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      RS 56:10.1     

  

§10.1. Aquatic Plant Control Fund; creation; uses

            A. There is hereby created in the state treasury the Aquatic Plant Control Fund.

            B. After compliance with the requirements of Article VII, Section 9(B) of the Constitution of Louisiana relative to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund, and after a sufficient amount is allocated from that fund to pay all of the obligations secured by the full faith and credit of the state which become due and payable within any fiscal year, the treasurer shall pay into the Aquatic Plant Control Fund an amount equal to the monies received by the state treasury pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 47:462(B)(2)(c) and R.S. 30:961(K). The monies in this fund shall be used solely as provided in Subsection C of this Section and only in the amount appropriated by the legislature. All unexpended and unencumbered monies remaining in this fund at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the fund. The monies in the fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund and all returns of such investment shall be deposited to the fund.

            C. Subject to an annual appropriation by the legislature, the monies in the Aquatic Plant Control Fund shall be used solely by the office of fisheries, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, to fund the aquatic plant control program and to fund cooperative research and public education efforts by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center relative to aquatic weed control and eradication and aquatic invasive species control and eradication. An amount not to exceed fifteen percent of the annual appropriation shall be used to fund research and public education efforts relative to aquatic weed control and eradication by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. The funds appropriated pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be in addition to any other amounts appropriated by the legislature.

            Acts 2002, No. 77, §2, eff. July 1, 2002; Acts 2008, No. 235, §1; Acts 2014, No. 556, §2; Acts 2018, No. 698, §2.



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