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Lawmakers To Focus On Hurricane Recovery, Unemployment, And Governor's Covid Restrictions

LA SPECIAL SESSION — Louisiana lawmakers  announced  yesterday  they will convene a special legislative session beginning next week.  The session will address the near-bankruptcy of the state unemployment trust fund, work on Hurricane Laura recovery and try to scale back the governor’s emergency powers in the latest battle over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus response.  Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder – both Republicans,  released  the 70-item outline of what will be debated in the 30-day session that begins Monday  Sept. 28th. The Republican legislative leaders gathered a majority of signatures from House and Senate members to call the session on their own.  Governor Edwards said he’s concerned about the length and timing of the session and the possible lack of public input due to public access restrictions.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.