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Legislative Update for May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015 3:00 PM

Update on the bills LWF is following in the 2015 Louisiana Legislature as of May 26, 2015:

HB 167 by Rep. Burford was amended by Rep. Lambert on the House floor to not allow night hunting in November, December and January. The original bill proposed making it year-round, 24 hours on private property, which was the original text.

LWF remains opposed to making changes to the law as it is now. Poaching is a serious threat to our natural resources and wildlife management. Night hunting puts wildlife on the move at night. The compromise of laws and regulations we have now from the last time this was debated that allows hunting of feral hogs needs to remain as it is. Landowners who want to remove feral hogs at night from September to February can apply for a free permit from LDWF so the option to manage for a feral hog problem is not limited as the law currently provides for. 

Bill details: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=15RS&b=HB167&sbi=y
The House Vote: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=949112

House Bill 597 by Rep. Stuart Bishop, that would allow facilities to conduct their own voluntary environmental audit has not been heard in committee and will likely not be presented. 

HCR 1 for approval for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's (CPRA) 2016 Annual Plan, and HCR 5 for approval of the Atchafalaya Basin plan have been approved by the legislature.

The text and digests of legislative bills are available through the "Bill Search" function at: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/home.aspx 

 

Report to LWF members on May 13, 2015: 

House Bill 167 by Rep Burford allows 24-hour hunting of feral hogs on private property, including night hunting during deer season. LWF has opposed similar bills for the past 3 years because of the difficulty in enforcement on illegal hunting activity. Poaching is a serious threat to our natural resources and wildlife management. Night hunting puts wildlife on the move at night. The compromise of laws and regulations we have now that allows hunting of feral hogs needs to remain as it is. Landowners who want to remove feral hogs at night from September to February can apply for a free permit from LDWF so the option to manage for a feral hog problem is not limited as the law currently provides for. 

LWF is opposed to HB 167. You can learn more and take action by going HERE.

House Bill 597 by Rep. Stuart Bishop allows facilities to conduct their own voluntary environmental audit. It also allows that in civil or administrative proceedings, the owner or operator has a privilege to refuse to disclose information contained in a voluntary environmental audit report. The bill proposes to prohibit subpoenas and court orders from being used to force disclosure of information contained in a voluntary environmental audit report and prohibits a state agency from requesting, reviewing, or otherwise using any information contained in such reports.  So, once the facility decides to do their own audit, citizens and regulatory agencies would not have access to any information about the facility's violations of environmental regulations unless the facility operator chooses to release that information. Transparency is necessary for protecting our health and our communities.

LWF is opposed to HB 597 and opposed a similar bill brought several years ago that was defeated at that time. 

HCR 1 by Representative Dove has passed the House and the Senate Transportation Committee and will be before the Senate Natural Resources Committee this week. HCR 1 presents approval for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's (CPRA) 2016 Annual Plan,which includes funding 43 coastal projects. These projects include 18 protection projects, 24 restoration projects and 1 infrastructure project.

LWF supports HCR 1. You can take action to show your support HERE

The text and digests of legislative bills are available through the "Bill Search" function at: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/home.aspx 

 

 


 
 
 
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