Last week 39 LAJ leaders met to discuss the critical challenges of the oncoming statewide elections. The open primary election is October 24 and a runoff, if needed, will be November 21. A new governor and other statewide officials will be elected. All 39 Senate seats and all 105 seats in the House of Representatives are on the ballot. About one in five legislators will be replaced either because of term limits or their decision not to seek re-election.
One gubernatorial candidate has revealed his intent to push for a harsh, sweeping "tort reform" effort in 2016. That plan already is underway to consult with those who orchestrated the "Texas-style tort reform" initiative in that state. The strategy is to do much of the same – and more – in Louisiana starting in January 2016. It also includes stacking legislative committees to ensure the desired result.
Our LAJ meeting focused on legislative races and how we may unify our efforts based on information we receive about candidates and their electability.
While you were unable to attend the meeting last week, your leadership and support are absolutely essential to LAJ's success.
We will call you within the coming weeks to share more details about what was discussed at our meeting. This leadership initiative must be successful in order to mitigate the anticipated onslaught.
Thank you for your support of LAJ. We look forward to visiting with you soon.
Steve, Dan, Craig, Connie and Leah
Stephen J. Herman, President
Daniel S. Foley, Immediate Past President
P. Craig Morrow, Jr., President-Elect
Constance Koury, Executive Director
Leah Guerry, CLE Development & Fundraising
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