With fewer than five days to go in the legislative session, a Senate committee deferred a bill that would allow the state to accept $98 million in stimulus money in the form of federal unemployment benefits, according to an article in today’s Advocate. The move means the legislation in more than likely out of steam and will not be reconsidered before lawmakers close the session.
Gov. Bobby Jindal opposed the state accepting the stimulus money even before the session started, arguing it would force the state and employers to carry the burden of unemployment benefits for more out-of-work residents after the stimulus money ran out. And lawmakers had complained that the amendment by Rep. Avon Honey, D-Baton Rouge, accepting the money was slipped into the bill without proper consideration.
The bill — with the amendment accepting the stimulus money — had cleared the Senate Finance Committee and was headed to the full senate when, late Sunday, the chairman of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee got hold of it. State Sen. Eric Lafleur, D-Ville Platte, opposed the bill’s diversion to the Labor Committee, but it was there, in the Labor Committee, that the bill was sidetracked into almost certain death.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.