1 million vaccines
Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that one million Louisianans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This news follows the announcement at the end of March that all Louisianans 16 years old or older are now eligible for the vaccine. Vaccine appointments are readily available in all areas of the state and more details can be found at covidvaccine.la.gov.
Bill to add tourism website to license plates advances
Last week, the House Transportation Committee advanced a measure which would permanently add LouisianaTravel.com to the license plates of all private passenger vehicles. Rep. Pierre’s HB 198 seeks to have the state’s official tourism website added on plates alongside the well-known “Sportsman’s Paradise” motto.

Other tourism-related bills that moved through committee last week:

  • SB 174, which adjusts the Alexandria-Pineville CVB board of directors
  • SB 173, which expands and extends the film tax credit (read more here
Centralized tax collection bill clears first hurdle 
The House Ways & Means Committee discussed a move toward centralized tax collection at length last week. HB 199 aims to streamline the current process for Louisiana businesses to collect and remit state and local sales taxes. Louisiana is one of only three states without a centralized sales tax collector, meaning companies that do business in multiple jurisdictions must work with multiple collectors.

Through this bill, author Speaker Clay Schexnayder has brought the various stakeholders to the table to create an eight-member sales tax collection commission, with four members appointed by local interests.

At this time, LTA does not see any direct impact on occupancy taxes, but is consulting with legal counsel. We will continue to monitor as the bill moves next to the House Civil Law Committee.

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