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2010 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation provides comprehensive monitoring of the regular legislative session each year and publishes a listing of those measures pertaining to environmental quality, outdoor recreation, and natural resource conservation and management and related recreational and commercial uses, that are introduced. That listing follows. It will be periodically updated as additional related measures are filed. For the full text of bills and resolutions visit the Legislature's website at www.legis.state.la.us and enter and click on the bill/resolution # of interest. From there, the current status and history of each measure can be obtained.
House Bills & Resolutions
HB 1 by Fannin. APPROPRIATIONS. Governor's Office of Coastal Activities - $1,439,730 (10 positions); Coastal protection & Restoration Authority - $485,155 (3 positions); Office of Coastal Protection & Restoration - $140,096,816 (152 positions); Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Office of State Parks - $16,883,958 plus $14,506,322 in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds (General Fund[GF]-$13,696,951) (401 positions); Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)/Atchafalaya Basin Program - $246,382 (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 - $7,042,543 (50 positions); Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - $135,620,991 plus $1,336,828 in ARRA funds (856 positions); Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries - $177,519,896 (771 positions): Enforcement Division - $27,709,271 of which $25,484,984 is from the Conservation Fund (257 positions), Office of Wildlife - $42,684,599 of which $12,039,011is from the Conservation Fund (210 positions), Office of Fisheries - $95,768,365 of which $19,092,625 is from the Conservation Fund (226 positions). Note: the Conservation Fund contributes $66,168,105 to the proposed LDWF FY 10/11 budget; federal funds, most from federal aid in wildlife and sport fish restoration programs, contributes about $22 million; about $63 million is from additional federal funds, mostly allocated to commercial and recreational fisheries for hurricane recovery.
HB 2 by Greene. CAPITAL OUTLAY. Provides for the capital spending of state government; includes $31,895,000 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 $6,600,000 for maintenance and repairs for state parks and preservation areas administered by the Office of State Parks; $24,255,000 in P1 bond funding for Morganza to the Gulf hurricane flood protection; $2,400,000 in P1 bond funding for Donaldson to the Gulf hurricane flood protection feasibility study; $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; $1,700,000 in P1 bond funding 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; %150,000 in P1 bond funding for the Grand Bayou Reservoir in Red River Parish; $10,670,000 in P1 and $3,000,000 in P2 bond funding for the Atchafalaya Basin Program; $2,000,000 from the Wildlife Habitat & Natural Heritage Trust Fund for habitat acquisition by the LDWF.
HB 45 by Lambert. CRAB TRAP FLOAT. Removes the requirement that a float and float line be attached to a crab trap fished in freshwater areas unless the trap is fished in a lake.
HB 172 by Henry. HUNTING SIGHTS. Prohibits the use of laser sights for hunting.
HB 277 by Sam Jones. ATCHAFALAYA POWER. Creates the St. Mary Hydroelectric Authority with broad powers to utilize the Atchafalaya River and Wax Lake Outlet to generate electricity.
HB 310 by White. WETLAND MITIGATION. Proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit the state and its political subdivisions from entering into any agreement with the federal government involving the expenditure of state or local government funds for the taking or damaging of private property for the purpose of mitigating for damages to wetlands or other habitat.
HB 322 by Nowlin. FUND RAID. Increases the amount from 5 to 10 percent that can be taken from dedicated funds and transferred to the state general fund in budget deficit years.
HB 328 by White & Richardson. WETLAND MITIGATION. Similar to HB 310.
HB 352 by Nowlin. FUND RAID. Proposed CA to increase from 5 to 10 percent the amount that can be taken from dedicated funds and transferred to the general fund in budget deficit years.
HB 479 by Arnold & Sen. Michot. HYDROKINETIC ENERGY-CONSERVATON FUND. Authorizes the DNR to lease state lands and waterbottoms for the exploration development and production of hydrokinetic energy, including, with approval of the secretary of the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, property under the jurisdiction of the LDWF/LWFC with any revenues from the leasing, development and production of hydrokinetic energy on LDWF property to be deposited to the Conservation Fund.
HB 545 by Baldone. COMMERCIAL SPECKLED TROUT SEASON. Deletes July 31 as the last day of the season for the commercial harvest of spotted sea trout; allows the season to run until the commercial quota is reached.
HB 569 by Carmody & Hazel. NIGHT HUNTING FOR BEAVER & OUTLAW QUADRUPEDS. Allows the taking of beaver and outlaw quadrupeds on private property with the landowner's permission at night from March thru August with shotgun or .22 cal. rifle; further allows the use of infrared, and laser sighting devices and night vision aids.
HB 597 by St. Germain. ATCHAFALAYA BASIN SHAD FISHING. Allows commercial netting of shad and skipjack at night within the Atchafalaya Basin.
HB 598 by Smiley. LDWF AUXILIARY ENFORCEMENT. Requires the LDWF secretary to establish an auxiliary force to assist in the enforcement of state wildlife and fisheries conservation laws and regulations.
HB 599 by Ellington. LAKE LAFOURCHE/YO-YOS & TROTLINES. Provides for the regulation and use of yo-yos and trotlines in Lake Lafourche in Caldwell Parish.
HB 606 by Ellington. SWINE AT LARGE. Removes exceptions to the prohibition of swine running at large.
HB 641 by Henderson. OYSTER PREDATION CONTROL. Repeals the sunset date on the use of devices to prevent predation on oyster leases.
HB 643 by Henderson. OYSTER LEASES/COASTAL USE PERMITS. Requires coastal use permits affecting oyster leases to consider alternative access, prohibit wheel and prop washing and avoid damages to oyster leases in specified oyster growing areas.
HB 644 by Henderson. OYSTER LEASE RELOCATION. Requires the LWFC to provide for the relocation of certain oyster leases.
HB 649 by Cromer. AIRBOAT REGULATION. Authorizes certain parish governing authorities to regulate the use of airboats within their jurisdictions.
HB 656 by Gisclair. LAKE LONG. Authorizes the Lafourche Parish Game & Fish Commission to govern, control and regulate Lake Long in Lafourche Parish.
HB 688 by Foil. COASTAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM. Requires the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority to assist in the formation of a coastal science consortium consisting of public and private universities from within and without the state, government entities, private entities and research institutes coordinated by a council; designates the membership of the council, terms of service and methods of appointments.
HB 692 by Wooton & Hutter. OYSTER LEASES. Imposes a 6-month time limit on the recordation of the renewal of an oyster lease.
HB 693 by Wooton & Hutter. OYSTER LEASES. Requires DHH to notify oyster harvesters and dealers that they may apply for an exemption to the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Vibrio management plan.
HB 695 by Wooton, et al. RAW OYSTER EATING. Allows oysters harvested in Louisiana to be available within the state for raw consumption at all times of the year.
HB 712 by Wooton & Hutter. OYSTER SEED GROUND RULES. Provides for restrictions to assure that seed oysters harvested on oyster seed grounds that are meant to be transplanted to oyster beds are not brought to market for sale.
HB 726 by Cortez. ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES. Creates the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Revolving Loan Fund Program within DNR to provide financial assistance to government subdivision to convert to use of clean burning alternative fuel vehicles.
HB 733 by Anders. CARBON SEQUESTRATION. Authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry to take all action necessary to insure Louisiana?s participation in the sequestration of carbon dioxide and the offsetting emissions of greenhouse gases for agriculture and forestry.
HB 751 by Foil. SOLAR ENERGY. Provides that no person or entity shall unreasonably restrict the right of a property owner to install or use a solar collector.
HB 760 by Lambert. BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING/LITTER REDUCTION. Establishes a 10-cent refundable deposit on most common beverage containers, provides for marking of the containers, requirements of vendors; prohibits certain kinds of packaging like 6-pack rings and detachable tab tops; sets forth process for redemption of beverage container deposit and requires all persons involved in the distribution and marketing chain of the beverages to which the deposit applies to participate in receiving empty containers and paying refunds; authorizes the DEQ secretary to promulgate rules to implement this litter reduction and recycling program, including provision for the establishment and operation of container collection/deposit redemption centers; provides for civil penalties of up to $5,000 for violations.
HB 773 by Roy. PRESCRIBED BURNING/LIABILITY LIMIT. Limits the liability for prescribed burning conducted according to law.
HB 812 by Henry. STATE PARKS TO LDWF. Abolishes the position of Lieutenant Governor and transfers the duties and functions of the Office of State Parks to the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (See sections 602,605,608,609,610.)
HB 814 by Gisclair. OILFILED CANAL REMEDIATION. Requires any coastal use permit issued for dredging new or existing canals for the purpose of access to a drilling site require that the canal be restored to its original condition.
HB 841 by Arnold & Sen. Michot. HYDROKINETIC ENERGY. Authorizes the DNR to lease state lands and waterbottoms for the exploration development and production of hydrokinetic energy.
HB 844 by Gisclair. COASTAL PIPELINE STANDARDS. Requires that any new pipelines laid in the coastal zone to be approved for consistency with the state's master coastal protection & restoration plan prior to issuance of a coastal use permit and requires pipeline owners to pay for modifying a pipeline if required pursuant to a project in the master plan.
HB 874 by Harrison, et al. DUCK/TURKEY STAMP/LICENSE. Makes housekeeping changes to the law regarding duck and turkey stamps/licenses and provides for the sale of resident and nonresident duck stamps for $5.50 and $25, respectively that do not authorize duck hunting privileges.
HB 875 by Harrison, et al. SHRIMP TASK FORCE. Creates the Shrimp Task Force in the LDWF, provides TF functions and the selection of members, authorizes the TF to administer the Shrimp Marketing and Promotion Account.
HB 877 by St. Germain, et al. EMERGENCY WATERWAY CLOSURE. Authorizes the LDWF secretary to close or restrict use of waterways in emergencies according to the provisions of the APA for taking emergency action.
HB 878 by Rep. St. Germain, et al. HUNTING/FISHING FEES-COLLEGE STUDENTS. Makes non-resident full-time students attending a college or university in Louisiana eligible to purchase Louisiana recreational hunting and fishing licenses at the same fee charged to a Louisiana resident regardless of reciprocity of the privilege with the student?s home state.
HB 879 by Lambert, et al. LDWF FEES LINKED TO CPI. Authorizes the LWFC to adjust the fees charged by the LDWF every 2 years based on the change in the Consumer Price Index over that 2-year period; does not require rulemaking or legislative oversight.
HB 881 by St. Germain, et al. WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS. Makes all violations of wildlife and fisheries laws not already classified a Class ! violation with respect to the applicable penalty.
HB 882 by St. Germain, et al. WMA ROADS/DOTD. Authorizes the DOTD to construct, maintain and improve roads on LDWF WMAs and refuges.
HB 883 by Harrison, et al. WILDLIFE DISEASE CLOSURES. Authorizes the LDWF secretary to close areas to hunting, baiting or feeding to limit the spread of disease.
HB 884 by St. Germain, et al. RESTRICTED HUNTER ED CERTIFICATE. Authorizes the issuance of a restricted hunter education certificate to individuals who cannot complete the course due to disability and requires that a person hunting under such restricted certificate to hunt under the direct supervision of a qualified person 18 years of age or older.
HB 885 by Lambert, et al. RECREATIONAL HOOP/WIRE NETS. Removes the restriction against using recreational hoop nets and wire nets in the saltwater areas of the state.
HB 886 by Harrison, et al. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION TO LITTER ABATEMENT. Creates the litter abatement and education account within the Conservation Fund to be used for litter abatement and enforcement and associated educational and outreach programs to be funded with revenue heretofore available to the Environmental Education Commission for promoting environmental education in the state, including revenue generated by the EE specialty license plate.
HB 887 by St. Germain, et al. FLOUNDER/ DRUM/SHEEPSHEAD MANAGEMENT. Changes the requirement for stock assessments for flounder, black drum and sheepshead from every 2 to every 5 years and provides the LWFC with a management alternatives to closing the fishery for these species in the event that the spawning potential ratio falls below 30%.
HB 888 by St. Germain, et al. SALTWATER SHARK & GARFISH. Allows the removal of head and caudal fin but requires retention of a strip of skin sufficient for species identification on garfish possessed prior to landing; requires all fins, including the caudal fin, to be attached to the original shark owner while aboard a vessel until landed, but for sharks of legal length, allows the head to be removed before landing.
HB 889 by St. Germain, et al. OYSTER REEF DAMAGE. Authorizes the LDWF to promulgate and enforce rules to prevent damage to oyster growing area including removal of reef material and harvest methods that damage oyster habitat.
HB 890 by Harrison, et al. WILD SEAFOOD CERTIFICATION. Authorizes the LDWF secretary to establish a certification program for seafood harvested from Louisiana waters.
HB 891 by Lambert. DEQ REORGANIZATION. Abolishes the office of environmental assessment in DEQ and authorizes the DEQ secretary to assign the functions of that office to other offices within the department.
HB 892 by St. Germain. SOLID WASTE DEFINITION. Includes locations where solid waste is transferred between vehicles without processing in the definition of solid waste facility.
HB 898 by St. Germain. DEQ SUNRISE Continues the DEQ for 5 years.
HB 904 by A. Badon. SOLID WASTE FACLITY BUFFER. Requires a 200' buffer between the property line of a solid waste facility and the solid waste operation.
HB 913 by Champagne. CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING LOAN FUND. Renames the Municipal Facilities Revolving Loan Fund the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and provides for the procedures of operation administration.
HB 926 by Little. RIPARIAN WATER RIGHTS. Provides that the riparian owner may use the surface water adjacent to his riparian land for the agriculture purposes of another without restriction as to the form of agreement between the riparian owner and the agriculture user and that the state shall not charge a fee for such use.
HB 953 by Lambert. COMMERCIAL CRABBING/FISHING. Allows a commercial crabber also holding a commercial finfishing license to possess the legal limit of finfish in addition to the 25-fish allowable by-catch caught in the crab traps.
HB 975 by Baldone. WETLANDS DISCOVERY CENTER. Transfers the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center from the department of state to the LDWF.
HB 1020 by A. Badon. BORROW PIT BUFFER. Prohibits locating a borrow pit in the coastal zone within 200? of a residence, church school or hospital.
HB 1040 by Ellington. PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION. Creates the Private Property Protection Act to provide for compensation to private property owners for diminution of the value of their property by inverse condemnation in certain circumstances.
HB 1090 by Dove. OCPR AUTHORITIES. Adds certain responsibilities for levees in the coastal zone to the Office of Coastal Protection & Restoration, further refines the division of duties between OCPR and other government entities and authorizes cooperative landowners to be held harmless for any liability associated with the implementation of a coastal restoration/protection project on their property.
HB 1169 by White. AIR EMISSIONS. Relaxes air emissions standards in certain areas adjacent to emissions sources and in other circumstances.
HB 1256 by Cromer. BAYOU LIBERTY-SCENIC STREAM. Designates Bayou Liberty in St. Tammany Parish as a scenic stream within the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Streams system.
HB 1285 by McVea. RARE & ENDANGERED SPECIES LICENSE PLATE. Provides for the creation of a Rare and Endangered Species motor vehicle "prestige" license plate that will be available for $26 plus a handling charge (for 2 years) in addition to the standard fee for motor vehicle registration, such additional fee to be deposited in the Rare and Endangered Species Fund in the Conservation Fund and used for conserving, restoring and enhancing rare, threatened and endangered species habitat in the state by the LDWF Office of Wildlife.
HB 1288 by Guinn. RECREATIONAL HOOP & WIRE NETS. Allows the use of recreational wire and hoop nets in the freshwater areas of the state as defined in R.S. 56: 322.
HB 1309 by Howard. DRINKING WATER INTAKE PROTECTION. Prohibits the abandonment of a vessel or object within the restricted area of a drinking water intake of any public water system within up to 500 feet of the intake on rivers and streams and up to 300 feet on lakes and reservoirs, including prohibition of the use of banks, shore or batture of such waters within the restricted area; further prohibits the discharge of pollutants from vessels within the restricted area including roiling the water causing the suspension of sediment.
HB 1322 by Barrow. AGENCY RECYCLING MANDATE. Requires all state agencies within the executive branch to implement solid waste reduction & recycling programs and the Division of Administration to set waste reduction goals for those agencies.
HB 1334 by Lambert. FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. Adds sustainability as a goal of managing recreational, commercial, saltwater and freshwater fisheries of the state; adds habitats, estuaries and supporting ecosystems as elements of fisheries management plans; adds protection as a purpose of fisheries management; adds criminological information as one of the considerations in taking action to conserve, manage and sustain fish resources; adds consideration of the ecosystem when managing a stock of fish; repeals prohibition aginst enforcerment of turtle and fish excluder devices.
HB 1346 by Dove. RIGS TO REEFs FUND ? SEAFOOD PROMOTION. Authorizes the use of up to 10% of the annual deposits to the Artificial Reef Development Fund and up to 10% of the annual interest earned by the Fund for implementation and administration of a wild-caught seafood certification program and to subsidize compliance with certification by seafood harvesters and processors.
HB 1354 by Hill. SNAKES. Authorizes the LDWF Secretary to prohibit the importation of any species of reptile or amphibian that may, if released to the wild, interfere with the natural ecosystem; requires that a permit be acquired from the LDWF for importation or private possession certain pythons, anacondas and boa constrictors exceeding 12 feet in length as well as most species of venomous snakes regardless of length; authorizes the LWFC to promulgate rules and regulations for the possession and care of such animals; requires persons engaged in the trade of such animals to possess a reptile and amphibian wholesale/retail dealers license; provides for a Class 3 penalty for violation of the rules.
HB 1358 by Fannin. SUPPLEMENTAL DE-APPROPRIATIONS. Reduces current fiscal year appropriations of various agencies including: Coastal Activities - $510,612; Ag & Forestry - $162,337; State Parks - $592,862; DNR - $638,339; DEQ - $2,728,815; DWF - $531,536.
HB 1375 by Abramson. SURFACE WATER USE. Provides for the use of running water adjacent to an estate by the estate owner for agricultural and mineral production purposes as well as for any other purpose which returns the water to the land or waters of the state; further authorizes the estate owner to grant a servitude to a third party for use of the running water.
HB 1385 by Chandler. AG TO ENERGY. Requires that at least 10% of the electricity generated in Louisiana be produced from Louisiana agricultural products and waste products by Jan. 1, 2013.
HB 1449 by Fannin. SURFACE WATER USE. Authorizes a riparian owner to assign access and use rights equal to his own for agricultural/aquacultural uses by a non-riparian owner provided that the water withdrawal is environmentally and ecologically sound, does not significantly adversely impact the sustainability of the water body, navigation, public water supply, stream flow energy, sediment load and distribution and prohibits the state from charging a fee for such withdrawals except in the case where the state is the riparian owner.
HB 1451 by Henderson. OYSTER SEED GROUND DAMAGE COMPENSATION. Sets a compensation schedule for damages to public oyster seed grounds.
HB 1466 by Ellington (substitute for HB 599). YO-YOS & TROTLINES. Establishes rules for the use of yo-yos (trigger devices) and trotlines for lakes and reservoirs and the adoption of such rules by the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission upon request of the lake commission with jurisdiction over the water body for which the imposition of the rules is requested.
HB 1486 by Morris, et al. SURFACE WATER USE. Provides a process for the state to allow the non-riparian use of surface waters until more comprehensive law addressing water rights, value and sale can be enacted.
HCR 1 by Fannin. GROUND & SURFACE WATER REPORT. Requests the Louisiana Groundwater Resources Commission to prepare a report on the status and use of groundwater and surface water in the state including federal and state efforts to protect and manage ground and surface waters; impacts and potential impacts of current and anticipated water uses including for hydraulic fracturing and agricultural and industrial uses in high water demand areas, the procedure for sale of water from running surface waters of the state and the impacts associated with such sale and use, and to make recommendations for the optimal management of the state's water resources including incentives for conservation and recycling and to report its findings to the Legislature by March 1, 2011.
HCR 26 by Harrison. OFFSHORE OIL/GAS. Memorializes congress to end the outer continental shelf moratorium on oil and natural gas exploration and production and give coastal states authority to determine whether offshore drilling should be permitted along their coasts.
HCR 28 by Dove. COASTAL ANNUAL PLAN. Approves the FY 2010-2011 annual state integrated coastal protection plan.
HCR 31 by Jane Smith. OIL/GAS INCENTIVES. Memorializes congress to maintain the current incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and production.
HCR 33 by Katz. CARBON EMISSION REGS. Memorializes congress to adopt Senate Joint Resolution 26 disapproving the EPA rule pertaining to the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
HCR 34 by Katz. CARBON EMISSION REGS. Memorializes Congress to adopt legislation postponing EPA?s effort to regulate emission of greenhouse gasses until Congress adopts a balanced approach to address climate change and energy supply issues without crippling the economy.
HCR 39 by St. Germain. ATCHAFALAYA BASIN PLAN. Approves the Atchafalaya Basin Annual Plan for FY 2010-2011.
HCR 44 by Henry. COASTAL RESTORATION TAX CREDITS. Requests the Dept. of Natural Resources and the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration to study the economic practicality and feasibility of the state authorizing tax credits for certain costs and expenses attributable to the mitigation of deterioration of coastal property and report findings to the Legislature.
HCR 75 by Billiot. BASS SLOTS-LAKE SALAVADOR/CATAOUATCHE. Urges the LWFC at its May meeting to consider applying a slot limit of 16-21 inches on largemouth bass in Lake Cataouatche and portions of the Salvador WMA influenced by the Davis Pond freshwater diversion.
HCR 122 by Leger. GREEN JOBS COUNCIL. Creates an advisory council to study the potential for the growth of green jobs and industry in Louisiana and to report its findings to the Legislature.
HCR 124 by Armes. TOLEDO BEND FISHING REGS. Urges the LDWF and Sabine River Authority to work with their counterparts in the State of Texas to develop fishing regulations for Toledo Bend Reservoir that are consistent throughout the lake and apply on either side of the state line.
HCR 126 by Anders. FOREST & AG LAND PRESERVATION. Urges state, parish and local governments to purchase conservation easements to assure the continuation of quality, productive farm and forestlands in the face of escalating land values and threats of development.
HCR 205 by Brossett, et al. COASTAL FUNDING. Memorializes Congress to adopt the RESPOND Act which would remove limitations on the 37.5% of offshore energy revenue allocations to the producing Gulf states as authorized by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 and make those revenues available immediately rather than in the year 2017.
HCR 262 by Leger. RECYCLING ELECTRONICS. Urges the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to establish an Electronics Recycling and Reuse Task Force to determine viable methods for the recycling and reuse of electronic devices and to make recommendations for implementing and expanding effective e-waste recycling solutions.
HCR 265 by Edwards. GOVERNMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Requests the commissioner of administration to report to the Legislature by March 1, 2011 on the progress toward implementation of Executive Order BJ 2008-8 that directed state government to apply various energy conservation and efficiency strategies, including any savings achieved through energy efficiency.
HSR 3 by Lambert. LITTER STUDY. Requests the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment to study the effects of recycling, enforcement and education on reducing litter and report its findings prior to the 2011 legislative session.
Senate Bills & Resolutions
SB 6 by Crowe. FUND RAID. Constitutional amendment increasing the amount from 5 to 10 percent that can be taken from dedicated funds and transferred to the state general fund in budget deficit years.
SB 7 by Crowe. FUND RAID. Enabling legislation for SB 6.
SB 35 by Thompson. DEFINES SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE.
SB 65 by Amedee. ASCENSION PARISH IN COASTAL ZONE.
SB 103 by N. Gautreaux et al. ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES. Creates the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Revolving Loan Fund Program within DNR to provide financial assistance to government subdivision to convert to use of clean burning alternative fuel vehicles.
SB 109 by Thompson. FOREST PRODUCTIVITY FUND. Increases from 75% to 100% the amount of state severance tax on timber allocated to the Forest Productivity Fund within the Department of Agriculture & Forestry.
SB 152 by Adley. FIREARMS FREEDOM. Asserts the primacy of the state's authority over the federal government's with respect to the regulation of intrastate commerce in the manufacture and sale of firearms, firearm parts and accessories.
SB 170 by N. Gautreaux. NEW STATE PARKS LEASING. Requires the Office of State Parks to lease any nearly completed but not yet opened state parks, presumably to private entities for completion and operation for public use.
SB 172 by N. Gautreaux. WHITE LAKE LAND SWAP. Authorizes the LDWF secretary to swap certain lands within the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, subject to approval of donor, BP America Production Company, with the Vermilion Parish School Board.
SB 173 by N. Gautreaux. OILFIELD RESTORATION PROGRAM/BOND FUNDING. Authorizes the Oilfield Site Restoration Commission to issue revenue bonds for the expeditious remediation and restoration of oilfield sites on state lands and waterbottoms.
SB 175 by Crowe. FIREARMS FREEDOM. Asserts the primacy of the state?s authority over the federal government's with respect to the regulation of intrastate commerce in the manufacture and sale of firearms, firearm parts and accessories.
SB 180 by N. Gautreaux. OILFIELD SITE RESTORATION. Authorizes money in the Oilfield Site Restoration Fund to be used to pay the expenses incurred by revenue bonds issued to fund oilfield site restoration.
SB 183 by N. Gautreaux. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY/STATE LEASES. Authorizes the State Mineral & Energy Board to lease state lands for the production of alternative energy (wind, solar, geothermal, hydrokinetic, etc.
SB 225 by LaFleur. VOTER REGISTRATION WITH HUNTING/FISHING LICENSE. Provides for voter registration via the purchase of a resident hunting or fishing license and authorizes the LDWF and Secretary of Stare to promulgate rules and procedures to implement.
SB 254 by N. Gautreaux. ALTERNATIVE FUEL & HYBRID VEHICLES. Requires state and local governments to purchase hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles; provides for exceptions.
SB 308 by Marionneaux. LWFC RULES/LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT. Reinstates legislative oversight of rulemaking by the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission and requires reporting.
SB 336 by Marionneaux. ARMED SERVICES/H & F LICENSE FEE TAX CREDIT. Provides for a state income tax credit to reimburse current and past members of the Armed Services, including National Guard for recreational hunting and fishing license fees and permits.
SB 339 by Marionneaux. LWFC COMPOSITION. Proposed CA to change the composition of the LWFC from the current membership to the members of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment of the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Committee on Natural Resources of the Louisiana Senate.
SB 341 by Marionneaux. LWFC COMPOSITION. Implements the constitutional amendment proposed by SB 339.
SB 346 by Marionneaux. SHAD NETTING. Allows the use of gill nets for commercial harvest of shad and skipjack at night on waterbodies in Iberville Parish.
SB 363 by Adley. WATER WELL-OIL/GAS DRILLING. Prohibits the issuance of a drilling permit for an oil/gas well within a 330? radius of an existing water well.
SB 382 by Morrell. COASTAL PROJECTS-BUSINESS INTERRUPTION. Provides for a right of action to seek compensation/damages from the state or a political subdivision for losses from business interruption due to the implementation of a coastal protection project.
SB 384 by Claitor. HUNTER SAFETY CERTIFICATION EXEMPTION. Exempts persons hunting under the direct supervision of a licensed or hunter safety certified parent, grandparent, step-parent/grandparent from the requirement of hunter safety certification.
SB 391 by Chaisson. FUND RAID. Proposed constitutional amendment increasing the amount from 5 to 10 percent that can be taken from dedicated funds and transferred to the state general fund in budget deficit years
SB 392 by Chaisson. FUND RAID. Enabling legislation for SB 391
SB 402 by Riser. ARSENIC ON HIGHWAYS. Prohibits the use of reflective paint on highways that contain reflective glass beads containing more than 75% inorganic arsenic.
SB 463 by Michot. FUND RAID. Proposed constitutional amendment increasing the amount from 5 to 10 percent that can be taken from dedicated funds and transferred to the state general fund in budget deficit years and when budget shortfalls are predicted due to the reduction/loss of federal funds to the state.
SB 473 by Long. LIFETIME H/F LICENSE-NONRESIDENT EXPATRIOT VETERANS. Provides for a $300 lifetime hunting and fishing license for nonresident, native Louisiana veterans who have been wounded or disabled during active military duty.
SB 483 by McPherson. QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT. Establishes the Quality Deer Management program within the Department of wildlife & Fisheries.
SB 498 by Chabert. CHARTER BOAT FISHING PROMOTION. Modifies the allocation of the charter boat fishing guide license fee and directs that 10% of the fees collected be used by the Louisiana Charter Boat Association for industry promotion and protection of the fishery.
SB 534 by Hebert. FIREARMS-STATE PARKS. Allows persons who lawfully possess firearms to possess firearms on land administered by the office of state parks.
SB 552 by Amedee. TOXIC AIR EMISSIONS. Same as HB 1169.
SB 573 by Claitor. BOWFISING-REDFISH. Prohibits the taking of redfish with scuba gear or bowfishing gear.
SB 592 by Michot. HYDROKINETIC ENERGY. Authorizes the provision of servitudes on state lands/waterbottoms for the development of hydrokinetic energy.
SB 598 by Dorsey. ORV SAFETY/HELMITS. Requires operators of off-road-vehicles to pass a ORV safety course and ORV operators under 12 to wear an approved safety helmet.
SB 599 by B. Gautreaux. COASTAL FUND EXPENDITURES. Limits to 5% the amount of OCS revenues deposited to the Coastal Protection & Restoration Fund that can be used for administration of the coastal protection and restoration program, the remaining 95% must be used for project/program design and construction/implementation.
SB 623 by Michot. FUND RAID. Enabling legislation for SB 463.
SB 629 by McPherson. HUNTING/FISHING FEES-COLLEGE STUDENTS. Removes reciprocity provision allowing nonresident full-time students to purchase hunting and fishing licenses at resident rates.
SB 636 by Shaw. RIG SUPPLY WELLS P & A. Requires rig supply water wells to be properly plugged and abandoned within 10 days of cessation of energy production.
SB 638 by Claitor. FLOURIDATION NOTICE-PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY. Requires public notice of the addition of any chemicals to fluoridate public water supplies and prohibits the use of any fluoridation chemicals originating in the Peoples Republic of China.
SB 655 by Hebert. FINANCIAL SECURITY-WELL CLOSURE. Specifies the amounts of financial security that shall be provided, based on the number of oil/gas wells to be drilled, for the plugging of such wells when abandoned.
SB 693 by Morrish. CHENIER PLAIN LEVEE DISTRICT. Creates the Chenier Plain Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority to perform the functions of a levee district within the Parishes of Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion the primary duties of which are to establish, construct, operate, or maintain flood control works as they relate to hurricane protection, tidewater flooding, saltwater intrusion and conservation, and secondarily, to address water resource development and flood control related to riverine and headwater flooding, water supply needs, erosion control and marsh management.
SB 739 by Morrish. CARBON REDUCTION & ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY. Creates an incentive program to produce carbon dioxide from a low carbon energy source that can be used in enhanced oil recovery.
SB 748 by Thompson. LAKE ST. JOSEPH YO-YOS. Establishes rules for the use of yo-yos for fishing on Lake St. Joseph in Tensas Parish.
SCR 5 by Amedee. CARBON EMISSIONS REGULATION. Memorializes Congress to adopt legislation postponing EPA's effort to regulate emission of greenhouse gasses until Congress adopts a balanced approach to address climate change and energy supply issues without crippling the economy.
SCR 8 by J. R. Smith, et al. NATURAL GAS. Memorializes Congress to support expansion and use of domestic natural gas reserves and alternative energies to reduce our reliance on imported oil by supporting H.R. 1835 and S. 1408 and further to urge state and federal agencies, when possible, to purchase vehicles that can be converted to run on compressed nature gas.
SCR 90 by Crowe. BP WELL BLOWOUT RESPONSE. Outlines state response to the BP oil well blowout with emphasis on addressing the use of dispersants and the need for response worker safety.
SCR 110 by Peterson. CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY COMMISSION. Continues the Climate Change Policy Commission established by HCR 93 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature but which has not been directed by the Governor to meet as authorized by the Legislature; designates 20 members/designees to serve on the commission and that the Secretaries of the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental quality serve as co-chairs; requires the commission to evaluate policy considerations associated with all aspects of climate change affecting Louisiana and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to provide a public forum for such discussions ant to report its findings to the Legislature prior to March 1, 2011.
SR 61 by Heitmeier. OIL WELL BLOWOUT. Directs local, state, and federal governmental agencies to work in close coordination, in order to minimize damage to Louisiana's natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and to utilize all available resources to protect and support Louisiana residents and businesses affected by the spill.
SR 169 by Morrell. GOVERNMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Similar to HCR 265.
SR 181 by Crowe. BP OIL WELL BLOWOUT RESPONSE, REPARATION, RECOVERY. Urges the state and federal governments to devote all resources to stop the flow of oil from the BP Macondo 252 well blowout, contain the discharge, clean up the mess, restore the damaged habitat and fish and wildlife resources and protect the residents from impacts; urges all available means be taken to assure that the responsible parties are required to pay for all expenses of the response, clean-up and recovery including compensation for the financial losses of the citizens and businesses impacted by the blowout; commits the Louisiana Senate to an investigation of the adequacy of the safety and environmental regulations applicable to offshore as well as land-based oil and gas exploration and development; makes clean energy development and economic diversification a Senate priority for the next legislative session to reduce the state's dependence on oil and gas and secure Louisiana's place as an energy leader in the 21st century.