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 Summary

The Regular Session of the 2014 Louisiana Legislature ended Monday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m.  We are all a little safer for a while.  Farm Bureau had a hugely successful session.  It began with the controversial issues surrounding commodity check-off programs.  Ultimately, all four bills passed dealing with rice research, rice promotion, soybean and grain, and crawfish.  At the same time, we were passing legislation to deal with the ad valorem tax exemption of leased agricultural equipment.  All of the above bills have been signed by the Governor into law.  We fought several expropriation issues, as we do every session, and we won them all.  These issues ran all the way up to the last minute of the legislature. 

Thank you to all of you that helped by calling on your legislators when it was needed.  Some of you responded to requests to do so, and some of you took it upon yourselves to jump in and assist.  Either way, you all made a difference through personal visits, phone calls, texts, and VoterVoice messages.  Agriculture lives to prosper another year in Louisiana because Farm Bureau passed, killed, and amended every bill upon which we had our focus.  Please thank your legislators back home in the interim.  The Louisiana Legislative Rural Caucus is stronger than ever, and we are going to need it to stay that way in the coming years.

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 signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

 HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill was signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  The House and Senate appointed a conference committee consisting of Reps. Schroder, Simon and Pearson and Sens. Heitmeier, Mills and Donahue.

 HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill passed favorably out of the House Agriculture Committee as substituted for HB 1279 by Rep. Ortego.  It was reported unfavorably by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  Raw milk sale proponents have attempted to amend these provisions onto other bills as well.

 HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was rescheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday, May 6, but was then removed from the hearing.

 HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now enrolled.

 HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was signed by the Governor and will go into effect August 1, 2014.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was involuntarily 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 signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

 HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

 HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill scheduled to be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on May 15, but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill was signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

 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 rescheduled to be heard the House Committee on House Civil Law on Monday, May 12, but was voluntarily deferred.

 HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was substituted for HB 1270 by Rep. Simon.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

 HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  A Conference Committee was appointed to study this matter consisting of Reps. St. Germain, Terry, Landry, and Honore and Sens. Adley, Claitor, and Ward.  The Senate adopted the conference report and is now enrolled.

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 was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

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 passed the House by a vote of 91 to 1 as amended and was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where it was voluntarily deferred.

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 voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 85 to 2 and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014. 

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was substituted for HB 1281 by Rep. MontoucetThis bill was voluntarily deferred by the Senate Natural Resources 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 House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled. 

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 was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1046 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to packaging and labeling of oysters, to provide for certain standards for marketable oysters.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014 

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1091 by Rep. Willmott prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds on certain roadways unless humanely secured.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 30 to 7 and is now enrolled.

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 involuntarily deferred by 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 was voluntarily deferred by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

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

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective November 15, 2017.

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 signed by the Governor and is effect June 5, 2014.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill was signed by the Governor.  It will go into effect June 30, 2014. 

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. 

SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This Bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0 and is now enrolled.  It was signed by the Governor and went into effect May 16, 2014.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective June 9, 2014.

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 was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill was signed by the Governor and went into effect May 16, 2014.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

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 was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

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 passed the House by a vote of 93 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

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 involuntarily deferred by the 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 scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee but the bill was not heard.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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. It was scheduled to be heard on April 29 but the Committee did not hear the bill. 

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 substituted for SB 681 by Sen. Morrish.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective June 9, 2014. 

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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective May 15, 2014.

Session Update

The Regular Session of the 2014 Louisiana Legislature ends Monday, June 2.  As usual, in the last few days of the session, things get a little crazy.   This year is no exception.  Stay tuned for a final report next week.

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 signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill was signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  The House and Senate appointed a conference committee consisting of Reps. Schroder, Simon and Pearson and Sens. Heitmeier, Mills and Donahue.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill passed favorably out of the House Agriculture Committee as substituted for HB 1279 by Rep. Ortego.  It was reported unfavorably by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  Raw milk sale proponents have attempted to amend these provisions onto other bills as well.

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was rescheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday, May 6, but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 294 by Rep. Stuart provides relative to preparation of cane syrup in the traditional manner for public consumption.  This bill was reported favorably from the Senate Finance committee and set on the Senate orders.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was signed by the Governor and will go into effect August 1, 2014.

HB 313 by Rep. Champagne is a Constitutional Amendment to provide term limits for certain statewide officials.  This bill was involuntarily 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 signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill scheduled to be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on May 15, but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill was signed by the Governor and goes into effect August 1, 2014. 

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 rescheduled to be heard the House Committee on House Civil Law on Monday, May 12, but was voluntarily deferred. 

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was substituted for HB 1270 by Rep. Simon.  This bill is on the Governor’s desk for approval.

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 House concurred on Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  A Conference Committee was appointed to study this matter consisting of Reps. St. Germain, Terry, Landry, and Honore and Sens. Adley, Claitor, and Ward.

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.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 passed the House by a vote of 91 to 1 as amended and was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where it was voluntarily deferred. 

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 voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 898 by Rep. Gaines increases the membership of the Port of South Louisiana Commission.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 907 by Rep. St. Germain provides for the issuance of READ ID compliant driver’s licenses and special identification cards.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 85 to 2.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was substituted for HB 1281 by Rep. MontoucetThis bill was voluntarily deferred by the Senate Natural Resources 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 House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1046 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to packaging and labeling of oysters, to provide for certain standards for marketable oysters.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled. 

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill was signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

HB 1091 by Rep. Willmott prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds on certain roadways unless humanely secured.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 30 to 7 and is now enrolled.

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 involuntarily deferred by 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 was voluntarily deferred by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. 

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

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and then passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill was signed by the Governor.  It will go into effect June 30, 2014. 

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.

SB 93 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the sale of certain forest tree seedlings.  This Bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0 and is now enrolled.  It was signed by the Governor and went into effect May 16, 2014.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 87 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 passed the House by a vote of 89 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill was signed by the Governor and went into effect May 16, 2014.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2014.

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 House by a vote of 81 to 5 and is now enrolled.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  The Senate concurred in House amendments and the bill is now enrolled. 

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 passed the House by a vote of 93 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

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 involuntarily deferred by the 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 scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee but the bill was not heard. 

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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. It was scheduled to be heard on April 29 but the Committee did not hear the bill.

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 substituted for SB 681 by Sen. Morrish.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 87 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 662 by Sen. Erdey allows for the taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds from a moving land vehicle on private property. The Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 House Agriculture Committee and set on House orders.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  The Senate concurred in House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

Session Update

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

 Week eleven of twelve of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature was relatively quiet for agriculture, which is good.  Farm Bureau had a very successful session with the help of great support from your legislators.  We attended an appreciation dinner for both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.  Commissioner Mike Strain spoke at both and addressed the list of issues we worked on during session while thanking everyone for their help.  The rural caucus has been there to support us every step of the way this session.  We have one more week until the end; we will try and hold onto our trend of success until that point.  Thanks again for everyone’s help with these vital issues.

 HB 106 by Rep. Lopinto provides relative to the improper display of license plates, including trailers, semitrailers, motorcycles, and high-weight vehicles.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill passed favorably out of the House Agriculture Committee as substituted for HB 1279 by Rep. Ortego.  It passed the House by a vote of 78 to 19 and was then referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. 

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was rescheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday, May 6, but was then removed from the hearing.

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 Senate Committee on Senate Health and Welfare, reported favorably, then recommitted to the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was signed by the Governor and will go into effect August 1, 2014.

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

HB 316 by Rep. Burford exempts single axle two-wheel trailers from motor vehicle inspection requirements.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Finance Committee today, May 23, at 9:00 a.m. in Room A-B.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill scheduled to be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on May 15, but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 rescheduled to be heard the House Committee on House Civil Law on Monday, May 12, but was voluntarily deferred.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was substituted for HB 1270 by Rep. Simon.  It was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and then assigned to the Legislative Bureau.

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 House concurred on Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  A Conference Committee was appointed to study this matter consisting of Reps. St. Germain, Terry, Landry, and Honore and Sens. Adley, Claitor, and Ward.

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.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 passed the House by a vote of 91 to 1 as amended and was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where it was voluntarily deferred.

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 voluntarily deferred by the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled. 

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 Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is then the House concurred with Senate amendments. 

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 Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  The House concurred on Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was substituted for HB 1281 by Rep. MontoucetThis bill passed the House as amended by a vote of 68 to 23 and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources 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 House concurred in Senate amendments.

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 Senate by a vote of 34 to 0 and is now set on the House orders for concurrence.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 Senate by a vote of 33 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now set on House orders for concurrence.

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 Senate Transportation Committee and is set on the Senate 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 was involuntarily deferred by 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 was voluntarily deferred by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

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

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and then passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0.

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 passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill was signed by the Governor.  It will go into effect June 30, 2014.

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 House by a vote of 91 to 0 and is now enrolled.  It was signed by the Governor and went into effect May 16, 2014.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Appropriations Committee 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 passed the House by a vote of 89 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill was signed by the Governor and went into effect May 16, 2014.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 House by a vote of 85 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 House by a vote of 81 to 5 and is now enrolled.

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  The Senate concurred in House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

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 involuntarily deferred by the 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 scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee but the bill was not heard.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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. It was scheduled to be heard on April 29 but the Committee did not hear the bill. 

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 substituted for SB 681 by Sen. Morrish.  This bill is scheduled for floor debate on May 29.

SB 662 by Sen. Erdey allows for the taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds from a moving land vehicle on private property. The Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 House Agriculture Committee.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  The Senate concurred in House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

Session Update

Week ten of twelve has passed at the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  Farm Bureau accomplished a great deal for agriculture this week.  Big thanks go out to Reps. Bubba Chaney, Jack Montoucet, and Bernard Lebas.  Rep. Chaney authored a bill to apply the ad valorem tax exemption for agriculture to the state statute with regards to leasing Ag equipment.  This bill puts state law in compliance with the state constitution.  Rep. Montoucet’s and Rep. Bernard’s bills put state law in compliance with the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in regard to commodity check-off programs. 

Legislation was also passed this week regarding the use of drones.  Rep. Terry Landry’s bill was amended to make sure restrictions of drone use would not apply to privately owned lands.  Therefore, farmers can use drones to survey their land without having to apply for a permit.  The session will end June 2.  Please stay tuned for any request for participation; particularly one from VoterVoice.  Two weeks may not seem like a long time, but it’s a lifetime at the Capitol.  

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.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 0.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 89 to 4 and was then referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Health and Welfare. 

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill passed favorably out of the House Agriculture Committee as substituted for HB 1279 by Rep. Ortego.  It passed the House by a vote of 78 to 19 and was then referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was rescheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday, May 6, but was then removed from the hearing.

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 Senate Committee on Senate Health and Welfare.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was signed by the Governor and will go into effect August 1, 2014.

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.  The House concurred in Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 333 by Rep. Montoucet provides preferences for extruded woven polypropylene products woven in Louisiana.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill scheduled to be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on May 15, but was then removed from the hearing.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0.

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 rescheduled to be heard the House Committee on House Civil Law on Monday, May 12, but was voluntarily deferred.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was substituted for HB 1270 by Rep. Simon, passed the House, and was then referred to the Senate 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 passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 as amended and then set on the House orders for concurrence.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  A Conference Committee was appointed to study this matter consisting of Reps. St. Germain, Terry, Landry, and Honore and Sens. Adley, Claitor, and Ward.

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 Senate by a vote of 35 to 0 and is now set on the House orders.

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 passed the House by a vote of 91 to 1 as amended.

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 voluntarily deferred by the House Civil Law Committee.

HB 868 by Rep. Ponti makes changes to the La. Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. This bill passed was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and then 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 Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is then the House concurred with Senate amendments.

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 Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  The House concurred on Senate amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was substituted for HB 1281 by Rep. MontoucetThis bill passed the House as amended by a vote of 68 to 23 and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources 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 Senate as amended by a vote of 33 to 0 and is now set on the House orders for concurrence.

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 Senate by a vote of 34 to 0 and is now set on the House orders for concurrence.

HB 1045 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 Senate by a vote of 33 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now set on House orders for concurrence.

HB 1055 by Rep. Guinn provides relative to Louisiana Byway designations.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 1056 by Rep. Lambert provide relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 Senate Transportation Committee and is set on the Senate 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 was involuntarily deferred by 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 was voluntarily deferred by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

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

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources 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 reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 House by a vote of 91 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 112 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to a product preference for certain meat products in Louisiana.  This bill is set to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, May 20, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 5.

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 was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 92 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 House by a vote of 5 to 0. 

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 was reported favorably by the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs and is now set on the House orders. 

SB 212 by Sen. Ward allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 85 to 3.

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 reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

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 involuntarily deferred by the 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 scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee but the bill was not heard. 

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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. It was scheduled to be heard on April 29 but the Committee did not hear the bill.

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 substituted for SB 681 by Sen. Morrish.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources and Environment 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 returned to the calendar and is subject to call.

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 is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 15, at adjournment in Room 3 but the hearing was cancelled.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This passed the House by a vote of 73 to 18.

Session Update

This week was the first real bottleneck at the Capitol.  All of the issues made for very long days and nights; and emotions just fuel the fire.  We spent a lot of time hurrying around only to wait for our issues to come up.  Adding to the slowdown was the first hearing of the State’s budget on the House floor.  All of this being considered, the calendar did not allow us to address such issues as the leased Ag equipment ad valorem tax legislation.  Also, all of the commodity check-off bills are lying in limbo ready for the final vote.  None of this is bad news, just the process.  We are encouraged about the last three weeks of the session, but it would be nice to have a fast-forward button! 

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 Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now set on the House orders. 

HB 186 by Rep. Cameron provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.  This bill was returned to the calendar and is subject to call.

HB 216 by Rep. Schroder provides for the preparation of pies in the home for public consumption.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 89 to 4 and was then referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Health and Welfare.

HB 247 by Rep. Ortego authorizes the sale of raw milk by a farmer.  This bill passed favorably out of the House Agriculture Committee as substituted for HB 1279 by Rep. Ortego

HB 263 by Rep. Geymann provides for applicability of regulation relative to water supplies.  This bill was rescheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday, May 6, but was then removed from the hearing. 

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 Senate Committee on Senate Health and Welfare.

HB 304 by Rep. Hill creates the “Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association” special prestige license plate. This bill was passed the Senate by a bill of 34 to 0 and is now on its way to the Governor’s desk.

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 Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 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 passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 353 by Rep. Burford allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property. This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 419 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to access to public drainage for maintenance purposes.  This bill was returned to the calendar and is subject to call.

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 is rescheduled to be heard the House Committee on House Civil Law on Monday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.

HB 775 by Rep. Simon provides relative to home processors for sale, as relates to the Louisiana Cottage Food Law.  This bill was substituted for HB 1270 by Rep. Simon, passed the House, and was then referred to the Senate 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 reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 793 by St. Germain provide for the membership of the Capital Area Groundwater Commission.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now set on the House 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 was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Transportation Committee and is now set on Senate orders. 

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 voluntarily deferred by 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 Senate Commerce Committee and then set on the Senate orders.

HB 878 by Rep. LeBas provides relative to the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board.  This bill passed was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and then set on the Senate orders.

HB 886 by Rep. Montoucet provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. This bill passed was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and then 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 Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 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 passed the House by a vote of 79 to 22 and then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 913 by Rep. Leopold creates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.  This was bill passed the Senate as amended by a vote of 37 to 0 and then set on House orders 

HB 933 by Rep. Montoucet creates the “Louisiana Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline Law.”  This bill was substituted for HB 1281 by Rep. Montoucet.

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 Senate Education Committee and is now set on the Senate 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 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 was scheduled to be heard by the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, May 8, at adjournment.

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

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 Senate by a vote of 33 to 0. 

HB 1050 by Rep. Chaney provides relative to the ad valorem tax exemption for certain agricultural machinery and other implements.  This bill was passed over on final passage.

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

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

HB 1091 by Rep. Willmott prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds on certain roadways unless humanely secured.  This bill was scheduled to be heard by Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, May 8, at adjournment. 

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 involuntarily deferred by 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 was voluntarily deferred by the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

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 Monday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

HB 1125 by Rep. Burford provides for the closure of oxidation ponds.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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 passed the House by a vote of 82 to 3 and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources 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 passed the House by a vote of 90 to 0 and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 82 by Sen. Thompson and Rep. Anders recreates the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  This Senate concurred on House amendments and the bill is now enrolled.

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 House by a vote of 91 to 0 and is now enrolled.

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 was reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 119 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 92 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 127 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to safety devices for trailers and semitrailers.  This bill was scheduled to be heard by the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, May 8, at adjournment in Room E.

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 House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on the House 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 was reported favorably by the House Committee on House Municipal and Parochial Affairs and is now set on the House orders.

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 House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and is now set on the House orders. 

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 is scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation Committee on Monday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.

SB 330 by Sen. Claitor creates the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images, “DRONE ACT.”  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Criminal Justice Committee. 

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 involuntarily deferred by the 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 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, May 8, ad adjournment in the Hainkel Room.

SB 475 by Sen. Kostelka provides relative to scrap metal.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by 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. It was scheduled to be heard on April 29 but the Committee did not hear the bill. 

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 substituted for SB 681 by Sen. Morrish.  It passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 2 and was then referred to the House Natural Resources and Environment 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 by House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is now set on House orders.

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 is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 15, at adjournment in Room 3.

SB 667 by Sen. Adley provides for procedures relative to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites.  This bill is rescheduled to be heard by the House Civil Law Committee on Monday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.