Governor Jeff Landry, all statewide elected officials, and the new legislature class began their term in office on January 8, 2024. During the Organizational Session of the Legislature, House members elected Rep. Phillip DeVillier (R-Eunice) as Speaker of the House and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Pineville) as Speaker Pro Tem; Senators elected Sen. Cameron Henry (R-Metairie) as President of the Senate and Sen. Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge) as President Pro Tem.
On his first day in office, Governor Landry, as expected, called the Legislature into the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2024 (“Special Session”) to address court-ordered redistricting concerns. As part of the “call”, he also included a request to change Louisiana’s election process from a jungle primary to a closed primary and reconsider campaign finance laws, a lofty reform for legislators to consider in only 8 days.
With the Legislature called into an almost immediate Special Session, committee leadership was pulled together quicker than usual in a new term. Speaker DeVillier and President Henry announced their committee chairs and appointments late Friday, Jan. 12th. We’ve included information about your profession’s committees of jurisdiction below.
On Monday, January 15th, the Legislature convened the 1st Special Session. They have until January 23rd to draw a new map to address redistricting concerns, debate the election process, and address other concerns, such as the Supreme Court redistricting and elections. The Special kicked off quickly, and legislators will be moving fast to make some monumental decisions that will have major impact in years to come.
As soon as their work at the Capitol wraps, the political world will head to Washington, DC for the annual Washington Mardi Gras, is a celebration of Louisiana culture at the national capitol. Shortly after their return and post-actual Mardi Gras, it is expected for Governor Landry to call the legislature into a Second Special Session to address crime, a priority of the Governor throughout his campaign. This will keep legislators at the Capitol for the latter half of February (expected Feb. 19-Mar. 6), wrapping just before they head into the Regular Session on March 11th.
It’s going to be a very fast-paced and relatively chaotic few months as we head into essentially back-to-back Sessions addressing major issues. We will continue to keep you informed through our Legislative Updates (info) and Legislative Alerts (stop & act!). Thank you for following along and staying engaged this Session! That engagement is vital to the success of your profession.
We are continuing our podcast, The Pelican Brief, focused on legislative activity. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X @PelicanBrief225. We are on all major podcasting platforms and on YouTube. Tune in for regular updates, including our first podcast of the 1st Special Session!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach the LCA GR team at LCA@TatmanGroup.com or (225) 767-7640.