House committee takes up short term rental regulations

House committee takes up short term rental regulations

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A Louisiana State House of Representatives committee will begin looking into proposed regulations on short-term rentals.

Operators like Air BnB would be required to submit building maintenance plans with the state fire marshal.

The plans would need to detail building plans and show continuous maintenance of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and show unobstructed exits and fire extinguishers.

Renters submitting plans would be charged $30 for the initial processing of the and a $20 registration fee, which would be good for five years.

New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno authored the bill.

Also, another house committee could take up a bill that would allow authorities access to locked smartphones without the need of a passcode.

The bill, called the Brittney Mills act, is in direct response to a murder investigation last year in Baton Rouge.

Investigators believed her locked phone could've led them to her killer.

Also, a bill before a Louisiana State Senate committee would place restrictions on police body camera videos.

Under the bill, video not subject to a criminal proceeding could only be released by a court order.

Lawmakers deferred the bill last week.

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