710 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA 71111 Email: whitney@bossierchamber.com Office: 318.746.0252 Fax: 318.746.0357

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Bossier Chamber of Commerce: 2014 Legislative Agenda