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PAR launched a new initiative providing ongoing fiscal oversight of the state’s spending on coastal restoration and protection and its job impacts. PAR will identify issues concerning fiscal policy, transparency and the decision making process but will not cover environmental or engineering evaluations.
This portal is designed to serve as a guide and resource to citizens about Louisiana’s Sunshine Laws. Statutes that require government agencies to do their work in public are called “sunshine laws.” These laws typically govern public records and meetings. Each state has their own sunshine laws. Federal government agencies must follow the “Federal Freedom of Information Act.”
To help Louisiana’s citizens and decision-makers better understand the state’s budget deficit, PAR has developed a hub containing links to important organizations and academic resources. Exclusive PAR reports and commentary on the 2016 regular and extraordinary sessions can also be found here.
Legislation to create an “evaluation and drafting committee,” which would in turn have the authority to investigate the need for and then trigger a constitutional convention, was approved today by the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee.
House Bill 456 by Ways and Means Chairman Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, would carve out a path for a limited convention, meaning only certain areas of the Louisiana Constitution would be eligible for a rewrite. Specifically, Abramson only wants potential delegates dipping into fiscal matters. “This is a mechanism to provide for a process to fix some things,” he said of his legislation.
Senator Bill Cassidy speaks during the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana’s annual conference and luncheon, Friday April 21,2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. Cassidy has appointed a panel, headed by his brother and comprised of lawyers and business leaders, to help vet candidates for open positions in the federal judiciary and for Louisiana’s three vacant U.S. attorney positions.