The Louisiana Legislature today signed off on a bill that will give the state more oversight into companies that wish to manufacture or be a dealer-distributor of explosives.
The legislation, Senate Bill 129, was written in response to the Oct. 15, 2012 explosion at Camp Minden in Webster Parish. Tuesday, the state Senate voted 39-0 in favor of the bill, which had
Sponsored by state Sen. Francis Thompson of Delhi (D-Dist. 34), and co—sponsored by state Sen. Mike Walsworth, of West Monroe (R-Dist. 33), the bill gives the Department of Public Safety and Corrections authority to inspect all facilities involved with explosives.
In addition, it requires dealers possess an explosives license or permit issued by the U.S. Buureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The bill will now go to the desk of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature. It is scheduled to become law August 1, 2014.