On Thursday morning, Lafayette Consolidated Government sent out an e-mail to local officials and media stating that the agenda for the April 14 council meeting wasn't available on LCG's Web site because of technical problems. The agenda was attached to the e-mail.
Gail Smith, LCG's administrative services director, says the delay was the result of a glitch in a software upgrade to a document imaging system. The agenda was posted online by Thursday night. The snafu, however, comes at an inopportune time for City-Parish President Joey Durel. In last week's cover story, "Put On Notice," Durel argued that the antiquated state law that requires LCG to pay for public notices in daily newspapers should be changed. It's free if local government gets the word out itself via the Internet, where more people are now getting their news, he says. LCG posts the agendas on its Web site as a service to the community.
But if LCG's Web site were the only means for disseminating this information to the public, as Durel argues it should be, Tuesday's council meeting would have been canceled because the notice was not up for two business days (due to Good Friday) prior to the meeting, as is required by state law.
CORRECTION: I stand corrected. Joey Durel did not argue that LCG's Web site would be the only means for getting this information out, as he points out below. But my argument is that if no newspaper or organization is paid to publish the notices online -- doing it as a community service, as he does suggest -- it's likely no one would be at the switch all the time ensuring the notices were up in a timely manner. That scenario would leave LCG's Web site as the only -- or most -- "official" means for disseminating this information to the public. That means these types of technical snafus could halt the business of government. -- Leslie Turk
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
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State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
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“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
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INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
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See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.