We’re watching the weather as this edition of the Journal is assembled. Heavy rains are forecast for Thursday and by the time you read this we’ll all know how heavy they were. By Friday the rain should have moved out of our area. It will be windy, with lake wind advisories posted by the weather service for Friday morning. The weather is forecast to turn clear and cold, with lows each morning well below freezing. This pattern is predicted to hold through much of the coming week
My grandmother had a saying: “When you go to the privy you take your fur coat and a palm-leaf fan. You never know what the weather will be like when you Come out.” I just thought that sort of fit somewhere.
Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science will host a Change of Command/Change of Responsibility Ceremony for the 68th Demon Battalion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Spirit of the Cadet Park, James A. Noe Armory, on the NSU campus. The public is invited to attend.
On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 3133 the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017 (SEA Act). The SEA Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04) in June of last year, reduces duplicative government regulations in the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), while maintaining marine mammal protections and setting firm permitting deadlines for coastal initiatives.
Rep. Johnson said, “Washington bureaucrats should never have the authority to halt coastal initiatives based on their own politically biased agendas. Yet many permit approvals are prolonged, including coastal restoration efforts and critical naval operations, specifically for that reason. The SEA Act takes important steps to implement strict deadlines for agencies while maintaining appropriate permitting standards, allowing projects to move forward only if they meet the highest requirements. I applaud the Natural Resources Committee for recognizing the importance of this commonsense legislation and my colleagues for moving it forward.”
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles began issuing Real ID credentials on October 3, 2016, and is awaiting official confirmation from DHS that we are in full compliance. Louisiana has been in continuous contact with DHS, who has confirmed that the determination of compliance has been forwarded to the Secretary for official approval. Although Louisiana is awaiting approval, DHS is in recognition of the coming enforcement deadline therefore has used there delegate authority to immediately grant an extension which will be valid through October 10, 2018. This means Louisiana citizens will still be allowed to use a non-expired Louisiana driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel even if it has not been marked with a Real ID symbol.