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WAKE UP EVERYONE — HERE WE GO AGAIN

TO: Toledo Bend Friends:

From: Dianne Lampman

RE: Very Important Legislation and trying to keep you informed

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I just found amendments posted from Senator Long’s bill – SB436 that the Senate Committee on Natural Resources heard on 4-12-12 and made these (below toward bottom) changes in blue to SB436 (see PDF SB436 Amendments 1 & 2):

Long completely removed the Police Jury and inserted the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. They have the authority to approve water sales with the Governor’s concurrence.

The Speaker of the House and President of the Senate choose who is going to serve on these two (2) committees and I would bet on them favoring the Governor’s wishes and vote his preference for water sales out of state. The State caufers need the money, along with the SRA LA. Thus, we could have out of state water sales from Toledo Bend with no representation of any authority figure within the Sabine watershed agreeing to any out of state water sales just the SRA LA getting approval to move forward.

Members of both committees follows:

Natural Resources Committee Committee Members

Senator Gerald Long (Chairman) P.O. Box 151 Winnfield, LA 71483 (318) 628-5799 longg@legis.la.gov
Senator Rick Ward, III (Vice-Chairman) 3741 Highway 1 Port Allen, LA 70767 (225) 246-8838 wardr@legis.la.gov
Senator R.L. “Bret” Allain, II 600 Main Street Suite 1 Franklin, LA 70538 (337) 828-9107 allainb@legis.la.gov
Senator “Jody” Amedee 2109 S. Burnside Ave. Suite A Gonzales, LA 70737 (225) 644-1526 amedeej@legis.la.gov
Senator Norby Chabert P.O. Box 2417 Houma, LA 70361 (985) 858-2927 chabertn@legis.la.gov
Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell 6305 Elysian Fields Ave. Suite 404 New Orleans, LA 70122 (504) 284-4794 morrelljp@legis.la.gov
Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish 119 W. Nezpique Street Jennings, LA 70546 (337) 824-3979 morrishd@legis.la.gov
Senator Page Cortez (Interim Member) 101 W. Farrell Road Bldg. 5, Suite 100 Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 993-7430 cortezp@legis.la.gov

TWO THAT I KNOW OF — LONG AND MORRISH HAVE ANY INTEREST IN TOLEDO BEND AND POSSIBLY WOULD VOTE NO AGAINST WATER SALES

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT

Name Position District Party
Dove, Gordon Chairman 52 R
Morris, James Vice Chair 1 R
Armes, James K. Member 30 D
Billiot, Robert E. Member 83 D
Chaney, Charles R. Member 19 R
Connick, Patrick Member 84 R
Foil, Franklin J. Member 70 R
Geymann, Brett F. Member 35 R
Gisclair, Jerry Member 54 D
Guinn, John E. Member 37 R
Harrison, Joe Member 51 R
James, Edward C. Member 101 D
Jones, Sam Member 50 D
Lambert, Eddie J. Member 59 R
Leopold, Christopher J. Member 105 R
Montoucet, Jack Member 42 D
Ortego, Stephen J. Member 39 D
Richardson, Clifton R. Member 65 R
Schexnayder, Clay Member 81 R
Kleckley, Chuck Ex Officio 36 R
Leger, Walt III Ex Officio 91 D

FOUR THAT I KNOW OF — KLECKLEY, MONTOUCET, GEYMANN AND ARMES WOULD HAVE AN INTEREST IN TOLEDO BEND AND POSSIBLY VOTE NO FOR WATER SALES

I just spoke with Rep. Frankie Howard at 4:00 pm 4-13-12 and he understood from Senator Long that the Police Jury would stay in SB 436 with the addition of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. This would have been an additional vote before it would be sent to the Governor.

Should you wish to speak to Senator Long or Rep.Frankie Howard in regard to SB436 and its new wording or your thoughts on the matter, their numbers are below:

Senator Gerald Long Senator, District 31 318-628-5799 (800) 265-2437 longg@legis.state.la.us
Rep. Frankie Howard Representative, Dist. 24 (318) 256-4135 (337) 208-8233 Cell howardf@legis.state.la.us

SENATE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS made at Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 12, 2012
Amendments proposed by Senate Committee on Natural Resources to Original Senate Bill
No. 436 by Senator Long

AMENDMENT NO. 1

2 On page 2, line 6, delete “Authority” and insert “authority”

3 AMENDMENT NO. 2

4 On page 2, delete lines 7 through 14 and insert:
5 “(c) The written concurrence of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources
6 and the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment shall be
7 required for any contracts and other agreements which provide for the sale,
8 utilization, distribution, or consumption, outside of the boundaries of the state
9 of Louisiana, of the waters overwhich the authority has jurisdiction or control.”

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE BILL

WHAT A GAME CHANGER IF THIS HB954 WERE TO PASS AND BE MADE LAW:
While researching bills this morning that have been introduced I have found that HB954 introduced by:
REPRESENTATIVE DANAHAY- CALCASIEU PARISH

Michael E. Danahay Rep. Dist 33 (337) 527-5581 danahaym@legis.la.gov

( History as follows BELOW). Is presently assigned to the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs and has not been heard yet or scheduled to be heard yet. WE NEED TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS ONE, SINCE IF THIS BILL GETS APPROVED IT IS CHANGING THE SABINE RIVER AUTHORITY AND PLACING IT BACK UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT. WHAT A GAME CHANGER THIS WOULD BE IF PASSED.

The Department of Transportation and Development are over dams within the State of Louisiana, that is why SRA LA was under the DOTD in the first place. They did not have authority back then to sell the water. It was only after Joe Salter introduced the bill to let them sell water out of state with the governor’s approval and then the other bill removed them from under DOTD and gave the La. Diversion Canal to SRA LA and forgave $8,000,000 plus in debt that we have been fighting to keep Louisiana water in Toledo Bend.

Public Works & Water Resources Div
1201 Capital Access Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA. 70802 Phone # 225-379-3000

Name Phone Title
Bo Bolourchi (225) 379-3009 Director – Dams, Levee & Reservoir Development
George E. Chike (225) 379-3013 Dam Safety Engineer
Christopher Higgins (225) 379-3021 Levee Safety Engineer Intern
Gary M. Kilshaw (225) 379-3020 ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 5
Stephen A. Tassin (225) 379-3007 Chief, Dam Safety Program
Robert Taylor (225) 379-3006 Levee Safety Engineer

SEE PAGE 39 OF HB 954 LINES 16 THRU 21.

16 O. The Sabine River Authority, state of Louisiana (Article XIV, Section 45
17 of 1921 Louisiana Constitution, made statutory by Article XIV, Section 16(A)(10)
18 of 1974 Louisiana Constitution; R.S. 38:2321 – 2337 et seq.) is placed within the
19 Department of Transportation and Development and shall perform and exercise its
20 powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities in the manner provided for agencies
21 transferred in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 36:801.1.

History of HB 954

Date Chamber Page Action
03/12/2012 H 104 Read by title, under the rules, referred to the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.
03/03/2012 H First appeared in the Interim Calendar on 3/2/2012.
03/02/2012 H Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.
03/02/2012 H Prefiled.

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