POSTED: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 3:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:30am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The first bill to be signed into law was done so by Governor Jindal on Friday, May 20. House Bill 245 by Rep. Girod Jackson is related to the Louisiana Seafood Industry.
The bill now allows for raw oysters to be sold between May 1 to October 31 in Louisiana if they are refrigerated within five hours of harvesting.
Governor Jindal said, “Louisiana seafood is the safest and most heavily tested seafood in the world, and this law will help protect Louisiana jobs and support our oyster, restaurant and tourism industries that depend on supplying safe and delicious oysters,” Governor Jindal said in a press release issued the day he signed the bill into law.
“Our oystermen have been through enough with the BP oil spill, and I filed the bill on behalf of Louisiana’s oyster industry in order to protect our local small businesses,” Rep. Girod Jackson said when explaining his purpose for the bill.