Ryan Noonan
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE–The House rejected a hotly debated bill Tuesday that would have opened up closed waters for public access and navigation.

The bill, which failed 58-38, essentially would have allowed recreational fishermen to fish in some privately owned waters and waterways without fear of legal consequences.

After spending two hours of debate on an unusually large number of amendments, it became clear that representatives were simply was too divided on the issue to have much chance.

Some of the most prominent concerns included the ways people could build structures to block waterways, the liability of property


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