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2019 Legislative Booklet

Present law provides for governance of state and statewide retirement systems, including the membership and methods for attaining membership of the boards of trustees. 

Present law provides for the authority and duties, including educational requirements, of the members of the boards of trustees. 

Proposed law provides for limitation on time of consecutive service on the board of trustees of a state or statewide retirement system. Present law relative to the Registrar of Voters Employees' Retirement System (ROVERS), provides a more restrictive limitation on years of consecutive service. 

Proposed law retains present law. 

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police OPPOSES this Legislation.  This Legislation would affect members of the respective Boards that have institution knowledge of the respective system.  Knowledge like this is invaluable to the system and the decision making process.


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Senator Barrow Peacock

OPPOSE

SB 14

Senator Barrow Peacock
1619 Jimmie Davis Highway

Bossier City, LA 71112
District Phone  (318) 741-7180
Fax  (318) 741-7182
E-mail Address  peacockb@legis.la.gov
Legislative Assistant  Mary Ann Van Osdell

Abstract: Increases supplemental pay for eligible law enforcement officers and firefighters from $500 per month to $750 per month.

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for any regularly employed firefighter who is paid not less than $300 per month by any municipality, parish, fire protection district, or other political subdivision maintaining a fire department, or by the Chitimacha Tribe of La., or Coushatta Tribe of La., or any nonprofit corporation contracting with any political subdivision to provide fire protection services and has completed one year of service. Also provides supplemental pay of $500 per month for certain full-time firefighters with the New Orleans port authority.

Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible firefighters.

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for any police officer paid by any municipality or by the Chitimacha Tribe of La., Coushatta Tribe of La., or the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of La., who devotes his full working time to law enforcement and has passed a council-certified training program and has completed one year of service. Also includes certain police officers providing services while patrolling levees, waterways, riverfront areas, and bridges within the city of New Orleans.

Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible police officers.

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month to any sheriff for the payment of any full-time commissioned deputy sheriff who has passed a council-approved training program and who is paid a salary of not less than $350 per month and has completed one year of service. Also includes a full-time deputy sheriff employed as a field representative or process server.

Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible sheriff deputies.

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month paid to any harbor and bridge police officer or fireboat operator who is a full-time employee and has passed a post-certified training program and who is paid a salary of not less than $800 per month and has completed one year of service. This shall only apply to employees of a political subdivision of the state. Proposed law increases the supplemental pay from $500 per month to $750 per month for eligible police officers.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.  Law enforcement officers have nit seen an interference in supplemental pay in over a decade.  Supplemental pay should rise proportionally with the cost of living. 


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SUPPORT

Representative Sherman Mack

HB 93

Representative Sherman Mack
P.O. Box 115
Albany, LA 70711
Phone:  (225)567-3677
Fax:       (225)567-3679
Email  macks@legis.la.gov
Legislative Aide:  Nacole Wilson
 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Provides that any person hired into state civil service on or after January 1, 2020, shall be in the unclassified service.


Present constitution provides that state civil service is established and includes all persons holding offices and positions of trust or employment in the employ of the state, or an instrumentality thereof, and any joint state and federal agency, joint state and parochial agency, or joint state and municipal agency, but shall not include members of the state police service or persons holding offices and positions of any municipal board of health or any parish or municipality. Present constitution also provides that state civil service is divided into the unclassified and the classified service and provides that persons not included in the unclassified service are in the classified service. 

Present constitution further provides that additional positions may be added to the unclassified service and those positions may be revoked by rules adopted by the state civil service commission.

Present constitution provides that permanent appointments and promotions in the classified state service shall be made only after certification by the dept. of civil services under a general system based upon merit, efficiency, fitness, and length of service, as ascertained by examination, which so far as practical, shall be competitive. Further provides classified employees rights to appeal disciplinary actions and specified discrimination to the civil service commission. 

Present constitution provides prohibitions on political activity by classified employees and further prohibits persons from soliciting political contributions from classified employees and prohibits the use of a position in state service to punish or coerce the political action of a classified employee.

Proposed constitutional amendment provides that all employees hired into the employ of the state on or after Jan. 1, 2020, shall be in the unclassified service of state civil service.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police OPPOSES this Legislation.  This would be a return to the spoils system of old.  

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OPPOSE

Representative Steve Plyant

HB 96

Representative Steve Plyant 

805 Jackson St. Suite A

Winnsboro, LA 71295 

Phone:  (318)435-7313 

Fax:       (318)435-2994

pylants@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Nikki Stewart



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Authorizes supplemental pay of $500 per month for police officers commissioned by public four-year colleges or universities.

Present law provides for supplemental pay of $500 per month for any state or local police officer who serves the welfare of the general public by providing police services and who has completed and passed a council-certified training program and has completed one year of service.

Proposed law retains present law and adds full time police officers of public four-year college or university campuses to the list of police officers eligible to receive supplemental pay of $500 per month. To be eligible, police officers must complete one year of service and be P.O.S.T.-certified

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.  We support any legislation that offers financial stability to an law enforcement officer.

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SUPPORT

Representative Steve Pugh

HB 107

Representative Steve Pugh

114 Northeast Railroad Avenue

Ponchatoula, LA 70454 

Phone:  (985)386-7844 

Fax:       (985)386-5669

pughs@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Bonnie Voelkel 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Amends the crime of disarming of a peace officer to apply to the taking of equipment used by the peace officer in the course and scope of his duties and approved for such use by the peace officer's law enforcement agency.

Present law provides that the crime of disarming of a peace officer is committed when an offender, through use of force or threat of force, and without the consent of the peace officer, takes possession of any law enforcement equipment from the person of a peace officer or from an area within the peace officer's immediate control, when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe that the victim is a peace officer acting in the performance of his duty.

For these purposes, present law defines "law enforcement equipment" as any firearms, weapons, restraints, ballistics shields, forced entry tools, defense technology equipment, self-defense batons, self-defense sprays, chemical weapons, or electro shock weapons issued to a peace officer and used in the course and scope of his law enforcement duties.

Proposed law amends present law to remove the requirement that the law enforcement equipment be issued to the peace officer by his law enforcement agency for the crime of disarming of a peace officer to apply. Proposed law also adds an element of the crime that the equipment be approved by the peace officer's law enforcement agency for use by the peace officer in the course and scope of his duties. Proposed law otherwise retains present law.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation. This legislation would amend current law so that officers in agencies that do not have the financial ability to issue all equipment will not hinder officers from utilizing such equipment and keeping suspects from attempting to utilize the equipment to overcome an officer.

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SUPPORT

Representative John Stefanski

HB 111

Representative John Stefanski

P.O. Box 2720

Crowley, LA 70527-2720 

Phone:  (337)384-8999 

Fax:       (337)788-7590

stefanskij@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  DeAnn Goss 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Provides relative to the salaries of certain members of the police department of the city of Houma. Requires a salary increase for certain members.

Present law provides that except as otherwise provided by law, the governing body of each municipality having a population of not less than 12,000 nor more than 250,000 persons shall pay each employee of its police department a salary of not less than the minimum rate of pay established in accordance with the grades, ranks, or classes of positions as provided in present law.

Proposed law additionally provides that each member of the police department of the city of Houma who has completed three years of continuous service shall receive an increase in salary of 2% and shall thereafter receive an increase in salary of 2% for each year of service. Requires that the base pay, the accrued longevity, and state supplemental pay be used in computing longevity pay. 


The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.

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SUPPORT

Representative Jerome "Zee" Zeringue

HB 153

Representative Jerome "Zee" Zeringue

423 Goode St.

Houma, LA 70360 

Phone:  (985)876-8823 

Fax:       (985)876-0213

zeringuej@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Tina Evans 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Provides relative to the salaries of certain members of the police department of the city of Lafayette. Requires a salary increase for certain members.

Present law provides that except as otherwise provided by law, the governing body of each municipality having a population of not less than 12,000 nor more than 250,000 persons shall pay each employee of its police department a salary of not less than the minimum rate of pay established in accordance with the grades, ranks, or classes of positions as provided in present law.

Proposed law additionally provides that each member of the police department of the city of Lafayette who has completed three years of continuous service shall receive an increase in salary of 2% and shall thereafter receive an increase in salary of 2% for each year of service. Requires that the base pay, the accrued longevity, and state supplemental pay be used in computing longevity pay. 


The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.

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SUPPORT

Senator Patrick Page Cortez

SB 162

Senator Patrick Page Cortez

101 W. Farrel Road Bldg. 5, Suite 100

Lafayette, LA 70508

District Phone (337) 993-7430

Fax (337) 993-7432

E-mail Address cortezp@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Julie Sandridge



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed law provides that anybenefit payable to a sheriff or deputy sheriff which provides coverage for temporary or permanent disability to all sheriffs or sheriff's deputies who suffer an injury or disease arising out of and in the course and scope of their employment shall include coverage for post traumatic stress injury.

Proposed law provides that the following definitions shall apply to benefit payable to a sheriff or deputy sheriff:

(1) "Posttraumatic stress injury"means those injuries which are defined as "post traumatic stress disorder" by the most recently published edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.

(2) "Psychiatrist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

(3) "Psychologist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

Proposed law provides that any sheriff or deputy sheriff who is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist with post traumatic stress injury, either during employment or thereafter, shall be presumed, prima facie, to have a disease or infirmity connected with his employment.

Proposed law provides that, once diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury, the sheriff or deputy sheriff affected or his survivors shall be entitled to all rights and benefits as granted by present law to which one suffering an occupational disease and is entitled as service connected in the line of

duty, regardless of whether the employee is employed at the time of diagnosis.

Proposed law provides that the presumptions that the post traumatic stress was attributable to employment as a sheriff or deputy sheriff may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.

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Senator Ryan Gatti

SB 107

Senator Ryan Gatti

2123 Shed Road

Bossier City, LA 71111

District Phone (318) 746-0861

Fax (318) 746-3955

E-mail Address gattir@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Robin Ramagos



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed law provides that, in determiningwhether the evidence presented has successfullyrebutted the presumptions in proposed law, the trier of facts may consider any of the following factors:

(1) The length of time between the beginning and the end of the period of employment and the date of the diagnosis.

(2) Whether there has been any trauma or traumatic events between the beginning and the end of the period of employment as an employee and the date of the diagnosis.

(3) Whether the individual diagnosed had been previously diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury prior to his employment.

Present law declares that the services provided by volunteer fire departments are vital for fire prevention and suppression to the safety of the citizens of the state. Present law requires the state fire

marshal obtainworkers' compensation coverage for volunteer members who participate in the normal functions of the fire company.

Proposed law retains present law but requires that, upon the purchase of a new policy or renewal of an existing policy, that any workers' compensation policy which provides coverage for a volunteer

member of a fire company, pursuant to present law, will include coverage for post traumatic stress injury.

Proposed law provides that the following definitions shall applyto anyworkers' compensation policy which provides coverage for a volunteer member of a fire company:

(1) "Post traumatic stress injury"means those injuries which are defined as "post traumatic stress

disorder" by the most recently published edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of

Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.

(2) "Psychiatrist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

(3) "Psychologist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

(4) "Volunteer member" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

(5) "Volunteer service" means that service performed by a volunteer member, for one or more

fire companies, who is entitled to workers' compensation benefits pursuant to present law.

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Senator Ryan Gatti

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SB 107

Senator Ryan Gatti

2123 Shed Road

Bossier City, LA 71111

District Phone (318) 746-0861

Fax (318) 746-3955

E-mail Address gattir@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Robin Ramagos



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed law provides that any volunteer member of a fire company who is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist with post traumatic stress injury, either during his period of voluntary service or thereafter, shall be presumed, prima facie, to have a disease or infirmity connected with his volunteer service.

Proposed law provides that, once diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury as provided for in proposed law, the volunteer member affected or his survivors shall be entitled to all rights and benefits as granted by present law to one suffering from an occupational disease is entitled as service connected in the line of duty, regardless of whether he is engaged in volunteer service at the time of diagnosis.

Proposed law provides that, once a fire department volunteer member is diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury, the presumption may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.

Proposed law provides that, in determining whether the evidence presented has successfully rebutted the presumptions in proposed law, the trier of facts may consider any of the following factors:

(1) The length of time between the beginning and the end of the period of volunteer service and the date of the diagnosis.

(2) Whether there has been any trauma or traumatic events between the beginning and the end of the period of volunteer service as a volunteer member and the date of the diagnosis.

(3) Whether the individual diagnosed had been previously diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury prior to his volunteer service.

Proposed law provides that any benefit payable to any local emergency medical services personnel, any employee of a local police department, or any local fire employee for temporary and permanent disability when the employee suffers an injury or disease arising out of and in the course and scope

of their employment, shall include coverage for post traumatic stress injury.

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Senator Ryan Gatti

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SB 107

Senator Ryan Gatti

2123 Shed Road

Bossier City, LA 71111

District Phone (318) 746-0861

Fax (318) 746-3955

E-mail Address gattir@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Robin Ramagos



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed law provides that the following definitions shall apply to post traumatic stress injury benefits payable to a local emergency medical services personnel, any employee of a local police department, or any local fire employee:

(1) "Post traumatic stress injury"means those injuries which are defined as "post traumatic stress disorder" by the most recently published edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.

(2) "Psychiatrist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

(3) "Psychologist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

Proposed law provides that any local emergency medical services personnel, any employee of a local police department, or any local fire employee who is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist with post traumatic stress injury, either during employment or thereafter, shall be presumed, prima facie, to have a disease or infirmity connected with his employment.

Proposed law provides that, once diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury any local emergency medical services personnel, any employee of a local police department, or any local fire employee affected or his survivors will be entitled to all rights and benefits as granted by state law to one suffering an occupational disease and is entitled as service connected in the line of duty, regardless of whether the employee is employed at the time of diagnosis.

Proposed law provides that the presumption that the post traumatic stress was attributable to employment as a local emergency medical services personnel, any employee of a local police department, or any local fire employee may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.

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Senator Ryan Gatti

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SB 107

Senator Ryan Gatti

2123 Shed Road

Bossier City, LA 71111

District Phone (318) 746-0861

Fax (318) 746-3955

E-mail Address gattir@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Robin Ramagos



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed law provides that, in determining whether the evidence presented has successfully rebutted the presumptions in proposed law, the trier of facts may consider any of the following factors:

(1) The length of time between the beginning and the end of the period of employment and the date of the diagnosis.

(2) Whether there has been any trauma or traumatic events between the beginning and the end of the period of employment as an employee and the date of the diagnosis.

(3) Whether the individual diagnosed had been previously diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury prior to his employment.

Present law provides that every employee of the division of state police, except the head thereof, shall be considered an employee of the state within the meaning of the workers' compensation law of this state and entitled to the benefits of all the provisions of that law applicable to state employees.

Proposed law retains present law but adds that any purchase of a new policy of renewal of an existing workers' compensation policy which provides coverage for an employee of the division of state police, pursuant to present law, shall include coverage for post traumatic stress injury.

Proposed law provides that the following definitions shall apply to benefits payable to an employee of the division of state police:

(1) "Post traumatic stress injury"means those injuries which are defined as "post traumatic stress disorder" by the most recently published edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.

(2) "Psychiatrist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law.

(3) "Psychologist" shall have the same meaning as it is defined pursuant to present law. Proposed law provides that an employee of the division of state police who is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist with post traumatic stress injury, either during employment or thereafter, shall be presumed, prima facie, to have a disease or infirmity connected with his employment.

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Senator Ryan Gatti

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SB 107

Senator Ryan Gatti

2123 Shed Road

Bossier City, LA 71111

District Phone (318) 746-0861

Fax (318) 746-3955

E-mail Address gattir@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Robin Ramagos



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed law provides that, once diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury the employee of the division of state police affected or his survivors shall be entitled to all rights and benefits as granted by state law to which one suffering an occupational disease and is entitled as service connected in the line of duty, regardless of whether the employee is employed at the time of diagnosis.

Proposed law provides that the presumption that the post traumatic stress was attributable to employment as an employee of the division of state police may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence. Proposed law provides that, in determining whether the evidence presented has successfully rebutted the presumptions in proposed law, the trier of facts may consider any of the

following factors:

(1) The length of time between the beginning and the end of the period of employment and the date of the diagnosis.

(2) Whether there has been any trauma or traumatic events between the beginning and the end of the period of employment as an employee and the date of the diagnosis.

(3) Whether the individual diagnosed had been previously diagnosed with post traumatic stress injury prior to his employment.


The Louisiana Fraternal Order SUPPORTS this Legislation.  The time has come for agency's and law enforcement officers to understand PTSD and how it relates to public safety, that PTSD is a treatable disorder just like any other.  


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Senator Ryan Gatti

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SB 107

Senator Ryan Gatti

2123 Shed Road

Bossier City, LA 71111

District Phone (318) 746-0861

Fax (318) 746-3955

E-mail Address gattir@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant Robin Ramagos



LAFOP Legislative 2019



Abstract: Creates the crime of terrorizing of a judge or law enforcement officer, provides definitions for purposes of this crime, and provides for criminal penalties.

Proposed law creates the crime of terrorizing of a judge or law enforcement officer which prohibits a person from making a threat to cause death or serious bodily injury to a judge or law enforcement officer in retaliation for the legal performance of their duties through the use of electronic, textual, visual, written, or oral communication. Further provides that to constitute a violation of the provisions of proposed law, it is necessary that the judge or officer reasonably believes that the threat of death or serious bodily injury is so imminent that the professional or personal life activities of the judge or officer is altered or otherwise changed in the interest of personal safety.

Proposed law provides definitions of "electronic communication", "electronic mail", "judge", and "law enforcement officer" for purposes of proposed law.

Proposed law provides that any person who violates the provisions of proposed law shall be fined not more than $15,000 or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 15 years, or both. 

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.


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SUPPORT

Representative Valarie Hodges

HB 140

Representative Valarie Hodges

35055 La. Hwy. 16 Suite 2A

Denham Springs, LA 70706 

Phone:  (225)791-2199 

Fax:       (225)791-9203

hodgesv@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Katherine Ashley Sibley



LAFOP Legislative 2019



Abstract: Provides for the training of peace officers and first responders with respect to interacting with Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Proposed law requires the bureau of emergency medical services and the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training to create a dementia training program in cooperation with the Department of Health. Provides for the creation of an initial training program and updates to the continuing education program.

Proposed law provides for instructions on how to identify and interact with people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Proposed law requires newly hired emergency medical service professionals to complete the initial training program within six months and requires all emergency medical service professionals to report any and all abuse or neglect.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.  We would like to see language added that adds training for Asperger Syndrome and Autism.  All present unique circumstances for law enforcement officer.  Law enforcement usually encounters these conditions in younger adults and juveniles.  Their response to law enforcement can be confused with active resistance to commands.

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SUPPORT

Representative Frank Hoffman

HB 296

Representative Frank Hoffman

204 North 3rd Street
Suite A
West Monroe, LA 71291

Phone:  (318)362-4130
Fax:       (318)362-4131

hoffmannf@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Kathy Ray


 



LAFOP Legislative 2019


Abstract: Amends the crimes of public intimidation and retaliation to include extortionate threats and true threats, and provides for definitions of those terms.

Present law provides for the crime of public intimidation which is the use of violence, force, or threats upon certain public persons with the intent to influence his conduct in relation to his position, employment, or duty.

Present law further provides for the crime of public retaliation which is defined as the use of violence, force, or threats upon an elected official when such violence, force, or threat is related to the duties of the elected official or is in retaliation or retribution for actions taken by the elected official as part of his official duties.

Present law provides for penalties of a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both.

Proposed law amends the present law crimes to include extortionate threats and true threats.

Proposed law provides that "extortionate threats" occur when a person communicates an unlawful threat to harm another person with the intention to obtain anything of value or any acquittance, advantage, or immunity of any description and the person would not otherwise be able to lawfully secure such advantage willingly from the victim.

Proposed law provides that "true threats" occur when a person communicates a serious expression of an intent to commit an unlawful act of violence upon a person or group of persons with the intent to place such persons in fear of bodily harm or death. The person need not actually intend to carry out the threat.

Proposed law retains present law penalties

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.  We believe that there should be a criminal consequences when a person personally threatens the employment of a law enforcement officer during the commission of that officers duty.

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SUPPORT

Representative Mike Johnson

HB 307

Representative Mike Johnson

2757 Hwy 28 East
Pineville, La 71360

Phone:  318 487-5377
Fax:       318 487-5420
hse027@legis.la.gov

Legislative Aide:  Bonnie Lemoine 

 



LAFOP Legislative 2019


Abstract: Specifies types of political activities allowable for an employee in the classified fire and police civil service system.

Proposed constitutional amendment removes the provisions of the present constitution and provides

for prohibited and permissible political activities as follows:

(1) Prohibits an employee in the classified service of a fire and police civil service system from:

(a) Being a candidate for nomination or election to public office except to seek to be the classified employee member on the civil service board.

(b) Using official authority to interfere with an election or while engaged in political activity.

(c) Inviting subordinate employees to political events or otherwise suggest that a subordinate employee engage in political activity.

(d) Soliciting or discouraging the political activity of any person with business before his agency.

(e) Soliciting, accepting, or receiving contributions for political purposes.

(f) Engaging in political activity while on duty, in the workplace, wearing a uniform or

official insignia, in a public vehicle, or using public resources.

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Representative Dodie Horton

HB 346

Representative Dodie Horton

954 Hwy. 80 Suite 400

Haughton, LA 71037 

Phone:  (318)949-2463 

Fax:       (318)949-5019

hortond@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Amanda Nottingham 

 

 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

(2) Allows an employee in the classified service of a fire and police civil service system to:

(a) Register and vote as he chooses.

(b) Assist in voter registration drives when off duty, when out of uniform, and only using private resources.

(c) Make contributions for political purposes.

(d) Attend political rallies, meetings, and fundraisers when off duty and out of uniform.

(e) Join political groups.

(f) Sign nominating petitions.

(g) Participate in political campaigns when off duty, when out of uniform, and only using private resources.

(h) Express opinions about political groups and candidates while not at work or on duty or using official authority.

Proposed constitutional amendment provides that in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations

of the civil service system, an appointing authority may dismiss from service, demote, or reduce the

compensation of any employee found to be in violation of the prohibitions against political activity.


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Representative Dodie Horton

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HB 346

Representative Dodie Horton

954 Hwy. 80 Suite 400

Haughton, LA 71037 

Phone:  (318)949-2463 

Fax:       (318)949-5019

hortond@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Amanda Nottingham 

 

 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Proposed constitutional amendment further prohibits an appointing authority or agent or deputy thereof from demoting, suspending, discharging, or otherwise disciplining or threatening to do such things, or discriminating against any person in the classified service for the purpose of influencing his vote, support, or other political activity in any election. Prohibits an appointing authority or agent or deputy thereof from using his official authority or influence to directly or indirectly coerce the political action of any employee in the classified service.

Proposed constitutional amendment further specifies that any provision of law which is in conflict with the provisions of the proposed constitutional amendment shall expire upon the effective date of the proposed constitutional amendment.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS this Legislation.  Officers have long lost their right to be involved in the political process of the areas that they live.  Just because they are a public employee should not mean that they lose their First Amendment rights.

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Representative Dodie Horton

HB 346

Representative Dodie Horton

954 Hwy. 80 Suite 400

Haughton, LA 71037 

Phone:  (318)949-2463 

Fax:       (318)949-5019

hortond@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Amanda Nottingham 

 

 



LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Adds law enforcement officers as a possible victim of the crime of threatening a public official and provides that the crime includes threats made through social media.

Present law defines the crime of threatening a public official as any verbal or written communication which threatens serious bodily injury or death to a public official.

Present law provides that whoever commits the crime of threatening a public official shall be fined not more than $500, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

Present law further provides that these penalties shall apply when the person commits the crime of threatening a public official with the intent to influence his conduct in relation to his position, employment, or official duty, or in retaliation as reprisal for his previous action in relation to his position, employment, or official duty.

Present law defines "public official" is defined as any executive, ministerial, administrative, judicial, or legislative officer of the state of La.

Proposed law retains present law and amends the crime to apply to threats made to law enforcement and further provides that the crime of threatening a public official includes threats made through social media.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police SUPPORTS Legislation that criminalizes real threats to law enforcement officers no matter the medium of delivery.

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SUPPORT

Representative Barbara Norton

HB 577

Representative Barbara Norton

3245 Hollywood Avenue

Shreveport, LA 71108 

Phone:  (318)632-5887 

Fax:       (318)632-5889

nortonb@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Phaedra Smith


 



LAFOP Legislative 2019


Abstract: Prohibits law enforcement officers or employees of law enforcement agencies from disclosing or disseminating information relating to arrests that do not result in convictions and certain misdemeanor and felony arrest and convictions.

Present law provides that any person who acquires or distributes any criminal history record in violation of law or rules by the La. Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information to be fined not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, and may be imprisoned for up to three months, or both.

Present law further provides that any person who transmits false information,withholds information,or prevents the transmission of information shall be fined not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, and may be imprisoned for not more than five years, with or without hard labor, or both.

Proposed law retains present law and provides that no law enforcement officer or employee of a law enforcement agency shall disclose or disseminate outside of law enforcement any information relating to any of the following:

(1) An arrest that did not result in a conviction and the time limitations on the institution of prosecution have barred prosecution for that offense.

(2) A misdemeanor arrest and conviction if five years have passed since the most recent felony or misdemeanor arrest or conviction on a person's state criminal history record.

(3) A felony arrest and conviction if 10 years have passed since the most recent felony or misdemeanor arrest or conviction, including periods of incarceration or supervision, on a person's state criminal history record.

Proposed law further provides that any person who violates proposed law shall be subject to removal or a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000 for each offense, or both.

The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police OPPOSES this Legislation.  We feel that it is absurd that a career law enforcement officer can be removed from employment because of the disclosure of public record.  If an offender wants to assure that a previous arrest record is not available then they have other legal remedies to have the record EXPUNGED.

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OPPOSE

Representative Ted James

HB 327

Representative Ted James

445 N. 12th St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 

Phone:  (225)343-3633
Fax:       (225)342-9770


james.ted@legis.la.gov

Legislative Aide:  Lebra Bias 

LAFOP Legislative 2019

Abstract: Creates a uniform data collection requirement for law enforcement agencies and makes such data public.

Proposed law requires the collection of information from peace officers by certain law enforcement agencies involved in the following incidents:

(1) Use of force by a peace officer (2) Use of a no-knock search warrant (3) Deployment of special weapons and tactics (S.W.A.T.) teams. (4) Traffic stops (5) Pedestrian and bicycle stops (6) Complaints against peace officers (7) 911 emergency calls.

Proposed law requires peace officers to report identifying information regarding individuals involved in these proposed law incidents including but not limited to sex, age, race, state of residence, English proficiency, and presence of disabilities.

Proposed law requires peace officers to report information regarding their interactions with individuals including specific information about whether they were on duty, used force, discharged a weapon, or gave any commands.

Proposed law also requires the collection of information specific to peace officers of each law enforcement agency.

Proposed law allows for the collection of data to be phased in to law enforcement agencies across the state. Larger agencies are required to make their first submission of collected information no later than April 1, 2021. Smaller agencies can make their submission by April 1, 2023. Provides for an alternative method of compliance with proposed law in certain cases where a law enforcement agency is already collecting this information for accreditation purposes.

Proposed law requires data collected pursuant to proposed law to be a public record.

Proposed law provides that if law enforcement agencies fail to comply, the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice has the ability to withhold all federal or state funds that would otherwise be disbursed to them, including funds from the Edward Byne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant Program. Law enforcement agencies could be forced to pay civil penalties for intentionally being non-compliant. Additionally, organizations with tax-exempt status can seek injunctive relief in a civil action if the law enforcement agencies fail to comply with the submission of data or publishing of annual reports.

Proposed law requires all law enforcement agencies to report all data requested by the FBI to the Louisiana Uniform Crime Reporting System. Additionally, it requires the commission to create standards and technical specifications to ensure that all data submissions are uniform.

Proposed law requires the commission to report on clearance rates that include statistics on all crimes reported to the system.

Present law (R.S. 22:398.10) requires peace officers to collect information on the number of persons stopped for traffic violations made and the demographics of those persons, the nature of the stop, and whether a citation or warrant was issued, an arrest made, or a search conducted. Present law provides that present law is inapplicable if the department adopts a written policy against racial profiling. Proposed law repeals present law.

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OPPOSE

Representative Royce Duplessis

HB 506

Representative Royce Duplessis

643 Magazine St.Suite 302

New Orleans, LA 70130 

Phone:  504-568-2740 

Fax:       504-568-2744

duplessisr@legis.la.gov 

Legislative Aide:  Belinda Rodgers

LAFOP Legislative 2019

HB14   by Representative Barbara Carpenter           

RETIREMENT/FIREFIGHTERS:  Prohibits certain employees from rejoining the Firefighters' Retirement System and Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System (OR DECREASE APV) 

HB185   by Representative Stephanie Hilferty           

CRIME:  Provides relative to the registration of persons convicted of terrorism offenses and offenses against peace officers

HB400   by Representative Wayne McMahen           

CIVIL SERVICE/FIRE & POL:  Provides relative to employment lists and tests for positions in the municipal fire and police civil service 

HB478   by Representative Larry Bagley           

WEAPONS/FIREARMS:  Authorizes a family member of a law enforcement officer to purchase his duty firearm upon death


HB 285-Representative Robert Billiot

WORKERS COMPENSATION:  Provides for worker's compensation for volunteer reserve police officers

HB95   by Representative James Armes           

SHERIFFS:  Provides relative to payment of insurance premiums for certain sheriffs and deputy sheriffs of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.

HB71   by Representative Sherman Q. Mack        

PUBLIC SFTY/DEPARTMENT:  Provides relative to the accreditation bodies for laboratories used in certain post-conviction relief proceedings


 


HB150   by Representative Jerome Zeringue           

POLICE/LOCAL:  Provides relative to the position of police chief in the city of Houma

HB170   by Representative Sam Jones          

LAW ENFORCE/OFFICERS:  Provides relative to financial security for surviving spouses and children of certain cadets

HB154   by Representative Jerome Zeringue           

POLICE/LOCAL:  Provides relative to work shift cycles of dispatchers employed by the Houma police department

 

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Other SUPPORTED Legislation

LAFOP Legislative 2019

HB438   by Representative Edward Ted James           

CIVIL SERVICE/FIRE & POL:  Provides relative to the classified police service in the city of Baton Rouge 

HB141   by Representative Frankie Howard           

LAW ENFORCE/OFFICERS:  Provides relative to motorcyclist profiling training for peace officers 


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Other OPPOSED Legislation

LAFOP Legislative 2019