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Representative Valarie Hodges

Dear Friends,

     Representing your interests in the Louisiana House of Representatives continues to be a welcomed challenge and a rewarding privilege. Throughout the 2014 legislative session, my colleagues and I worked hard to represent the interests of Louisiana's families, students and businesses. I appreciate your vote of confidence while I continue to serve District 64 as your representative in the Legislature.
     
     Upon adjournment on June 2, legislators had filed 1,969 bills, of which, 1,284 were filed by the House members and 685 by state senators. One of the many pressing issues addressed by the bills heard during this Legislative Session was the state's operating budget. In Louisiana, we are constitutionally bound to balance the state's budget, so my colleagues and I devoted our attention and efforts to prioritizing, making responsible cuts and stretching every dollar to protect vital services and industries, such as education and health care.

     Of the $24.6 projected budget, $40 million was dedicated to Higher Education's WISE fund; $6.1 million to Competitive CORE funding; $12 million to Medicaid NOW Waivers; $1.3 million to Human Services Districts to assist the developmentally disabled; $2 million for STEM funding; $32.5 million for TOPS; and $22.4 million for State Police salary adjustments.

     In addition to the budget, we passed legislation to create a thirteen member Comite River Diversion Canal Task Force to provide oversight and make recommendations to the Louisiana legislature in order to complete the project, increase K-12 funding, ban smoking near state-owned office buildings, elementary or secondary schools, further impede human trafficking and other sex crimes and added exceptions to the crime of illegal possession of a firearm.

     We also adopted six newly proposed constitutional amendments, along with an additional eight adopted in the 2013 Regular Session, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

      Many of the bills that received the most public interest are described above. You may continue to learn about the results of the 2014 Session by visiting: http://www.legis.la.gov.

     Once again, it is an honor and a privilege to serve you in the Legislature. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any issue that affects our district or our state. I always welcome your comments and thank you for expressing your concerns and recommendations. Nothing is more important than the well-being of my constituents and the people of Louisiana. You can email my office at hodgesv@legis.la.gov.

Sincerely Yours,
Valarie
Valarie Hodges, Louisiana State Representative

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11/10/14
Rep. Hodges (R) Denham Springs honors local Veterans at the Veteran's Quilts of Honor Presentation held at the Watson Library last Saturday. The ceremony was hosted by the Watson Library Quilters Guild. "I looked at the roster of veterans and I saw that we are represented today by ser...
11/10/14
BATON ROUGE – State and federal parties agreed to a third cooperative endeavor agreement on the Comite River Diversion Canal Project, but another snag may have developed in the process. Officials chose to reassign the duties of the three major parties involved with the project, said Chris K...
BATON ROUGE - A tense meeting unfolded at the State Capitol Monday as lawmakers argued over the stalled-out Comite River Diversion Project. The meeting got heated as the group met with project leaders about the lack of progress recently. If the project is ever finished, it should ease flooding is...
Following reports of the mistaken release of an illegal immigrant fugitive wanted by federal agents, a group of Louisiana legislators led by Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) is urging Governor Jindal “to demand immediate cooperation” from federal agencies. A man named Bernardo G...