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Sparta bills pass House

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House Bill 65 breezed through the Louisiana House of Representatives, paving the way for the Sparta Ground Water Commission to move its meetings from its domicile in Lincoln Parish to other parishes within the Sparta Aquifer’s region.

The bill — one of two filed by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, that dealt with the rapidly depleting Sparta Sands — would rotate the meetings among eight of the 16 parishes that encompass the aquifer in Louisiana.

Opponents of the bill argued that rotating the meeting would mean less attendance in those parishes where there is little use of the aquifer.

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