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2013 Legislative Update
A list of bills in the 2013 Louisiana Legislative Session of interest to LWF members:
SB 128, Senator Allain
Constitutional amendment to create the Artificial Reef Development Fund (it uses the same language in the current statute so no substantive changes from current law). LWF sought legislation to strengthen protection of the Artificial Reef Development Fund in the future and SB 128 is getting broad support. It unanimously passed the Senate and will soon be heard in House Committee on Appropriations. Please express your support for the Artificial Reef Development Fund.
HB 452, Representaive Fanin
It appears that the funding sweep of $20.6 million from the Artificial Reef Development Fund to go to an "overcollections fund" was removed from this bill. Good news!
HB118, Representative Champagne, Representative Leger
Constitutional Amendment to require that monies received by the state from violations of certain federal and state laws associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill shall be deposited into the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund (This applies only to Clean Water Act fines from the Deepwater Horizon Spill.) This bill passed the House unanimously and will soon be heard in Senate Committee on Finance. It requires a 2/3 vote from the legislature to be presented as a constitutional amendment to be considered by voters, who have shown their support for coastal restoration in the past when presented with amendments that seek to strengthen coastal restoration efforts. This bill needs your support. It is vitally important that funds received from the BP oil spill go toward coastal restoration.
HB502, Representative Burford
Allows night hunting of nuisance animals year-round on private property. LWF opposed this bill. It was Involuntarily deferred in House Natural Resources.
HB426, Representative Armes
Bill amended in committee. It now proposes to make 2 at-large positions on the La. Wildlife & Fisheries Commission represent north Louisiana by appointing two members from the 19 parishes located north of a line created by the northern boundary of the parishes of Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee. Two at-large positions would remain and the number of Commission members remains at seven appointed.
SB 58, Senator Buffington
Proposed law allows a not-for-profit entity or a charitable organization to receive or use any commercial or wild fish, migratory and resident game bird, game quadruped, as defined in R.S. 56:8, alligator, or feral hog in food or meal distribution at no cost to an individual.
HB719, Representative Howard, Representative Armes
Provides for a possession limit of 100 for crappie taken from Toledo Bend Reservoir on a recreational fishing license. Removes the Commission's authority to amend by rule the possession limits for crappie caught on a recreational license in Toledo Bend Reservoir. (Substitute for HB 109.)
HB172, Representative Dove
Names Grand Isle bivalve hatchery the "Michael C. Voisin Hatchery".
HB215, Representative Hensgens
Prohibits hunting deer while the animal is swimming or the hunter is in a vessel.
HB 245, Representative Lambert
Provides for the issuance of nonresident recreational hunting and fishing licenses at the same cost as resident licenses.
HB 376, Representative Stuart Bishop
Provides for fees to be charged for mooring access in the Atchafalaya Delta WMA and creates the Atchafalaya Delta WMA Mooring account in the Conservation Fund.
HB 406, Representative Gaines
Provides for a warning sign on petroleum pumps that dispense ethanol.
HB 445, Representative Eddie Lambert
Creates the La. Beverage Container Law. Involuntarily deferred in committee.
HB 633, Representative LeBas
Provides relative to preventing the spread of disease through the unlawful transportation of diseased animals, livestock, or adulterated meat (including white tail deer).
HCR 59, Representative Montoucet
Requests the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to study the advisability of including Acadia Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish in the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. Passed House and Senate.
HCR 42, Representative Leger
Approves the 2013-2014 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration.
HCR 68, Representative Ortego
Requests the continued examination of Bayou Teche as a scenic river.
SCR 53, Senator Mills
Urge and request the inclusion of Bear Bayou, Bayou Chevreu, Big Bayou Jessie, Bayou Grosbeak, Bayou Cocodrie, and Bayou Cane in the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System. See LWF's 2007 Resolution.
HCR 22, Representative St. Germain
Approves the Atchafalaya Basin Annual Plan for FY 2013-2014
SB 84, Senator Riser
Authorizes a checkoff for a donation to Hunters for the Hungry when purchasing a fishing or hunting license.