State Representative Helena Moreno: Proudly Representing America’s Most Unique City.

ISSUES

Crime

Crime

Helena is working to keep New Orleans first in food, culture, and music—not crime. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and violent crime continues to be a huge issue for residents and visitors alike. And while talking tough about crime is a staple of politicians everywhere, Rep. Moreno is determined to take not just a tough approach to crime, but, most importantly, a smarter approach.
Women

Women

Helena is a champion for the issues that are important to women and families, like equal pay, Medicaid expansion, reproductive rights, fair housing, and sex education. One of her signature legislative achievements has been passing several bills to prevent domestic violence and protect survivors. She has been honored by the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW), a coalition of organizations including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Independent Women’s Organization, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Organization for Women.
Health Care

Health Care

Helena is fighting an intense battle against drastic cuts to health care. Guided by the words of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” she has worked to protect funds for preventative and mental health services. She successfully restored funding that had been swiped from a vital breast and cervical cancer screening program. And she is an advocate for Medicaid expansion, which would keep federal tax dollars paid by Louisianans here rather than going to fund heath care needs of residents in other states.

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Moreno amends bill to expand access to life-saving rescue meds

Moreno’s bill allows safe, life-saving medicines to be dispensed without prescriptions State

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Life-saving heroin overdose medication could become widely available in Louisiana

By Kevin Litten, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune In a last-minute change to a bill aimed at expanding

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House passed bill to ban domestic abusers from legally obtaining firearms

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill Monday that would add those convicted of domestic

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From Reporting The News To Doing Something About It

Helena Moreno began her career in New Orleans as an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate, WDSU-TV. But she decided to set aside her promising broadcast career to enter public service. In May of 2010, she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. As the voice of District 93, Rep. Moreno now serves as an advocate for a richly diverse area that includes neighborhoods such as Treme, the Garden District, Central City, St. Roch, the French Quarter, Mid City and the CBD.

  • Legislative Committees: Commerce Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee
  • State Boards and Commissions: Louisiana Sentencing Commission, Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Latino Commission, Audubon Commission, Justice Reinvestment Task Force, Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse on Children, and Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force

LEGISTLATION TRACKER

HB95: Adds additional members to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice

Current Status: Pending Senate Transportation, Highways, and Public Works

To amend and reenact R.S. 15:1202(A)(introductory paragraph) and to enact R.S. 15:1202(A)(29) through (31), relative to the membership of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice; to change the membership of the commission; and to provide for related matters.

HB145: Provides for the issuance of a certificate of employability by a reentry division of court under certain circumstances

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary A

To enact R.S. 23:291.1, relative to the employment of certain persons; to provide for the issuance of a permanent and a temporary certificate of employability under certain conditions; to provide for revocation of certificates of employability; to prohibit certain causes of action under certain circumstances; to provide for applicability to certain forms of liability; and to provide for related matters

HB146: Provides a limitation of liability for certain persons mentoring an offender on probation

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary A

To enact Code of Criminal Procedure Article 895(O), relative to limitations of liability for court-approved mentors; to provide a limitation of liability to certain persons mentoring offenders on probation; to provide a limitation of liability for the court, and court officers, agents, and employees; to provide definitions; and to provide for related matters.

HB225: Provides for the creation of the Krewe of NYX prestige license plate

Current Status: Pending Senate Transportation, Highways, and Public Works

To enact R.S. 47:463.188, relative to motor vehicle special prestige license plates; to provide for the “Krewe of NYX” special prestige license plate; to provide for creation, issuance, and design of such license plates; to provide relative to the fee and distribution of fees for such plates; to authorize the promulgation of rules and regulations relative to the creation and implementation of a special prestige license plate; and to provide for related matters.

HB226: Provides relative to revocation or suspension of a video draw poker device license for certain violations

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B

To amend and reenact R.S. 27:443(B)(1)(a)(ii) and (b)(iii), relative to penalties for certain violations of the Video Draw Poker Devices Control Law; to provide with respect to the revocation or suspension of a license for certain violations; to provide for a hearing; and to provide for related matters.

HB359: Establishes criteria for valuation of low-income housing property for purposes of assessment of ad valorem taxes (OR SEE FISC NOTE LF RV See Note)

Current Status: Pending House Ways and Means

To amend and reenact R.S. 47:2323(C)(introductory paragraph) and to enact R.S. 47:2323(C)(4), relative to the assessment of property for purposes of ad valorem taxation; to provide with respect to the valuation of low-income housing property; to require the use of certain criteria in the determination of fair market value; to provide for effectiveness; and to provide for related matters.

HB397: Provides relative to equal pay for women

Current Status: Pending House Labor and Industrial Relations

To amend and reenact Chapter 6-A of Title 23 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 23:661 through 669, relative to equal pay; to provide with respect for public policy; to provide for definitions; to further prohibit pay discrimination; to provide a complaint procedure, penalties, attorney fees, and damages; and to provide for related matters.

HB398: Provides relative to the application of certain limitations on the admissibility of character evidence in civil cases

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary A

To amend and reenact Code of Evidence Articles 404(A)(introductory paragraph) and 412.1 and to enact Code of Evidence Article 412(G), relative to the admissibility of certain evidence; to extend to civil proceedings the prohibition on admissibility of certain evidence of victim conduct or behavior; and to provide for related matters.

HB418: Provides relative to traffic control in the city of New Orleans

Current Status: Pending Senate Local and Municipal Affairs

To enact R.S. 32:5(C), relative to the regulation of traffic control in the city of New Orleans; to authorize the superintendent of police in the city of New Orleans to contract with or employ traffic control employees; to provide relative to the establishment of a training program; and to provide for related matters.

HB450: Provides for pay equality

Current Status: Withdrawn from the files of the House

To amend and reenact R.S. 23:332(H)(3) and Chapter 6-A of Title 23 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised of R.S. 23:661 through 669, relative to pay equality; to provide with respect for public policy; to provide for definitions; to further prohibit pay discrimination; to provide a complaint procedure, penalties, attorney fees, and damages; and to provide for related matters.

HB494: Provides relative to the membership and functions of the La. State Child Death Review Panel

Current Status: Pending Senate Health and Welfare

To amend and reenact R.S. 40:2019(A)(2), (C)(introductory paragraph), (12), and (13), (D)(2)(b), (E)(1), (F), and (G), and to enact R.S. 40:2019(C)(21) and (22), relative to the Louisiana State Child Death Review Panel; to revise the membership of the panel; to authorize functions of the panel and of the Department of Children and Family Services relative to child death investigations; to authorize sharing of information, documents, and records between the panel and the Department of Children and Family Services; to provide limitations relative to use of certain information obtained by the panel; to specify the age range of children whose deaths are subject to investigation by the panel; and to provide for related matters.

HB495: Establishes a fee for conducting pardon investigations

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B

To amend and reenact R.S. 15:572.5, relative to pardons; to provide for information to be provided to the Board of Pardons; to establish a fee for conducting pardon investigations; and to provide for related matters.

HB556: Provides a three-year liberative prescriptive period for actions arising from cases of rape

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary A

To amend and reenact Civil Code Article 3493.10 and to enact Civil Code Article 3496.2, relative to liberative prescription; to provide for prescription relative to crimes of rape; and to provide for related matters.

HB614: Provides for the electronic transmission of voting materials and procedures and requirements for voting absentee using such materials (EG NO IMPACT See Note)

Current Status: Pending Senate final passage

To amend and reenact R.S. 18:1310(A)(2) and to enact R.S. 18:1308(A)(1)(d), relative to voting absentee by mail; to provide for the electronic transmission of voting materials to certain voters under certain circumstances; to provide relative to the procedures and requirements for voting using such materials; and to provide for related matters

HB624: Provides with respect to the reporting of certain judicial proceedings regarding the possession of firearms

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary B

To amend and reenact R.S. 13:753(A)(introductory paragraph), (B), (C), and (D) and to enact R.S. 13:753(A)(6) and (E), relative to firearms; to require city and parish clerks of court to provide certain information to the Louisiana Supreme Court; to provide for mandatory reporting of convictions of certain offenses and judicial determinations which would prohibit persons from possessing, shipping, transporting, or receiving firearms pursuant to state and federal law; to provide relative to limitations of liability; and to provide for related matters.

HB671: Provides relative to redispensing of drugs in correctional facility pharmacies

Current Status: Pending Senate Health and Welfare

To amend and reenact R.S. 37:1226.3(A) and (B), relative to prescription drug returns; to provide for the return of prescription drugs dispensed to offenders in the custody of a local law enforcement office or department; to provide for the redispensing of the returned drugs; to prohibit redispensing of certain drugs; and to provide for related matters.

HB680: Requires healthcare services providers to conduct background checks on prospective employees

Current Status: Pending Senate Health and Welfare

To amend and reenact R.S. 40:1203.1(3)(a), (c), (g), and (o), (4), and (5) and 1203.2(B)(1) and (E) and to enact R.S. 40:1203.1(3)(d), (i), (j), and (p) through (y) and 1203.2(F), relative to nonlicensed healthcare providers; to require certain healthcare services providers to perform criminal background history checks on nonlicensed personnel prior to employment; to authorize the use of fingerprints for criminal background history checks; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

HB694: Provides relative to required coverage for reconstructive surgeries following mastectomies (EG NO IMPACT See Note)

Current Status: Pending Senate Insurance

To amend and reenact R.S. 22:1077 and to repeal R.S. 22:272(E) and R.S. 40:2209, relative to required coverage of reconstructive surgeries following mastectomies; to delete the requirement that such coverage be performed under the same policy under which the mastectomy was performed; to specify that such coverage shall be for breast reconstruction procedures selected by the patient in consultation with attending physicians; to provide with respect to covered components of reconstruction; to provide with respect to notices of the availability of such coverage; to provide for definitions; and to provide for related matters.

HB722: Provides relative to registration of certain online hotel marketplaces and collection of the tax imposed on certain online hotel sales (EG INCREASE GF EX See Note)

Current Status: Pending House Appropriations

To enact R.S. 47:306.4, relative to online hotel sales; to provide for registration of certain online hotel companies; to provide for collection of the tax imposed on online hotel sales; to provide for definitions; to provide for effectiveness; and to provide for related matters.

HB777: Provides for the termination of parental rights in certain circumstances

Current Status: Substitute adopted on the House floor (became HB1135)

To amend and reenact Children’s Code Article 1004(B), (C), (D), (E), and (F) and to repeal Children’s Code Article 1004(G) and (H), relative to the termination of parental rights; to provide relative to parties who may petition for termination of parental rights; and to provide for related matters.

HB780: Provides relative to the transfer of firearms by person prohibited from possessing firearms

Current Status: Pending House Administration of Criminal Justice

To enact Title XXXV of the Code of Criminal Procedure, comprised of Articles 1001 through 1009, relative to firearms; to provide for the transferring of firearms by persons prohibited from possessing firearms due to convictions or restraining orders regarding domestic violence; to provide for time periods for the transfer of firearms; to provide definitions; to provide for a transfer of firearms hearing; to provide for designated law enforcement agencies to serve as repository for transferred firearms; to provide for procedures for the return of firearms which have been transferred; to provide for applicability; to provide for exceptions; to provide for the adoption of policies by law enforcement agencies; and to provide for related matters.

HB791: Provides limitations on prescriptions for opioid drugs

Current Status: Pending House Health and Welfare

To amend and reenact R.S. 40:978(F) and to enact R.S. 40:978(G) and (H), relative to opioids; to limit initial prescriptions to a seventy-two hour supply; to require review of prescription monitoring information; to require education; and to provide for related matters.

HB952: Provides with respect to short-term rental structures

Current Status: Pending House Commerce – Considered 4/19/16

To amend and reenact R.S. 40:1573(3) and (4) and to enact R.S. 40:1573(5), 1574.1(A)(15), and 1580.2, relative to short-term rental structures; to provide with respect to the responsibilities of the state fire marshal, owners of short-term rental structures, and persons who rent such structures; to provide a process for the submission of certain plans and specifications; to authorize certain investigations and inspections; to authorize the adoption of certain administrative rules and regulations; to provide for definitions; to provide for applicable fees and penalties; to provide for certain exceptions and prohibitions; and to provide for related matters.

HB1007: Provides relative to the storing and dispensing of naloxone and other opioid antagonists

Current Status: Pending House Health and Welfare

To amend and reenact R.S. 40:978.2(D) through (F) and to enact R.S. 40:978.2(G) and (H), relative to opioid antagonists; to authorize the storage and dispensing of opioid antagonists under certain conditions; to authorize any person to possess an opioid antagonist; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

HB1135: Provides for the termination of parental rights in certain circumstances

Current Status: Pending Senate Judiciary A

To amend and reenact Children’s Code Article 1015 and to enact Children’s Code Article 1004(I), relative to the termination of parental rights; to provide relative to parties who may petition for termination of parental rights; to provide relative to grounds for termination of parental rights; and to provide for related matters.

HCR63: Expresses condolences of the legislature upon the death of Will Smith, former defensive end for the New Orleans Saints

Current Status: Sent to the Secretary of State

To express sincere and heartfelt condolences upon the death of Will Smith, former defensive
end for the New Orleans Saints.

HR 55: Commends the Louisiana Tumor Registry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans

Current Status: Sent to the Secretary of State

To commend the Louisiana Tumor Registry at the Louisiana State University Health
Sciences Center in New Orleans.

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