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Bill could expand regulating power of state police

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Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) of  Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) of Bossier City

An Ark-La-Tex legislator wants Louisiana State Police to have more power to regulate companies like one that went belly up and allegedly left unprotected explosives at a National Guard base.

That company is Explo, a munitions organization accused of storing millions of pounds of dangerous material on the grounds of Camp Minden in Webster Parish.

"Working with state police we are expanding their authority to be able to inspect, oversee any and all hazardous materials in the State of Louisiana at facilities like Camp Minden," said Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) of Bossier City.

He has introduced House Bill 337 in Baton Rouge to expand the authority of state police, and clarifying its scope. The bill passed the House Committee on Criminal Justice but still must pass the full House.

Thompson has also asked for the budget to be amended in order to reimburse local authorities in Bossier and Webster parishes who worked to evacuate the Town of Doyline, and secure the 17 million pounds of m6 propellant.

"I intend to go into that budget this year and ensure that the cost to these agencies are reimbursed and that our communities are not unnecessarily burdened," he said.

A criminal investigation into Explo is ongoing.

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