Capitol Watch

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization representing farmers, ranchers and rural residents. We are a private, non-profit, non-governmental agency established in 1922 to bring a voice to agricultural issues. We lobby on the state and national level on behalf of farmers and ranchers. We closely follow Louisiana legislative activities and national affairs, keeping our members up-to-date on bills that impact agriculture.

Session Update

With six weeks to go, we are halfway through the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  Farm Bureau is having a great session so far.  We passed a bill dealing with ad valorem tax exemptions for leased farm equipment off the House floor.  There were zero descending votes.  We worked with the American Sugar League on Senator Page Cortez’s prescribed burning bill to amend due process into the bill.  This would add a hearing for the grower to current law in the case a complaint needs to be vetted. 

Several major issues still lie ahead, like the raw milk issue, so please be ready to assist when we ask for participation.  Thank you and Happy Easter!

Click on any of the links below to view the entire bill.

HB 106 by Rep. Lopinto provides relative to the improper display of license plates, including trailers, semitrailers, motorcycles, and high-weight vehicles.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 94 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. 

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Committee on Health and Welfare and is now set on the House orders.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee Thursday, April 24, at adjournment in Room 3. 

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Committee on Health and Welfare and is now set on the House orders.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

HB 316 by Rep. Burford exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, April 22, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 5. 

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill passed the House by a vote of 85 to 10 and has now been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 429 by Rep. Broadwater authorizes the collection of a handling fee for the rental of heavy equipment.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Commerce Committee.

HB 657 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to property expropriated for the purpose of placing pipelines.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Civil Law.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Committee on Health and Welfare and is now set on the House orders.

HB 782 by Rep. Thompson deposits proceeds collected by the state from the use or withdrawal of surface water into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund for aquatic weed control and eradication.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 810 by Rep. Harrison provides for freshwater diversions effects on fisheries.  This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

HB 825 by Rep. Landry creates the “Louisiana Master Gardner” special prestige license plate.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 828 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling of food products derived from cloned animals.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 829 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling on all food products derived from genetically engineered agricultural products.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare. 

HB 854 by Rep. Garofalo requires certain documents to be filed with the court before proceeding to trial in certain actions relative to oilfield mediation.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 855 by Rep. Henry provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 861 by Rep. Wilmott prohibits the transportation of certain domestic animals in pickup truck beds unless safely crated.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 862 by Rep. Robideaux provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program as relates to enforcement actions by local government subdivisions.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday, April 22, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill was passed the House by a vote of 90 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Commerce Committee. 

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 92 to 0 and is now set on the Senate Orders.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. This bill passed the House by a vote of 90 to 0 and is now set on the Senate Orders.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 69 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.

HB 905 by Rep. Anders provides relative to the boundaries of the Black River Lake Recreation and Water Conservation District.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This was reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. 

HB 936 by Rep. Montoucet provides for rights of subsequent purchasers property relative to environmental damages.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 944 by Reps. Fannin and Kostelka provides relative to the high school career option program.  This bill passed the House as amended by a vote of 94 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Education Committee.

HB 957 by Rep. Johnson provides relative to plugging and abandoning of disposal wells and injection wells and restoration of such well sites.  This bill was scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 958 by Rep. Talbot prohibits the transport of live feral hogs.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 967 by Rep. Garofalo provides for international driver’s licenses.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 96 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 96 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

HB 1046 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to packaging and labeling of oysters, to provide for certain standards for marketable oysters.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 94 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This passed the House and is now been referred to the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee.

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill passed the House and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 97 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

HB 1091 by Rep. Willmott prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds on certain roadways unless humanely secured.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1098 by Rep. Hill provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee and was scheduled to be heard on Thursday, April 10, at adjournment but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 1117 by Rep. Johnson provides for water remediation standards for groundwater resource classification system.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4. 

HB 1120 by Rep. James determines that the Southern Hills Aquifer System is an area of groundwater concern and a critical area of groundwater concern and provides for limitations on groundwater removal from such aquifer system.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 4. 

HB 1123 by Rep. St. Germain increases the truck registration fee as it relates to commercial trucks.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 22, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 1154 by Rep. Gisclair provides for the size and number of escape rings on crab traps.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1160 by Rep. Garofalo to require the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish a program to enhance and elevate professionalism in the commercial crab industry.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 92 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the authority of the state entomologist as relates to authority over certain properties for treatment or extermination of pest or disease.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, scheduled for discussion, but then “removed from hearing,” meaning it will not be heard this week.

SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and was then referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

SB 114 by Sen. Thompson repeals the Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Research Program and provides for the transfer of funds.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

SB 116 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Fannin creates a special prestige license plate for the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Foundation, LLC.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Transportation Committee. 

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders. 

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. 

SB 141 by Sen. Long extends the time when the state may enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement for the sale of surface water.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

SB 197 by Sen. Allain provides relative to oilfield sites and exploration or production sites.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

SB 206 by Sen. Smith designates the mayhaw fruit tree as the official state fruit tree.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 0 and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

SB 280 by Sen. Brown removes Ascension Parish from the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and places it in the Port of South Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. 

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C) and is now set on the Senate orders.

SB 348 by Sen. Riser provides relative to operation of dual-purpose farm and construction equipment on highways.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 356 by Sen. White prohibits “drones” from flying over chemical plants or water facilities.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 1 and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.

SB 408 by Sen. Walsworth establishes a recycling program in certain stores for plastic carryout bags.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee.

SB 458 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs.  This bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

SB 581 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (A).

SB 626 by Sen. Gallot provides relative to the collection of assessments on seed rice.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 631 by Sen. Riser provides relative to turtle farmer license agreements.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

 SB 634 by Sen. Claitor provides relative to groundwater and surface water rights and use.  This bill was referred to then discharged from the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  It was recommitted to Senate Judiciary (A) where it was voluntarily deferred.

 SB 660 by Sen. Morrish allows for the hunting of outlaw quadrupeds from a helicopter.  This bill was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

 SB 662 by Sen. Erdey allows for the taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds from a moving land vehicle on private property. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 32 to 2.

 SB 664 by Sen. Cortez authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry to receive and investigate complaints about prescribed burns and to revoke his authorization in certain circumstances.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Environmental Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

 SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

Session Update

We’re approaching the half-way mark of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  This week, we got nearly 400 green lights on the House floor for our four bills dealing with commodity check-off programs.  There were no votes against any of the pieces of legislation.  It looked easy to anyone not familiar with the effort since the Supreme Court ruling came down last October; but we know that just this first step was huge.  We still have much work to do in the Senate, but our success in the House sends a strong message that it’s ok to vote for these bills.

 We also passed out of committee this week Rep. Chaney’s bill dealing with ad valorem taxes in regard to leased farm equipment, again with no descending votes.  Thanks to all who have helped and participated in the process, especially with VoterVoice.  Please stay involved as we head towards the finish line.

 Click on any of the links below to view the entire bill.

HB 106 by Rep. Lopinto provides relative to the improper display of license plates, including trailers, semitrailers, motorcycles, and high-weight vehicles.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 94 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 5.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

 HB 316 by Rep. Burford exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 98 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

 HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

 HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill passed the House by a vote of 85 to 10 and has now been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 71 to 26 and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

 HB 429 by Rep. Broadwater authorizes the collection of a handling fee for the rental of heavy equipment.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 1.

 HB 657 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to property expropriated for the purpose of placing pipelines.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Civil Law.

 HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare. 

HB 782 by Rep. Thompson deposits proceeds collected by the state from the use or withdrawal of surface water into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund for aquatic weed control and eradication.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 810 by Rep. Harrison provides for freshwater diversions effects on fisheries.  This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

HB 825 by Rep. Landry creates the “Louisiana Master Gardner” special prestige license plate.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 828 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling of food products derived from cloned animals.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 829 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling on all food products derived from genetically engineered agricultural products.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 854 by Rep. Garofalo requires certain documents to be filed with the court before proceeding to trial in certain actions relative to oilfield mediation.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 855 by Rep. Henry provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 861 by Rep. Wilmott prohibits the transportation of certain domestic animals in pickup truck beds unless safely crated.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 862 by Rep. Robideaux provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program as relates to enforcement actions by local government subdivisions.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill was passed the House by a vote of 90 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 92 to 0 and is now set on the Senate Orders.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. This bill passed the House by a vote of 90 to 0 and is now set on the Senate Orders.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 69 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.

HB 905 by Rep. Anders provides relative to the boundaries of the Black River Lake Recreation and Water Conservation District.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 3.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This was reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 936 by Rep. Montoucet provides for rights of subsequent purchasers property relative to environmental damages.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 944 by Reps. Fannin and Kostelka provides relative to the high school career option program.  This bill passed the House as amended by a vote of 94 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Education Committee.

HB 957 by Rep. Johnson provides relative to plugging and abandoning of disposal wells and injection wells and restoration of such well sites.  This bill was scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 958 by Rep. Talbot prohibits the transport of live feral hogs.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 967 by Rep. Garofalo provides for international driver’s licenses.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 96 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 96 to 0.

HB 1046 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to packaging and labeling of oysters, to provide for certain standards for marketable oysters.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 94 to 0.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This was reported favorably by the House Committee on House Ways and Means and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 97 to 0.

HB 1091 by Rep. Willmott prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds on certain roadways unless humanely secured.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Monday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 1098 by Rep. Hill provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee and was scheduled to be heard on Thursday, April 10, at adjournment but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 1117 by Rep. Johnson provides for water remediation standards for groundwater resource classification system.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 1120 by Rep. James determines that the Southern Hills Aquifer System is an area of groundwater concern and a critical area of groundwater concern and provides for limitations on groundwater removal from such aquifer system.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 4.

HB 1123 by Rep. St. Germain increases the truck registration fee as it relates to commercial trucks.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 15, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 1154 by Rep. Gisclair provides for the size and number of escape rings on crab traps.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

 HB 1160 by Rep. Garofalo to require the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish a program to enhance and elevate professionalism in the commercial crab industry.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 92 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the authority of the state entomologist as relates to authority over certain properties for treatment or extermination of pest or disease.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, scheduled for discussion, but then “removed from hearing,” meaning it will not be heard this week.

 SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee.

 SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and was then referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

 SB 114 by Sen. Thompson repeals the Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Research Program and provides for the transfer of funds.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 116 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Fannin creates a special prestige license plate for the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Foundation, LLC.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Transportation Committee.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 141 by Sen. Long extends the time when the state may enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement for the sale of surface water.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

SB 197 by Sen. Allain provides relative to oilfield sites and exploration or production sites.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. 

SB 206 by Sen. Smith designates the mayhaw fruit tree as the official state fruit tree.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 0 and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

SB 280 by Sen. Brown removes Ascension Parish from the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and places it in the Port of South Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. 

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C).

SB 348 by Sen. Riser provides relative to operation of dual-purpose farm and construction equipment on highways.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 356 by Sen. White prohibits “drones” from flying over chemical plants or water facilities.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C) and is now set on the Senate orders.

SB 408 by Sen. Walsworth establishes a recycling program in certain stores for plastic carryout bags.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee.

SB 458 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs.  This bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

SB 581 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (A).

SB 626 by Sen. Gallot provides relative to the collection of assessments on seed rice.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 631 by Sen. Riser provides relative to turtle farmer license agreements.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 634 by Sen. Claitor provides relative to groundwater and surface water rights and use.  This bill was referred to then discharged from the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  It was recommitted to Senate Judiciary (A) where it was voluntarily deferred. 

SB 660 by Sen. Morrish allows for the hunting of outlaw quadrupeds from a helicopter.  This bill was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 662 by Sen. Erdey allows for the taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds from a moving land vehicle on private property. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 664 by Sen. Cortez authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry to receive and investigate complaints about prescribed burns and to revoke his authorization in certain circumstances.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee where it was scheduled for hearing then voluntarily deferred.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

Session Update

We are wrapping up the fourth week of the Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  We continue to gain support for the commodity check-off legislation in the House of Representatives.  While we have an agreement between all interested parties, we are a long way from success.  That being said, please take the time to visit with your Senators and Representatives over the weekend.  Also, drop them an email or a phone call in Baton Rouge to give them the support they need to vote for the legislation.  The House floor meets around 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  The switchboard phone number is 225.342.6945, and you can find your Representative’s email by clicking here.  Thanks again for all of your support and be ready.  We will be asking for help on this and other issues very soon.

Click on any of the links below to view the entire bill.

HB 106 by Rep. Lopinto provides relative to the improper display of license plates, including trailers, semitrailers, motorcycles, and high-weight vehicles.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 94 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 82 to 15 and is now set on the Senate Orders.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment.  

HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill passed the House and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

HB 316 by Rep. Burford exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 98 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill passed the House by a vote of 85 to 10 and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 71 to 26 and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 429 by Rep. Broadwater authorizes the collection of a handling fee for the rental of heavy equipment.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Commerce Committee.

HB 657 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to property expropriated for the purpose of placing pipelines.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Civil Law.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.  

HB 782 by Rep. Thompson deposits proceeds collected by the state from the use or withdrawal of surface water into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund for aquatic weed control and eradication.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 88 to 0 and was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 810 by Rep. Harrison provides for freshwater diversions effects on fisheries.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 825 by Rep. Landry creates the “Louisiana Master Gardner” special prestige license plate.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 828 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling of food products derived from cloned animals.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 829 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling on all food products derived from genetically engineered agricultural products.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 854 by Rep. Garofalo requires certain documents to be filed with the court before proceeding to trial in certain actions relative to oilfield mediation.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 855 by Rep. Henry provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 861 by Rep. Wilmott prohibits the transportation of certain domestic animals in pickup truck beds unless safely crated.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 862 by Rep. Robideaux provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program as relates to enforcement actions by local government subdivisions.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill was passed the House by a vote of 90 to 0 and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 69 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.

HB 905 by Rep. Anders provides relative to the boundaries of the Black River Lake Recreation and Water Conservation District.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  This bill was scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on March 31, but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 95 to 0 and has now been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 936 by Rep. Montoucet provides for rights of subsequent purchasers property relative to environmental damages.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 944 by Reps. Fannin and Kostelka provides relative to the high school career option program.  This bill passed the House as amended by a vote of 94 to 0.

HB 957 by Rep. Johnson provides relative to plugging and abandoning of disposal wells and injection wells and restoration of such well sites.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 958 by Rep. Talbot prohibits the transport of live feral hogs.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 967 by Rep. Garofalo provides for international driver’s licenses.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 96 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1046 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to packaging and labeling of oysters, to provide for certain standards for marketable oysters.  This was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on House Ways and Means on Tuesday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 6.

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill was reported favorably from the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 1091 by Rep. Willmott prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds on certain roadways unless humanely secured.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 1098 by Rep. Hill provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee and is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, April 10, at adjournment.

HB 1117 by Rep. Johnson provides for water remediation standards for groundwater resource classification system.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 1120 by Rep. James determines that the Southern Hills Aquifer System is an area of groundwater concern and a critical area of groundwater concern and provides for limitations on groundwater removal from such aquifer system.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 4.

HB 1123 by Rep. St. Germain increases the truck registration fee as it relates to commercial trucks.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 1154 by Rep. Gisclair provides for the size and number of escape rings on crab traps.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 1160 by Rep. Garofalo to require the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to establish a program to enhance and elevate professionalism in the commercial crab industry.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, April 10, at adjournment in Room 3.

SB 92 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the authority of the state entomologist as relates to authority over certain properties for treatment or extermination of pest or disease.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, scheduled for discussion, but then “removed from hearing,” meaning it will not be heard this week.

SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, April 10, at adjournment in Room 3.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now set on the House orders.

SB 114 by Sen. Thompson repeals the Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Research Program and provides for the transfer of funds.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 116 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Fannin creates a special prestige license plate for the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Foundation, LLC.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Transportation Committee.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, April 10, at adjournment in Room 3.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 141 by Sen. Long extends the time when the state may enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement for the sale of surface water.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

SB 197 by Sen. Allain provides relative to oilfield sites and exploration or production sites.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

SB 206 by Sen. Smith designates the mayhaw fruit tree as the official state fruit tree.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 0 and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

SB 280 by Sen. Brown removes Ascension Parish from the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and places it in the Port of South Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C).

SB 348 by Sen. Riser provides relative to operation of dual-purpose farm and construction equipment on highways.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 356 by Sen. White prohibits “drones” from flying over chemical plants or water facilities.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C).

SB 408 by Sen. Walsworth establishes a recycling program in certain stores for plastic carryout bags.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee.

SB 458 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs.  This bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

SB 581 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (A).

SB 626 by Sen. Gallot provides relative to the collection of assessments on seed rice.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 631 by Sen. Riser provides relative to turtle farmer license agreements.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 634 by Sen. Claitor provides relative to groundwater and surface water rights and use.  This bill was referred to then discharged from the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  It was recommitted to Senate Judiciary (A).

SB 660 by Sen. Morrish allows for the hunting of outlaw quadrupeds from a helicopter.  This bill was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 662 by Sen. Erdey allows for the taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds from a moving land vehicle on private property. This bill was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 664 by Sen. Cortez authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry to receive and investigate complaints about prescribed burns and to revoke his authorization in certain circumstances.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Session Update

Week three of the Regular Session of the Louisiana State Legislature is behind us.  We have gained momentum on the commodity check-off legislation in the House of Representatives.  Many thanks and praise goes to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Andy Anders, as well as all of the committee members.  Special thanks to Representatives Jack Montoucet and Bernard Lebas for authoring the bills.  We were able to bring all sides together so that no one spoke in opposition to rice research and promotion, crawfish research and promotion, or soybean and grain research and promotion legislation.  Thanks to the dozens of Farm Bureau members who showed up early in the morning and packed the room to support the issue; and thanks to all who participated in VoterVoice.  Your contacts truly made the difference.  

We continue to work towards a resolution on the raw milk issue.  We also had a meeting this week with the oil and gas industry regarding legislation dealing with pipelines on private property.

Please stay alert as we will certainly call on you again! Click on any of the links below to view the entire bill.

HB 106 by Rep. Lopinto provides relative to the improper display of license plates, including trailers, semitrailers, motorcycles, and high-weight vehicles.  This bill was returned to the calendar and is subject to call.

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on House orders.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment.  

HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill passed the House and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

HB 316 by Rep. Burford exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.  This bill [passed the House by a vote of 98 to 0.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 429 by Rep. Broadwater authorizes the collection of a handling fee for the rental of heavy equipment.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Commerce Committee.

HB 657 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to property expropriated for the purpose of placing pipelines.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Civil Law.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.  

HB 782 by Rep. Thompson deposits proceeds collected by the state from the use or withdrawal of surface water into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund for aquatic weed control and eradication.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 88 to 0.

HB 810 by Rep. Harrison provides for freshwater diversions effects on fisheries.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 825 by Rep. Landry creates the “Louisiana Master Gardner” special prestige license plate.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 828 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling of food products derived from cloned animals.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 829 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling on all food products derived from genetically engineered agricultural products.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 854 by Rep. Garofalo requires certain documents to be filed with the court before proceeding to trial in certain actions relative to oilfield mediation.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 855 by Rep. Henry provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 861 by Rep. Wilmott prohibits the transportation of certain domestic animals in pickup truck beds unless safely crated.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 862 by Rep. Robideaux provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program as relates to enforcement actions by local government subdivisions.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Commerce and is now set on the House orders.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill returned to the calendar and is subject to call.

HB 905 by Rep. Anders provides relative to the boundaries of the Black River Lake Recreation and Water Conservation District.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House Orders.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 936 by Rep. Montoucet provides for rights of subsequent purchasers property relative to environmental damages.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 944 by Reps. Fannin and Kostelka provides relative to the high school career option program.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Committee on House Education and is now set on the House orders.

HB 957 by Rep. Johnson provides relative to plugging and abandoning of disposal wells and injection wells and restoration of such well sites.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 958 by Rep. Talbot prohibits the transport of live feral hogs.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 967 by Rep. Garofalo provides for international driver’s licenses.  This bill passed the House by a voted of 96 to 0.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 1046 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to packaging and labeling of oysters, to provide for certain standards for marketable oysters.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Ways and Means.

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill was reported favorably from the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and has now been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 92 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the authority of the state entomologist as relates to authority over certain properties for treatment or extermination of pest or disease.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, scheduled for discussion, but then “removed from hearing,” meaning it will not be heard this week.

SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and has now been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 114 by Sen. Thompson repeals the Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Research Program and provides for the transfer of funds.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 116 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Fannin creates a special prestige license plate for the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Foundation, LLC.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Transportation Committee.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 1 and has now been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 141 by Sen. Long extends the time when the state may enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement for the sale of surface water.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and is now set on Senate Orders.

SB 197 by Sen. Allain provides relative to oilfield sites and exploration or production sites.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

SB 206 by Sen. Smith designates the mayhaw fruit tree as the official state fruit tree.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 0 and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

SB 280 by Sen. Brown removes Ascension Parish from the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and places it in the Port of South Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C).

SB 348 by Sen. Riser provides relative to operation of dual-purpose farm and construction equipment on highways.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 356 by Sen. White prohibits “drones” from flying over chemical plants or water facilities.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C).

SB 408 by Sen. Walsworth establishes a recycling program in certain stores for plastic carryout bags.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee.

SB 458 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs.  This bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

Session Update

The second week of the 2014 Legislative Session is behind us; but we haven’t even really begun.  The two main hurdles we are facing at the moment are the commodity check-off programs and the raw milk issue.  As you may be aware, a VoterVoice advocacy campaign began yesterday regarding the check-off program legislation.  If you have not participated, please do so.  It is extremely important as we must make current law comply with the Louisiana Supreme Court’s ruling from last October.  The legislature wants to hear from you!  Too many times legislators have told us, “If I had only heard from my constituents, I would have known what to do.” 

As previously mentioned, Farm Bureau will have an active session this year, and VoterVoice calls to action will be more important than ever.  If you are not already signed up for VoterVoice, click here to register and begin receiving our calls to action.  Of course, nothing beats personal contact, be it in person or by phone.  To reach Senators during the day, call 225-342-2040.  In the afternoon, Representatives can be reached at 225-342-6945 on the House floor.  Call, identify yourself as a Farm Bureau member, and talk to them or leave a message if they are not available.  Thank you for your continued support for Agriculture and rural Louisiana!

Click on any of the links below to view the entire bill.

HB 106 by Rep. Lopinto provides relative to the improper display of license plates, including trailers, semitrailers, motorcycles, and high-weight vehicles.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House Orders. 

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill passed the House and has now been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

HB 316 by Rep. Burford exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House Orders.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill is set to be heard by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill was voluntarily deferred and is rescheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, March 25, at 9:0 a.m. in Room 3. 

HB 429 by Rep. Broadwater authorizes the collection of a handling fee for the rental of heavy equipment.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1.

HB 657 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to property expropriated for the purpose of placing pipelines.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Civil Law.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare. 

HB 782 by Rep. Thompson deposits proceeds collected by the state from the use or withdrawal of surface water into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund for aquatic weed control and eradication.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House Orders.

HB 810 by Rep. Harrison provides for freshwater diversions effects on fisheries.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 825 by Rep. Landry creates the “Louisiana Master Gardner” special prestige license plate.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 828 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling of food products derived from cloned animals.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 829 by Rep. Woodruff requires disclosure and labeling on all food products derived from genetically engineered agricultural products.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare. 

HB 854 by Rep. Garofalo requires certain documents to be filed with the court before proceeding to trial in certain actions relative to oilfield mediation.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 855 by Rep. Henry provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 861 by Rep. Wilmott prohibits the transportation of certain domestic animals in pickup truck beds unless safely crated.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 862 by Rep. Robideaux provides relative to the enforcement of the coastal management program as relates to enforcement actions by local government subdivisions.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1. 

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board.  This bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House Orders.

HB 905 by Rep. Anders provides relative to the boundaries of the Black River Lake Recreation and Water Conservation District.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  This bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House Orders. 

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 936 by Rep. Montoucet provides for rights of subsequent purchasers property relative to environmental damages.  This bill was referred to the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 944 by Reps. Fannin and Kostelka provides relative to the high school career option program.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Committee on House Education on Wednesday, March 26, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 1. 

HB 957 by Rep. Johnson provides relative to plugging and abandoning of disposal wells and injection wells and restoration of such well sites.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 958 by Rep. Talbot prohibits the transport of live feral hogs.  This bill was referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

HB 967 by Rep. Garofalo provides for international driver’s licenses.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House Orders.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate Orders.

SB 92 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the authority of the state entomologist as relates to authority over certain properties for treatment or extermination of pest or disease.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, scheduled for discussion, but then “removed from hearing,” meaning it will not be heard this week.

SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate Orders. 

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 114 by Sen. Thompson repeals the Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Research Program and provides for the transfer of funds.  This bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

SB 116 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Fannin creates a special prestige license plate for the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Foundation, LLC.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Transportation Committee.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate Orders. 

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 141 by Sen. Long extends the time when the state may enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement for the sale of surface water.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and is now set on Senate Orders.

SB 197 by Sen. Allain provides relative to oilfield sites and exploration or production sites.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

SB 206 by Sen. Smith designates the mayhaw fruit tree as the official state fruit tree.  This bill passed the Senate and has now been referred to the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs. 

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

SB 280 by Sen. Brown removes Ascension Parish from the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and places it in the Port of South Louisiana.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C).

SB 348 by Sen. Riser provides relative to operation of dual-purpose farm and construction equipment on highways.  This bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 356 by Sen. White prohibits “drones” from flying over chemical plants or water facilities.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary (C). 

SB 408 by Sen. Walsworth establishes a recycling program in certain stores for plastic carryout bags.  This bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Committee.

SB 458 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs.  This bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee. 

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.