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Coastal Restoration

by: Jerry Jones
(225) 342-1769

The catastrophic effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita put coastal issues in the forefront of legislative concerns during the 2005 First Extraordinary Session and 2006 First Extraordinary and Regular sessions. State lawmakers addressed coastal-related issues in numerous legislative instruments, and efforts continue at the federal level to secure much-needed funding for rebuilding, restoration, and protection.

2005 First Extraordinary Session - Senate Bill 71 by Senator Dupre (Act 8) reorganized the duties of certain state agencies to create the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and provide for development and implementation of a comprehensive coastal and hurricane protection plan. Senate Bill 27 by Senator Dupre (Act 69) is a proposed constitutional amendment to be submitted for voter approval in the fall of 2006 providing that certain federal revenues received by the state generated from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas activity shall be credited to a coastal protection fund and used only for certain purposes.

  • Studies - House Concurrent Resolution 61 by Representative Robideaux (enrolled) requests the Department of Transportation and Development and the Department of Natural Resources to study the feasibility of the construction of a coastal protection highway stretching from the Texas border to New Orleans. Senate Resolution 10 by Senator Michot (enrolled) requestes the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation and Development in conjunction with other public and private entities to conduct a feasibility study on the construction of a coastal barrier and intracoastal highway. Senate Resolution 22 by Senator Murray (enrolled) requestes certain levee boards and parish governing authorities work together and devise a coordinated plan to achieve a long-term solution for flood, hurricane, and coastal protection for the citizens of southeast Louisiana
  • Memorializations to Congress - Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 by Senator Adley (enrolled) memorializes Congress to extend Louisiana's seaward boundary in the Gulf of Mexico to twelve geographical miles. Senate Concurrent Resolution 41 by Senator Cain (enrolled) requests Congress to change the coastal line by which the state receives tax and mineral revenues from three miles out to twelve miles. House Concurrent Resolution 34 by Representative Odinet (enrolled) memorializes Congress to suspend dredging the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and to begin the process of closing the waterway. House Concurrent Resolution 36 by Representative Jefferson (enrolled) memorializes Congress to waive the local share presently required for funding of levee improvements. House Resolution 18 by Representative K. Carter (enrolled) memorializes Congress to enjoin the United States Army Corps of Engineers from engaging any contractor in the reconstruction of the levees in the New Orleans area if investigations of levee failures indicate that such contractor performed substandard design or construction work.

2006 First Extraordinary Session - Senate Bill 9 by Senator Boasso (Act 43) is a proposed constitutional amendment to be submitted for voter approval in fall of 2006 to authorize the establishment of certain regional flood protection authorities. Senate Bill 8 by Senator Boasso (Act 1) is enabling legislation for the constitutional amendment that would reorganize the governance and structure of certain levee districts in accordance with the establishment of a regional flood protection authority. Senate Bill 4 by B. Gautreaux (Act 10) created and provided for the Coastal Louisiana Levee Consortium. House Bill 29 by Representative Lancaster (Act 29) modified the date for submission to voters of Act 69 from the 2005 Extraordinary Session. House Bill 47 by Representative Triche (Act 32) provided relative to certain levee districts operating in Lafourche Parish. House Bill 52 by Representative Martiny (Act 6) established the Hurricane Flood Protection, Construction, and Development Priority Program in the office of public works, hurricane flood protection and intermodal transportation within the Department of Transportation and Development. House Bill 70 by Representative Jefferson (Act 36) required the office of emergency preparedness to promulgate standards and regulations for local governments relative to mandatory evacuations.

  • Memorializations to Congress - Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 by Senator C. Romero (enrolled) memorializes Congress to authorize the prompt construction of hurricane and tidal water protection for southwest Louisiana. Senate Concurrent Resolution 27 by Senator Murray (enrolled) memorializes Congress to expedite funding to Louisiana for recovery efforts, to expeditiously complete the needed repair to the levee system in the greater New Orleans area, to provide for the prompt construction of hurricane and tidal water protection for south Louisiana, and to provide assistance with coastal restoration and marsh management. House Concurrent Resolution 24 by Representative Odinet (enrolled) memorializes Congress to mandate the closure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. House Concurrent Resolution 32 by Representative Hutter (enrolled) memorializes Congress to close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.

2006 Regular Session - Senate Bill 26 by Senator Dupre (Act 66) authorizes the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to serve as local sponsor for hurricane, storm damage reduction and flood control projects in coastal Louisiana and enter into certain contracts. Senate Bill 27 by Senator Dupre (Act 853) is a proposed constitutional amendment to provide relative to the amount of compensation for the taking of property for certain hurricane protection projects. Its enabling legislation is Senate Bill 64 by Senator Dupre (Act 567). Also, Senate Bill 229 by Senator Dardenne (Act 854) provides for the deposit of a portion of the proceeds of tobacco securitization into the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund, and repeals the fund previously receiving these proceeds. Senate Bill 269 by Senator Dupre (Act 652) provides relative to public bid laws for certain projects to restore or rehabilitate certain levees. Senate Bill 664 by Senator Dupre (Act 626) provides relative to acquisition of land for certain coastal conservation, restoration and protection plans and projects. Senate Bill 635 by Senator Dupre (Act 548) provides relative to coastal resources and coastal zone management.

House Bill 308 by Representative Kleckley (Act 686) requires the Louisiana Recovery Authority to prepare a study by September, 2006, assessing the nature and extent of damage to each parish impacted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita., and further provides relative to submission for legislative approval proposals by such Authority for hurricane recovery costing ten million dollars or more. House Bill 452 by Representative Dove (Act 181) requires levee districts in the coastal zone to submit annual reports regarding levee elevations. House Bill 829 by Representative Baldone (Act 776) provides relative to legal servitudes for the construction and maintenance of levees. House Bill 1086 by Representative Dove (Act 297) provides relative to barrier islands and requires the Department of Natural Resources to submit an annual report on the status of barrier island projects and needs. House Bill 1249 by Representative Odinet (Act 425) provides relative to oyster leases impacted by coastal protection projects.

House Concurrent Resolution 193 by Representative Pitre (enrolled) approves the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Coastal Wetlands Protection and Restoration Plan.

  • Studies - House Concurrent Resolution 49 by Representative Dove (enrolled) requests the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to increase the emphasis on barrier islands in the overall plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. House Concurrent Resolution 80 by Representative Jefferson (enrolled) requests the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to study and report on all available technology to create an integrated water management and hurricane protection system. Senate Resolution 106 by Senator Dupre (enrolled) requests a study of the feasibility of establishing a standing committee on coastal protection and restoration. House Resolution 105 by Representative Baldone (enrolled) requests the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs to study the feasibility of creating a committee on coastal protection and restoration. House Study Request 7 by Representative Hebert (Approved) requests the House Transportation Committee to study the feasibility of constructing and maintaining a hurricane protection levee along the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Louisiana.
  • Memorializations to Congress - Senate Concurrent Resolution 72 by Senator Dupre (enrolled) memorializes Congress to immediately authorize the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project, and urges and requests U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include such recommendation in its pending interim report to Congress. Senate Concurrent Resolution 83 by Senator Boasso (enrolled) memorializes Congress to include Plaquemines Parish in the federal plan to invest funds for levee re-enhancement in south Louisiana. Senate Resolution 19 by Senator C. Romero (enrolled) memorializes Congress to enact H.R. 4761, the "Domestic Energy Production through Offshore Exploration and Equitable Treatment of State Holdings Act of 2006." House Concurrent Resolution 38 by Representative Hutter (enrolled) memorializes Congress to close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and requests the Louisiana congressional delegation to introduce legislation to achieve the closure. House Concurrent Resolution 62 by Representative Dove (enrolled) memorializes Congress to amend the Stafford Act to allow emergency funds to be used to restore and stabilize barrier islands. House Concurrent Resolution 107 by Representative Dove (enrolled) memorializes Congress to fund a storm surge barrier at Fourchon. House Concurrent Resolution 108 by Representative Dove (enrolled) memorializes Congress to redefine and narrow certain passes of barrier islands. House Concurrent Resolution 182 by Representative Dove (enrolled) memorializes Congress to require the U.S. Corps of Engineers to evaluate federal and nonfederal tidal levees in south Louisiana and to fully fund upgrading hurricane tidal flood protection. House Concurrent Resolution 205 by Representative Richmond (enrolled) memorializes Congress to establish a 12-mile limit for Louisiana.

 



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