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By Allan Katz and Danae Columbus in the Uptown Messenger

We like politicians who have a plan for New Orleans’s future. State Representative and House Speaker Pro Temp Walt Leger III definitely fits the bill. Though expected to easily win re-election for a third term at the Louisiana Legislature, Leger delivered thought-provoking remarks at his well-attended Audubon Tea Room fundraiser earlier this week that quickly set the tone for his political future, perhaps as a candidate for mayor in 2017.

Walt’s unique path to success has been carved out by generations of Legers. The family’s legacy of service was built on the Mississippi by his great-grandfather who was a ship captain, his river pilot grandfather, and his father Walt Jr., a highly successful corporate and maritime attorney.

Leger already espouses many of the traits we would want in our city’s future leader. He’s a proactive legislator, tough on crime, an advocate for children and families, fights for fairness and promotes juvenile justice, improved education and healthcare. Leger has received numerous awards from good government groups.

By establishing the Third Coast Political Action Committee, Leger is primed to maximize fundraising opportunities. A host of city’s high-profile political donors representing tourism, the legal community, labor and business turned out for the event. Among those spotted were Nancy Marsiglia, Bill Hines, Joe Bruno, Joe Jaeger, Ralph and Susan Brennan, Steve Pettus, Gary Solomon Jr., Steve Perry, Tiger Hammond, Blake Jones, Dan Forman, Nyka Scott, Norma Jane Sabiston, Adrian Bruno, Felicia Kahn, Mac Bauer and Dwight Barnes. Also present were elected officials Jared Brossett, Judge Chris Bruno and fellow legislators Helena Moreno and J.P. Morrell.

Leger had been talked about as a candidate for Attorney General before deciding to seek re-election. He will be one of dozens making their way to qualifying next Tuesday through Thursday either in Arthur Morrell’s office or at the Secretary of State in Baton Rouge. It will be a fun-filled three days with lots of excitement and surprises.

Read the full article in the Uptown Messenger here

Rep. Leger was honored as a Whole Child Champion by the Childhood & Family Learning Foundation. According to NOLA.com, several people as well as schools were recognized for their contributions in support of the Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community program recently adopted by the 2015 state legislature.

Read the full NOLA.com article here. 

With the threat of $600 million budget cuts to higher education in Louisiana, the Student Government of Louisiana State University organized an initiative to evaluate the performance of state legislators annually. Walt made "Honor Roll" with a 100% score. 

View the report card here: http://lsuherc.weebly.com/

Statement by Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger III on Governor Bobby Jindal's Executive Order on Religious Freedom

“On its face, Governor Jindal’s executive order is overreaching and more than likely unenforceable. It is deeply disappointing that he has taken this extreme action to resurrect the so-called religious freedom bill, which the majority republican House Civil Law committee decided to kill by a 10-2 vote.

Gov. Jindal’s executive order is just as unnecessary as the original legislation. Louisiana already has the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, which prohibits government intrusion into a person’s exercise of religion. Additional federal protections exist to secure this incredible, important freedom.

We have real issues to face in Louisiana. Instead of focusing on funding healthcare and education, the Governor has decided to play politics and waste valuable resources that should be focused on fixing the state’s budget- a crisis that this type of political posturing got us into in the first place.

This type of harmful legislation is nothing more than bigotry enshrouded in religion. It does not reflect Louisiana’s values, and it is damaging to our state’s image and economy. I think I speak for the vast majority of Louisianians when I say January cannot come soon enough. It is truly time to turn the page of history towards a more inclusive and prosperous future."

Read Leger’s Op-Ed, "Religious Freedom is Essential, but Shouldn't Be Used for Discrimination," here:  http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/religious_freedom_law_louisian.html

According to the Economist, the “Effects of 'religious freedom' outrage could be long-lasting.” The article states that while the political outrage over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act will inevitably fade, Indiana and its capital city will face "long-lasting" economic repercussions from the divisive law, which has stoked widespread fears of discrimination. I decided to take a stand against this type of harmful legislation. Read my Op-Ed below, or learn more about how so called "religious freedom" discrimination is bad for business by clicking here

An Op-Ed published by NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune

By Rep. Walt Leger

American Founding Father John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." I hold these words deeply in my heart as an elected official. But what I see happening today in Louisiana with the proposed Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act is a perversion of the laws that have been established to reflect the beliefs of a moral and religious people.

Moral and religious people do not discriminate. While overly broad and intentionally ambiguous, this so-called religious freedom bill provides protections for individuals who cite their personal religious beliefs to discriminate against people. It is bigotry enshrouded in religion. This is not what the proponents would have you believe, though. They claim the bill is meant to "safeguard religious freedom" and protect individuals from "adverse treatment by the state" in retaliation for actions stemming out of their personal beliefs. Federal and state laws already exist to protect religious liberty.

I strongly believe in the freedom of religion. I myself am guided by a deep faith, and I am all the more appalled at the length to which some people will go to ignore the lessons of love and acceptance that Jesus lived and died for and twist them into an excuse to discriminate. To use a religion founded upon the premise of "love thy neighbor" to promote intolerance is deplorable.

Moral and religious principles aside, the proposed law threatens our nation's core tenets of freedom and equality. We should not and cannot cite religious freedom to allow businesses to deny service to people based on their skin color, religion or gender. So why would we allow discrimination based on sexual orientation? Would we have stores place "Heterosexuals Only" signs in their windows where "Whites Only" signs once hung?

Preventing a business from discriminating does not hinder the freedom of the business owner to hold his sincere religious beliefs in his heart and in his home. A business operating in the public sphere, relying on public infrastructure, is not at liberty to pick and choose who it will allow to be its customers. Either it is open for business or not.

More broadly, this type of legislation sends a clear message to people outside of Louisiana, and it is not a message of which we should be proud. When Indiana passed similar legislation, there was a national public outcry against it. Major conventions, sporting events and national businesses have threatened to pull out of that state because of the discriminatory law. Bond rating agencies like Moody's have shown concern for the economic stability of the state of Indiana. Indiana's tourism industry is scrambling to recover from the state's battered image. As a state that relies heavily on a thriving tourism industry, Louisiana cannot afford to lose visitors who spend some $10.8 billion annually. We need to send a message to the world that Louisiana is welcoming. To everyone.

It is particularly frustrating that a bill like this, one that can only be described as a bill "in search of a problem to solve," would be filed at a time when our state has so many real challenges. To say that we have a budget crisis is an understatement. Our higher education system is on the verge of collapse. Our healthcare system is being stretched to its limits. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our people need good, high-paying jobs. We have many important issues to work on and do not need to spend our time conjuring up evil apparitions from the Deep South's dark past.

Those who know my record know that I have supported numerous pieces of anti-discrimination legislation. Unfortunately, those bills do not receive this level of attention, and they rarely even make it to the floor of the Legislature. This bill is a waste of time and ink. If it is not meant to discriminate, then language should be added that explicitly bars discrimination against people on the basis of many categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Nonetheless, I urge municipalities across Louisiana to introduce ordinances that would prohibit discrimination under the proposed law, language that would mirror the corporate policies of the majority of Fortune 500 companies today.

Religious liberty by right should and ought to be protected, and it is. With our freedom secure, we must ensure that Louisiana lives up to the ideals of a life lived free of government sanctioned discrimination.

Walter "Walt" J. Leger III of New Orleans represents District 91 and is speaker pro tempore in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Remaining BP Settlement for Economic Damages Should Fund Higher Ed

BATON ROUGE (March 27, 2015) — Earlier this week, the Board of Regents supported a proposal sponsored by State Representative Walt Leger III, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, that would use some BP settlement monies for economic damages to establish a trust fund for higher education. However, State Treasurer John Kennedy has come out against the bill, stating all the funds should be used only towards rebuilding the coast. Kennedy went on to say “Once we get that money, we don't need to waste it. We do not need to waste it.”*

Firstly, investing in higher education, a pillar of our state’s future, is not a waste. The bill proposed by Leger would provide a stable stream of funding for colleges and universities that would carry on in perpetuity.

Secondly, what Mr. Kennedy knows, or should know, is that there are numerous pots of money from the BP settlement, and these are not BP "recovery dollars.” There are coastal damages, and there are economic damages.

Currently, the first billion dollars of economic damages will be dedicated to the Trust Fund for the Elderly and the Budget Stabilization Fund (also called the Rainy Day Fund). The question Leger asks is, “what will happen with the rest?”

Leger’s bill will protect the remaining dollars by investing them in a trust that will fund higher education off of the interest. Otherwise, the billions of dollars will go into the General Fund to be rapidly carved up by "politicians in Baton Rouge.” (In his criticism of Leger’s bill, Kennedy said "Politicians in Baton Rouge need to keep their hands off of it [the BP settlement].)

“The interest from these funds need to be preserved for the stability and affordability of our higher education systems in Louisiana.  This would be the responsible investment in our students and Louisiana's economic growth,” said Leger.

Coastal damages will be used to restore Louisiana’s coast. Dollars from the civil penalties and fines associated with violations of the Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Water Act will be distributed through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and under the terms of the RESTORE Act to benefit coastal activities and restoration projects. Further, additional dollars will be awarded to local governments to assist with restoration and ensure resiliency along the coast.

“I agree with Mr. Kennedy- the coast is a priority. That’s why as co-chair of the Coastal Caucus, I co-authored and shepherded through the Coastal Master Plan, co-sponsored legislation that dedicates Clean Water Act fines associated with BP to coastal projects, and sponsored and passed the annual Coastal Plan. And just recently, I called on the Governor to keep his hands off the Coastal Trust when trying to balance the state’s budget,” said Leger. “But in addition to being an environmental disaster on our coast, the BP spill was an economic disaster across the state — from Houma to Shreveport, from Lake Charles to Pearl River, and from Venice to Monroe.”

Leger continued, “Given projected state budget cuts, every little bit that can fill the large hole should go toward higher education and easing the burden on our students. My proposal creates a steady, sustainable stream of funding protected from politics.”

Leger is well known for his ardent support for coastal restoration and protection, as noted by environmental groups.

“The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) has objected to any action that would take away or redistribute funds intended for coastal restoration but we understand the money in question is not currently directed to the coast,” Val Marmillion, AWF managing director, said. “The discussion around this issue points out that oil spill related funding and expenditures can be confusing and it’s important for the public to understand both the sources of funding and the opportunities and obligations that come with it. Representative Leger has been a key advocate for restoring our coast and we do not believe his proposal for directing these dollars takes money away from the coast or is inconsistent with his previous efforts to support restoring America's Wetland.”

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State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, another ardent passenger rail supporter, says even with the huge budget deficits facing the state, money can be found to further the effort.

Read the full article by Mark Ballard on The Advocate. 

President Barack Obama's 2016 budget and more recently Gov. Bobby Jindal's midyear budget reductions include plans to swipe funds dedicated to protecting and restoring Louisiana's coast. Any move to reduce money dedicated to our coast is shortsighted and detrimental to the well-being of our state and our nation.

While it is true that the governor's proposed $1.2 million reduction does not directly impact coastal restoration projects, it is the wrong plan nonetheless. As a community, we must stand united and send a clear message to Washington and Baton Rouge that saving our coast is a top priority.

Like poison coursing through our veins, saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico flows inland through a web of navigation canals killing our coast. The conversation about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands began more than 40 years ago, but the political will was not there. Many thought the cost of repairing the coast was too high. It is exponentially higher now, and we continue to lose land at the alarming rate of a football field every hour.

Over time, a groundswell of support for saving our coast has emerged. A recent poll conducted by the America's Wetland Foundation shows that 74 percent of Louisiana voters representing both political parties say, "Saving Louisiana's coast is the most important issue of my lifetime."

The people of Louisiana demonstrated their commitment to the coast in 2006 when they ratified a constitutional amendment to dedicate offshore oil royalties to coastal restoration and protection projects. Armed with our commitment, then U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu fought for and passed the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which provides Louisiana and other coastal states 37.5 percent of royalties on new drilling starting in 2017, instead of the minuscule amount that we have been receiving.

With this long-awaited, dedicated stream of funding finally in sight, President Obama has moved to scrap it, citing that offshore waters belong to all Americans and that the money should benefit the entire nation. The president is correct, but his plan is wrong. Indeed, the money should be used to benefit the entire nation, but by shoring up Louisiana's coast rather than allowing it to disappear. Our state and her people have borne the burden of fueling our nation for generations, and it is long past time Louisiana receives her fair share. States with drilling on federal lands onshore receive 50 percent of those revenues. Gulf states should not be treated differently.

At this critical time when the promise of revenue sharing is being threatened, we must, more than ever, stand united in our commitment to the coast. That includes protecting the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund and not reducing it by a single penny. Gov. Jindal and my colleagues in the Legislature must guard the fund during what will surely be a difficult budget process. If we waiver, we will be demonstrating to the federal government that coastal protection and restoration is not a priority. It is. In addition to harming the cause, reducing the fund might create a slippery slope that could doom our coast forever.

We need our due share of offshore revenue and money from the trust fund to implement the state's $50 billion, 50-year master plan to protect and restore our coast. Raiding these funds would be robbing us of our future.

Show your commitment to the coast; visit thirdcoastleadership.com to add your name to a growing list of supporters and tell lawmakers in Baton Rouge and D.C. that our coast is a priority.

Walter "Walt" J. Leger III of New Orleans represents District 91 in the Louisiana House of Representatives and is speaker pro tempore.

Published on February 28, 2015 by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

Louisianans are proud of our heritage and traditions.

Unfortunately we are more recognized for cultural excellence — food, music, and sports — than for performance in the classroom. In reading and math, we rank among the bottom five states. Our college graduation rates are among the lowest in the country, and high-paying Louisiana jobs often go unfilled by our graduates.

In response, in 1999, under Gov. Mike Foster, we created the LEAP and iLEAP tests, measuring how well schools teach college and workplace skills.

As a result of this "accountability" plan, achievement has improved. On the National Assessment of Education Progress, the typical Louisiana student today is mathematically ahead of the typical student 15 years ago by nearly three-quarters of a grade level. And the state's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high.

But still our academic achievement ranks among the bottom three states.

In 2009, Louisiana education officials asked how we could make so much improvement and still be so far behind. They found that many other states expected more of their students.

That year, Louisiana educators participated in creating the Common Core State Standards, to establish high expectations in reading, writing, and math skills that would be shared across state lines. For the first time, Louisiana could compete on a level playing field with other states.

In 2012, the Louisiana Legislature took this a step further, passing a law requiring that state tests measure students against the new standards.

In 2014, 50,000 Louisiana students tried out these new tests, called PARCC. Next month, 300,000 Louisiana students will take the same challenging tests as will 5 million students across America.

But the Louisiana accountability plan should not stop there. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has set a goal that by the year 2025 schools rated "A" will be those whose students master these nationally competitive standards. BESE should make two improvements to the plan to help students achieve that goal.

First, state rules require that every seven years there be a review of the state's academic standards. A review of the Common Core English and math standards is scheduled to start in 2016.

That is too far away. Using ACT results, high school graduation rates and college graduation figures, BESE can analyze how well the current standards are preparing students for college. BESE should convene a commission of Louisiana teachers to review English and math standards in light of these results, and do so on an ongoing basis. BESE should keep the standards that are equipping students for college and the workplace, and it should adjust those that are not working.

Second, the law requires BESE to administer annual tests, such as ACT and PARCC, which show how well we compete with states across the country.

BESE's contract with the company implementing the PARCC test in Louisiana expires this summer, but, rather than waiting, BESE should immediately launch a competitive bidding process, partnering with a company to provide the Louisiana test required by law.

A quality test will measure student performance against our state's high English and math standards. It also will show results that are comparable to those in other states.

Such a test could include PARCC questions, for which students and teachers have been preparing for five years. But it shouldn't be limited to PARCC questions, especially if there are other questions that measure high expectations and allow us to compete with other states.

What's more, Louisiana teachers should continue to review and provide input on test questions, and Louisiana parents should be able to review full sample tests each year. BESE should reduce the number of tests required in high school, just as it should provide parents of children in the earliest grades a better guideline for measuring whether students are on track.

For 16 years, across three governors and five legislatures, the Louisiana accountability plan has improved the lives of children in our state. We are at a pivotal time, and it is important that BESE make improvements. But, for our children, and for their children, BESE must continue the Louisiana plan.

Rep. Chris Broadwater (R), District 86, lives in Hammond. Sen. Eric LaFleur (D), District 28, lives in Ville Platte. Rep. Walt Leger (D), District 91, lives in New Orleans. Sen. Mike Walsworth (R), District 33, lives in West Monroe.

Walt has been appointed co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislators' (NCSL) Health & Human Services Committee. NCSL is a national bipartisan organization dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures. Walt will serve as co-chair of the committee for a two year term. 

NCSL Health & Human Services Committee

Co-Chair: Representative Walt J. Leger III, Louisiana
Co-Chair: Representative James A. Dunnigan, Utah
Vice Chair: Representative Susan Allen, Missouri
Vice Chair: Representative Della Au Belatti, Hawaii
Vice Chair: Senator Kathy K. Campbell, Nebraska
Vice Chair: Senator Forrest Knox, Kansas
Vice Chair: Senator Patricia L. Miller, Indiana
Vice Chair: Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Oregon
Vice Chair: Representative April C. Weaver, Alabama
Vice Chair: Senator Todd Weiler, Utah
Staff Co-Chair: Marsheilah Lyons, Nevada
Staff Co-Chair: Charles Sallee, New Mexico
Staff Vice Chair: Anna Broome, Maine
Staff Vice Chair: Catherine Dupont, Utah
Staff Vice Chair: Sean Hamel, North Carolina
Staff Vice Chair: Casey Kline, Indiana
Staff Vice Chair: Shawn Martin, California

Members & Working Groups 

Alabama
Jerry Bassett, Legislative Reference Service
Penny Davis, Alabama Law Institute
Representative Bill S. Poole III
Representative April C. Weaver
 
Alaska
Representative Andrew L. Josephson
Representative Paul K. Seaton
Representative Geran Tarr
 
Arizona
Ingrid Garvey, House Research Department
Stefan Shepherd, Joint Legislative Budget Committee
 
Arkansas
Phil Price, Bureau of Legislative Research
 
California
Gail Gronert, Speakers Office of Policy
Shawn Martin, California Legislative Analyst's Office
Krista Pfefferkorn, Office of Senator Mark DeSaulnier
 
Colorado
Senator Irene Aguilar
Christy B. Chase, Legislative Legal Services
Jennifer Gilroy, Legislative Legal Services
Meghan O'Connor, Office of Legislative Legal Services
Julie Pelegrin, Legislative Legal Services
Jane Ritter, Office Of Legislative Legal Services
 
Connecticut
Representative Catherine F. Abercrombie
Neil A. Ayers, Office of Fiscal Analysis
Heather Bannister, Legislative Commissioners' Office
Representative Patricia A. Dillon
Nicole Dube , Office of Legislative Research
Michael Goodwine, Senate Republican Office
Marie Grady, Legislative Commissioners' Office
Representative Susan M. Johnson
Miriam Kluger, Program Review & Investigations Committee
James Orlando , Office of Legislative Research
Emily M. Shepard, Office of Fiscal Analysis
Representative Prasad Srinivasan
Holly Williams , Office of Fiscal Analysis
Representative Terrie E. Wood
Elaine Zimmerman, Commission on Children
 
Delaware
Representative Michael A. Barbieri
Senator Catherine L. Cloutier
Senator Bethany A. Hall-Long
Senator Margaret Rose Henry
Senator Ernesto B. Lopez
Senator Harris B. McDowell III
Representative Joseph E. Miro
Senator Nicole Poore
Pamela Price, House Minority Caucus
 
Florida
Drucilla Carpenter, OPPAGA
Representative Matt Hudson
Jennifer S. Johnson, OPPAGA
 
Georgia
Representative Bruce L. Broadrick
Senator Dean Burke
Senator Gloria S. Butler
Representative Sharon M. Cooper
Sarah Dunn, House Budget and Research Office
Jill C. Fike, Senate Research Office
Representative Patricia P. Gardner
Representative Rich M. Golick
Representative Penny Houston
Senator Chuck Hufstetler
Representative Darryl W. Jordan
Representative Ed Rynders
Senator Renee S. Unterman
Senator Tommie A. Williams
 
Hawaii
Representative Della Au Belatti
Representative Mele Carroll
Senator Suzanne N.J. Chun Oakland
Senator Josh B. Green
Representative Jo Jordan
Representative Bertrand Y. Kobayashi
Representative Dee S.P. Morikawa
Representative Ryan I. Yamane
 
Idaho
Representative Phylis K. King
 
Illinois
Representative Patricia R. Bellock
James Foys, Senate Republican Staff Office
Clayton Klenke
Senator Iris Y. Martinez
Samantha Olds
Angie Sidles, Senate Republican Staff Office
 
Indiana
Senator Vaneta G. Becker
Senator John E. Broden
Representative Charlie Brown
LeNee Carroll, Senate Democratic Caucus
Representative Edward D. Clere
Representative Steven J. Davisson
Trent Glass, House Majority Caucus
Erik Gonzalez, House Minority Caucus
Casey Kline, Legislative Services Agency
Senator Jean A. Leising
Representative Kevin A. Mahan
Senator Patricia L. Miller
Senator Ryan D. Mishler
Lindsey Moss, Senate Majority Communications Office
Senator Frank Mrvan Jr.
Representative Gail Riecken
Senator Earline S. Rogers
Representative Vanessa J. Summers
Senator Greg F. Walker
Representative Dennis J. Zent
Representative Cindy M. Ziemke
 
Iowa
Senator Joe Bolkcom
Representative David E. Heaton
Senator Pam Jochum
Senator Amanda Ragan
Aaron Todd, Senate Democratic Caucus
Brad Trow, House of Representatives
 
Kansas
Representative Susan L. Concannon
Representative Daniel R. Hawkins
Representative Kevin D. Jones
Senator Forrest Knox
 
Kentucky
Senator Tom Buford
Representative Thomas J. Burch
Representative John M. Carney
Senator Perry B. Clark
Senator C.B. Embry Jr.
Representative Kelly Flood
Representative Jim Glenn
Representative Derrick W. Graham
Senator Denise Harper Angel
Representative Joni L. Jenkins
Senator Alice F. Kerr
Deeann Mansfield, Legislative Research Commission
Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Senator Daniel M. Seum
Representative David A. Watkins
 
Louisiana
Chris Adams, Senate Health and Welfare Committee
Senator Sherri Smith Buffington
Brandi Cannon, House Committee on Health and Welfare
Senator David R. Heitmeier
Representative Walt J. Leger III
Drew Murray, Legislative Services, House of Representatives
 
Maine
Representative Henry John Bear
Anna Broome, Office of Policy & Legal Analysis
Representative Richard R. Farnsworth
Representative Andrew M. Gattine
Representative Erik C. Jorgensen
Representative Richard S. Malaby
Representative Carol A. McElwee
Representative Matthew J. Peterson
Representative Linda F. Sanborn
Representative Deborah J. Sanderson
Representative Heather W. Sirocki
Representative Peter C. Stuckey
 
Maryland
Senator Ulysses Currie
Senator Adelaide C. Eckardt
Senator Lisa A. Gladden
Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez
Erin Hopwood, Dept of Legislative Services/Ofc of Policy Analysis
Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer
Senator Karen S. Montgomery
Delegate Dan K. Morhaim
Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
Delegate Nathaniel T. Oaks
Delegate Shane E. Pendergrass
Simon Powell, Dept of Legislative Services/Ofc of Policy Analysis
Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg
 
Massachusetts
Representative James Arciero
Representative Bruce J. Ayers
Representative Ruth B. Balser
Representative F. Jay Barrows
Caitlin Beresin, House Committee on Mental Health & Substance
Representative Linda D. Campbell
Matthew Cohen , House Committee on Mental Health & Substance
Representative Nick Collins Sr.
Representative Edward F. Coppinger
Representative Mark J. Cusack
Representative Carolyn C. Dykema
Representative Lori A. Ehrlich
Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson
Representative John V. Fernandes
Representative Michael J. Finn
Representative Gloria L. Fox
Representative Denise C. Garlick
Representative Susan Williams Gifford
Representative Jonathan Hecht
Representative Russell E. Holmes
Representative Kevin G. Honan
Representative Randy Hunt
Representative Kay S. Khan
Representative Robert M. Koczera
Senator Jason M. Lewis
Representative Marc T. Lombardo
Julia Lucivero, House Committee on Children & Families
Representative James J. Lyons Jr.
Representative John J. Mahoney
Representative Elizabeth A. Malia
Representative Paul W. Mark
Representative Christopher M. Markey
Representative Paul McMurtry
Torey Beth McNamara, House Committee on Public Health
Ernestina A. Mendes, House Committee on Children & Families
Representative James R. Miceli
Representative David M. Nangle
Representative James J. O'Day
Representative Jerald A. Parisella
Representative Dennis A. Rosa
Lisa Rosenfeld, House Committee on Children & Families
Representative Jeffrey Sanchez
Representative Angelo M. Scaccia
Kurt Stiegel, House Committee on Housing & Urban Development
Representative Benjamin Swan
Emily Szargowicz, House Committee on Children & Families
Representative Walter F. Timilty
Representative Timothy J. Toomey Jr.
Representative Chris Walsh
 
Michigan
Julie Cassidy, Senate Fiscal Agency
Dan Dundas, House Republican Policy Office
Susan Frey, House Fiscal Agency
Josiah Kissling, House Republican Policy Office
 
Minnesota
Senator Michelle R. Benson
Doug Berg, House of Representatives
Senator Jeff Hayden
Senator Tony Lourey
Senator Kathy Sheran
Senator Melissa H. Wiklund
 
Mississippi
Representative Toby Barker
Senator Hob Bryan
Senator Terry C. Burton
Representative Becky Currie
Mandy Davis, Office of the Speaker
Ronald M. Frith, House of Representatives
Representative Bobby B. Howell
Senator Dean Kirby
Representative Hank Lott
Representative Randy K. Rushing
 
Missouri
Representative Susan Allen
 
Montana
Casey Barrs, Legislative Services Division
Patricia Murdo, Legislative Services Division
Sue O'Connell, Legislative Services Division
Alexis Sandru, Legislative Services Division
 
Nebraska
Senator Kathy K. Campbell
 
Nevada
Marsheilah Lyons, Research Division - Legislative Counsel Bureau
 
New Hampshire
Mike Hoffman, Office of Legislative Budget Assistant
Michael Kane, Office of Legislative Budget Assistant
Kevin P. Ripple, Office of Legislative Budget Assistant-Audit Division
Representative Mary Jane Wallner
 
New Jersey
Senator Joseph F. Vitale
 
New Mexico
Senator Sue Wilson Beffort
Raul E. Burciaga, Legislative Council Service
Maria Griego, Legislative Finance Committee
Michael Hely, Legislative Council Service
Senator Linda M. Lopez
Shawn Mathis, Legislative Council Service
Senator Bill B. O'Neill
Senator Gerald P. Ortiz y Pino
Senator Mary Kay Papen
Charles Sallee, Legislative Finance Committee
Senator William P. Soules
 
New York
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried
 
North Carolina
Sean Hamel, Program Evaluation Division
Jennifer Hillman, Research Division
Senator Ralph E. Hise Jr.
Amy Jo Johnson, Research Division
Joyce Jones , Bill Drafting Division
Sara Kamprath, Research Division
Theresa Matula, Research Division
Senator Floyd B. McKissick Jr.
Senator Louis M. Pate Jr.
Janice Paul, Research Division
Senator Shirley B. Randleman
Barbara Riley, Research Division
Carol Shaw, Program Evaluation Division
Denise Thomas, Fiscal Research Division
 
North Dakota
Senator Howard C. Anderson
Senator Tyler Axness
Representative Larry Bellew
Representative Curt Hofstad
Senator Judy Lee
Representative Robin L. Weisz
 
Ohio
Senator Capri S. Cafaro
Senator Shannon Jones
Senator Charleta B. Tavares
 
Oklahoma
Representative Gary W. Banz
Representative John R. Bennett
Representative Douglas G. Cox
Senator Brian A. Crain
Representative David Dank
Senator Kim David
Representative David Derby
Representative John T. Enns
Representative William T. Fourkiller
Marcia Goff, House of Representatives
Representative Tommy C. Hardin
Representative Chuck Hoskin
Senator Clark Jolley
Representative Sally Kern
Representative Jason Nelson
Representative Jadine Nollan
Representative Charles L. Ortega
Representative Patrick Ownbey
Representative Pam Peterson
Senator Anastasia A. Pittman
Representative Mike Ritze
Senator Rob Standridge
 
Oregon
Richard Berkobien
Representative Lew Frederick
Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
Senator Jeff Kruse
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
 
Pennsylvania
Representative Bryan E. Barbin
Melanie Brown, House Health and Human Services Committee
Matthew Hilliard, House of Representatives
Senator Daylin B. Leach
 
Puerto Rico
Senator Jose Luis Dalmau Santiago
Senator Rossana Lopez Leon
Senator Angel M. Rodriguez Otero
Carlos J. Ruiz- Irizarry, Asesores del Presidente
 
Rhode Island
Senator Elizabeth A. Crowley
Senator Gayle L. Goldin
Representative Arthur Handy
Senator Harold M. Metts
Senator Joshua Miller
Representative Eileen S. Naughton
Senator Donna M. Nesselbush
Senator Christopher S. Ottiano
Senator Juan M. Pichardo
 
South Carolina
Paula G. Benson, Senate Judiciary Committee
Martha Casto, Senate Medical Affairs Committee
Senator Ronnie W. Cromer
Senator Darrell Jackson
Senator Harvey S. Peeler Jr.
Senator Vincent A. Sheheen
Senator Kent M. Williams
 
South Dakota
Representative Jean M. Hunhoff
Senator Deb Soholt
 
Tennessee
Representative Kevin D. Brooks
Senator Rusty Crowe
Logan Grant, Office of Senator Rusty Crowe
Senator Doug Overbey
 
Texas
Representative Carol Alvarado
Kristi Ayala, Legislative Council
Danae Bush, Legislative Council
Representative Garnet F. Coleman
Representative Dawnna M. Dukes
Katherine Flukinger, Legislative Council
Representative Donna Howard
Representative Susan Lewis King
Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst
Representative Marisa Marquez
Representative Elliott Naishtat
Representative Richard P. Raymond
Monica Sharma, Legislative Council
Katharine Teleki, Sunset Advisory Commission
Amy Trost, Sunset Advisory Commission
Robert White, Legislative Council
Representative John Zerwas
 
U.S. Virgin Islands
Senator Janette Millin Young
Senator Clarence Payne III
 
Utah
Mark D. Andrews, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel
Senator Allen M. Christensen
Senator Gene Davis
Representative James A. Dunnigan
Catherine Dupont, Legislative Research
Russell Frandsen, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst
Stephen C. Jardine, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst
Senator Peter C. Knudson
Senator Brian E. Shiozawa
Senator Evan J. Vickers
Senator Todd Weiler
 
Vermont
Stephanie Barrett, Joint Fiscal Office
Maria Belliveau, Joint Fiscal Office
Jennifer Carbee, Office of Legislative Council
Representative Anne B. Donahue
Representative William R. Frank
Representative Patsy T. French
Representative Adam M. Greshin
Representative Sandy J. Haas
Nolan Langweil, Joint Fiscal Office
Representative Francis M. McFaun
Katie McLinn, Office of Legislative Council
Representative Ann D. Pugh
Representative George W. Till
 
Virginia
Senator George L. Barker
Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr.
Senator John A. Cosgrove
Senator Barbara A. Favola
Joe Flores, Senate Finance Committee
Senator Thomas A. Garrett
Senator L. Louise Lucas
Senator Steve H. Martin
Susan Massart, House Appropriations Committee
Senator Jeffrey L. McWaters
Delegate John M. O'Bannon III
Delegate Christopher K. Peace
Senator Linda T. Puller
Senator Bryce E. Reeves
Delegate Mark D. Sickles
Senator Richard H. Stuart
Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel
 
Washington
Representative Eileen L. Cody
Representative Laurie Jinkins
Representative Ruth L. Kagi
Senator Karen L. Keiser
 
West Virginia
Jeff Johnson, Senate Committee on Health & Human Resources
Delegate Don C. Perdue
 
Wisconsin
Tamara Dodge, Legislative Reference Bureau
Brian Larson, Legislative Council
Mary Matthias, Legislative Council Staff
David Moore, Legislative Council
Laura Rose, Legislative Council
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
Wyoming
Representative Elaine D. Harvey
Jerry Laska, Legal Services Division, Legislative Service Office
Ian Shaw, Legislative Service Office