Apr 9, 2013 10:07 AM by Ian Auzenne
Two Louisiana congressmen have introduced legislation that would extend the offshore jurisdiction for several states from three miles to ten miles. Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. David Vitter presented their bills to their respective houses Tuesday. States along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts from Louisiana to Virginia would be affected by this bill. Texas and Florida's eastern coast already have jurisdiction ten miles offshore.
Vitter says this proposed legislation is a "simple matter of fairness" for coastal states.
"The (Senate) bill doesn't only grant states' rights to energy resources with additional property rights," Vitter said, "(but) it also gives them exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish within the new boundary."