Local contractors and builders, even landscapers, have been speaking out lately, all because of what they call a recent crackdown of the Louisiana One Call law. But that crackdown may soon be easing up.
"[Louisiana State Police] were very apologetic about being overzealous and that's all this was and has been," says District 36 Senator Robert Adley.
Adley says State Police explained in a recent Joint Transportation Committee Meeting that some troopers may have been overly aggressive in enforcing the dig law, which requires anyone who plans on digging to call 811 first.
"Initial complaints came in from contractors actually complaining about other contractors in that area and we sort of addressed it. It's unacceptable what you talked about, as far as behavior by police officers taking it upon themselves to look at these issues and be so aggressive in that portion of it," says Col. Michael Edmonson with LSP.
Why so many contractors in Northwest Louisiana say they were hit with thousands in unneccessary fines is still not clear. But what is clear is that these fines will be reviewed.
"All these fines will be corrected and look at on an individual basis. That is what Major White is doing," Edmonson said during the meeting.
He says further education for troopers in charge of enforcing this law will also be provided
"For the men and women that are out there doing these inspections and doing this for us, to understand exactly what they're limitations and exactly what they're supposed to be doing."
The law is in place to ultimately ensure public safety and Adley says contractors should be able to breathe a little easier going forward.
"[State Police] were going to stop this enforcement outside of what the law dictates."
LSP say they'll meet with Homebuilders Associations across the state in the coming weeks to further address any issues with the law's enforcement.
The Department of Public Safety receives the money collected from these fines.
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