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PCI: Louisiana Bills Allow Electronic Access to Insurance Information

Lawmakers in Louisiana enacted legislation this year that allows insurers to keep up with policyholder demands to conduct business electronically, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Louisiana’s HB 370 authorizes electronic delivery of insurance coverage notices …

Louisiana Expands Medical Marijuana Program Eligibility

More Louisiana residents with chronic pain and suffering will be able to seek treatment for their ailments through the state’s medical marijuana program. Gov. John Bel Edwards agreed to the expansion proposal a few months ahead of when therapeutic cannabis …

Louisiana Senators Reject Statewide Rules for Uber, Lyft

Louisiana state lawmakers again have spurned efforts to enact statewide regulations governing ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. Facing pushback from senators, House Speaker Taylor Barras pulled House Bill 749 from consideration on May 8 in a Senate judiciary …

Louisiana Lawmakers Eye Stiffer Penalties for Pipeline Damage

A fight over a crude oil pipeline in southern Louisiana has spilled into the Legislature. A proposal to stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around pipelines is nearing final passage after winning approval from a Senate judicial committee. Rep. Major …

Louisiana Senate Backs Higher Civil Penalties in Hazing Death Lawsuits

People who file civil lawsuits in Louisiana when someone dies from hazing could be in line for higher penalty payments, under a bill that won easy passage from the state Senate. Senators voted 28-3 Wednesday for Senate Bill 91 by …

Louisiana Bill Banning Forced Arbitration in Workplace Harassment Claims Fails

Louisiana lawmakers have jettisoned a measure that would have banned employers from requiring their workers to sign contracts that keep them from filing sexual harassment lawsuits in civil court. The House voted 50-42 against House Bill 578, with most Republicans …

Uber, Lyft Statewide Regulation Bill Deemed Dead in Louisiana

Louisiana won’t join 44 other states in regulating ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft after a proposal to standardize rules and expand access to smaller cities was blocked by New Orleans lawmakers, the bill’s sponsor said. Rep. Kenny Havard’s …

Louisiana Bill to Limit Opioids for Injured Workers Passes Committee

Hoping to prevent fatal overdoses, a House committee passed a bill to make it harder for injured Louisiana workers to access highly-addictive opioid drugs. Lawmakers voted 8-5 on May 11 to have prescribers consult a widely-used formulary before writing a …

Louisiana Bill Lowers Citizens Insurance Assessment Tax Break

Legislation awaiting the signature of Louisiana’s governor would significantly lower the amount of rebate property insurance policyholders would receive for assessments to cover the debts of the state’s property insurer of last resort. House Bill 25 was passed by Louisiana …

House Lawmakers Kill Louisiana License Plate Reader Proposal

Lawmakers in the House have spurned a proposed program that would allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists’ license plates. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 7-3 to kill the Senate-backed bill by Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, …