Focus Topic- Environment
by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon
These bills relate to the environment
House Bill 32 (HB32)- (Thibaut)dedicates 10% of the state’s income from activity on water bottoms of False River(up to $100,000 per year) to operation, management, and improvements, (including aquatic plant control) of the lake
House Bill 94 (HB94)- (Garofalo) A proposed constitutional amendment which states that any money received for violations associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill shall be deposited to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund for integrated coastal protection efforts, including coastal restoration, hurricane protection, and improving the resiliency of the La. Coastal Area affected by the oil spill.
House Bill 109 (HB109)- (Howard) Removes the recreational fishing possession limits for Toledo Bend Reservoir and the authority of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish such limits by rule.
House Bill 118 (HB118)– (Champagne) A constitutional amendment to require that any money received by the state as a result of legal violations in the Deepwater Horizion oil spill go into the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund.
House Bill 208 (HB208)- (Pylant) Creates an exemption to a requirement of a licensed well driller for wells drilled on private property, to a depth no less than 200 feet, when the water will be used solely for agricultural purposes on that person’s property.
House Bill 215 (HB215)- (Hensgens) Extends hunting restrictions to prohibit hunting deer (and other quadrupeds) while the animal is swimming or the hunter is in a watercraft. For the current law, it applies only if both of those conditions are the case and applies only to limited watercrafts.
House Bill 245 (HB245)- (Lambert) Would reduce non-resident hunting and fishing license fees to be the same as the fees for residents. Effective only until Jan 2016 at which point the fees would return to their current rates.
House Bill 307 (HB307)– (Lambert) The stay of a final permit action in a decision by the dept of environmental quality may only be ordered after notice has been sent and there has been an opportunity for a hearing.
House Bill 376 (HB376)– (S. Bishop) Allows fees for mooring vessels in the Atchafalaya Delta WMA and specifies that those fees will be used for development, construction, maintenance, and dredging of the mooring sites in the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.
House Bill 493 (HB493)– (St. Germain) Requires the commissioner of conservation to make rules to govern solution mining injection wells and solution mined caverns. Lays out a minimum of 10 issues that the rules need to address such as monitoring of existing caverns, submission of post-closure plans, etc. (I wonder if this bill is a response to the ongoing Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster.)
House Bill 494 (HB494)– (St. Germain) Adds proximity of property to a salt dome containing solution mining and storage caverns to the list of required disclosures by someone selling a property. (Possible this bill is partly in response to the Bayou Cornesinkhole disaster)
House Bill 502 (HB502)– (Burford) Allows the nighttime hunting of outlaw quadrupeds (coyotes, armadillos and feral hogs), nutria, and beaver on private property by the landowner or his agent year round. Requires 24 hour notice to the parish sheriff before an attempt to take outlaw quadrapeds.
–to be periodically updated as new bills are filed–