Sen. Boudreaux and Daughter Lead the Senate in Prayer and the National Anthem

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Both Senator Boudreaux and his daughter, Hallie, had opportunities to stand in front of the Louisiana State Senate and provide them with moments to reflect before dealing with the business of our state. In the final week of session, Senator Boudreaux led the Senate in prayer in preparation for the final stretch of legislative affairs. You can find the video of his prayer by clicking here. His prayer starts at 0:35.

 

Hallie graced the senate chambers with her voice as well by singing our National Anthem. She sang beautifully and her father couldn’t be more proud. Click here to find the video of Hallie singing the National Anthem. She begins at 6:21.

Sen. Boudreaux to Attend White House Briefing

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Senator Gerald Boudreaux will be attending a State Legislative Leadership Briefing at the White House on July 21, 2016 hosted by the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The briefing will be an opportunity to meet with Senior White House officials to discuss current issues, exchange ideas about the President’s domestic policy priorities, and how we can continue to work together to make progress at the state level.

 

Here is the tentative agenda:

1:00-1:10pm: Welcome & Framing

1:10-1:30pm: Gun Violence Prevention

1:30-2:15pm: Education

2:15-3:00pm: Economic Opportunity for Women

3:00-3:15pm: Break

3:15-4:00pm: Criminal Justice Reform

4:00-5:00pm: Discussion & Close

***Agenda Subject to Change***

Sen. Boudreaux Mourns the Loss of Mr. Joseph Daniel

Mr. Joseph Daniel, father of Mr. Anthony Daniel (A.D.) departed this life July 9, 2016. Visitation and church services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4600 Reed Rd., Houston, Texas 77051. Visitation will be from 8:45-9:55am, followed by Mass at 10:00am.

 

Mr. Daniel is the Director of Operations at the Opelousas District office of Senator Gerald Boudreaux and was the Senator’s college roommate.  Senator Boudreaux is asking for prayers and support for Mr. Daniel and his family.

Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana Thanks Sen. Gerald Boudreaux!

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It is always a great sense of accomplishment when a bill that I’ve been working on tirelessly along with other legislators finally passes. This past season, the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) bill, along with two other pension reform bills were passed.

Director of the TRSL, Maureen Westward recently wrote to me,”I want to particularly thank you for your support of the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) bill, SB 2, and the two pension reform bills, SB5 and SB 18, tied to its passage.”

The passage gives a 1.5% benefit increase to eligible TRSL retirees and beneficiaries, something that has been in the works since 2015. “The passage of these bills, now Act 93, 94, and 95 will provide TRSL’s retirees and beneficiaries with a much needed benefit increase this year.”

Teachers are an extremely important group of people in our society as they are the ones who lay down the foundation to help build a better community. Louisiana’s education system has taken some hits this year, but it is with great consolation to know that our retired educators will now be taken care of.

Education Reform Group Thanks Sen. Boudreaux

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Senator Boudreaux is being thanked by the Education Reform Now Advocacy Committee for his dedication to improving education in our state and preparing a better future for our children. Be on the lookout for mailers like the ones shown above from the committee that that talk about some of the progress that has been made in education thanks to the efforts of our state legislature. There is still much work to be done, but the future is looking bright!

Wildlife and Fisheries Accepting New Cadets

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 23 cadets in September of 2016 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field. The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.

 

The opening dates that applications will be accepted for the “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position will be from June 6 to 30.

 

“We are looking for men and women who have a love for the outdoors, want to enforce conservation laws and can make it through a demanding six months of training,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard, head of the Law Enforcement Division.

 

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state’s recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state’s many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers. Agents are additionally trained for search and rescue and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

 

Requirements:

-Must have attained 18th birthday at time of application.
-Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment.
-An applicant who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a felony, or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.

 

Contact:  Phyllis Roy, Phone: 337-267-7520

Advancements in Education Amid Budget Cuts

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This year, Louisiana education systems at every level have dealt with significant budget cuts and various obstacles. However, there are some happy endings coming from the legislature regarding education. Thrive Academy is Louisiana’s first public boarding school for at-risk youth and is located in Baton Rouge. This past regular session, the legislature passed HB 887, which provided for the funding and governance of the Thrive Academy. Because of this measure, at-risk children will now have opportunities they did not have previously to succeed and contribute to our state.

 

Thrive Academy Executive Director Sarah Broome wrote to me, “I know this has been a particularly difficult session and I am so grateful that our bill did not get lost in the chaos.” Louisiana’s children deserve better than to be “lost in the chaos.” I will continue to serve Louisiana’s citizens and fight for the educational rights of our future.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Thrive Academy and what they do to provide educational opportunities to the youth of Louisiana, click here.

Special Legislative Session Begins

The second special legislative session of the year began this week to address the $600 million budget shortfall we are still facing. Your government is no longer “kicking the can” down the road. We are making the hard decisions we have to make now so our state can be better off. While all the problems in our state cannot be fixed in a two week period, we are not simply looking for “quick fixes” that will ultimately bring more problems to our state. You should not have to come to Baton Rouge to beg for your government to take care of your needs. As always, I am fighting for you and our state. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as the future of our state is being decided in the coming weeks.

 

To hear more about the start of our legislative session, visit KATC’s website by clicking here.

Louisiana Launches Expanded Medicaid Program

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June 1st began an historic time in Louisiana history. Enrollment under our state’s newly expanded Medicaid program has begun, and thanks to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ efforts – and the efforts of other elected officials – more than 375,000 people will have access to life-saving preventive care. This is a step in the right direction for our state. In addition to allowing people to access necessary care that they couldn’t before, Medicaid expansion will improve our economy by improving the health of our workforce. The program is also estimated to save Louisiana $184 million, which would be a tremendous help to our struggling state budget.

McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Dedicates Mural

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On May 25, the McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie held a dedication of the mural that was painted onto Kirk’s U-Needa-Butcher. The mural was painted onto the building in October of 2015 by artist Adrian Fulton through the Downtown Lafayette’s “Creativity Everywhere” grant.  The mural, entitled “The Local Legends Wall”, depicts the faces of nine community leaders from the McComb-Veazey neighborhood.

The dedication was a celebration of the lives of local community legends, including civil rights icon Helma Constantine, community activist Joe Dennis, the Rev. Anthony Bourges, middle school founder Paul Breaux, Dolly Mae Broussard, Syrie Funeral Home founder Carol Syrie, former Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Association president Doremus Dorsey, educator W.D. Smith, and Rita Thibodeaux.

Read the full story from The Advertiser here.