By: G. Trippe Hawthorne and Beau Bourgeois

On April 23, 2019, by a vote of 94-0, House Bill 273, which is an overall update and revision to Louisiana’s Contractor’s Licensing Law, passed out of the Louisiana House of Representatives.  The reengrossed version of the bill, including amendments made in the House Committee on Commerce and  those made on the House Floor is available here.

The bill was introduced and read in the Senate on April 24, 2019, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs.

HB 273 generally updates and modernizes the Louisiana Contractor’s Licensing Law, and gives the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors more flexibility to manage and streamline the contractor licensing process. One potentially significant change to the enforcement provisions would be an increase in the maximum fine that can be assessed against a licensed contractor to 10% of the contract value.