Wednesday, May 27, 2020
St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard quickly responded to an adverse amendment made to House Bill 2 by submitting a letter of opposition, signed by herself and Parish Presidents Matt Jewell and Pete Dufresne, to the Louisiana House of Representatives. Hotard also presented a Resolution, which the Council unanimously approved, in strong opposition to the recent amendment by the House Committee on Appropriations HB 2, which cuts $117 million of 2019 surplus revenues from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Trust Fund.
This call to action urges the House to remove the amendment from House Bill 2 immediately and reinstate these critical dollars to the Trust Fund. The bill as outlined would reduce critical funding to State costs associated with the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Levee Project and also threaten the advancement of the River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project.
President Hotard remains in constant communication with the Chairman of the Coastal Protection Restoration Agency as well as members of the state delegation working diligently toward the removal of this amendment. “These projects are critical to St. John the Baptist Parish and we strongly urge opposition to these amendments,” said President Hotard.
Residents are urged to contact local state officials and request their opposition to the amendment. Contact information can be found here. Stay tuned to sjbparish.com, St. John the Baptist Parish on social media and the Government Access Channel (15/99) for updates.