How to Find a List of Bills in the Louisiana State Legislature

 1. Navigate to http://www.legis.state.la.us/

 2. Scroll down the page to the subtitle “Bill Search”.

3. Click the dropdown menu next to “View a range of instruments” and select the type of bill you would like to find.

Bill Search

Your options are HB, HR, HCR, HSR, HCSR, SB, SR, SCR, SSR, SCSR, and ACT. The definition of each abbreviation is given at the end of this page.

4. Click “View” and you will be taken to a page with a list of bills under the type of legislative instrument you selected. There will probably be too many instruments to list on one page, so you may need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click “More” to view the entire list.

5. Scroll through the list and click on the bill number of the instrument you are interested in. That number is found under the header “Instrument” in the chart.

Instrument List

6. You will be presented with a summary, the author, and the status of the bill. To read the current text of the bill, click “Text – Current” under the summary.

Full Text

 

Instrument Abbreviation Definitions

A House Bill (HB) is a proposal for a new law, for the amendment or repeal of an existing law, or for appropriation of public money that originates in the House of Representatives.

A House Resolution (HR) is a legislative instrument, originating in the House of Representatives, that generally is used for making declarations, stating policies, and making decisions where some other form is not required. Where a bill includes the constitutionally required enacting clause; a resolution uses the term “resolved”. Resolutions are not subject to a time limit for introduction nor to a governor’s veto.

A House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) is a resolution, originating in the House of Representatives, that affects the actions, procedures, or sentiments of both houses and must be adopted by both bodies.

A House Study Request (HSR) is a legislative instrument, originating in the House of Representatives, which requests a standing committee or committees to conduct a study of an issue or item during the interim between legislative sessions. A study request does not go through the traditional approval process of other legislative instruments, but rather is adopted if, after a specific period of time, there is no objection made to the proposed study request.

A House Concurrent Study Request (HCSR) is a study request, originating in the House of Representatives, which is made by a standing committee of both houses of the legislature.

A Senate Bill (SB) is a proposal for a new law, for the amendment or repeal of an existing law, or for appropriation of public money that originates in the Senate.

A Senate Resolution (SR) is a legislative instrument, originating in the Senate, that generally is used for making declarations, stating policies, and making decisions where some other form is not required. Where a bill includes the constitutionally required enacting clause; a resolution uses the term “resolved”. Resolutions are not subject to a time limit for introduction nor to a governor’s veto.

A Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) is a resolution, originating in the Senate, that affects the actions, procedures, or sentiments of both houses and must be adopted by both bodies.

A Senate Study Request (SSR) is a legislative instrument, originating in the Senate, which requests a standing committee or committees to conduct a study of an issue or item during the interim between legislative sessions. A study request does not go through the traditional approval process of other legislative instruments, but rather is adopted if, after a specific period of time, there is no objection made to the proposed study request.

A Senate Concurrent Study Request (SCSR) is a study request, originating in the Senate, which is made by a standing committee of both houses of the legislature.

An Act is a bill that has been finally passed by the House and Senate, enrolled, signed by the legislative presiding officers, signed by the governor (or allowed to become law without his signature), and assigned an Act number by the secretary of state. Joint resolutions (proposed constitutional amendments) are bills and are processed as such, except they are not signed by the governor or subject to the governor’s veto.

 

 

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