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Legislative Session Wrap - 2009 Regular: More Conservation "Action" Than Expected

June 15, 2009 12:00 AM

The 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature that wrapped on June 25 held more interest for conservationists than is normally anticipated in the short 45 legislative-day "fiscal" session that occurs in odd-numbered calendar years.  Despite the relatively small number of bills introduced, approximately one-third of the bill volume of a general 60-day session, and a similarly reduced portion of bills related to conservation and the environment, there were some significant issues raised by the 100 or so bills and resolutions tracked by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Of great concern were several bills that, among other things, proposed to diminish dedicated funds, including the Conservation Fund, and transfer conservation dollars to the state general fund.  You can read about those proposals here.  Thanks to the efforts of Representatives Eddie Lambert, Jack Montoucet and others, SB 1 proposing to double the amount that could be raided was amended to exclude the Conservation Fund and other user fee-based statutory dedications.  The bill died in conference committee.  We were not so lucky with SB 2 that now allows the Governor to take 5% of dedicated funds every year when there is a budget deficit.  Debate was limited by the Speaker as the bill came to the House floor.  Reps. Lambert and Montoucet had prepared similar amendments to those they successfully added to SB 1, but they were not allowed to be offered.  Although LWF urged Governor Jindal to veto the bill, it was among the last bills he signed as the deadline for vetoes approached.  Thankfully, SB 267 which proposed to abolish all statutory dedications, was amended to require only reporting to the legislature on the details of the funds and the programs they support.

Despite all the funding intrigue and threats, the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries did very well in securing appropriations for the 09/10 fiscal year.  Refer to the breakdown provided in the summary of HB 1.

This was the session to pick on the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission, with one bill filed proposing to abolish the Commission and another proposing to reestablish legislative oversight for setting the hunting seasons.  The bills were brought by legislators who had opinions differing with the Commission on the use of dogs to hunt deer and the use of a wildlife management area for a major trail ride event.  In the testimony before the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, it became clear that the displeasure of the legislators was as much due to their perception of being disregarded by the LDWF and the LWFC when bringing the concerns of their constituents than a disagreement over the ultimate action taken.  The oversight bill was deferred by the sponsor on the House floor after he had received numerous contacts from sportsmen opposed to the bill.  The "abolish the Commission" bill was transformed in the House committee into an "expand the Commission" bill and sailed through the House.  LWF was able to address the misperceptions behind the legislation in testimony before the Senate Natural Resources Committee and the bill was deferred.

On another bill related to setting of the turkey season, LWF was able to work with the sponsor to promote a compromise that allowed him to back off the bill, thereby preserving the LWFC's authority and keeping the Legislature out of the season setting process.

Legislation LWF successfully supported included one that authorizes an earlier start of the bait shrimp season and another designating Bayou Manchac a Historic & Scenic Stream within the Louisiana Scenic Rivers System.

Of interest to those concerned about climate change and energy consumption, there were about 30 bills and resolutions introduced to the session related to these subjects, including many proposing various incentives for alternative and renewable energy and energy conservation/efficiency.  Several were adopted, even a few that will reduce tax collections by the state which is a significant consideration in a budget deficit year: a sign that Louisiana is getting greener.

Thanks to Don Dubuc for inviting LWF to report on the happenings down at the legislature on his radio show and to Bob Marshall for recognizing LWF?s work in his column during this past session.

House Bills & Resolutions

HB 1 (ACT 10) by Fannin.  APPROPRIATIONS.  Governor's Office of Coastal Activities - $1,948,463 (13 positions); Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Office of State Parks - $13,479,232 (General Fund[GF]-$11,507,714) (375 positions); Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)/Atchafalaya Basin Program - $341,778 (2 positions), DNR Auxiliary Account for promoting energy efficiency - $14,036,852; $42,749,850 in federal stimulus funds for State Energy Program; Office of Coastal Restoration & Management - $151,185,767 (159 positions); Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - $141,597,632 [GF- $4,058,407] plus $6,757,145 federal hurricane recovery funds and $3,511,189 federal stimulus funds (944 positions); Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries - $111,846,717 plus $63,336,387 mostly federal funds for hurricane recovery (783 positions): Enforcement Division - $27,702,013 of which approximately $25 million is from the Conservation Fund (257 positions), Office of Wildlife - $41,652,148 of which approximately $14 million is from the Conservation Fund (211 positions), Office of Fisheries - $90,862,344 of which approximately $19 million is from the Conservation Fund (224 positions).  Note: the Conservation Fund contributes $67,764,539 to the LDWF FY 09/10 budget; federal funds, most from federal aid in wildlife and sport fish restoration programs, contributes $20,570,544; $62,349,287 is from additional federal funds for hurricane recovery.

HB 2 (ACT 20) by Greene.  CAPITAL OUTLAY.  Provides for the capital spending of state government; includes $35,825,000 in Priority 1 (P1) and 11,630,000 in Priority 5 (P5) bond funding for various study, acquisition, planning and construction projects (AP&C) and $5,700,000 for maintenance and repairs for state parks and preservation areas administered by the Office of State Parks; $2,625,000 in P1 bond funding for AP&C or the Washington Parish Reservoir; $100,000 in P1 bond funding for the Castor Creek-Little River Reservoir in LaSalle Parish; $1,500,000 in P1, $200,000 in P2 bond funding and $150,000 direct from the general fund for AP&C for the Poverty Point Reservoir in Richland Parish; 400,000 in P1 bond funding for the Ouachita Water Supply Reservoir; $800,000 in P1 bond funding for AP&C for the Allen Parish Reservoir; $1,415,000 in P1 and $1,000,000 in P5 bond funding for AP&C for the Bayou Duchene Reservoir in Caldwell Parish; $290,000,000 in surplus general funds for coastal protection and restoration; $12,330,000 in P1 and $670,000 in P5 bond funding for the Atchafalaya Basin Program; $2,950,000 in P1 bond funding to LDWF for construction of the Minden District Office, $2,880,000 from the Rockefeller Refuge Fund for the East End Boat Launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge and $150,000 from the Aquatic Plant Control Fund to purchase a warehouse to store aquatic vegetation control equipment/material.

HB 39 (ACT 322) by H. Burns.  LASER SIGHTS/PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED HUNTERS.  Authorizes the use of laser sights on weapons used by persons holding a physically-challenged hunter permit whose eyesight is permanently uncorrectable at 20/200 or worse, to take deer or turkey and that such permitted hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter.  

HB 44 (ACT 150) by LaFonta, et al.  FIREARM DISCHARGE AT PUBLIC EVENTS.  Creates the crime of discharging a firearm at a public event; makes exceptions including, the discharge of a firearm by a person engaged in any lawful hunting or sport shooting activity on public or private property.

HB 97 (ACT 52) by Gisclair.  MOTORBOAT NUMBERS.  Changes the definition of motorboat so that documented commercial motor vessels do not have to also purchase and display state-issued vessel identification numbers; provides for reimbursement of the cost of acquiring the state numbers for those documented commercial vessels that purchased such numbers in compliance with Act 35 of the 2008 Regular Session.  

HB 98 (ACT 360) by Danahay.  SHRIMP SKIMMERS - CALCASIEU LAKE.  Authorizes the use of skimmers at night throughout Cameron Parish, except in Calcasieu Lake.

HB 110 (ACT 469) by J. H. Smith, et al.  ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLE TAX CREDIT.  Expands the coverage and increases amount of the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles and alternative fuel conversions.  

HB 128 by Burns.  SALES TAX HOLIDAY/FIREARMS & HUNTING GEAR.  Establishes the 3-day weekend after Thanksgiving as a state sales tax holiday for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting gear during which time such items will be exempt from state sales tax collection.  VETOED 

HB 162 (ACT 361) by S. Jones.  LAKE FAUSSE POINT.  Creates the Lake Fausse Point and Grand Avoille Cove Advisory Board within the Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries to make recommendations for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the Lake Fausse Point and Grand Avoille Cove and the development of recreational opportunities in the area.  

HB 172 by McVea.  TURKEY SEASON.  Requires that, on private land in the state south of a line formed by the northern boundaries of Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee Parishes, the wild turkey hunting season will open no later than March 15th and run for a minimum of 35 days.  Passed House; deferred by author.

HB 231 (ACT 55) by Little, et al.  CROSSBOW TURKEY HUNTING.  Authorizes the use of a crossbow to take wild turkey during the turkey hunting season.

HB 233 (ACT 131) by Gallot.  SEAFOOD PROMOTION BOARD.  Transfers the Louisiana Seafood & Promotion Board from the office of the secretary to the office of fisheries within the Louisiana department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

HB 234 (ACT 365) by Dove, et al.  SCENIC RIVERS ACT.  Deletes the requirement for the scenic streams administrator to hold an adjudicatory to deny a scenic streams permit and provides for a challenge to such denial in the 19th JDC. 

HB 235 (ACT 6) by Champagne, et al.  BOATING - FLIGHT FROM AN OFFICER.  Includes operation of watercraft in the definition of the violation of flight from an officer and aggravated flight from an officer. 

HB 236 (ACT 27) by St. Germain, et al.  PERSONAL WATERCRAFT - MINIMUM AGE.  Prohibits persons less than 16 years of age from operating a personal watercraft.

HB 237 (ACT 22) by St. Germaine, et al.  NONRESIDENT SALTWATER RECREATIONAL TRIP FISHING LICENSE.  Deletes the requirement of a basic fishing license in order for a nonresident to fish in the saltwater areas of the state with a temporary nonresident/trip fishing license (available for $17.50 per each day specified on the license).

HB 299 (ACT 115) by St. Germain.  BAIT SHRIMP SEASON.  Increases the bait shrimp permit fee from $100 to $110 and modifies the authorization of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to set a bait shrimp season from between the closed commercial shrimp seasons to a season that may commence as early as May 1st.  

HB 410 (ACT 208) by B. Badon.  CRAWFISH PREDATOR CONTROL.  Authorizes the taking of raccoon, opossum, beaver or nutria consuming crawfish from private ponds by the owner or operator of the pond with a .22 caliber rifle, including from a boat or vehicle, at any time of day during the year.

HB 451 (ACT 370) by Foil.  BAYOU MANCHAC/SCENIC STREAM.  Adds Bayou Manchac, from the Amite River to the Mississippi River, to the waters designated as state historic and scenic streams.

HB 478 (ACT 508) by Harrison.  TITLING OUTBOARDS.  Provides for the voluntary titling of outboard motors.

HB 522 (ACT 293) by B. Badon.  WILD DOLPHIN PRESTIGE PLATE.  Establishes the wild dolphin prestige vehicle license plate with the proceeds contributed to EarthEcho International, Incorporated for support of scientific research, conservation, and educational programs that serve to restore and protect the ocean environment and freshwater systems and to protect wild dolphins.

HB 529 by Chandler.  ABOLISH LWFC.  Proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  Failed to Pass SNRC on 5-1 vote.

HB 523 by Ernst.  FIREARMS AT PARADES.  Prohibits the possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a parade; makes various exceptions including for the discharge of a firearm by a person engaged in any lawful hunting or sport shooting activity on public or private property.  VETOED

HB 542 (ACT 374) by Labruzzo.  COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE PURCHASE.  Authorizes the purchase of various commercial fishing licenses with a credit card or business check.  

HB 587 (ACT 376) by Harrison.  OYSTER SEED GROUND PERMIT.  Revises the oyster seed ground vessel permit program and makes the owner of the vessel (permit holder) responsible for violations committed by anyone aboard the vessel.

HB 613 by Armes, et al.  HUNTING SEASONS/LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT.  Required that the rulemaking for the setting of hunting seasons be subject to legislative oversight and deletes authorization for emergency rule-making pertaining to the setting of hunting seasons.  Returned to House Calendar-dead for the session.

HB 624 (ACT 217) by G. Jackson.  WASTE COOKING OIL/BIODIESEL PRODUCTION.  Provides for the collection and use of waste fats, oils, and grease in the manufacturing of biodiesel fuel in Louisiana.

HB 636 (ACT 513) by Monica.  MANDATORY WATERCRAFT OPERATOR?S LICENSE/LIFE VEST REQUIREMENT.  Require persons 16 and under to wear a PFD on motorboats while underway, except for persons between 12 and 16 on a commercial vessel; changes the date from Jan. 1, 1988 to Jan. 1, 1984 after which all operators of motorboats over 10 horsepower must have a boating safety education certificate to legally operate a boat; requires suspension of boating privileges for conviction of operating a watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

HB 661 (ACT 517) by Morris.  CABON DIOXIDE STORAGE.  Provides for policy and jurisdiction of the commissioner of conservation over the geologic storage and withdrawal of carbon dioxide including expropriation of private property for underground storage and withdrawal.

HB 765 by Gallot, et al.  STATE MINERAL REVENUE TO PARISHES, ATCHAFALAYA BASIN PROGRAM.  Constitutional amendment to increase the allocation of income to parishes from mineral production on state lands within each parish; dedicates up to $10 million per year of mineral revenue produced from state lands and waterbottoms in the Atchafalaya Basin to the Atchafalaya Basin Conservation Fund to be used to implement the water quality and public access features of the state?s master plan for the Atchafalaya Basin, all conditioned on exceeding a threshold of state severance taxes on minerals collected in FY 2008/2009.  Filed with Secretary of State.

HB 802 (ACT 226) by Fannin.  FUND RAID.  Among other provisions, authorizes and directs the transfer, in aggregate, of 24,378,056 to the state general fund from statutory and constitutional dedications, including the following funds/accounts in the following amounts: Conservation Fund-$3,169,639; Wildlife Habitat & Natural Heritage Trust-$65,014; LA Duck License Stamp and Print Fund - $21,825; Natural Heritage Account-$1,800; Louisiana Wild Turkey Stamp Fund-$ 3,743; Conservation of the Black Bear Account-$ 2,180; Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program Account-$1,981; Louisiana Environmental Education Fund-$ 45,987; Louisiana Alligator Resource Fund-$100,821; State Parks Improvement and Repair Fund-$332,673; Oilfield Site Restoration Fund-$277,388; Oil Spill Contingency Fund-$209,752; Seafood Promotion and Marketing Fund-$18,399; Fur & Alligator Education-Marketing Fund-$5,000; Reptile & Amphibian Research Fund-$380; Oyster Development Fund-$9,185; Shrimp Marketing & Promotion Account-$9,256; Public Oyster Seed Ground Development Account-$26,000; Shrimp Trade Petition Account-$13,400; Crab Promotion and Marketing Account-$250.  

HB 833 (ACT 523) by Dove, et al.  COASTAL PROTECTION & RESTORATION.  Consolidates hurricane protection, flood control, and coastal restoration responsibilities under the newly created Office of Hurricane Protection, Flood Control, and Coastal Restoration and clarifies authorities and responsibilities.

HB 858 (ACT 467) by Ponti.  WIND/SOLAR TAX CREDIT.  Provides for the transferability of wind and solar energy tax credits.

HB 881 (ACT 122) by Fannin.  SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS.  Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 08/09 including: $900,000 to the DEQ Waste Tire Program; $134,347 to the LDWF Office of Management & Finance and $1,321,199 to the Enforcement Program from the Conservation Fund for salaries and benefits; $2,107,950 to fund 19 positions and open the Boque Chitto State Park from the State Parks Improvement fund; $600,000 in federal hurricane relief fund for the new LDWF marine lab and $100,000 for salvinia eradication on Lake Bistineau and Cypress-Black Bayou Lake from the general fund.

HCR 49 by Richardson.  WATERCRAFT/PFDs.  Urges the LDWF to study the possibility of requiring all persons aboard a watercraft to wear personal flotation devices.  PASSED

HCR 52 by St. Germain.  ATCHAFALAYA PLAN.  Approves the Annual Plan for the Atchafalaya Basin Program for FY 2009/10.  PASSED

HCR 93 by Peterson.  CLIMATE CHANGE COMMISSION.  Establishes the Louisiana Climate Change Policy Commission to make recommendations on which to base the development of a comprehensive policy for the state on climate change, particularly addressing the areas of carbon sequestration; greenhouse gas reduction; diversification and improvement of energy systems; planning for design, land use, and economic development relative to climate change mitigation and environmental improvement; coordination of state and federal policies on climate change and report its findings to the Governor and Legislature prior to the 2010 Regular Session.  PASSED

HCR 105 by Dove.  COASTAL ZONE PERMITS/PIPELINE MATS.  Requests the Dept. of Natural Resources, with assistance and input from the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, to study the issue of use of articulated concrete mats to protect underwater exposed or shallow pipelines in the coastal areas.  PASSED

HCR 109 BY Chandler.  WOOD TO POWER.  Urges support for funding for the development of two wood-to-energy production facilities in the state, including the application of tax benefits similar to what is offered for wind and solar power generation.  PASSED

HCR 117 by Mills.  HENDERSON GATEWAY TO THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN.  Designates the town of Henderson as the Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin.  PASSED

HCR 148 by Baldone.  GULF HYPOXIA.  Memorialize Congress to act to address the problem of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.  PASSED

HCR 200 by Hill.  BUNDICK?S LAKE.  Requests the Department of Transportation and Development and the Governor's Office of Coastal Activities to jointly develop policy proposals to be submitted to the legislature for reducing or eliminating flooding and for providing funding for these proposals to prevent continuous flooding of Bundicks Lake.  PASSED

HCR 203 by Armes.  HUNTING DEER WITH DOGS ON KISATCHIE.  Memorializes the Louisiana congressional delegation and the United States Congress to take such actions as are necessary to preserve a decades-old tradition in Louisiana by continuing to allow the use of dogs to hunt deer in the Kisatchie National Forest.  PASSED

HCR 205 by Baldone.  NATIONAL SALTWATER ANGLER REGISTRY.  Memorializes Congress to repeal the National Saltwater Angler Registry.  PASSED

HR 38 by St. Germain.  PETROCHEMICAL ENERGY.  Urges the DED and DNR to promote the clean use of alternative feedstock (such as coal, lignite, petroleum coke, residual oils, biomass, and other resources) by the petrochemical industry; to benchmark incentives for companies that could use alternative feedstock; and to provide a report with recommendations to the Legislature prior to the 2010 Regular Session.  PASSED

HR 104 by Barrow.  GREEN ENERGY POLICY.  Urges the House Committee on Natural Resources & the Environment to study the development of a green energy policy within the state of Louisiana.  PASSED

HSCR 6 by R. Jones.  COMPOSITION OF BOARDS/COMMISSIONS.  Requests the House and Senate Committees on Governmental Affairs to study the membership of state boards, commissions, and like entities in terms of geography, gender, and race and to report findings to the Legislature prior to the 2010 Regular Session.  PASSED

Senate Bills and Resolutions

SB 1 by Chaisson.  FUND RAID.  Proposes a constitutional amendment to increase from 5 to 10% the amount that can be taken from dedicated funds, based on the amount appropriated or allocated from those funds, in any fiscal year when the state is experiencing a budget deficit of 1% or more and the budget has already been reduced by .7%; such dedicated funds so taken will be available for purposes other than for which they are dedicated.  Same as HB 742.  (Note: in the current Fiscal Year, the existing allowance of a 5% reduction has resulted in a reduction of the Conservation Fund by $3,169,639.  An increase in allowable transfers to 10% will double the potential loss to the Conservation Fund.)  Conference Committee Failed to Report.

SB 2 (ACT 479) by Chaisson.  MORE FUND RAID.  Repeals the 5% limitation on cumulative dedicated fund reduction in any 2 consecutive years so that appropriation/allocation from those funds can be reduced each year by 5%.

SB 41 (ACT 196) by Dupre, et al.  MINERAL & ENERGY FUND.  Changes the name of the Mineral Resources Operation Fund to the Mineral and Energy Operation Fund and requires that the monies in the fund be appropriated to DNR for the administration and regulation of minerals, ground water and related energy activities.

SB 52 (ACT 453) by Marionneaux.  SALES TAX HOLIDAY/FIREARMS & HUNTING GEAR.  Establishes the first full weekend of September as a state sales tax holiday for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting gear during which time such items will be exempt from state sales tax collection.

SB 55 (ACT 339) by Dupre, et al.  HUNTER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT/LICENSE VENDOR.  Modifies the statute requiring evidence of hunter safety certification in order for an authorized license vendor to lawfully sell a Louisiana hunting license to any person born on or after September 1, 1969 so that evidence of certification is not required to be presented by the license buyer; provides that no vendor shall knowingly issue such a license to a person, born on or after September 1, 1969 who has not satisfactorily completed a firearm and hunter education course taught or approved by the LDWF.

SB 126 by Thompson, et al.  FERAL HOG CONTROL.  Prohibits the importation or release of feral hogs in the state and requires the transport of feral hogs within the state to be permitted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries based on rules promulgated by the Wildlife & Fisheries Commission.  Deferred in Senate Committee by author-dead for session.

SB 140 (ACT 235) by Riser.  CARELESS HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL.  Revises the current law regarding the careless handling of hazardous material and adds liability for the costs of emergency response.

SB 224 (ACT 348) by N. Gautreaux.  SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DISTRICTS.  Authorizes creation of sustainable energy financing districts by local governmental subdivisions and provides for issuance of bonds and property assessment programs for solar and energy efficiency projects.

SB 225 (ACT 320) by Morrish, et al.  CPRA/COASTAL PARISHES.  Authorizes the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority to enter into agreements with coastal parishes to perform coastal protection and restoration functions.

SB 239 (ACT 446) by Dupre, et al.  COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS LICENSE/TAX EXEMPTIONS.  Includes possession of a vessel license to qualify for certain exemptions from the state sales, use, lease, and services taxes, includes owners of vessels who are not operators of the vessels, and provides for certain commercial fishermen licenses.

SB 267 (ACT 492) by Michot.  PROGRAM SUNSET.  Requires an annual report of certain special and statutory dedicated funds and the programs they support to the Division of Administration & Legislature, and a biennial sunset review of each program supported by certain special and dedicated funds

SCR 14 by Dupre, et al.  COASTAL RESTORATION/PROTECTION PLAN.  Approves annual Coastal Protection Plan for Fiscal Year 2009-2010, as adopted by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.  PASSED

SCR 20 by Morrish.  COASTAL SCIENCE.  expresses support for the Coastal Restoration and Enhancement Through Science and Technology Program for its role in providing new research and scientific information for coastal restoration and protection.  PASSED

SCR 29 by Dupre.  SALTWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES TASK FORCE.  Continues the Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Task Force, adds a representative of the Department of Natural Resources and the Governor's Office of Coastal Activities to the TF and requires the TF to report its findings to the Legislature prior to March 1, 2010.  PASSED

SCR 34 by McPherson.  BIOFUEL PRODUCTION.  Urges the Governor to endorse the goal of producing 25% of the energy consumed in the US from biomass and biofuels produced on Farms, forestland and ranches in the US by the year 2025.  PASSED

SCR 38 by Donahue.  SCENIC STREAM/BAYOU LIBERTY.  Nominates Bayou Liberty in St. Tammany Parish for inclusion in the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System.  PASSED

SCR 52 by Dupre.  BOATING WEEK.  Designates May 16 through May 22, 2009, as "Safe Boating Week" in Louisiana.  PASSED

SCR 60 by Dupre.  COASTAL ZONE BOUNDARY STUDY.  Urges the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to conduct a science-based study of the adequacy of the inland boundary of the coastal zone of Louisiana and report its findings to the Legislature by March 1, 2010.  PASSED

SCR 82 by Dupre.  FUNDING MARINE PATROL-LDWF.  Memorializes Congress to enact legislation and appropriate monies in order to provide additional homeland security funding for state maritime enforcement agencies.  PASSED

SCR 110 by McPherson.  COMPLETE STREETS WORK GROUP.  Requests the DoTD to establish a Complete Streets Work Group to develop statewide guidelines on the design and construction of thoroughfares that maximizes use by all Louisianans whether they chose to bike, walk, ride transit, or drive a car.  PASSED

SCR 158 by N. Gautreaux.  FEDERAL CLIMATE LEGISLATION.  Memorializes Congress to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and urges the Louisiana Congressional Delegation to support inclusions of provisions in the act that give equal consideration to energy efficiencies and other methods to assure that states with less potential to produce renewable energy can achieve standards by emphasizing energy efficiency.  PASSED

SR 83 by Chaisson.  PETROCHEMICAL ENERGY.  Similar to HR 38.  PASSED

SR 91 by Amedee.  CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY.   Memorializes Congress to address the issue of global climate change through the adoption of a fair and effective approach that safeguards American jobs, ensures affordable energy for citizens, and maintains America's global competitiveness.  PASSED

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