State Rep. Simone Champagne of Jeanerette has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session to impose stricter term limits on public officials. Champagne’s bill, HB 84, would expand the three-term limit, currently in effect for state legislators, to all municipal and parish officials in the state (a three-term limit is already in place for Lafayette city-parish officials). If passed, the new term limits would begin in January 2010 for “any state, parish, municipal, ward, district, or other office or position that is filled by election of registered voters of the appropriate voting area, except the office of presidential elector, delegate to a political party convention, United States senator, member of the United States House of Representatives, or political party office.” In the event that existing law already imposes a stricter term limit, as is the case with the governor, the sticter limit would remain in place. Because Champagne’s bill comes in the form of a state constitutional amendment, it will require a two-thirds majority vote by both the state House and Senate, and approval by voters.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.