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Louisiana Artificial Reef Development Fund Protection Amendment (2014)

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Artificial Reef Development Fund Protection Amendment
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature
Topic:Budgets
Status:On the ballot

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Development Fund Protection Amendment, SB 128 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would create an “Artificial Reef Fund” to manage an artificial reef system, the wild seafood certification program and inshore fisheries habitat enhancement projects.[1][2]

The bill was sponsored in the legislature by State Senator R.L Allain II (R-21) as Senate Bill 128.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot summary

The official ballot text reads as follows:[1]

Do you support an amendment to establish the Artificial Reef Development Fund in the state treasury by depositing in to the fund monies that have been received by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the form of grants, donations, or other assistance to provide funding for programs dedicated to managing an artificial reef system, the wild seafood certification program, and inshore fisheries habitat enhancement projects? (Adds Article VII, Section 10.11)[3]

Constitutional changes

2014 measures
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November 4
HB 256
HB 532
HB 533
SB 128
HB 131
SB 56
SB 96
HB 426
HB 111
HB 96
HB 628
HB 489
HB 488
HB 341
Endorsements

The proposed amendment adds a Section 10.11 to Article VII of the Constitution of Louisiana:[1]

§10.11. Artificial Reef Development Fund
(A) Artificial Reef Development Fund. There shall be established in the state treasury, as a special fund, the Artificial Reef Development Fund. Out of the funds remaining in the Bond Security and Redemption Fund after a sufficient amount is allocated from that fund to pay all obligations secured by the full faith and credit of the state that become due and payable within any fiscal year as required by Article VII, Section 9(B) of this constitution, the treasurer shall pay into the Artificial Reef Development Fund the monies received as provided in Paragraph (B) of this Section.
(B) The secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is authorized to accept and receive grants, donations of monies, and other forms of assistance from private and public sources that are provided to the state for the purpose of siting, designing, constructing, permitting, monitoring, and otherwise managing an artificial reef system.
(C) The monies in the Artificial Reef Development Fund shall be appropriated by the legislature to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, or its successor, and shall be allocated solely for the following:
(1) For the programs and purposes of siting, designing, constructing, permitting, monitoring, and otherwise managing an artificial reef system.
(2) For the salaries of personnel assigned to the Artificial Reef Development Program and for related operating expenses.
(3) An amount not to exceed ten percent of the monies deposited to the fund each year and ten percent of the interest income credited to the fund each year may be used by the department to provide funding in association with the wild seafood certification program, particularly in support of wild-caught shrimp, established by the department. Such funding may be used for a subsidy granted to seafood harvesters or processors to assist in their efforts to comply with the certification program requirements and may be used for administration of the program.
(4) An amount not to exceed ten percent of the funds deposited to the fund each year and ten percent of the interest income credited to the fund each year may be used by the department to provide funding for inshore fisheries habitat enhancement projects, particularly in support of the Artificial Reef Development Program established by the department. Such funding may be used for grants to nonprofit conservation organizations working in cooperation with the department.
(D) All unexpended and unencumbered monies in the Artificial Reef Development Fund at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the fund. The monies in the fund shall be invested by the treasurer in the manner provided by law. All interest earned on monies invested by the treasurer shall be deposited in the fund. The treasurer shall prepare and submit to the department on a quarterly basis a written report showing the amount of money contained in the fund from all sources.[3]


Support

The measure was introduced into the legislation by Sen. R.L. Allain II (R-21).[1]

Supporters

Officials

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Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution

State Senator R.L Allain II (R-21) introduced a bill into the legislature to alter the constitution and put the measure before voters on March 28, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. SB 128 was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on June 3, 2013. The amendment was approved by the Louisiana Senate on May 1, 2013.[4]

Senate vote

May 1, 2013 Senate vote

Lousiana SB 128 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 38 100.00%
No00.00%

House vote

June 3, 2013 House vote

Lousiana SB 128 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 98 98.99%
No11.01%

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