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Louisiana State Legislature

 
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Louisiana Legislation 2019

 

HCR 80

Establishes a study committee on policies concerning communication-related services for the deaf and hard of hearing in certain healthcare settings.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=19rs&b=HB427&sbi=y


HCR 50

Requests a study concerning health insurance coverage of interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing in healthcare settings

*Withdrawn and relegislated into a House Concurrent Resolution.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=19RS&b=HCR50&sbi=y


 

Louisiana Legislation 2018

 

HB 27

HB 27 supplements legislation passed last year, ACT 273 (HB 582); modernizing the Telecommunication Fund for the Deaf Tax to include wireless accounts at 4.5 cents a month with an additional half cent, raising the tax to 5 cents. This tax funds the operations of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, the sole state agency serving the Deaf community of all ages, with services such as Interpreting, Hearing Aids for 55+, Assistive Technology/Telecommunication equipment, and the Support Service Provider Program for the DeafBlind.    Note:  This bill was passed in the 2018 first extraordinary session and was signed by the Governor on March 6, 2018 becoming ACT 2.  Yay!

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=181ES&b=HB27&sbi=y


HB 474

HB 474  proposes to add to existing training provided by P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standardized Training) to include Sensitivity & Awareness Training in regards to the Deaf community as well as creating a clearer understanding of the exceptional and invisible disability.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=18RS&b=HB474&sbi=y


HB 14

HB 14 adds Teachers of the Deaf, Interpreters, and Transliterators who have retired to return to work as recognized critical shortage personnel. The demand for such staffing is high and this legislation allows for potential incentives and flexibility to fulfill the needs for such positions.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=18RS&b=HB14&sbi=y


HB 199

HB 199, Louisiana LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids), proposes to establish a task force of professionals to recommend a framework to assess the language milestones of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children ages 0-5 for both English and American Sign Language (ASL). This is a first step towards collecting valuable data to end the language deprivation epidemic among Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.  

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=18RS&b=HB199&sbi=y


 

Louisiana Legislation 2017

 

HB 253

Revises terminology referring to the deaf and hard of hearing in over 20 state laws, and sets a precedent going forward.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=HB253&sbi=y


HB 582

Modernizes Telecommunication Fund for the Deaf Tax by imposing a monthly 4.5 cent tax on wireless accounts. This tax funds the operations of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, the sole state agency serving the Deaf community of all ages, with services such as Interpreting, Hearing Aids for 55+, Assistive Technology/Telecommunication equipment, and the Support Service Provider Program for the DeafBlind. This legislation also establishes one of the largest state agency funding serving the Deaf community in the U.S. with $4.7 million.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=HB582&sbi=y


 

Louisiana Legislation 2015