LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICE
Fiscal Note
Fiscal Note On: HB 676 HLS 24RS 597
Bill Text Version: REENGROSSED
Opp. Chamb. Action:
Proposed Amd.:
Sub. Bill For.:
Date: April 5, 2024 11:16 AM Author: KERNER
Dept./Agy.: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Subject: Seafood Importer License Analyst: Richie Anderson
SEAFOOD RE INCREASE SD RV See Note Page 1 of 2
Establishes a seafood importer license for wholesale/retail dealers and retail dealers
Proposed law authorizes the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to charge a fee for the license to import shrimp,
crawfish, or crab. Proposed law would tier the fee amount for the license based on the weight in pounds of shrimp, crawfish
or crab that is imported. The license would be required by anyone who is importing shrimp, crawfish or crab that is caught
outside the Federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The proposed law states that 10% of the revenue collected from the
licenses be deposited in the Conservation Fund and the remainder be deposited into the Imported Seafood Safety Fund.
Seafood dealers that import shrimp, crawfish, or crab will be required to get the importer seafood dealer’s license in addition
to maintaining their wholesale/retail dealer’s license. Broadens purposes for the Imported Seafood Safety Fund to include
shrimp, crawfish, and crab imports by seafood importer license holders. Proposed law will repeal the imported seafood safety
fee charged by the Department of Health to commercial seafood permit holders contained in R.S. 40:31.35 (C).
EXPENDITURES 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 5 -YEAR TOTAL
State Gen. Fd. $155,986 $155,986 $155,986 $155,986 $155,986 $779,930
Agy. Self-Gen. $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Ded./Other $60,000 $60,000 $60,000 $60,000 $60,000 $300,000
Federal Funds $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Local Funds $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Annual Total $215,986 $215,986 $215,986 $215,986 $215,986 $1,079,930
REVENUES 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 5 -YEAR TOTAL
State Gen. Fd. $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Agy. Self-Gen. $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Ded./Other INCREASE INCREASE INCREASE INCREASE INCREASE
Federal Funds $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Local Funds $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Annual Total
EXPENDITURE EXPLANATION
LA Department of Health (LDH) - LDH anticipates that they will need to add one (1) additional T.O Sample Collector
position for the collection of imported samples of shrimp, crawfish, or crab. LDH estimates the total annual cost to
implement a collection process is anticipated to be $215,986, the position will be compensated at $112,383 and include
operating services (travel costs and vehicle rental) of $25,200. Testing will be conducted by Eurofins Central Analytical Lab
on a weekly basis at a cost of approximately $1,508 for a total projected cost of $78,403 annually. The department
anticipates utilizing $60,000 in dedications generated from the revenues estimated below out of the Imported Seafood
Safety Fund for these costs, with the remaining $155,986 funded from the SGF.
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) - There is no anticipated direct material effect on governmental
expenditures as a result of this measure. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is able to make the proposed
changes to the licensing system using existing resources and staff; however, if LDWF enforcement division is required to
verify and audit the licenses it would require significant additional staff and equipment to accurately verify fees paid coincide
with the volume of shrimp, crawfish, or crab imported.
REVENUE EXPLANATION
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - LDWF anticipates an increase in predicted revenues; however, the actual amount
of revenue is indeterminable. Proposed law requires that 10% must be deposited in the Conservation Fund and the
remainder be deposited into the Imported Seafood Safety Fund. LDWF issues approximately 3,422 wholesale/retail dealer
and retail dealer licenses annually, it remains unclear how many of these license holders engage in importation of shrimp,
crawfish, or crab and the corresponding volume they import. The amount charged for a license is determined by the
weight of seafood imported as shown in the table on the next page.
Department of Health - LDH estimates that if 30 of the retail permit holders import seafood at a scale of over 5,000
pounds per year it will result in approximately $60,000 in license revenue; however, it is difficult to determine the exact
amount of shrimp, crawfish, and crab that would be imported and by how many entities. Additionally, the proposed law
would repeal a $100 annual fee collected by the Louisiana Department of Health which is deposited into the Imported
Seafood Safety Fund.
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Senate Dual Referral Rules House
x 13.5.1 >= $100,000 Annual Fiscal Cost {S & H} x 6.8(F)(1) >= $100,000 SGF Fiscal Cost {H & S}
Patrice Thomas
x 13.5.2 >= $500,000 Annual Tax or Fee 6.8(G) >= $500,000 Tax or Fee Increase
Change {S & H} or a Net Fee Decrease {S} Deputy Fiscal Officer
LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICE
Fiscal Note
Fiscal Note On: HB 676 HLS 24RS 597
Bill Text Version: REENGROSSED
Opp. Chamb. Action:
Proposed Amd.:
Sub. Bill For.:
Date: April 5, 2024 11:16 AM Author: KERNER
Dept./Agy.: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Subject: Seafood Importer License Analyst: Richie Anderson
CONTINUED EXPLANATION from page one: Page 2 of 2
Proposed law will implement the following license fee structure. Proceeds are deposited into the Imported Seafood Safety
Fund (90%) and Conservation Fund (10%) respectively.
Pounds Imported Fee
0-5,000 $500
5,001-20,000 $2,000
20,001-40,000 $5,200
40,001-60,000 $12,000
60,001-80,000 $22,000
80,001-100,000 $32,000
100,001-500,000 $42,000
500,001+ $100,000
Senate Dual Referral Rules House
x 13.5.1 >= $100,000 Annual Fiscal Cost {S & H} x 6.8(F)(1) >= $100,000 SGF Fiscal Cost {H & S}
Patrice Thomas
x 13.5.2 >= $500,000 Annual Tax or Fee 6.8(G) >= $500,000 Tax or Fee Increase
Change {S & H} or a Net Fee Decrease {S} Deputy Fiscal Officer

Statutes affected:
HB676 Original: 56:306(S, 56:1(S, 40:35(C)
HB676 Engrossed: 56:306(S, 56:1(S, 40:35(C)
HB676 Reengrossed: 56:306(S, 56:1(S, 40:35(C)