Louisiana Political News Wire
Numerous officials must approve Toledo Bend water sales
by Mike Hasten - Advocate (excerpt)
BATON ROUGE — If the Sabine River Authority wants to sell Toledo Bend Reservoir water to Texas or any other state, it would have to get approval of the governor, legislative committees and parish municipal governments under legislation headed for final approval in the House.
SB436 by Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, doesn't take away the SRA's authority to enter contracts which provide for the sale, utilization, distribution or consumption of water outside the boundaries of the state, as long as it gets the written consent of the governor. But it adds the approval of the House and Senate natural resources committees, two thirds of police jurors in the parishes that border the reservoir and two thirds of the municipal government officials in those parishes.
Long says the people affected by possibly lowering the water level of Toledo Bend should have a say in whether water is sold.
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