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September, 2009

Don’t exclude citizens from redistricting briefing, PAR says

Legislative committees responsible for redrawing voting districts have announced plans to invoke an exception to Louisiana’s open meetings law and hold a two-day, closed meeting to receive information relative to the law and history of redistricting. Given the significance of the 2010 redistricting cycle for Louisiana and the potential for major shifts of power nationally […]

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PAR clarifies higher ed position

In a 2006 commentary on the legislative session, PAR stated that comprehensive structural reform for higher education had been ignored and that Louisiana operates an excessive number of higher education institutions haphazardly arranged under four independent governing boards. Last week, state Treasurer John Kennedy cited that 2006 commentary in a statement implying that PAR supports […]

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Resolve Ethics Adjudication Issues, PAR Says

As part of the governor’s ethics reform package in 2008, substantial changes were made to the process of prosecuting and judging those who violate the state’s ethics code. One unsettling change was the transfer of adjudicatory power from the Board of Ethics to civil service administrative law judges. The ethics board detailed its concerns about […]

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PAR receives generous donation for internship endowment fund

The Public Affairs Research Council recently received a generous donation from the Kinsey Family Fund to help build the Emogene Pliner Research Internship Endowment Fund. The Kinsey family has a long legacy of service to PAR with Norman Kinsey as a past chairman of the board and Glenn V. Kinsey as a currently serving board […]

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