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April, 2004

PAR Says Keep Ban on Riverboat Campaign Contributions

In a 5-4 vote, the House and Governmental Affairs Committee reported favorably a bill that would repeal a hard-won law banning campaign contributions from riverboat gambling interests. Proponents of HB1549 believe that the ban is unfair because other gambling interests are allowed to make contributions. This argument fails to consider a very important fact: state […]

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PAR Elects Officers for 2004-2005

PAR Elects Officers for 2004-2005 Posted: 04/23/2004 George Nelson, Jr., President/CEO of Louisiana Companies, Inc., was re-elected chairman of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) Board of Directors at the organization’s annual conference in Baton Rouge on Friday, April 23. Before assuming the chairmanship of PAR, Nelson served the organization in a number of volunteer […]

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Take the High Road, Not the Highways, PAR Says

Some legislators want to return to the good old days of legislative log-rolling to select highway projects. This is one effort that should be stopped in its tracks. In 1968, the Legislature made its first attempt to require highway priority planning, but soon reverted to the political selection of projects. Fortunately, the reform act in […]

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