Wednesday, July 24, 2024

New state legislature is sworn into office

by BIZ Magazine

Louisiana’s legislative landscape witnessed a changing of the guard as newly elected members of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate took their oaths of office in adherence to the State Constitution. Each chamber convened an Organizational Session to elect officers, including key positions like Speaker of the House, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Clerk of the House, President of the Senate, and more.

In the House of Representatives, the election results saw Phillip Devillier (R-Eunice) assuming the role of Speaker of the House, with Mike Johnson (R-Pineville) chosen as Speaker Pro-Tempore. Michelle Fontenot secured her position as Clerk of the House, and Jaubert Ambeau, with over 38 years of service in various House roles, was appointed as Sergeant at Arms, succeeding his retired predecessor.

Addressing a crowded chamber filled with members, families, and friends, Speaker DeVillier urged everyone to empathize with the unique challenges faced by each district and collaborate on solutions for the betterment of Louisiana.

“Let us not be content,” Speaker DeVillier emphasized. “The people of Louisiana have waited long enough. With all the challenges our state faces, we are left with one choice—a choice to act and help our state. If we trust in the Lord’s timing, we can be successful, and when we are successful, Louisiana succeeds.”

On the Senate side, Cameron Henry (R-Metairie) emerged as the new President, accompanied by Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge) as President Pro Tempore. Yolanda Dixon assumed the role of Secretary of the Senate, and Louis W. Carral was elected Sergeant at Arms. The Honorable Mike Johnson, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, provided invocations, extending greetings and congratulations to his long-time friend and colleague, President Henry.

President Henry acknowledged the challenges ahead, noting, “It’s a new day when Senate President Pro Tempore Regina Barrow is quoting Governor Jeff Landry. To move the state forward, we’re all going to have to pull together. It won’t be easy, but the changes we need to make in Louisiana are not simple. Let’s get to work.”

Looking to the legislative calendar, the 73rd Louisiana Legislature anticipates convening for its first Special Session on January 15th, focusing on the redrawing of congressional district maps. Another special session on crime, called by Governor Jeff Landry, is scheduled to commence on February 19th. The 2024 Regular Legislative Session is set to convene on March 11th.

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