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La. lawmakers approve centralized sales tax commission
Louisiana Illuminator, Wesley Muller –June 3, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a tax reform bill Thursday that would establish a centralized sales tax commission to replace the state’s currently fragmented system of collections. The legislation is a proposed constitutional amendment and will need voter approval to be enacted.

The Senate voted 37-0 to adopt House Bill 199, sponsored by Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder. It had already passed the House unanimously and will be placed on a ballot for voters to consider on Oct. 9.

The legislation proposes to create the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission to “provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state,” according to the bill.

Legislature passes second attempt to prohibit election donations
Louisiana Illuminator, Wesley Muller –May 20, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses — a measure that Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed last year.

House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), is the second attempt by Republican lawmakers to prohibit the state from receiving the kind of donations that nonprofits offered last year to pay for expenses such as polling signs, tents, hand sanitizer, and personal protective equipment for poll workers.

On Thursday, the measure passed the Senate in a 26–11 party-line vote with Republicans in favor and Democrats against. The current bill differs from last year’s in that it would not apply to “the donation of private property for use as a polling place or to the donation or use of equipment for the restoration and maintenance of utilities to a precinct or polling place in the event of an outage.”

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