Over 120 chamber members and community leaders heard firsthand facts from our delegation during our annual Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon yesterday. As the voice of business, we received affirmation that issues citizens want addressed need to bubble up from the movers and shakers like Chamber leadership. 

Among the several issues presented:
  • Hwy. 3241 to Bogalusa which has been planned for over 30 years was finally approved this session.
  • While $18 million in debt remains in the state retirement system, there have been many good changes with positive impacts for the future.
  • Overall, the system is broken but our delegation is willing to work to find ways to fix it.
  • Also explained was how DOTD prioritizes projects as well as the governors' input.

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Out of 869 bills, here’s what passed and what failed at the Legislature: The Associated Press compiled a list of what happened throughout the session. The most noteworthy, of course, being the highly contested budget for the financial year beginning July 1.
Avala’s physicians Dr. Samer Shamieh and Dr. Jeremy James with DISC of Louisiana have been named 2019 Health Care Heroes by City Business in Southeast Louisiana for their minimally invasive approach to spine surgery – completed at Avala Hospital, one of our Executive Level Members!
Wishing a Northshore favorite,
Liz's Where Y'at Diner a speedy recovery.
In the U.S., about 70 percent of people are overweight and about 40 percent are obese. And over the last 30 years, there has been a threefold increase in overweight children.
This isn’t healthy for us, our families or our teams.
We join our friends from SLEC in encouraging all to prepare for hurricane season: As weather emergencies are often unexpected or happen suddenly, businesses should implement a plan to prepare for any potential disasters, and how to respond and recover if a disaster occurs.
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