Who Instigated HB 430?

One of the questions that needs answering is who at the Sparta Groundwater Commission persuaded Rep. Rob Shadoin to file HB 430, and how the bill’s language was decided. Unfortunately, we’ve not attended meetings of the commission, but we have reviewed the meeting minutes from the last year.

Here’s what we found:

Thursday, January 19, 2017, Claiborne Parish Police Jury Bldg, Homer, LA – 2:00 PM

Mr. Spivey also disused the need to our commission to have continuity and encouraged the commissioners to contact our legislators about giving the Sparta Ground Water Commission more authority so it could be more effective.

Zack Spivey is the City of Ruston’s representative

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Bienville Parish Courthouse, Arcadia, LA – 2:00 PM

Meeting guest and Louisiana Representatives Rob Shadoin and Gene Reynolds explained HB 689 and how it came to be passed through the legislation and signed by the Governor. They expressed their intentions to help Sparta Groundwater Commission with this and any future legislation. Sam Little encouraged the representatives to “Kill the Bill!” Jack Clampit explained our need for our commission to have more authority.

Jack Clampit is the Ouachita Parish representative, and is a member of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury.

Monday, December 18, 2017, Reese Hall Conference Room, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA – 10:00 AM

Mr. Zack Spivey discussed changes to our current Legislation. 1st He recommended that we make the 6 rotating commission seats permanent for 3 years. 2nd that our commissioners can stay on the commission until they are either reappointed or replaced. Mr. Jack Clampit stated he felt we need the ability to regulate who pulls out of the Sparta and we need the ability to generate revenue. All committee members were given a copy of our commission’s original legislation, Act. No 1228, to review. A Motion was made that a set of recommendations for future legislative consideration be prepared by Ms. Lindsay Gouedy and Mr. Zack Spivey. The motion was made by Mr. Jack Clampit and seconded by Mr. Charles Hughes.

Lindsay Gouedy is the Lincoln Parish representative.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Winn Parish Library, Winnfield, LA – 2:00 PM

(Ruston) Mayor Ronny Walker stated that his primary concern for industrial growth in North Louisiana is if we have enough water to sustain industries that may want to come in. Mr. Richard Durrett stated that we need to have more room to grow between the Sparta recharge rate and the rate of pullout.

Mr. Jack Clampit stated that at some time or another we are going to have to figure out how to regulate the usage of the Sparta, because we won’t be able to sustain industries if we don’t.

Friday, February 16, 2018, Reese Hall Conference Room, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA – 10:00 AM

The Executive Committee along with Mr. Rob Shadoin and Mr. Ben McGee went over the proposed legislation draft page by page. We discussed many different concerns, questions, made omissions, and additions. A motion was made by Mr. Nick Cox that we redraft this proposed legislation according to the recommendations that the executive committee made today, that we meet again on Monday, February 28 with the full Sparta Ground Water commission and present the revised and recommended legislation draft. Motion passed unanimously.

Ben McGee is with the Water Resources Division of the US Geological Survey. Nick Cox is the Webster Parish representative.

A meeting was held on Monday, February 26, 2018, 10:00 AM, Historic Fire Station, Ruston, LA, but we have not received that meeting’s minutes. We have filed a public records request for production of those minutes.

We will be attending future meetings of the Sparta Groundwater Commission. We will record the meetings, as is our practice at all public meetings we attend.

One Response to “Who Instigated HB 430?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Ronny Walker is all about a tax!!!! Tax and spend type guy.

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