HB 784 would raise boat registration fees

A bill to raise fees to register boats in Louisiana failed in the state House of Representatives Wednesday, falling one vote short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

Under the proposed law, all the money from these fee increases would have gone to the Aquatic Plant Control fund.
State Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Minden, one of the bill’s authors, said the increase in funding would have allowed for more spraying and research on giant salvinia and other aquatic weeds that plague Louisiana waters like Lake Bistineau.

“This would have put another $950,000 in the fund,” he said. “I guess


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