Bill amended to benefit St. George movement
BATON ROUGE - A bill to suspend all incorporation efforts in the state for the near future found compromise with its most popular critics.
Backers of the efforts to incorporate St. George met with Senator Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, this morning and reportedly have agreed to amend his bill before it is debated by a Senate committee tomorrow.
Nevers admits the Committee to Incorporate St. George has brought to light many issues he finds old and outdated when it comes to the state's incorporation laws.
"It's a statewide bill, not targeted at St. George or anyone else," Nevers said. "But I think it's a process we need to go through."
Nevers filed a bill that would place a two-year moratorium on all incorporation efforts starting from January 2014, effectively killing the St. George movement if it's passed. Nevers met with the St. George group Tuesday and found common ground after agreeing to amend the start date for his moratorium to January 2015.
"In trying to be fair and reasonable with people," Nevers said. "I think that if people agree to a certain date and after that date a moratorium would take place."
Nevers said his bill is intended to allow the state to look at rules pertaining to incorporations. He wants a third party to look at things like reveneues, expenses, fire and water districts.
"I would love to see the legislative fiscal office give a report as to what the facts are on the incorporation issue," Nevers said.
The St. George incorporation group said they are happy with the amendment and hope to have enough petition signatures for a vote of the people by November.