Louisiana House committee approves bill to prohibit land sales to foreign foes

(The Center Square) – A ban on the sale of agricultural land to foreign adversaries such as North Korea, Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela has been proposed and advanced from a Louisiana legislative committee on Thursday.

The bill was approved by the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development in the House of Representatives.

Next stop will be the Appropriations Committee. The proposal from Rep. Michael Echols, R-Monroe, now has a fiscal note attached. If favored in Appropriations, it could get a vote on the floor of the chamber.

Echols’ bill would ban the sale of agricultural land to residents or agents from five countries and give the state attorney general’s office the ability to take landowners to court if they are tied to an adversary or file an injunction if an agent of one of those nations tries to purchase farmland in the state. 

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