Bill seeks to change access rules

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- State Rep. Johnny Guinn, R-Jennings, takes to the House floor Thursday to ask for support for a bill that would change how the state regulates driveway entrances and exits at businesses and on other properties. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- State Rep. Johnny Guinn, R-Jennings, takes to the House floor Thursday to ask for support for a bill that would change how the state regulates driveway entrances and exits at businesses and on other properties.

Louisiana’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure Thursday telling the state Department of Transportation and Development that certain rules and regulations pertaining to driveways and how people enter and exit businesses should be left up to the people who know the area best.

The nonbinding House Concurrent Resolution 9 by state Rep. John Guinn, R-Jennings, “let’s locals call the shots,” he said.

The measure passed by an 89-0 margin.

Karen St. Germain, D-Pierre Part, explains that “access rules” such as how wide driveways into gas stations and banks have to be are often made at the state level by workers who aren’t always familiar with the area.

St. Germain, the chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee, said having local district administrators making decisions is a more business-friendly approach than how access rules were handled in the past.