Governor Signs Reservoir Commission Bill; State Park To Receive Funds

Surprising no one, last Wednesday Gov. John Bell Edwards signed the bill that officially disbands the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission. State Sen. Beth Mizell’s bill had been approved by both the state Senate and the state House of Representatives. Mizell said that with the governor’s signature, the portion of the bill repealing the Reservoir Commission becomes effective September 1. However, she noted that the portion of the bill that transfers the remainder of the Reservoir Commission’s funds to Bogue Chitto State Park becomes effective immediately. Mizell’s bill was written to kill the Reservoir Commission, but to keep its remaing funds within the parish for recreation. The remaining funds must be used for recreation at the state park, but the exact plans have not yet been decided on. Citizen input will be sought for the usage of the funds at Bogue Chitto State Park, Mizell said. She said that with the governor’s signature, “Finally, people have their fears relieved and we will have a positive alternative to what has been a source of frustration and a waste of tax money for far too long.”