LA Senate Agrees To Let State Agents Enforce Sea Turtle Law

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Louisiana House and Senate have both agreed to lift a ban that keeps state wildlife officials from enforcing federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles.

         A 36-0 vote Thursday from the Senate moved the proposal — sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, a Democrat from Dry Creek — one step from final legislative passage.

         Supporters of the bill say some big-box retailers have boycotted Louisiana shrimp because they object to the law being on the books and raised concerns about the state's handling of protections for endangered sea turtles.

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         Sen. Norby Chabert, a Houma Republican who handled the bill in the Senate, described the measure as "doing all we can for our fishermen."

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