Education bills top agenda Wednesday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana Capitol Building.

The Louisiana House of Representatives comes in Thursday morning for a brief session prior to breaking for committee hearings.

The state Senate adjourned Wednesday for another long weekend. Senators return at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Three House committees are scheduled to meet: Retirement, Judiciary and Local and Municipal Affairs.

A series of retirement bills up for consideration is aimed at steering more dollars to the elimination of pension system long-term debts.

Under the bills, funds remaining in the four statewide retirement systems’ “experience accounts” after cost-of-living raises for their retirees are paid would go to debt retirement.

The four systems are those covering state employees, teachers, school employees and state police.

Investment earnings of the systems above a certain level flow into the special “experience accounts” and cost-of-living raises can be granted when the fund is sufficient to cover them.

The Legislature is set to consider bills this session under which retirees of the four system’s would get a 1.5 percent pension check adjustment.

All the bills are by House Retirement Committee Chairman Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell.

The Local and Municipal Committee is scheduled to take up a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with property taxes for fire and police protection in Orleans Parish and a bill dealing with the nuisance ordinances in New Orleans. Another bill on its agenda provides for “fox pens” as part of Louisiana’s folklife heritage.

The House Committee on the Judiciary has bills dealing with reentry courts, the donation of alcoholic beverages to certain organizations and the office and duties of coroner.