By Stacey Tinsley
At Wednesday’s Police Jury meeting, the jury approved a letter of support for legislation aimed at providing rights and powers of certain port commissions regarding economic and industrial growth.
Louisiana Senate Bill 421 (SB 421) is sponsored by State Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Dist. 37.
“The Louisiana Deep water ports have been around for hundreds of years,” said Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus.
“The legislature, when they redid the constitution around 1972, stated what their abilities were, what economic things they can do, and so on. But after that time, the inland ports like Alexandria, Shreveport, all of those came online, and for some reason, they didn’t do the same things.
“The Shreveport/Bossier port wants to be able to do the same economic kinds of things and run things just like those ports can do. So this bill is putting them on the same level playing field.”