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#11-0239 - Monday, March 12, 2012

La. R.S. 56:703 authorizes the Red River, Atchafalaya, and Bayou Boeuf Levee District to lease its public lands to the United States of America for operation as a wildlife refuge. Any determination of the validity of such a lease, with regard to La. Const. Art. VII, 14 and the receipt of fair market value, must consider all of the obligations assumed by the lessee, including the specific stated rental amount, any costs and expenses associated with the management, maintenance, and operation of the Refuge, and the value of any public benefits created by the existence of the Refuge.


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