BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – With the election approaching voters will have to decide on a new governor and treasurer.
The office of the Treasurer often flies under the radar, but candidates have very different ideas on how to run it. Capitol Reporter Shannon Heckt shows what the future could look like in that position.
There are four constitutional amendments on the ballot for the October election.
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has a new CEO. Will Green was previously the head of the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association. LABI has a strong influence over the state legislature, supporting businesses and industries across the state. Green said he wants to help reform the tax code and address workforce shortages through education.
Louisiana’s congressional redistricting case has hit a snag. Last year, the Louisiana legislature did not pass a congressional map with an additional majority-minority district, despite the state’s population being one-third Black. The district court was set to convene and take up the case on October 3, but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from Attorney General Jeff Landry to cancel the hearing.
The court agreed stating in part, “redistricting is complex, historically evolving, and sometimes undertaken with looming electoral deadlines. But it is not a game of ambush.” The 5th Circuit will hold an oral hearing on October 6.
Louisiana has over 4,600 abandoned oil wells that pose a risk to the environment and communities across the state. With federal funding, the state has plugged about 600 this year.
Governor John Bel Edwards said the state is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to plug the wells as fast as possible. He toured orphaned wells in the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge; where wells were left behind by oil companies that have gone out of business.
Last week, President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration, bringing federal help to Louisiana as saltwater continues to creep up the Mississippi River. It’s predicted the saltwater will make its way to Algiers in around 20 days and then reach Jefferson Parish in about a month.
Orleans, Jefferson and Saint Bernard parishes get their drinking water from the river. The drinking water in the three parishes is safe to drink for the time being. Jefferson Parish is working with grocery stores to make sure enough water is on shelves.
The state fire marshal is making changes to the burn ban. Individual parishes can opt out if leaders choose. Fire chiefs will now be allowed to consider granting permits for private burning. Agricultural and prescribed burning will be allowed, except for sugarcane fields, however, open flames in fire pits, campfires, and burn piles are still not allowed. The fire marshal’s office said it will continue to re-evaluate the situation each week.
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