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Senator Mack “Bodi” White Seeks Re-Election to Louisiana Senate District 6

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Dear Constituents —

I am honored to represent voters in State Senate District 6, which includes parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.  I am asking for your continued support as I seek re-election on Oct. 12, 2019.

My proven record of conservative leadership in the State Senate during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session resulted in funding for major projects in the district, as well as the passage of important budget issues and other legislation for the state.  The legislature tackled a total of 863 bill, 620 in the House and 243 in the Senate.

In connection with the state budget, legislative discussion centered on pay raises for teachers and other school personnel.  The approved pay raise plan gave teachers an additional $1,000 and support staff an additional $500 annually.  The budget also allocated $39 million more for K-12 schools, new funding for early childhood programming, additional money for higher education, and more.

One of the biggest accomplishments of the session was the passage of a bill that aims to alleviate the state’s traffic and infrastructure woes by directing an estimated $700 million of the Deepwater Horizon settlement money to important bridge and roadway projects.  Local projects that were approved for funding include:

  • New Mississippi River Bridge Initial Environmental Study — $5 million
  • Pecue Lane/I-10 Interchange — $37 million
  • Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital — $3 million
  • Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vickers Hall Renovation – $27 million
  • Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Center – $1 million
  • Tangipahoa South Airport/Hoover Road Improvements — $2.8 million
  • Tangipahoa Wardline Road Improvements — $150,000
  • Sullivan Road Improvements — $15.8
  • Hooper Road Extension, Widening and Sewer Improvements — $17.7 million
  • Hammond  Air Traffic Control Tower Elevator — $140,000
  • Gateway to Hammond — $151,500
  • Central Drainage System — $4 million
  • Central Administration Building and Parking — $1.3 million
  • Town of Independence Office Building — $130,000
  • Village of Tickfaw Pumping Station – $177,000
  • Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum — $350,000
  • St. Helena Audubon Library — $1.4 million
  • Central Community Sports Park – $256,000
  • Central Sports Complex Turf Field — $225,000

Legislators also approved a $783 million coastal plan for the upcoming year that works to address ongoing coastal crisis in Louisiana.

Additionally, lawmakers passed legislation to strengthen laws passed last year that dealt with sexual harassment in the work place and hazing at our state’s institutions of higher education.

On the topic of health, legislators passed bills to allow therapeutic cannabis patients to use metered-dose inhalers, expand Medicaid coverage to certain qualifying children with developmental disabilities, protect individuals with pre-existing medical conditions if the Affordable Care Act is overthrown, and preserve rural hospitals. Also approved were a series of bills aiming to further restrict abortion. One such bill prohibits an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected and another is a constitutional amendment to let voters decide on whether to stipulate that the state’s constitution does no protect the right to an abortion.

Click here for a summary of action taken during the 2019 Legislative Session.  I hope you find the information to be helpful.  You can find details of bills and videos of committee and floor action by visiting http://www.legis.la.gov.  If you want more information or need assistance, please contact my office at 225-272-1324 or 985-543-4330.

Thank you for your support, and know that your input is important to me as we work together to build a stronger Louisiana.

Sincerely,

Mack “ Bodi” White, Jr.

State Senator

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