Legislative Information

2017 Legislative Session
2016 Legislative Sessions

Just as the First Special Session of 2016 drew to a close, legislators headed straight into the 2016 Regular Legislative Session on March 14, 2016, at noon. While the Special Session focused on balancing the state budget, the Regular Session will deal with a wider range of issues. There has been talk of the Regular Session being shortened in order to allow for an additional Special Session over the summer. Of course, we will keep you informed of any changes to the current schedule of March 14 through June 6, 2016.
With a newly-minted governor and a fleet of new legislators, the Special Session gave a glimpse inside the dynamics between the executive and legislative branch for the next four years. Over the 25 days of the session, tensions grew at the Capitol as legislators scrambled to agree on enough budget cuts and revenue-raising measures to plug the $900 million state budget deficit. These tensions will assuredly follow them into the Regular Session. 
For Regular Session, legislators were allowed to pre-file an unlimited number of bills through March 4, 2016. Now, they are limited to introducing 5 bills before the evening of April 5, 2016. Currently, there are 903 House bills and 359 Senate bills filed. We are reading and monitoring all filed bills, and we will distribute tracking lists in our next communication. 

How to Get Involved in the Legislative Process
Stay Informed
Life gets busy, but you must take the time to stay informed about issues affecting your profession. Things happen very quickly at the Capitol. Stay on top of our emails and the actions requested in each. Utilize the State Legislature's great, free tracking tool MyLegis. You can track up to 50 measures and receive updates on any actions taken on those instruments. To sign up, go to www.legis.la.gov and click "Sign Up" in the upper right corner. 
Know Your Legislators
The very best action you can take is to get to know your legislators. They want to know their constituents. If you have not met your legislators, take the time now to squeeze in a meeting with them. One great way to accomplish that is to ...
Visit the Capitol!
While we advise meetings or visits in your district, legislators spend so much of their time at the Capitol. Call their legislative aide before you head over to get a feel for their schedule.
Discuss Your Issues
Don't be shy about discussing issues with your colleagues and legislators. Become a resource to your legislator by informing them on
particular issues. 
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