Bills and Amendments

Although there were many environmental bills filed, we have chosen those that we think are indicative of environmental progress or setbacks.

Act 544, SB 469

Senator Bret Allain, R21-Morgan City

COASTAL RESOURCES: Provides relative to the enforcement of the State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act of 1978. (gov sig).

GA Position: Opposed

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 544

Amendments:


Act 796, HB 799

Representative Stuart Bishop, R43-Lafayette

ATTORNEYS: Provides relative to the employment of special attorneys or counsel (EN SEE FISC NOTE GF EX See Note).

GA Position: Opposed

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 796. 


Act 400, SB 667

Senator Robert Adley, R36-Benton, and Representative Neil Abramson, D98-NOLA

MINERALS: Provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. (8/1/14) (EN NO IMPACT See Note).

GA Position: Opposed

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 400.


SCR 142, SCR 142

Senator Rick Gallot, D29-Alexandria

TAX/TAXATION: Requests the Department of Revenue and the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the Legislative Auditor, to take all action necessary to collect oil and gas severance tax and mineral royalties and to establish procedures to verify the accuracy of payments and refunds thereof, all to be monitored by the Legislative Auditor and reported to the legislature. (SEE FISC NOTE GF RV)

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Failed House final passage. 


HCR 102, HCR 102

Representative Robert Johnson, D28-Marksville, and Senator Neil Riser, R32-Columbia

MINERALS: Urges and requests the commissioner of conservation to review the rules and regulations governing plugging and abandonment of wells.

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Sent to the Secretary of State


Act 795, HB793

Representative Karen St. Germain, D60-Plaquemine

WATER/RESOURCES: Provides for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 795


SR 171, SR 171

Senator Dan Claitor, R16-Baton Rouge

WATER/WATERWAYS: Requests the Louisiana State Law Institute to create a Water Code Committee.

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Sent to the Secretary of State.

NOTE: This was an SCR and when Senator Claitor couldn’t get it through the House, he changed it to a Senate Resolution only.


Act 258 HB 802

Representative Regina Barrow, D29-Baton Rouge

PUBLIC HEALTH: Establishes a task force on toxic mold (EN INCREASE See Note).

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 258.


Act 691, SB 209

Senator Rick Ward, R17-Maringouin

SALT DOMES: Provides for permitting requirements of solution mining injection wells and solution mined caverns. (8/1/14)

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 691


Act 766, SB 585

Senator Fred Mills, R22-St. Martin

MINERALS: Requires public notice for certain solution-mined cavern permits in Vermilion and Iberia parishes. (8/1/14).

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 766. 


HCR 54, HCR 54

Representative Karen St. Germain, D60-Plaquemine

SALT DOMES: Requests the office of conservation to study the effect of implementing certain requirements for operators of salt dome caverns.

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Sent to the Secretary of State 


Act 100, HB-1075

Representative Patrick Connick, R84-Marrero

ENVIRONMENT/LITTERING: Defines cigarettes, cigarette butts, cigarillos, cigar, or cigarillo tips as litter and provides for littering penalties (EN INCREASE RV See Note).

GA Position: Supported

Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 100.


HCR 10, HCR 10

Patrick Connick, R84-Marrero

COASTAL RESOURCES: Approves the 2014-2015 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration.

GA Position: Supported