Movie exemptions may be revised

A set of bills aiming to change entertainment industry tax exemptions and the way the state implements its oft-debated motion picture tax credit program were moved to the Senate floor Monday.
Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, presented the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee with a substitute bill to his original Senate Bill 235, proposing solutions to fatal flaws he said ruined the motion picture tax credit program.

House Insurance Committee Chairman Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, left, who sponsored House Bill 435 that would require hospitals to disclose which medical providers are not in a patient’s insurance network, briefly confers with Rep. Major Thibaut, D-New Roads, right, Tuesday. (Photo by Tryfon Boukouvidis)

Bill: Hospitals inform patients about out-of-network services

The House Insurance Committee Tuesday amended and recommended to the full chamber a bill that would require hospitals to disclose which medical providers are not in a patient’s insurance network prior to scheduled non-emergency services.
House Bill 435 by Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, proposes that hospitals provide the patients with a list of the medical providers associated with the hospitals. Currently, health care facilities provide a list of out-of-network physicians only upon request.

Constitutional convention sought to fix ‘broken system’

Louisiana will be on its way to its next constitutional convention to adjust the Louisiana Constitution where it deals with fiscal matters if a bill approved in the House Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday makes it through the House and Senate.
“We can all agree on one thing: The current system is broken. Regardless of what the fix is, we all agree that we need to fix it,” Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, said. “This provides a mechanism to do it.”

The $120 million Louisiana Energy and Power Authority natural gas-fired, combined-cycle gas power plant has been operating for nearly a year in Morgan City and has routinely been putting power into the electricity grid, LEPA General Manager Cordell Grand said. (Photo by Zachary Fitzgerald/The Daily Review)

$120 million LEPA power plant online

The $120 million power plant that began operating nearly a year ago in Morgan City is putting cost-effective power on the electricity grid for communities throughout the region to use, a plant executive said.
Cordell Grand, general manager of Louisiana Energy and Power Authority, spoke during the April 25 Morgan City Council meeting.
LEPA dedicated the natural gas-fired, combined-cycle gas power plant May 20, 2016. Officials said it would help stabilize long-term power rates for member communities by reducing their reliance on less efficient power sources.

Senate bill removes budget mandates

The bill before the Senate Finance Committee removing the statutory mandate that state funds go to itemized state and local programs was held to allow the author additional time to build her case.
Senate Bill 226, by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Chalmette, would give lawmakers more latitude when it comes to funding levels, especially during economically tough times, which potentially could permit broader, more equitable reductions.


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