As most of you know, the Senate and the House met today for about three hours. March 31st was the deadline to read bills into the record that were not “pre-filed.” Upon completing this, and in an effort to comply with Governor Edwards’ emergency proclamation, both bodies adjourned until further notice by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. In the last election, 19 new members to the Senate were elected and 55 new members to the House of Representatives. EVERY ONE of these men and women thought that, by now, we would have been knee deep in discussions of the important issues facing Louisiana.
Who would ever have dreamed that something called “Covid 19” would have so shattered that routine? It has drastically altered the schedule of both House and Senate. But far more importantly, it has caused anguish and economic uncertainty to countless friends and neighbors who, despite long odds, are trying their best to cope. Both small and large businesses have been impacted, not to mention our entire education community. The people of Louisiana have weathered storms before, but fighting an unseen enemy is one of the biggest challenges we have ever faced.
We are working day and night to monitor this unprecedented health crisis in our state and respond in a positive way. We will work hard to accomplish those items mandated by our Constitution, and we will do everything in our power to be a partner with you through this unparalleled disaster.
In the meantime, I strongly urge you to observe the directives of social distancing. Wash your hands frequently during the day and avoid leaving your home for anything that is not absolutely necessary. WE ALL SALUTE THE HEALTH CARE HEROES who get up each day and show such compassion and professionalism on our behalf. Please pray for these angels on our shoulders.
If I can help you, please call my office and speak with me or my Legislative Assistant, Mrs. Connie Melder, at 318-357-3116.
If God brings us TO it..God will bring us THROUGH it!