Sen. Francis Thompson Authors First Bill Signed into Law this Session

BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill today that will give the state stricter oversight on explosives facilities.

District 34 State Senator Francis Thompson (D-Delhi) authored the measure, Senate Bill 129, in response to a massive blast at Camp Minden in Webster Parish in October 2012.

SB 129, co-authored by Senator Mike Walsworth and Representative Jeff Thompson, authorizes the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections to inspect explosives facilities.

It also requires such facilities to have a valid permit from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), in addition to a state license. The bill was passed by the full legislature without any opposition.

“I am so pleased that the legislature and the governor have joined me in recognizing the importance of this issue,” said Sen. Thompson. “We will continue to work to ensure that incident at Camp Minden will never be repeated in Louisiana.”

SB 129 is the first piece of legislation to be signed by Governor Jindal this session.

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