Jeffrey D. Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University Shreveport. If you're an elected official, political operative or anyone else upset at his views, don't go bothering LSUS or LSU System officials about that because these are his own views solely.
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These greedy hogs
yesterday defeated in committee SB 357 by Republican state Sen. Conrad Appel,
which today caused Republican state Rep. Tony Bacala to
set aside his HB 334.
Both bills would put the state on course to creating a long-term managed care
system for persons with disabilities.
This change in
philosophy discomfits nursing home interests, who benefit greatly from current
state practice that biases placement of individuals in nursing homes instead of
in their own homes or the community. While waiting lists for access to this
care, called waiver programs, has steadily risen to 28,000 people, Louisiana
nursing homes enjoy a gravy train at their expense.
The Louisiana Supreme
Court last week confirmed lower court rulings that Edwards’ Executive Order JBE 16-11
violated the Louisiana Constitution, a suit brought by Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry. The
gubernatorial pronouncement sought to add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation”
to the list of individual characteristics that the state could not discriminate
against in dealing with its personnel and concerning the personnel decisions of
entities that contracted with the state.
It was just a matter of
time. Lower court rulings clearly spelled out how the governor had no power to
alter unilaterally state law to add those categories, as all others mentioned in
his declaration already have protection through state law and the Constitution.
The Edwards Administration filings kept
resorting to the same failed arguments, so the Supreme Court’s decision that
it didn’t even have to hear the case hardly surprised.
Only in welfare-state-ridden
Louisiana: even as it offers an opportunity to state prisoners seen in no other
obsessed legislators moan it doesn’t go far enough or does convicts a
That attitude went on
full display during legislative committee hearing of HB 84 by Republican
state Rep. Kenny
Havard. The bill would clarify existing state law that allows inmates to
work outside of corrections facilities and offices, perhaps the most famous
current application of which has such individuals working in and around the
Governor’s Mansion, something no other state does.
If passed, the bill
would ensure marginally expanded use of the program, run directly by the
Department of Corrections separately from transitional work release programs
that place the incarcerated with private sector employers during the day, met
legal guidelines. It made it out of committee, but not before a few Legislative
Black Caucus members on the panel whined and complained about it.