This years session will consider many bills of significant importance to anyone concerned about the environment of Louisiana.
The 2013 Regular Session looks to be another busy year for the Legislature. This years session will consider many bills of significant importance to anyone concerned about the environment of Louisiana. Let your Legislators know your thoughts on these and any other bills.
Oil Spill Related Legislation
The Oil Spill of 2010 is still affecting Louisiana and we are still working to recover, learn the lessons of this tragic event, and make sure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. Some of these lessons have inspired legislation.
by Representative Garofalo
(Constitutional Amendment) Dedicates to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund the Deepwater Horizon oil spill penalty monies received by the state under the RESTORE Act
Proposed law requiring the Commissioner of Conservation to make any reasonable rules, regulations and orders necessary to control solution mining injection wells, the permitting of such wells, and the resulting solution mined cavern
Requires notification of the proximity of property to a salt dome containing solution mining and storage caverns
Prohibits the issuance of certain permits to construct or operate salt dome caverns until certain conditions are met.
Groundwater Related Legislation
Groundwater usage and threats from excessive draw down and salt-water intrusion have been in the news quite a bit recently. These concerns have inspired Legislative action.
Restricting Groundwater Usage
SB 203 by Senator Claitor
Establishes withdrawal limits on the use of groundwater
HB 370 by Representative James
Severance tax exemption for horizontal drilling of oil and gas wells
HB 427 by Representative Fannin
Limits power of the PSC to regulate nonprofit water utility cooperatives wholly owned by water users
HB 445 by Representative Lambert
Creates the La. Beverage Container Law providing a system of deposits and redemptions on glass and metal beverage containers
HB 529 by Representative Barrow
Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to impose a five-cent tax on all single use disposable plastic bags
HB 534 by Representative Robideaux
Provides an exclusion from state sales and use tax for bottled water
HB 577 by Representative Billiot
Requires commercial vehicles’ load be properly covered to be accepted at a solid waste disposal facility.
HB 591 by Representative Bishop
Waste Tire Program
HB 600 by Representative Montoucet
Provides for the regulation of nonprofit water utility cooperatives wholly owned by water users, seeHB 427
HB 616 by Representative Robideaux
Changes severance tax exemptions and other special tax treatment for various types of oil and gas production
SB 85 by Senator Johns
Exempts the Sabine River Authority from the requirement that property acquired by the state or a political subdivision which is to be transferred to a third party must first be offered to the person from whom it was originally transferred
SB132 by Senator Morrish
Provides for certificates or permits to non-hazardous oilfield waste motor carriers and the allocation of fees paid by motor carriers
SB 171 by Senator Donahue
Provides for certain limitations relative to actions or rules requiring modification of certain existing community water systems
SB 231 by Senator Martiny
Deletes the tax credit for wind energy systems and changes the credit for solar “energy” systems to a tax credit for both solar “electric” systems and solar “thermal” systems
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