State Rep. Walt Leger III will be online Thursday at 1 p.m. to chat with Lens readers about issues before the Legislature, particularly those facing New Orleans.
Leger, an attorney who represents maritime clients, is a second-term Democrat from New Orleans. He’s the speaker pro tem and will be in the middle of any major issues affecting New Orleans during the legislative session.
Those issues include:
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s request for $100 million in state construction funds to create a Civic Complex out of the former Charity Hospital building.
The mayor’s request that New Orleans voters be given the chance to raise property taxes for police and fire services. That’s House Bill 111, sponsored by Leger.
The mayor’s request that the city be allowed to cut weeds on blighted property and charge the owner for the work. That’s House Bill 339, also sponsored by Leger.
A bill to authorize the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to undertake an expansion. (House Bill 788, sponsored by Leger). The governor’s budget proposes to borrow $50 million from the convention center’s coffers to pay for health care and higher education.
Other key issues in the session include:
Passage of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s $25 billion state budget. Critics complain that Jindal wants to raid various trust funds to pay for the state’s daily operations.
An effort to kill or stymie a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East. The lawsuit seeks to force oil and gas companies to restore Louisiana’s eroding coast. State Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, is leading the charge against the authority’s lawsuit.
Efforts led by conservatives to upend the state’s Common Core curriculum.