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

The 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session ended last night.  We were able to keep the LSU AgCenter budget stable.  Great leadership from rural legislators and participation from Farm Bureau members made this success possible.  We were successful in dealing with legislation regarding the Beef Check-off Program, the sale of raw milk, Shrimp Net Turtle Exclusion Device, oysters, fees, taxes, and other issues as well.  Farm Bureau is a great organization due in large part to its members and volunteer leaders.  Be sure to thank your legislators for all of their help during this session.

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

HB 51 by Rep. Howard provides for a bounty on feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 79 by Rep. Burford provides relative to producers of raw honey in the home for sale, as relates to food labeling requirements.  This bill was signed by the Governor and will go into effect August 15, 2015.

HB 135 by Rep. Gisclair establishes the LA 1 Strategic Economic Zone and authorizes tax credits for certain land loss mitigation activities within the zone.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 167 by Rep. Burford allows year-round hunting of hogs and other quadrupeds.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 173 by Rep. Landry modifies the disbursement amount of sweet potato tax money collected.  This bill is signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2015.

HB 243 by Rep. Chaney modifies certain powers of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority, and the types of programs that can be utilized to promote agricultural products.   This bill is signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2015. 

HB 269 by Rep. Anders authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue certifications and registrations.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 91 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled. 

HB 288 by Rep. Thibaut prohibits the release and importation and restricts the transportation of feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 291 by Rep. Anders increases fees and civil penalties relative to the regulation of horticulture.   This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 1 and is now enrolled.

HB 295 by Rep. Brown provides for a forest protection assessment and the transfer of monies received from the assessment to the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority.  This House concurred on Senate amendments by a vote of 97 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 297 by Rep. Burrell creates the crime of theft of livestock and theft of timber.  This bill was signed by the Governor and will go into effect August 1, 2015.

HB 302 by Rep. Fannin makes changes to the oversight and adoption of updates to the State Uniform Construction Code.  This bill was referred to the House Commerce Committee. 

HB 306 by Rep. Jackson provides that a hunting license is not required when hunting outlaw quadrupeds.  This was laid out for consideration on the House floor and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call.

HB 310 by Rep. Mack provides relative to the regulation of seed dealers.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 98 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 321 by Rep. Woodruff provides relative to the La. Egg Commission.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 341 by Rep. Garofalo provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage.  This House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 97 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 358 by Rep. Schroder authorizes the state veterinarian to quarantine any animal until certain inspections are completed.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 377 by Rep. Henry dedicates a portion of fire protection fees to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry for forest firefighting programs.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 391 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to the forestry commission’s authority to determine the market value of certain items.   This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 438 by Rep. Lambert sets minimum sizes for live crawfish sold for direct human consumption.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 551 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions for a certain period of time.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 579 by Rep. Garofalo increases lease rental rates and severance taxes on oysters.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3 and is now enrolled.

HB 581 by Rep. Armes authorizes the use of “utility terrain vehicles” on certain roads.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 680 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to oyster leases on privately owned water bottoms.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and was set to be heard but was then removed from the hearing. 

HB 710 by Rep. Carmody provides relative to certain commercial dog breeders.  This bill was substituted with HB 847.  It passed the Senate by a vote of 34 to 1 and is now enrolled.

HB 712 by Reps. St. Germain and Adley increases the tax per gallon on all gasoline and motor fuels and dedicates increased revenues to a fund for use by local government for local roads.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 730 by Rep. Woodruff provides for the La. Farm to School Act.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee, set on the House orders, and then recommitted to the House Appropriations Committee. 

HB 745 by Rep. Barrow provides for limitations of memberships of boards charged with the responsibility to conserve ground water.  This bill was set to be heard by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday, May 13, but was then voluntarily deferred. 

HB 760 by Rep. Fannin provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 80 to 5 and is now enrolled.

HB 761 by Rep. Woodruff establishes an urban agriculture incentive zone.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 94 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 765 by Rep. Anders amends the Agricultural Commodities Dealer and Warehouse Law.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 94 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

HCR 11 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions.  This resolution was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

SB 1 by Sen. Allain provides relative to servitudes of natural drainage.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A. This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee. 

SB 41 by Sen. Allain provides relative to the recovery of site restoration costs expended from the oilfield site restoration fund.  This bill was laid out in the Senate and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call. 

SB 55 by Sen. Riser provides relative to the Louisiana Forestry Commission and tree seedling nurseries.  The House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 89 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

SB 79 by Sen. Allain provides for alternative dispute resolution for disputes relating to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of 38 to 1 and the bill is now enrolled. 

SB 124 by Sen. Adley repeals all exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

SB 137 by Sen. Adley provides relative to enclosed estates, right of passage, and use of levee roads.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A and then withdrawn.

SB 145 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Law.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, then discharged and recommitted to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

SB 178 by Sen Amedee provides relative to meat and poultry sold by meat brokers to be inspected.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 95 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

SB 183 by Sen. Thompson provides for the regulation of unmanned aerial systems in agricultural commercial operations.  The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of 39 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

SB 184 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs as relates to schools.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 86 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 238 by Sen. LaFleur provides relative to the sale of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

SB 263 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to agriculture, forestry, and industrial equipment and certain dealer agreements.  The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of 38 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled. 

SCR 2 by Sen. Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, certain exclusions, exemptions, deductions, or credits against the individual income tax.  This resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

SCR 5 by Sen Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, all the exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.

Session Update

The Legislature will go home in six days and we can all breathe a little easier.  These last days will get very intense, so stay tuned.  We are working hard on the AgCenter budget which is still going well.  We passed Shrimp net T.E.D’s legislation finally; and we are still hard at work on the Cattle Check-off legislation.  Farm Bureau, and agriculture as a whole, has had a very successful 2015 Legislative session thus far.  Thanks to all who participated with phone calls, personal visits, and VoterVoice communications with you legislators.

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

HB 51 by Rep. Howard provides for a bounty on feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 79 by Rep. Burford provides relative to producers of raw honey in the home for sale, as relates to food labeling requirements.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 135 by Rep. Gisclair establishes the LA 1 Strategic Economic Zone and authorizes tax credits for certain land loss mitigation activities within the zone.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

HB 167 by Rep. Burford allows year-round hunting of hogs and other quadrupeds.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

HB 173 by Rep. Landry modifies the disbursement amount of sweet potato tax money collected.  This bill is signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2015.

HB 243 by Rep. Chaney modifies certain powers of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority, and the types of programs that can be utilized to promote agricultural products.   This bill is signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2015. 

HB 269 by Rep. Anders authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue certifications and registrations.  This House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 91 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 288 by Rep. Thibaut prohibits the release and importation and restricts the transportation of feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 291 by Rep. Anders increases fees and civil penalties relative to the regulation of horticulture.   This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 1 and is now enrolled.

HB 295 by Rep. Brown provides for a forest protection assessment and the transfer of monies received from the assessment to the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority.  This billed passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now set on the House orders for concurrence.

HB 297 by Rep. Burrell creates the crime of theft of livestock and theft of timber.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 302 by Rep. Fannin makes changes to the oversight and adoption of updates to the State Uniform Construction Code.  This bill was referred to the House Commerce Committee.   

HB 306 by Rep. Jackson provides that a hunting license is not required when hunting outlaw quadrupeds.  This was laid out for consideration on the House floor and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call. 

HB 310 by Rep. Mack provides relative to the regulation of seed dealers.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 1 and is now on the House orders for concurrence.

HB 321 by Rep. Woodruff provides relative to the La. Egg Commission.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 341 by Rep. Garofalo provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage.  This House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 97 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled.

HB 358 by Rep. Schroder authorizes the state veterinarian to quarantine any animal until certain inspections are completed.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0.

HB 377 by Rep. Henry dedicates a portion of fire protection fees to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry for forest firefighting programs.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. 

HB 391 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to the forestry commission’s authority to determine the market value of certain items.   This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0. 

HB 438 by Rep. Lambert sets minimum sizes for live crawfish sold for direct human consumption.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 551 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions for a certain period of time.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

HB 579 by Rep. Garofalo increases lease rental rates and severance taxes on oysters.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3.

HB 581 by Rep. Armes authorizes the use of “utility terrain vehicles” on certain roads.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 680 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to oyster leases on privately owned water bottoms.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and was set to be heard but was then removed from the hearing.   

HB 710 by Rep. Carmody provides relative to certain commercial dog breeders.  This bill was substituted with HB 847.

HB 712 by Reps. St. Germain and Adley increases the tax per gallon on all gasoline and motor fuels and dedicates increased revenues to a fund for use by local government for local roads.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 730 by Rep. Woodruff provides for the La. Farm to School Act.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee, set on the House orders, and then recommitted to the House Appropriations Committee. 

HB 745 by Rep. Barrow provides for limitations of memberships of boards charged with the responsibility to conserve ground water.  This bill was set to be heard by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday, May 13, but was then voluntarily deferred.

HB 760 by Rep. Fannin provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 70 to 30 and is now set on the Senate orders. 

HB 761 by Rep. Woodruff establishes an urban agriculture incentive zone.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 765 by Rep. Anders amends the Agricultural Commodities Dealer and Warehouse Law.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders. 

HCR 11 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions.  This resolution was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

SB 1 by Sen. Allain provides relative to servitudes of natural drainage.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A. This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

SB 41 by Sen. Allain provides relative to the recovery of site restoration costs expended from the oilfield site restoration fund.  This bill was laid out in the Senate and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call.

SB 55 by Sen. Riser provides relative to the Louisiana Forestry Commission and tree seedling nurseries.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders. 

SB 79 by Sen. Allain provides for alternative dispute resolution for disputes relating to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. This bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0. 

SB 124 by Sen. Adley repeals all exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

SB 137 by Sen. Adley provides relative to enclosed estates, right of passage, and use of levee roads.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A and then withdrawn.

SB 145 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Law.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, then discharged and recommitted to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. 

SB 178 by Sen Amedee provides relative to meat and poultry sold by meat brokers to be inspected.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders. 

SB 183 by Sen. Thompson provides for the regulation of unmanned aerial systems in agricultural commercial operations.  The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of 39 to 0 and the bill is now enrolled. 

SB 184 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs as relates to schools.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 86 to 0 and is now enrolled.

SB 238 by Sen. LaFleur provides relative to the sale of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

SB 263 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to agriculture, forestry, and industrial equipment and certain dealer agreements.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Civil Law Committee and is now set on the House orders. 

SCR 2 by Sen. Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, certain exclusions, exemptions, deductions, or credits against the individual income tax.  This resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

SCR 5 by Sen Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, all the exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.

Session Update

With 14 days left in the session, work continues on the budget. The LSU AgCenter budget is still okay, for now.  House Bill 760 by Rep. Jim Fannin that restructures the Louisiana Beef Industry Council board passed the House. Now the bill moves to the Senate Agriculture Committee. The shrimp net T.E.D.'s enforcement bill moved forward after an agreement with Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries was reached. The last piece of legislation regarding regulation of wild-caught crawfish died in Senate Committee this week as well. HB 668 by Rep. Burford that allows feral hog hunting at night year round was deferred. The bill is still alive, and the Committee Chair, Senator Gerald Long, can bring the bill back up and move it out of his committee. Hopefully, he will do exactly that. Have a great weekend.

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

HB 51 by Rep. Howard provides for a bounty on feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 79 by Rep. Burford provides relative to producers of raw honey in the home for sale, as relates to food labeling requirements.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 135 by Rep. Gisclair establishes the LA 1 Strategic Economic Zone and authorizes tax credits for certain land loss mitigation activities within the zone.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 167 by Rep. Burford allows year-round hunting of hogs and other quadrupeds.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 173 by Rep. Landry modifies the disbursement amount of sweet potato tax money collected.  This bill is signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2015.

HB 243 by Rep. Chaney modifies certain powers of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority, and the types of programs that can be utilized to promote agricultural products.   This bill is signed by the Governor and is effective August 1, 2015.

HB 269 by Rep. Anders authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue certifications and registrations.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now set on the House orders.

HB 288 by Rep. Thibaut prohibits the release and importation and restricts the transportation of feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 291 by Rep. Anders increases fees and civil penalties relative to the regulation of horticulture.   This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 1.

HB 295 by Rep. Brown provides for a forest protection assessment and the transfer of monies received from the assessment to the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority.  This was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders. 

HB 297 by Rep. Burrell creates the crime of theft of livestock and theft of timber.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 302 by Rep. Fannin makes changes to the oversight and adoption of updates to the State Uniform Construction Code.  This bill was referred to the House Commerce Committee. 

HB 306 by Rep. Jackson provides that a hunting license is not required when hunting outlaw quadrupeds.  This was laid out for consideration on the House floor and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call.

HB 310 by Rep. Mack provides relative to the regulation of seed dealers.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 321 by Rep. Woodruff provides relative to the La. Egg Commission.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

HB 341 by Rep. Garofalo provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and is now set on the House orders. 

HB 358 by Rep. Schroder authorizes the state veterinarian to quarantine any animal until certain inspections are completed.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now on the Senate orders.

HB 377 by Rep. Henry dedicates a portion of fire protection fees to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry for forest firefighting programs.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 391 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to the forestry commission’s authority to determine the market value of certain items.   This bill passed the House and was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

HB 438 by Rep. Lambert sets minimum sizes for live crawfish sold for direct human consumption.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 551 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions for a certain period of time.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 579 by Rep. Garofalo increases lease rental rates and severance taxes on oysters.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

HB 581 by Rep. Armes authorizes the use of “utility terrain vehicles” on certain roads.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 680 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to oyster leases on privately owned water bottoms.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and was set to be heard but was then removed from the hearing. 

HB 710 by Rep. Carmody provides relative to certain commercial dog breeders.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 712 by Reps. St. Germain and Adley increases the tax per gallon on all gasoline and motor fuels and dedicates increased revenues to a fund for use by local government for local roads.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

HB 730 by Rep. Woodruff provides for the La. Farm to School Act.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee, set on the House orders, and then recommitted to the House Appropriations Committee. 

HB 745 by Rep. Barrow provides for limitations of memberships of boards charged with the responsibility to conserve ground water.  This bill was set to be heard by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday, May 13, but was then voluntarily deferred. 

HB 760 by Rep. Fannin provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 70 to 30 and is now set on the Senate orders. 

HB 761 by Rep. Woodruff establishes an urban agriculture incentive zone.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

HB 765 by Rep. Anders amends the Agricultural Commodities Dealer and Warehouse Law.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

HCR 11 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions.  This resolution was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

SB 1 by Sen. Allain provides relative to servitudes of natural drainage.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A. This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee. 

SB 41 by Sen. Allain provides relative to the recovery of site restoration costs expended from the oilfield site restoration fund.  This bill was laid out in the Senate and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call.

SB 55 by Sen. Riser provides relative to the Louisiana Forestry Commission and tree seedling nurseries.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 79 by Sen. Allain provides for alternative dispute resolution for disputes relating to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. This bill was reported favorably by the House Civil Law Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 124 by Sen. Adley repeals all exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

SB 137 by Sen. Adley provides relative to enclosed estates, right of passage, and use of levee roads.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A and then withdrawn. 

SB 145 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Law.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, then discharged and recommitted to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. 

SB 178 by Sen Amedee provides relative to meat and poultry sold by meat brokers to be inspected.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee. 

SB 183 by Sen. Thompson provides for the regulation of unmanned aerial systems in agricultural commercial operations.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 95 to 2.

SB 184 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs as relates to schools.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders. 

SB 238 by Sen. LaFleur provides relative to the sale of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. 

SB 263 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to agriculture, forestry, and industrial equipment and certain dealer agreements.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Civil Law Committee on Monday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 4.

SCR 2 by Sen. Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, certain exclusions, exemptions, deductions, or credits against the individual income tax.  This resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

SCR 5 by Sen Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, all the exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.

Session Update

There are 20 days left until the end of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session, and there is good news.  House Bill 1 (the budget bill) passed the House floor this week.  Now, it’s on its way to the Senate.  Twenty days may not seem long, but it is plenty of time to accomplish quite a lot.  One of the major objectives is to keep the AgCenter’s budget whole, as it came out of the House.  Please let your Senators know how important the LSU AgCenter is to Agriculture.

House Concurrent Resolution 138 by Rep. Eddie Lambert, that would have created a study committee to look at the wild-caught crawfish industry, was killed.  That issue should be dead for the rest of the session 

Next week brings Beef Check-Off legislation to the House floor. Hopefully, all interested parties can come to an agreement before the bill is heard.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day! 

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

HB 51 by Rep. Howard provides for a bounty on feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment.

HB 79 by Rep. Burford provides relative to producers of raw honey in the home for sale, as relates to food labeling requirements.  This bill was laid out for consideration in the Senate but passed over on final passage.

HB 135 by Rep. Gisclair establishes the LA 1 Strategic Economic Zone and authorizes tax credits for certain land loss mitigation activities within the zone.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 167 by Rep. Burford allows year-round hunting of hogs and other quadrupeds.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

HB 173 by Rep. Landry modifies the disbursement amount of sweet potato tax money collected.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now enrolled.

HB 243 by Rep. Chaney modifies certain powers of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority, and the types of programs that can be utilized to promote agricultural products.   This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 269 by Rep. Anders authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue certifications and registrations.  This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 39 to 0 and is now enrolled. 

HB 288 by Rep. Thibaut prohibits the release and importation and restricts the transportation of feral hogs.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 291 by Rep. Anders increases fees and civil penalties relative to the regulation of horticulture.   This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee, set on the Senate orders, and then recommitted to the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. 

HB 295 by Rep. Brown provides for a forest protection assessment and the transfer of monies received from the assessment to the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

HB 297 by Rep. Burrell creates the crime of theft of livestock and theft of timber.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary C and is now on the Senate orders. 

HB 302 by Rep. Fannin makes changes to the oversight and adoption of updates to the State Uniform Construction Code.  This bill was referred to the House Commerce Committee. 

HB 306 by Rep. Jackson provides that a hunting license is not required when hunting outlaw quadrupeds.  This was laid out for consideration on the House floor and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call. 

HB 310 by Rep. Mack provides relative to the regulation of seed dealers.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

HB 321 by Rep. Woodruff provides relative to the La. Egg Commission.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 341 by Rep. Garofalo provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage.  This bill was laid out for consideration in the Senate but passed over on final passage.

HB 358 by Rep. Schroder authorizes the state veterinarian to quarantine any animal until certain inspections are completed.  This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

HB 377 by Rep. Henry dedicates a portion of fire protection fees to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry for forest firefighting programs.  This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 391 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to the forestry commission’s authority to determine the market value of certain items.   This bill passed the House and was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

HB 438 by Rep. Lambert sets minimum sizes for live crawfish sold for direct human consumption.  This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 551 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions for a certain period of time.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 579 by Rep. Garofalo increases lease rental rates and severance taxes on oysters.  This bill passed the House and was referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

HB 581 by Rep. Armes authorizes the use of “utility terrain vehicles” on certain roads.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 680 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to oyster leases on privately owned water bottoms.  This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and was set to be heard but was then removed from the hearing.   

HB 710 by Rep. Carmody provides relative to certain commercial dog breeders.  This bill is re-scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 28 in Room 3 at adjournment. 

HB 712 by Reps. St. Germain and Adley increases the tax per gallon on all gasoline and motor fuels and dedicates increased revenues to a fund for use by local government for local roads.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 730 by Rep. Woodruff provides for the La. Farm to School Act.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee, set on the House orders, and then recommitted to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 745 by Rep. Barrow provides for limitations of memberships of boards charged with the responsibility to conserve ground water.  This bill was set to be heard by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday, May 13, but was then voluntarily deferred. 

HB 760 by Rep. Fannin provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 761 by Rep. Woodruff establishes an urban agriculture incentive zone.  This bill is re-scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 28 in Room 3 at adjournment. 

HB 765 by Rep. Anders amends the Agricultural Commodities Dealer and Warehouse Law.  This bill is re-scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 28 in Room 3 at adjournment. 

HCR 11 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions.  This resolution was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

SB 1 by Sen. Allain provides relative to servitudes of natural drainage.  This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A. This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

SB 41 by Sen. Allain provides relative to the recovery of site restoration costs expended from the oilfield site restoration fund.  This bill was laid out in the Senate and then returned to the calendar, where it is subject to call. 

SB 55 by Sen. Riser provides relative to the Louisiana Forestry Commission and tree seedling nurseries.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 28 in Room 3 at adjournment. 

SB 79 by Sen. Allain provides for alternative dispute resolution for disputes relating to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 4.

SB 124 by Sen. Adley repeals all exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

SB 137 by Sen. Adley provides relative to enclosed estates, right of passage, and use of levee roads.  This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A and then withdrawn.

SB 145 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Law.  This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, then discharged and recommitted to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. 

SB 178 by Sen Amedee provides relative to meat and poultry sold by meat brokers to be inspected.  This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 28 in Room 3 at adjournment.

SB 183 by Sen. Thompson provides for the regulation of unmanned aerial systems in agricultural commercial operations.  This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 184 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs as relates to schools.  This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

SB 238 by Sen. LaFleur provides relative to the sale of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer.  This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

SB 263 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to agriculture, forestry, and industrial equipment and certain dealer agreements.  This bill was set on the House orders then recommitted to the House Civil Law Committee.

SCR 2 by Sen. Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, certain exclusions, exemptions, deductions, or credits against the individual income tax.  This resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

SCR 5 by Sen Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, all the exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.

Session Update

The 2015 legislative session is more than half over, and Farm Bureau had another good week at the Capitol. Important legislation authored by Senator Francis Thompson regarding the use of agricultural drones passed off the Senate floor and through the House Agriculture Committee. With this legislation, Louisiana is getting out in front of an issue that promises to be over-regulated in an effort to preserve drones as a tool for agriculture.

Legislation was reported favorably from the House Agriculture Committee that reinstates the state $.50 Beef Research and Promotion Program and changes the make-up of the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.  This legislation addresses a similar situation that was taken care of last year with other checkoff programs like soybeans, crawfish, and rice. 

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HB 51 by Rep. Howard provides for a bounty on feral hogs. This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 79 by Rep. Burford provides relative to producers of raw honey in the home for sale, as relates to food labeling requirements. This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 135 by Rep. Gisclair establishes the LA 1 Strategic Economic Zone and authorizes tax credits for certain land loss mitigation activities within the zone. This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 167 by Rep. Burford allows year-round hunting of hogs and other quadrupeds. This bill was reported favorably by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and is now set on the House orders. 

HB 173 by Rep. Landry modifies the disbursement amount of sweet potato tax money collected.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now on the Senate orders. 

HB 243 by Rep. Chaney modifies certain powers of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority, and the types of programs that can be utilized to promote agricultural products. This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders. 

HB 269 by Rep. Anders authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to issue certifications and registrations. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is now set on the Senate orders.

HB 288 by Rep. Thibaut prohibits the release and importation and restricts the transportation of feral hogs. This bill was involuntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 291 by Rep. Anders increases fees and civil penalties relative to the regulation of horticulture.  This bill was reported favorably by the Senate Agriculture Committee, set on the Senate orders, and then recommitted to the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee.

HB 295 by Rep. Brown provides for a forest protection assessment and the transfer of monies received from the assessment to the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority. This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

HB 297 by Rep. Burrell creates the crime of theft of livestock and theft of timber. This bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0. It was then set on the Senate Orders and referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary C.

HB 302 by Rep. Fannin makes changes to the oversight and adoption of updates to the State Uniform Construction Code. This bill was referred to the House Commerce Committee. 

HB 306 by Rep. Jackson provides that a hunting license is not required when hunting outlaw quadrupeds. This bill was reported favorably by the House Natural Resources Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 310 by Rep. Mack provides relative to the regulation of seed dealers. This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

HB 321 by Rep. Woodruff provides relative to the La. Egg Commission. This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee. 

HB 341 by Rep. Garofalo provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 358 by Rep. Schroder authorizes the state veterinarian to quarantine any animal until certain inspections are completed. This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

HB 377 by Rep. Henry dedicates a portion of fire protection fees to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry for forest firefighting programs. This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. 

HB 391 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to the forestry commission’s authority to determine the market value of certain items. This bill was reported favorably by the House Ways and Means Committee. 

HB 438 by Rep. Lambert sets minimum sizes for live crawfish sold for direct human consumption. This bill was voluntarily deferred by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment. 

HB 551 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions for a certain period of time. This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

HB 579 by Rep. Garofalo increases lease rental rates and severance taxes on oysters. This bill was returned to the calendar and is subject to call.

HB 581 by Rep. Armes authorizes the use of “utility terrain vehicles” on certain roads. This bill passed the House and was then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 680 by Rep. Leopold provides relative to oyster leases on privately owned water bottoms. This bill was referred to the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment and was set to be heard but was then removed from the hearing. 

HB 710 by Rep. Carmody provides relative to certain commercial dog breeders.  This bill was set to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 14 in Room 3 at adjournment, but was then voluntarily deferred.

HB 712 by Reps. St. Germain and Adley increases the tax per gallon on all gasoline and motor fuels and dedicates increased revenues to a fund for use by local government for local roads.  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 730 by Rep. Woodruff provides for the La. Farm to School Act. This bill was reported favorably by the House Agriculture Committee. 

HB 745 by Rep. Barrow provides for limitations of memberships of boards charged with the responsibility to conserve ground water. This bill was set to be heard by the House Committee on House Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday, May 13, but was then voluntarily deferred.

HB 760 by Rep. Fannin provides relative to assessments levied by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee and is now set on the House orders.

HB 761 by Rep. Woodruff establishes an urban agriculture incentive zone. This bill is set to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 14, but was then voluntarily deferred. 

HB 765 by Rep. Anders amends the Agricultural Commodities Dealer and Warehouse Law. This bill was set to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 14 but was voluntarily deferred. 

HCR 11 by Rep. Morris suspends all state sales and use tax exemptions. This resolution was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

SB 1 by Sen. Allain provides relative to servitudes of natural drainage. This bill was referred to Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A. This bill was voluntarily deferred in committee.

SB 41 by Sen. Allain provides relative to the recovery of site restoration costs expended from the oilfield site restoration fund. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 55 by Sen. Riser provides relative to the Louisiana Forestry Commission and tree seedling nurseries. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and was then referred to the House Agriculture Committee. 

SB 79 by Sen. Allain provides for alternative dispute resolution for disputes relating to remediation of oilfield sites and exploration and production sites. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 34 to 2 and was then referred to the House Civil Law Committee. 

SB 124 by Sen. Adley repeals all exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

SB 137 by Sen. Adley provides relative to enclosed estates, right of passage, and use of levee roads. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Judiciary A and then withdrawn.

SB 145 by Sen. Dorsey-Colomb provides relative to the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Law. This bill was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, then discharged and recommitted to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

SB 178 by Sen Amedee provides relative to meat and poultry sold by meat brokers to be inspected. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 and was then referred to the House Agriculture Committee. 

SB 183 by Sen. Thompson provides for the regulation of unmanned aerial systems in agricultural commercial operations. This bill was reported favorably as amended by the House Agriculture Committee.

SB 184 by Sen. Thompson provides for the threshold allowed for small purchase procurements under food and nutrition programs as relates to schools. This bill is set to be heard by the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, May 20, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 1.

SB 238 by Sen. LaFleur provides relative to the sale of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer. This bill was involuntarily deferred by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. 

SB 263 by Sen. Thompson provides relative to agriculture, forestry, and industrial equipment and certain dealer agreements. This bill is set to be heard by the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.

SCR 2 by Sen. Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, certain exclusions, exemptions, deductions, or credits against the individual income tax. This resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. 

SCR 5 by Sen Adley suspends from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, all the exclusions and exemptions against all the statewide sales taxes.