Schexnayder on “petition to terminate state health emergency”

The petition to terminate the state health emergency has been delivered to Governor Edwards, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, and the Clerk of the House. The following is a statement from Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder: Four weeks ago the Louisiana Legislature called itself into a special session for only the second time in […]

Bacala on petition “to surgically limit the governor’s authority”

Friends: Today I was one of 65 representatives who signed a petition to end the governor’s unilateral control over our lives. State law and our constitution recognizes the absolute necessity to vest our governor with authority to act quickly and decisively in times of disaster and emergency, and this is something that I fully support. […]

Graves on legislation that would ban off-shore drilling

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) released the following statement in response to the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that disguises knee-capping offshore energy production in the name of reforming federal ocean management. The legislation, conveniently introduced two weeks before Election Day, builds on top of many attempts this […]

Reimagining Ascension Recreation

Ascension Parish Government is reimagining its recreation program, and is asking the public for input. Ricky Compton, the Parish’s Director of Infrastructure and Facilities Management, has put together a “Mind and Body Initiative” to try to learn what the people want from Parish recreation. “Ascension has a pretty good recreation program,” said Compton. “But it […]

Tureau (1000 Convictions) versus Bridges (1000 drug court pleas) for Division D judgeship

With Election Day less than two weeks away and record-setting Early Voting in Ascension Parish underway, two seats on the 23rd Judicial District Court are up for grabs.  The contest for Division D, pitting Steven Tureau against Christopher Bridges is perceived to be a one-sided affair with the former holding an advantage.  Closing arguments are being made […]

I-10 construction to be complete “by the end of October”

NOTE: Below is the correspondence from DOTD to Ascension’s legislative delegation. Construction crews are nearing the end of their work on DOTD’s On the Greaux project to widen Interstate 10 between Highland Road in Baton Rouge and La. 73 in Ascension Parish. Currently, all six lanes will be open for some periods of time with intermittent lane […]

Sorrento and EA Drainage closing in on roadside ditch maintenance deal

The Town of Sorrento and East Ascension Drainage Commission may be close to an agreement whereby the Commission commits Ascension Parish “to assist with open roadside ditch maintenance in the amount of a minimum of 1.5 miles per year.”  There is a Memorandum of Understanding, unsigned as far as we know, circulating among elected officials […]

Cointment and Parish Council face difficult fiscal decisions in 2021

Introducing the proposed 2021 Budget Ordinance on Thursday, President Clint Cointment’s administration is forced to cope with a stark reality inherited from his predecessor’s four-year tenure.  While Ascension Parish continues to enjoy healthy revenue generation ($46.5 million from three Sales Tax districts and $30.3 million in property tax assessments, along with many more millions in […]

Ascension recognizes outgoing Planning & Zoning Commissioners

At the October 14 meeting of the Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, Parish President Clint Cointment recognized three outgoing members for their years of service. Wade Schexnaydre served three years, from 2017 to 2020; Anthony Christy served four years, from 2016 to 2020; and Morrie Bishop served eight years, from 2012 to 2020. Members […]

Boyle Bayou project being pushed by PLD

Boyle Bayou is not a waterway/drainage artery discussed very often by parish officials, though residents familiar with its course are well aware of its deficiencies. The bayou’s westernmost point is south of Cabela’s Parkway in Gonzales from whence it flows east, under I-10 then Hwy 44/Burnside before linking with Bayou Conway to the south.  Fully […]