Session begins Monday
The 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature begins this Monday and LTPA is closely monitoring a number of bills that will impact the tourism industry. Earlier this week, we gathered industry leaders from around the state together with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser to discuss tourism's legislative priorities.
Leaders from LTPA, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, LACVB, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association and many other sister agencies shared input on a variety of bills.
We are closely monitoring three specific bills at this time: HB 1, the state budget; HB 599, which would add a $5 fee on all hotel stays; and HB 613, which would eliminate all Visitor Enterprise Funds. We are working with our Advocacy Task Team, lobbyists and industry partners to formulate next steps on each of these bills. We will keep you updated through VoterVoice message requests and these Legislative Alerts. Many other tourism-related bills have been filed, so please be sure to click t
he link below for a list of all the bills we are currently tracking.
Join us for a bill review
LTPA will be hosting a Tourism Bill Review at the Capitol Park Welcome Center (702 River Road, Baton Rouge) on April 12 at 2 p.m., where we will walk through the tourism-related bills that have been filed. We encourage you to attend in person, but a conference call option is available. Please call in at 225-755-9481 (no pin required).